Hell Bay will be published in hardback and kindle on January 25 by Simon & Schuster
Hell Bay is the first book in a new series of thrillers featuring Ben Kito, 34, an ex-Met DI who has returned to his native Scilly Isles.
Ben, a DI in the Met, travels home to the Isles of Scilly to reconsider his resignation after the death of his police partner for which he feels responsible. Soon after his arrival on Bryher a girl goes missing. Ben gets himself into the investigation as SIO. He is given an inexperienced police officer, Eddie, to work with. Two more young people go missing in the course of the book There are several threads. The first teenager is found dead. It’s now a murder investigation and the murderer is on the island which goes into lock-down. Ben and Eddie start to whittle down the list of suspects. Drugs, intimidation and some strange characters help to murky the waters along with various attacks on Ben, his friends and others. Time is running out as a suspect is taken into custody and the powers that be want to close the case. Ben is quite dogged and continues to look into the case.
Will he find the killer?
This is a good book, well written and the characters are terrific. In the end it’s not a book that will leave you cheering the hero DI ‘getting his man’ it is quite sad as the guilty party is discovered. I am pleased with the way in which Kate Rhodes deals with Bens relationships in the book especially not letting them overshadow the investigations.
This is the first in a new series from Kate Rhodes and it looks like there will be lot’s of interesting stories to be had from DI Ben Kitto on the stunning backdrop of Bryher.
With thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for an eARC of this book in return for an honest opinion.
Simon & Schuster UK | 432 pages | ISBN 9781471165399 | January 2018