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Crossbones Yard: A Thriller (Alice Quentin #1)

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Introducing Alice Quentin, a London psychologist withfamily baggage, who finds herself at the center of a grisly series of murders

Alice Quentin is a psychologist with some painful family secrets, but she has a good job, a good-looking boyfriend, and excellent coping skills, even when that job includes evaluating a convicted killer who’s about to be released from prison. On...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Christine
Alice Quentin is a psychologist living in London. Alice likes going running alone and she is not afraid of the dark seedy parts of town. During one of her runs, she encounters the body of a dead female at Crossbones Yard. Soon Alice is receiving threatening letters from a killer, who seems rather attached to her.

A good solid first novel by Kate Rhodes. Although I felt at times, I had read it all before, I loved Rhodes' writing style and that kept me reading.

What stood out for me in this book wa...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I deliberated between 3 and 4 stars for this book, I am settling on 3 stars in the end (I will explain why). So, I am a huge crime fiction reader, it's my most read genre, I have no secrets around that, and as the years go on I find I am getting fussier with this genre, largely due to some spectacular 5 star reads I have read in the last year.

What's this book about then?

Alice Quentin is a psychologist with some painful family secrets, but she has a good job, a good-looking boyfriend, and excell...more
Jane
I’m wary of dark crime fiction, preferring to read just a handful of authors I know I can trust, but I read words of praise that made me think I might have found another name to add to my list. Now that I have read her first novel, ‘Crossbones Yard’, I can say that I have.

There are many elements that are familiar in this book, but the quality of the writing was such that I didn’t mind. It made the characters, their worlds, their situations lived and breathed. And, as this is the first book in a...more
Sara
This is a story about damaged people and the damage they inflict on one another; it threw me for a loop, but I won't say why. Although the story has a formulaic plot and predictable structure, there is a refreshing aspect that turns the damsel-in-distress genre on its head. There are some rather tired plot points, obvious red herrings and many of the characters seem to come from a writer's stock catalogue, but Rhodes manages to do some interesting and surprising things with them.

The actions of A...more
Cheryl
Alice Quentin is a psychologist. Alice has a routine. She loves to run alone at night. This is a bad combination, especially running through a bad neighborhood filled with gangs and murders. During her run, Alice spots something on the ground at Crossbones Yard. Crossbones Yard is a former location for prostitutes.

With the murder, it brings back an reference to an old case of the Bensons. The Bensons were a husband and wife couple who killed about a dozen prostitutes and buried them all over th...more
Jade Hoggins
This novel hits all the tropes in a mostly fulfilling way.

Alice is a high achiever with a terrible past, which, of course, makes it difficult for her to let anyone get close to her.

As usual, as protagonist she makes a lot of stupid decisions in order to advance the plot. Going for runs at night in East London when there is someone killing young women in the area and sending her death threats. Escaping those whose job it is to protect her. Having sudden bursts of lust for men who are aggressive...more
Lizzie Hayes
‘Cross Bones Yard’ by Kate Rhodes
Published by Mulholland Books, June 2012. ISBN: 978-1-444-73875-9

Psychologist Alice Quentin is approached by DCI D on Burns of Southwark police to visit Morris Cley who is being released from prison the next day owing to a technicality. Cley’s mom was close friends with Ray and Marie Benson who had killed 13 women before they were caught, tried and imprisoned. Five of their victims were never found. What Burns wants to know is how much of a threat to society is M...more
Cleo Bannister
Crossbones Yard is where Alice Quentin finds a woman's body, just outside the memorial gates to the graveyard where fallen women were buried from the 16th Century.

This crime novel works well, Alice is a psychologist with a difficult past who is asked by the police to interview Maurice Cley a man who is due to be released from prison. Maurice was a close friend of the serial killers Ray and Marie Benson who had killed 13 young women . With a potential copycat killing Alice becomes more involved h...more
Debbie
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Marcia Ferguson
It was a no-brainer to choose this book ... gorgeous cover and Louise Penny recommending it in her 'blurb'.

Now I'm wondering if Louise read it. I appreciated the intelligent way author Kate Rhodes depicted each of the detectives. They were unique and interesting people, with plenty of small details to bring their personalities out to the reader. And it was a page-turner because I suspected red-herrings half way into the book, chose my 'culprit' and kept reading to see if I was correct. I wasn't....more
Carol
Thanks to Goodreads for the chance to read this book.

The story line was a bit predictable. It felt more like a TV series than a novel. I did not feel that there was much character development or much of an interesting plot. The main character was a Psychiatrist which could have been written with a lot more enthusiasm. The concept of the novel could have made a chilling novel and am disappointed in the lack of effort.
Emily
Well-written and enjoyable as much as a novel about killers can be. I did like Alice, although she was something of an idiot, and the killer was a little predictable...
Kirsty Darbyshire
Interesting crime/thriller story, I'm surprised to find it's the first in a series. I'm glad because I would very much like to know what happens next to the characters but I hope it's a series with a strong story running through it rather than a series where the main character keeps throwing herself into trouble. It reminded me somewhat of Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy which I read about a decade ago - well written and about people with big problems and damaged lives of one sort or another, b...more
Paul Gitsham
Kate Rhodes introduces a fantastic new character, psychologist Alice Quentin. Strong, on the surface at least, she seems to have a lot going for her. Yet like all good protagonists, scratch beneath the surface and she has her demons. Rhodes writes her sympathetically, whilst avoiding cliché and gives us someone who we will want to follow in future books, just to see what happens to her.

The plot is complex and satisfying with enough twists and turns to keep any crime fans happy.

I've just picked u...more
Gary Van Cott
3.5 Stars. While I think that this book is good, it may be a bit on the indulgent side. Many books set in the UK don’t give us enough local color. This one may have too much as Alice’s frequent runs take us by many landmarks and tourist attractions particularly along the Thames. I know that many readers like the first person, but I find that it results in too much information about the character telling the story. Also this is yet another British mystery with a female main character who is not j...more
Jodi
For a first novel Kate Rhodes has written a fast paced, on the edge of your seat thriller. The characters are strong, flawed and highly believable. Although there were fingers pointed in several directions, I figured out who the killer was before the reveal. However I found myself hoping I was wrong.

I highly recommend this book to any lover of the thriller genre. It's worth the read.

Disclaimer: I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Full review to f...more
Kai
Crossbones Yard starts off with Alice Quentin, psychologist with an abusive family past that only she and her brother Will shared. Alice is asked by the police to evaluating a convicted killer, who has been associated with the serial killers Ray and Marie Benson. Although Ray Benson is dead, his wife Marie is still locked up in prison.

Alice don't do forensic psychology but since Detective Chief Inspector Don Burns has persuaded her, she found herself dragged into the Bensons' world. When she di...more
Melissa B
Won through a goodreads giveaway.


I love a good mystery. The danger, the suspense, the tragic hero/heroine...all of it. I could not put this book down. Alice Quentin is a psychologist with her own dark past. The abuse she was victim to as a child, the state of denial her mother lives her days in, and the attempts at helping her brother (who had suffered a nervous breakdown several years before and lived out of his van, doing drugs to self-medicate his bipolar disorder) all shape who she is - and...more
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Alice Quentin ist eine Psychologin mit trauriger Vergangenheit. In jungen Jahren wurden sie und ihre Mutter von ihrem eigenen Vater verprügelt, während ihr Bruder hilflos zusehen musste. Dieses Trauma hat noch immer Auswirkungen auf ihr Leben: sie hat panische Platzangst und ist zu einer dauerhaften zwischenmenschlichen Beziehung nicht fähig.

Aber nicht zuletzt diese Erlebnisse haben Alice zu dem gemacht, was sie heute ist: eine der besten Psychologinnen Londons. Und so verwundert es nicht...more
Sabrina
Die Gestaltung und Farbwahl des Covers finde ich bereits sehr gelungen. Sowas trägt bei mir schon immer sehr dazu bei ein Buch in die Hand zu nehmen, um dann auch mehr über den Inhalt zu erfahren. Der Klappentext hörte sich dann auch recht ansprechend an, insofern versprach das Buch ganz interessant zu werden. Es liest sich superflüssig und man fiebert von Anfang an mit. Die Hauptfigur Alice Quentin, wird gut beschrieben, so dass man sich auch gut mit ihr identifizieren kann. Allerdings war ich...more
Sue
Strong female character, a psychologist,(with baggage), finds a body in Crossbones Yard. There was a strong sense of place and I could follow the routes and 'see' the places. Interesting first novel, and first in a series. Although it's a bit gruesome in places it's not tmi! I narrowed the murderer down to 3, which was pretty much the whole male cast - and got the wrong one! Shades of the West murderers. Will read more in the series.
Carolina
First off - thanks to Goodreads for the free copy of this book!

I really, really liked this story. Dr. Alice Quentin's voice is clear, observant, cynical, yet sensitive and easy to relate to. It's pretty perfect that she's a psychologist who hates to talk about her feelings an phobias.

The fear of small spaces and confinement is a theme throughout; from Dr. Quentin's abusive childhood history to part of the serial killer's M.O. I also found it great that Alice's closest relationship is with her...more
Julie Boon
Absolutely loved this book! Read it in about 2 days and loved reading about South East London (that's where I'm from!) and can honestly say it had my heart racing at times! Looking forward to reading the next book about Alice the Psychologist! It was also great to read a bit about the Cross Bones Graveyard which I only read about before Christmas and didn't even know it was there having worked in Borough High Street for 18 years!
Kayla
I really enjoyed this book and read it in a couple of days. It was fast-paced and easily held my attention, but there were some aspects I didn't like very much.

It seems like the main character, Alice is just running around London, for most of the book, and finding dead bodies. I will read the next book, and see what Alice is up to next, hopefully the next book is even better.
Jane
I am able to suspend belief when a book's plot line or dialogue is somewhat preposterous, as long as it doesn't continue throughout the book. That being said, what psychologist would greet a recently-paroled murderer with an offer of a drink or something to eat? No thanks; I'm done.
Lisa
So engaging! A new take on the bad childhood for the protagonist. I was guessing until the big reveal. I really liked Alice and Lola, and found everyone to be thoroughly constructed characters. Interesting and unusual end for our killer that I won't soon forget!
Monique
Like another commentator said, I am usually very wary of dark crime fiction, and I went through this book ready to bail at the first sign of torture-porn or extreme violence. But this one was pretty good, with a couple of unexpected twists at the end
Lesley
A new author for me. What a great read. I have now bought the next 2 books in the series. The ending came right out of left field but was believable. Very hard to put down, I have started the next book straight away.
Sian Thomas
This book was brilliant. Fast paced with good characters. Full of twists and turns. Can't wait for the second instalment. Would recomend to all as a must read for 2012.
Sierra Ferrante
This was a powerful and gripping novel that was hard to put down! Alice Quentin is a complex character with a good life on the surface despite some difficult family secrets. She's a psychologist whose work includes interviewing criminals and helping the police with profiles. On one of her usual nightly runs she stumbles upon a dead body which pulls up memories for a police of an older unsolved case. The novel is a great mix of mystery and romance that will leave you guessing who the killer is un...more
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Kate Rhodes was born in London. She completed a doctorate, then taught English at universities in Britain and the United States. She writes full-time now, and lives in Cambridge with her husband, a writer and film maker.Kate is the author of two collections of poetry, Reversal and The Alice Trap. She has been awarded English Speaking Union and Hawthornden Fellowships for poetry, and shortlisted fo...more
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