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Crossbones Yard

(Alice Quentin #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,391 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Introducing Alice Quentin, a London psychologist with family 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. O
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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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
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually the first novel read this year and it is at the same time the debut novel of this writer who has done well in the field of poetry. Which is an art form I am not very comfortable with even if I can enjoy them on occasion.

The main character Alice Quentin is not your average easy going female with a smart lip. She comes from a traumatized family where violence was common. Her brother being the genius suffered a psychosis and lives from his van and his sister who became a psychologi
Crossbones Yard is the first book of a series featuring Dr. Alice Quentin, a psychologist who comes from an abusive background herself. In the prologue we see Alice as a child, hiding in a closet while her drunken father beats her mother. Then we leap forward twenty five years where Alice is consulting for the police to determine how closely they need to monitor the soon to be released Morris Cley, a suspected serial killer. One night while jogging, Alice, who is an obsessive runner, stops for a ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am getting tired of reading thrillers and mysteries where the main character has a major, debilitating flaw or disability. Please note, I do not mean any disability. I mean one whereby in actual, physical meat space no one would be able to function under the constraints on the protagonist.

I am particularly unnerved by the idea of A psychiatrist or psychologist who has such severe un-dealt- with trauma in her own past that she has severe claustrophobia and climbs 9 flights of stairs rather
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
For my birthday a friend bought me the second Alice Quentin book, A Killing of Angels, thus making it necessary for me to hunt down Crossbones Yard in the library. Although I could have entered A Killing of Angels as a standalone novel, I’m well aware that part of the fun of crime series is following the characters as they develop across books. With how intriguing A Killing of Angels sounded, I was curious about what Crossbones Yard would deliver.

If I’m being honest, my feelings towards Crossbo
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Crossbones Yard is a good atmospheric mystery that adds to the genre of Scottish and English novels that are coming out lately a la S J Bolton and Tana French.
This is a novel about murder and mental illness as well as the lingering effects of family dysfunction and the result of living throught it.
A well crafted novel that at times moved slowly yet still delivers on all levels.
Marcia Ferguson
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Jade Hoggins
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this in 24 hours! I couldn't put it down. A thriller that draws you in and won't let you go.

Thanks to Goodreads for my copy, it came with Winter Foundlings which I am to start now.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now to London in the contemporary era in the company of Kate Rhodes’ Crossbones Yard which has been languishing on my shelves for far too long. The first of a series introducing claustrophobia-suffering, relationship-fearing psychologist, Alice Quentin, who finds herself unwittingly drawn into the world of a serial killer by virtue of her consultancy work for the Metropolitan police. Using Crossbones Yard, a neglected piece of London ground that was used as a cemetery for fallen women as a locus ...more
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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Cleopatra  Pullen
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
3.5 stars for this one. I liked it and I definitely liked it enough to read # 2. Plot, characters and setting were all excellent. My only criticism is the main character, Alice Quentin, was as stubborn as she was gutsy. I'd add dense as well, since as a practicing psychologist, she should have known better than to behave in the rather reckless of her own safety manner she did. She had a terrible and abusive childhood which left her deeply scarred and pretty damaged, so her actions in this are un ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Dr Alice Quentin had a troubled childhood. She and her brother Will have grow up having great jobs . Will for the past eight years is dealing with mental illness while Alice is always there to help him, on the days he allows her to. Alice goes running a lot to clear her mind. Never imagining running by the grave yard ....she would find

This is a must read. I loved it
Christine Ray
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well-written fast moving British mystery centering around a female psychologist. Just dark enough with well-drawn characters. I was surprised about who "done it"-- something that rarely happens-- but in retrospect, I realized that author Kate Rhodes had thrown out some clues that I had missed because of my own assumptions about the characters. Looking forward to reading the other two books in the series.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice is a psychologist in London, unwillingly drawn into the serial killing of prostitutes whose bodies are carved with crosses reminiscent of a previous serial killing couple. There are comparisons to be drawn with Fred and Rose West but that's all. This was a real page turner and gets 5 stars for me not being able to spot who the killer was. Talk about a shock ending.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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...
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
How could you, Kate Rhodes? How could you end your book so painfully? Sigh. Still, it's a great story.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyed.
Kaelee Newton
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. It has all the elements I normally enjoy: smart female character, interesting secondary characters, psychological insights used to solve crimes. I could probably go on. I won't.

I won't because I didn't like the book. I found myself not wanting to pick it up when I had time to read (I read two other books while working through this one if that says anything!) I wanted to know who did it (unlike some of the other reviews I hadn't figured it out by chapter 3 which actual
Donna Siebold
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Alice Quentin is a psychologist who survived a young life of severe abuse. She has one brother, who appears to have suffered a psychotic break. She runs great distances to calm herself down. She suffers from intense claustrophobia.

Yet she is excellent at her job. She is asked to help the police with an investigation and during the process she begins to find murdered women. The way the women were murdered is very similar to the ways of Ray and Marie Benson - serial killers who were caught some ye
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Women are being abducted, tortured, and killed in the same manner as those murdered by a now incarcerated/dead couple. Alice, a psychologist, is asked to assess a former protege of the serial killing couple to see if he might be the perpetrator. (This is a little odd as it isn't Alice's area of expertise and he is just about to be released from prison, but whatever). We also hear of Alice's dysfunctional childhood and her mentally ill and drug addicted brother Will.

I really enjoyed the first 80%
Susan Page
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an enthralling story, hard to put down. Alice Quentin has an extremely abusive background, and has been left with mental scars. She has become a psychologist to help other people suffering from mental trauma. Part of her job at Guy's Hospital is to assist the police when required. She is called on by DCI Don Burns, who wants her to interview a convicted murderer who has had his sentence reduced and is about to be released from prison, and this is the start of a sequence of events that se ...more
Bev Taylor
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
crossbones yard was a burial ground once ....

alice is a psychologist who sometimes works fior the met. out running one night she passes what is now wasteland and and sees a woman's hand reaching out to her

she is no stranger to sick minds but this has all the hallmarks o a copy cat killer. what is a worse he seems to be holding a vendetta against her and she is not sure who will win, especially considering her childhood

the author takes u on tour of london and it's settings, especially the tham
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KATE RHODES is a full-time crime writer, living in Cambridge with her husband, a writer and film maker. Kate used to be an English teacher and has published two award winning collections of poetry. In 2015 she won the Ruth Rendell short story prize. Kate is the author of the acclaimed ALICE QUENTIN series, with the fifth book, BLOOD SYMMETRY published in 2016.

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