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Hell Bay

(2018)
(The first book in the DI Ben Kitto series)
A novel by

 
 
The first instalment in a gripping and atmospheric crime series set on a small island where there is no escape . . .

Gripping, clever and impossible to put down' ERIN KELLY

DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. He’s tried to resign from his job, but his boss has persuaded him to take three months to reconsider.

Ben plans to work in his uncle's boatyard on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born, hoping to mend his shattered nerves. His plans go awry when the body of a sixteen-year-old girl is found on the beach at Hell Bay. Her attacker must still be on the island because no ferries have sailed during the two-day storm. 

Everyone on the island is under suspicion. Dark secrets are about to resurface. And the murderer could strike again at any time . . .

PRAISE FOR KATE RHODES:

Gripping, clever and impossible to put down. I’ve been a Kate Rhodes fan for years and in Ben Kitto she has created a detective who is just as complex and compelling as Kate’s elegant plotting and stunning prose. The claustrophobia and paranoia of the island are so brilliant evoked, I could almost feel the tide encroaching as time ran out to find the killer' ERIN KELLY

‘Absorbing and complex, Hell Bay kept me guessing until the final pages’ RACHEL ABBOTT

'A vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline' SOPHIE HANNAH

'Beautifully written and expertly plotted; this is a masterclass' GUARDIAN

'Expertly weaves a sense of place and character into a tense and intriguing story' METRO

'Rhodes does a superb job of balancing a portrayal of a tiny community oppressed by secrets with an uplifting evocation of setting' Jake Kerridge, SUNDAY EXPRESS

The whole book tingles with tension. I hope it does for the Scilly Isles what Ann Cleeves did for Shetland' MEL MCGRATH

'I love reading Kate's books in the way I love reading Sophie Hannah – a poet writing crime fiction is a great thing . . . It is at once a locked-room mystery, a story of the returning hero, and an examination of fear and abuse. It has the air of a twenty-first century Agatha Christie' JULIA CROUCH
 

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The pace never slackens from the first page to the last." - Rachel Abbott

"A vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline." - Sophie Hannah

"Like Nicci French, Kate Rhodes excels at character, pace and sense of place." - Erin Kelly

"One of the most absorbing books I've read in a long time - perfectly thrilling." - Mel Sherratt


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Used availability for Kate Rhodes's Hell Bay

Hardback Editions

January 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Hell Bay: A Ben Kitto Thriller 1 (Volume 1)
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
ISBN: 1-4711-6539-6 / 978-1-4711-6539-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hell Bay: A Ben Kitto Thriller 1 (Volume 1)
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
ISBN: 1-4711-6542-6 / 978-1-4711-6542-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: Hell Bay
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
ISBN: 1-78706-792-0 / 978-1-78706-792-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: Hell Bay
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
ISBN: 1-78706-828-5 / 978-1-78706-828-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hell Bay
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon   


May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Hell Bay
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hell Bay
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Hell Bay: A Ben Kitto Thriller 1
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hell Bay: A Ben Kitto Thriller 1
Author(s): Kate Rhodes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK