Title: A Killing of Angels
Author: Kate Rhodes
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Psychologist Alice Quentin has turned her back on police work after her horrible experiences, but when Detective Burns comes calling, she can’t help but be intrigued. Someone is murdering bankers and financiers, placing a handful of feathers and pictures of angels on their bodies. What do these clues mean? And why is someone stalking the important people of the financial world? Alice must find the murderer before she, once again, gets too involved and becomes a target herself.
A thrilling second novel in the Alice Quentin series, A Killing of Angels is an intriguing read. Though there are a few too many coincidences for it to be fully believable, this novel will surprise you with its twists and turns.
A Killing of Angels picks up not too long after the events of Crossbones Yard, and Alice hasn’t quite recovered from the traumatic events of that novel. While it’s not necessary to read that book before this one, it does provide some background to Alice’s character, especially considering the risks she takes in this book. She makes some really bad decisions, putting herself at risk again and again; with the knowledge of the events in the first book, though, it’s easier to see that Alice is damaged and numb. She doesn’t see what she’s doing to herself in this novel.
The characters in A Killing of Angels are well done. Whether you’ve met them before or this is your first outing with Kate Rhodes, it quickly becomes clear that she takes her characters very seriously. They’re well developed; they each have their own lives, making their own mistakes and muddling along through things. It’s nice to get to know (or revisit) these characters; Rhodes provides enough background in this book to where you won’t feel lost if you start here.
The premise of A Killing of Angels is certainly interesting, and Rhodes amps up the suspense as the novel progresses. Alice becomes a bit too central to the investigation in a series of coincidences that are difficult to believe, but overall, if you can suspend disbelief, you’ll certainly find things entertaining. Rhodes is a welcome new author to the crime fiction genre; I look forward to seeing where she’ll take Alice next.
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