Ruin Beach (DI Ben Kitto, #2)

by Kate Rhodes

Sunday, April 19, 2020

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I read the first of Kate Rhodes other series a few years back and enjoyed it, but never got round to reading more of that series and it felt like it might be one of those series where you’d be missing the full value if you’d forgotten what was happening in the book before. When I saw she had another series going I picked this one up to try it out. It turned out to be the second in the series but that’s ok with me.

This is more of a straight forward police detective murder mystery than I was expecting, but I think that means I’m more likely to read another in the series! The setting is the Scilly Isles, which in this case means lots of sea, scuba diving and shipwrecks. The detective is Ben Kitto, thirtysomething and returned to his home from undercover police work in London (I’m not clear if that might be something covered more in the first book of the series) and generally I found him amiable enough. He felt like a character you could get to know over time rather than someone who puts all his cards on the table at once, again that’s something good for a series character.

There were parts of the plot that I thought were a bit weak, but I don’t want to give spoilers and it wasn’t anything book-breaking, perhaps I just wasn’t paying enough attention, it wasn’t enough to spoil my enjoyment. I’d definitely like to read more of this series.