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Summary

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

An island on lockdown. A killer on the loose....

As the scorching summer sun covers the small Scilly island of St Mary’s, DI Ben Kitto and his team are training for the annual Swimathon. But their morning session comes to a climactic end when they discover a body hanging from Pulpit Rock. The victim has been dressed up in a bridal gown, and Ben quickly realises that a dark and sinister killer is at large on the island.

To prevent the killer from escaping, Ben has no choice but to lock down St Mary’s, yet in doing so he is unwillingly trapping the killer’s next victim. When another woman is attacked, Ben gathers the island’s at-risk residents inside the local hotel for safety, but the killer is already watching and remains one step ahead.

Everyone is a suspect. No one is safe. 

©2020 Kate Rhodes (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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"Gripping, clever and impossible to put down." (Erin Kelly) 

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Hit and miss policework

I don't understand the theory of 'lets arrest this person even though we have no evidence against him, then we can browbeat him and find out if he is guilty!'
It was all about guess work, nothing else, until the guilty party was actually caught in the act!

No more for me by this author!

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A good story

Listening to and loosing myself in a good book never fails to satisfy and good overcoming evil is what all the best stories are about

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Loved it

They keep getting better and better . Some have said they are much the same but I disagree ..each has a special separate sense of direction. This one was the best so far . Keep them coming kate please !

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Blundering story

Another, and my last, blundering story. The detective doesn’t have a clue until caught himself by the killer (same as in previous books). His way of solving the mystery is to get caught himself. Stupid stupid unbelievable story.

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Not very challenging but an enjoyable listen

I enjoy listening to the descriptions of the Scilly Isles in this series of books and it has made me want to visit them.

I like the way that I can't guess whodunit until right at the end.

The narration is good although in this book 2 sentences were duplicated which was annoying.

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Not a patch on the first three Kitto novels

Stephen Perring was superb as the narrator, but this fourth book in the series was nowhere near as good as the first three. The proposition was a good one but the stupidity of action and lack of proper thought displayed by Ben Kitto in this book was disappointing. With the vast array of those with a supposed motive there was a lot of jumping to - incorrect - conclusions without any evidence, which was obvious and irritating. I got the feeling that he was an amateur sleuth rather than a professional policeman - a poor relation to his character in previous books. It made the book feel lightweight rather than a good detective novel. Hopefully any further books in the series will return Ben to his previous stature.

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I thought the characters in this one were less well developed - but the same great atmospheric ambience.

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Loved it as usual!

Love the backdrop of the Islands in the sea. The community island life. Shadow! The right balance of familiarity, if you've read the other books in the series, and keeping us guessing. Love the way it is read. I hope so much there will be another book in the series!

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Familar but enjoyable

A lockdown, a race to rescue a girl before she suffers a grisly fate? Familar? Yes! We must be back on the Scilly Isles with Ben Kitto! Book 4 in this enjoyable undemanding series. The well defined characters,close knit community and the Cornish coast are as ever the real stars of the story. Half the ending I found a bit meh and it is a bit formulaic but you'll enjoy it if you like the others. Narrator very well chosen and credible,does what the best narrators do transports you there and seems to add to the story not detract!

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Another great story and narration.

The narrator is excellent, he could be DI Kitto. The only downside was the injury to Shadow, so pleased he survived. The inclusion of Shadow brings an element missing in other stories, a great addition. When is the next one?