A Killing of Angels: A Thriller [NOOK Book]


The first death looked like a suicide. But someone had tucked a picture of an angel and a handful of white feathers into the banker's pocket before pushing him in front of a train. A killer is stalking The Square Mile?the financial district in London?an avenging angel intent on punishment. But why these victims? What were their sins?

Psychologist Alice Quentin swore she'd never get involved with police work again. Her duty is to the ...
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The first death looked like a suicide. But someone had tucked a picture of an angel and a handful of white feathers into the banker's pocket before pushing him in front of a train. A killer is stalking The Square Mile—the financial district in London—an avenging angel intent on punishment. But why these victims? What were their sins?

Psychologist Alice Quentin swore she'd never get involved with police work again. Her duty is to the living, not the dead. But she owes Detective Don Burns a favor. He was the one who would sit for hours when the last case they worked on together had landed her in the hospital. That case had clearly taken its toll on him, and his career, too. So when he comes begging for help, how can she refuse?

In order to find the murderer, Alice and Detective Burns must dig deep into the toxic heart of one of the major financial centers in the world. A place where money means more than life, and no one can be counted innocent. A Killing of Angels is the second book in Kate Rhodes' Alice Quentin Series.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Young London-based psychologist Dr. Alice Quentin consults with the police occasionally, helping with serial killer profiling. DCI Don Burns begs her to help on a new case even though she is still suffering from the last one (Crossbones Yard), which almost cost her her life. Now it looks like a serial killer is targeting bankers affiliated with a particular financial institution called Angel Bank; the killer's calling cards are angel-related art postcards, designed to coordinate with each murder. Alice's curiosity is greater than her fears, so she dives in. At the same time, a vigilante psych patient, who has made it his mission to protect Alice at any cost, is stalking her. As the serial killer's victims mount, Alice doubts her own sanity, making her profiling ability somewhat skewed. VERDICT The sophomore outing for psychologist Alice Quentin ranks high on the violence meter. Rhodes's menacing tone is overlaid with an academician's love of art history, and the psychological tension is huge. Don't turn the lights off!
Kirkus Reviews
Dr. Alice Quentin is back, and she's involved in another series of murders, this time in the financial world. Police investigator Don Burns, who at last sighting (Crossbones Yard, 2013) was Quentin's foil at the London Metropolitan Police, is newly single and has slimmed down, toned up and quit smoking. Now he's knocking on Alice's door because the Met has a case they can't solve without her. This time, someone is killing off individuals associated with the Angel Bank, leaving behind a picture of an angel and a sprinkling of white feathers with each body. Alice, a psychologist, is brought in to assist. Soon, she is neck deep in the investigation and flirting with a new romance, but first she must move past her aversion to relationships. As the murderer keeps racking up kills, Alice's wandering, drug-addled brother, cold and withdrawn mother, and requisite beautiful and zany best friend are brought in to spice up the frequently plodding story. Many of the secondary characters are over-the-top, most notably an officer assigned to the case who dislikes her on sight and comes across as a cartoonish, sneering Snidely Whiplash. While the prose is adequate, the author often opts for the obvious over the subtle. The fact that London is in a heat wave, which is incidental to the story, is mentioned repetitively, as is a case from the author's previous novel, which is often referenced but never explained. Readers will find it difficult to sympathize with Alice when she elects not to report a patient who physically attacked and is now stalking her. Though the glimpse of London caught in the grips of a financial downturn and filled with a population trapped in its sweltering environs proves interesting enough, not everyone will find that the setting redeems the lackluster plot. A so-so outing that won't win Dr. Alice Quentin additional literary followers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250014306
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Alice Quentin Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 67,081
  • File size: 370 KB

Meet the Author

KATE RHODES was born in London and lives in Cambridge, England. She completed a doctorate in American literature, then taught English at universities in Britain and the United States. She is the author of the novel Crossbones Yard and two collections of poetry and has received a number of honors and awards for her writing.

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