Kate Rhodes began her working life as an usherette in a London theatre, then as a cocktail waitress, before going to university as a mature student and qualifying as an English teacher. Since that time she has taught creative writing in British and American schools and universities.

Kate was a poet before becoming a professional crime writer. Her second collection The Alice Trap was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Kate is the author of the acclaimed Alice Quentin crime series, which is set in London and includes Crossbones Yard, A Killing of Angels, The Winter Foundlings, River of Souls and Blood Symmetry. Her new crime novel, Hell Bay, is set in Cornwall and will be published in January 2018. Kate received the Ruth Rendell prize for short fiction in 2015.