Cover Reveal : All hail the return of Kay Hunter | @RachelAmphlett | #KayHunter7 #BridgeToBurn

Few things excite me more than the knowledge that a new Kay Hunter book is on the horizon! So I’m ridiculously excited to be part of the cover reveal for book 7 in this absolutely brilliant series! Bridge To Burn will be published on January 13th and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

Let’s see what awaits Kay this time around!

When a mummified body is discovered in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.

The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies and organised crime within the tight-knit community – and Kay’s determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.

But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shockwave through her personal life and make her question everything she values.

Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?

OMG WHAT?! I can barely breathe! The anticipation might just kill me! 

I write crime fiction and spy novels, including the Kay Hunter British detective series, the Dan Taylor espionage novels, the English Spy Mysteries featuring Eva Delacourt, and a number of standalone crime thrillers.

I’m a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for my debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

My books are available through retailers worldwide and direct via my online bookstore at: https://payhip.com/RachelAmphlett

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Right, I’ve kept you waiting long enough.

Time to reveal the cover! 

Are you ready?

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Brilliant as always! Did I mention I can’t wait? I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!

Pre-order links are not available yet but will be added to this post as and when they are. For more information, please visit rachelamphlett.com where you can find out all about this book, all of Rachel’s other work and even buy some. In the meantime, go ahead and add the book to your Goodreads TBR shelf. You won’t regret it!

And mark those calendars! January 13th!

Gone To Ground by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @damppebbles #blogtour #damppebblesblogtours #KayHunter6

Thrilled to bits to join the blog tour for the next instalment in the fantastic Kay Hunter series, Gone To Ground by Rachel Amphlett! My thanks to Emma Welton for the opportunity to join and to Rachel Amphlett for my review copy.

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Author : Rachel Amphlett
Title : Gone To Ground
Series : Kay Hunter #6
Pages : 376
Publisher : Saxon Publishing
Publication date : July 8, 2018

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While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.
When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

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Kay Hunter is back! Yes, she is! And I couldn’t be more excited if I tried!

Gone To Ground is the sixth (6th!! How did that happen?) instalment in the Kay Hunter series and it still feels as fresh as the first one. I rather think you can get away with reading this one as a stand-alone since it sort of marks new beginnings, but why would you want to? Start with the first book if you haven’t done so already! I promise you won’t regret it!

The scene is set from the very first page, when a Sunday morning bike ride ends in a bit of a nightmare as one of the cyclists discovers a severed foot. Bye bye, breakfast. Kay Hunter and her team are called out to the crime scene but other than the foot, there are no clues left to find and identification is impossible. But then more body parts start to show up and it looks like Kay may be facing a serial killer. It seems the killer may have gone to ground (see what I did there?) for now but Kay is convinced they will kill again. Can she stop the killer from striking again?

Kay Hunter and her team feel like a family. Not just to each other but to me, as a reader, as well. Even though Kay has been promoted to DI, it was wonderful to see nothing much has changed. Apart from having way more administrative tasks to do, obviously. On top of that, there’s another position that needs to be filled and just like the team, I too felt wary of the possibility of needing to be introduced to a new member, an outsider. This just goes to show how invested I’ve become in the lives of these characters. Obviously I’m not telling you what happens but Rachel Amphlett handled it brilliantly.

Much needed comic relief is once again provided by Kay’s partner, Adam. If you’ve read the previous books, you’ll know that Adam is a vet and he regularly brings his work home with him. I will always love this perfect balance Rachel Amphlett creates between Kay’s professional and private life and allowing the reader to have a bit of a breather from the disturbing crimes.

The Kay Hunter series are all addictive page-turners and Gone To Ground is no different. With a gripping and frustrating investigation full of dead-ends and surprises, team banter and some chuckles there is a lot here to hold your attention throughout. I thought I had a bit of an inkling as to what was going on but the pieces of the puzzle didn’t fall into place until the end.

I’ve adored this series from the start. It’s one of those that just seems to get better and better with each book and as long as Rachel Amphlett keeps writing them, I’ll be reading them and recommending you do the same! Bring on book 7, Rachel! I’m ready!

Gone To Ground will be published on July 8th. That’s tomorrow! Not long to wait! In the meantime, you can of course pre-order.

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abouttheauthor

I write crime fiction and spy novels, including the Kay Hunter British detective series, the Dan Taylor espionage novels, the English Spy Mysteries featuring Eva Delacourt, and a number of standalone crime thrillers.

I’m a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for my debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

My books are available through retailers worldwide and direct via my online bookstore at: https://payhip.com/RachelAmphlett

Automatically go into a prize draw to win one of three signed paperback copies of each new release and receive exclusive discounts in my eBook store: join my Readers Group at http://www.rachelamphlett.com.

Author links : Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

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Author : Rachel Amphlett
Title : Call to Arms
Series : Detective Kay Hunter #5
Pages : 360
Publisher : Saxon Publishing
Publication date : March 11, 2018

aboutthebook

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers. Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser. But, as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good. Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role.

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I can’t quite believe we are already at book five in this fabulous series and it’s only getting better!

After events from the previous book, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace. Things are a bit more mellow, if you like, as Kay Hunter sinks her teeth into a cold case when she returns to work and is rather quickly tired of anything involving light duties. Not only is she determined to solve this ten year old murder, she’s desperately trying to get DI Sharp reinstated after he remains suspended. What follows is a good old-fashioned pounding-the-pavement investigation which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The concept of a cold case is utterly fascinating to me. Witnesses may have passed away, or may not even remember where they were or what they were doing all those years ago. And some people have been keeping secrets for a very long time. What will they do to hang on to those?

In this case, a young soldier died in a motorcycle accident ten years ago. DI Sharp was working for the military police at the time but wasn’t involved in the investigation since the accident happened away from barracks. But someone else was and his reputation is in tatters after recent events. Is it possible he made a mess of this case as well back in the day? If it wasn’t clear from this slightly vague stuff here, you should really read the entire series so you get the full background of events.

As always, I adore how Rachel Amphlett manages to maintain a healthy balance between the cases Kay Hunter investigates and her life at home with her husband, Adam. Just as Kay looks forward to returning home after a hard day’s work, I look forward to those chapters too as they provide the best kind of relief and allow my poor brain a moment to recover from trying to figure out the mystery that needs solving. Besides, it’s always fun trying to predict which animal Adam has brought home to take care of.

Call to Arms lends itself to being read in one sitting and had me absolutely hooked. A fantastic page-turner and another brilliant addition to the series. I very much look forward to seeing more of Kay Hunter and her team!

My thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly!

Call to Arms is available for purchase now!

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Cover Reveal : Kay Hunter returns in Call To Arms @RachelAmphlett

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Yes, you read that right! Kay Hunter is back! Eek! I’m so excited I may just do a somersault! (Just once, mind you. Probably won’t be able to get back up.)

And today, it is an absolute delight to be able to share the hot-of-the-press cover with you! But first, let’s see what book 5 (can you believe it?!) in the Kay Hunter series is all about.

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Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But, as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…

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On a scale of 1 to a bajillion, how excited are you?! I’m way up there!

Call To Arms will be published in ebook, paperback and audiobook on March 11th!

You can already pre-order your copy from Kobo and Ibooks. Other retailers will follow on publication day with launch day discounts. Keep an eye out on Rachel Amphlett’s website for more information.

Right, now that all of that is out of the way, I think I’ve kept you waiting long enough so here it is!

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Huh? Huh? What do you think? Is it March 11th yet? I can’t wait!

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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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Make sure you’re all caught up on the other books in the series!

Are you looking forward to this as much as I am? Are you a fan of the Kay Hunter series? Let me know! And don’t forget to mark March 11th on your calendars!

Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr #blogtour

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It’s such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett today! Many thanks to Rachel and Emma Mitchell for inviting me!

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Author : Rachel Amphlett
Title : Hell To Pay
Series : Detective Kay Hunter #4
Pages : 322
Publisher : Saxon Publishing
Publication date : November 16, 2017

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When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

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When Kay Hunter gets a call in the middle of the night to attend a traffic accident, she has no idea of what lies ahead. Not only does she find something in the boot of the car that really shouldn’t be there, it will also lead to an investigation that will ultimately force her to face one of her biggest nightmares.

If you’ve been following the Kay Hunter series, then you know Kay has been struggling professionally as well as personally due to someone trying to destroy her career. In Hell To Pay, the pieces of the puzzle will be falling into place but will Kay’s desire for revenge put her in danger?

This series is one of those that just keeps getting better with each instalment. The tension and the pace are quite high as the team race against the clock to catch the ultimate prize before they disappear again. But the man they’re chasing has plans of his own, none of which sound good and he always seems to be one step ahead.

I’ve always loved how Rachel Amphlett is able to effortlessly combine Kay’s personal life with her career in the police force and having these two aspects collide was quite the thrilling ride. If I want to be slightly nitpicky, I could say that maybe something was a wee bit predictable but in the grand scheme of things, I really didn’t care. Ultimately, some questions are answered but there are new ones to deal with now, which is a great way to keep a reader wanting more.

I’m not sure if could possibly be any more vague. But I’m trying really hard not to give anything away here. You just have to read it and see for yourself what’s going on. This is a quick read, one of those “I’ll just read one more chapter” books and before you know it, your afternoon is gone and you’re late starting dinner. Oops.

I can’t believe this is already book four in the series and it doesn’t look like the author or Kay, for that matter, have any intention of letting up. I’ve enjoyed this series from the start and I very much look forward to the next one, although that one will hopefully have more Adam in it. 😉

Hell To Pay will be published on November 16th!

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abouttheauthor

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

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One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr #blogtour

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Author : Rachel Amphlett
Pages : 378
Publisher : Saxon Publishing
Publication date : June 6th, 2017

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Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

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One To Watch is the third book featuring Detective Kay Hunter and this series just keeps going from strength to strength.

A sixteen year old girl, Sophie, is murdered at a party. With quite a few people in attendance, the list of suspects is long and they all desperately try to hold on to the skeletons in their closets. Why would anyone want to kill a beautiful, innocent young girl? Did Sophie know her killer? It’s up to Kay and her team to find out the truth.

This made such a nice change from the usual stuff I read. It’s not action-packed, there’s no huge number of vicious and horrible murders that make your stomach churn or high-speed car chases. There’s no race against the clock. What we have here is a good old fashioned investigation, talking to people, digging for clues and making the pieces of the puzzle fit to ultimately find the killer. If at any point you think that sounds boring, you’d be so, so wrong. It’s actually incredibly gripping!

Kay’s personal life takes a bit more of a backseat this time around but at the same time, her own private investigation into who is trying to ruin her career is amping up. That whole storyline has me hooked! Just like any other case, I’m trying to figure out who’s behind these shenanigans and what’s going on but I can’t and it’s driving me bananas! I have no doubt it’s leading somewhere amazing though.

Rachel Amphlett is one to watch (see what I did there?) and has once again delivered a brilliant and fast-paced addition to this series. I loved it and it remains right up there amongst all my other favourites.

Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett and Emma Mitchell for my advanced copy and for inviting me on the blog tour!

One To Watch will be published on June 6th.

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abouttheauthor

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

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Will To Live – Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

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Reputation is everything. When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as Suicide Mile, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries. When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him.

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Will To Live is the second book in the Kay Hunter series and it’s even better than the first one.

When a train runs over a body on the tracks, it soon becomes clear this wasn’t a suicide. It doesn’t take long for Kay to realise there may be more victims of this novel way of murdering someone.

Meanwhile, it’s also becoming increasingly obvious that someone is raging a personal vendetta against her. But who? And why? Kay continues to investigate but is she putting anyone in danger by doing so?

One of the things I love so much about this series are the various layers and threads. There’s the murder investigation, there’s the personal investigation and there’s Kay’s private life. The moments when she’s at home with Adam, who keeps bringing animals home (thank goodness not a snake this time!), offer some relief from the dark brutality of the murders. Not just for her, but for us as a reader too. It works like a charm.

This is quite a quick and action-packed read. All the characters in the team work really well together, even though you’re left to wonder who Kay can trust. There’s something quite natural about the way Rachel Amphlett writes and I can see myself having the kinds of conversation her characters have. Nothing stilted here.

While this can be read as a stand-alone, I suggest you read Scared To Death first. And then get comfortable because I have no doubt there is way more to come from Kay and Rachel Amphlett.

Will To Live is out now.

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