My Top 10 Favourite Series of 2017

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I can’t wrap my head around the fact it’s time to compile favourites of the year already. Where did this year go? I don’t know but I do know that it was filled with absolutely amazing books and since my list of favourites was getting way too long, I decided to split things up. Next week, I’ll be telling you all about stand-alones but today, the focus is on series. Not all of these were published this year but as I’ve been catching up and did actually read them this year, I think that counts.

So, here we go. In alphabetical order, this is my Top 10 Favourite Series of 2017.

Angela Marsons – DI Kim Stone

I read the first book in the DI Kim Stone series when it first came out and then somehow lost track of the series but thanks to an amazing fellow blogger, I set myself the challenge to catch up before Dead Souls was published back in April. Nailed it, in case you missed it. Still one of my proudest moments. 😉 This is just an incredibly thrilling and gripping series and the last one left me completely discombobulated.

Carol Wyer – DI Robyn Carter

An author who quickly found her way onto my list of go-to authors and another series that just keeps getting better. Carol Wyer has an uncanny ability to make me sympathise with the “bad guys”. She also has this mean streak of letting you get to know a character and caring for them, only to kill them off. Love it! There’s also an intriguing backstory that has me hooked!

C.J. Carver – Dan Forrester

I knew from the second I started reading the first book that this series would make the list. This series is perfect for binge-reading, which is exactly what I did and I read all three in three days. My reviews will be shared soon but I tell you right now, if you are not reading these, you are missing out!

David Videcette – DI Jake Flannagan

I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story …

With that one sentence, David Videcette had me hook, line and sinker! The author is a former Scotland Yard investigator and boy, does that show! Inspired by true events, this series just blows my mind to smithereens.

Graham Smith – Jake Boulder

Bad boy Jake Boulder wormed his way into my heart from the minute I met him and Graham Smith effortlessly found his way onto my list of go-to authors this year.

Helen Fields – DI Luc Callanagh

Truly magnificent series with taut and brilliantly executed plots full of lovely gruesomeness! Possibly not for the faint-hearted. Watch out for book 3 Perfect Death, which is coming in January!

Michael Wood – DCI Matilda Darke

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An absolute corker! Matilda’s new case leads her to Starling House, a home for some of the country’s deadliest teenagers who are too young to be sent to prison. When someone is murdered, it’s up to Matilda and her team to figure out if the killer is one of the teenage boys or someone from the staff. Can any of them be trusted?

Rachel Amphlett – Detective Kay Hunter

Rachel Amphlett always delivers an interesting premise and manages to balance Kay Hunter’s personal and professional life like no other. These are all hugely entertaining page-turners and I always quite happily drop whatever it is I’m doing to read the next instalment as soon as it publishes.

Sarah Hilary – DI Marnie Rome

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Without a doubt the best one in the series yet. Sarah Hilary’s writing just keeps getting better and better. Marnie’s foster brother returns, and it’s obvious he’s not done playing games. Meanwhile, Noah is faced with some difficult decisions concerning his brother.

Sarah Ward – DC Connie Childs

I didn’t review either one of these on the blog. A Deadly Thaw was published before I started blogging and I read A Patient Fury on holiday. It left me rather speechless. While I did take notes, by the time I got home they made zero sense to me so the review was never written. Sarah Ward continues to raise the bar and blow my mind at the same time. This is a corker of a series and a writer to watch!

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And there you have it. The best series this year according to little old me. Do you agree with my choices? Did I forget to include a firm favourite of yours? Have you read any of these or would you like to? Do let me know in the comments so we can talk about books!

Next Friday, I’ll be sharing my Top 10 favourite stand-alone books of 2017. Or maybe 20. I haven’t quite figured it out yet. See you then!

Happy reading! xx

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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Look Closer by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

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4*

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How far would you go to protect a secret? How far would you go to expose a lie?

Will Fletcher seems to have it all – perfect job, perfect life. Then in one act of extreme violence, his world is turned upside down. A bungled assassination attempt on a London street uncovers a disturbing conspiracy fuelled by organised crime and political ambition. Now, Will finds himself on the run, pursued by a dangerous enemy who will stop at nothing to protect his employer’s past.

The only way to stop the chain of events is to follow a trail of clues that lead to the heart of British politics. With the date for the UK General Election only days away and the killers closing inn Will is running out of time to deliver his own version of vigilante justice and expose the corruption. As the web of lies and deceit unravels, Will knows the answer’s out there. All he has to do is look closer. Everyone has secrets. Everyone lies.

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I’m a big fan of Rachel Amphlett’s Kay Hunter series but I’d never read any of her other work so I was really excited when the opportunity to review this book came my way.

Will Fletcher is an ordinary guy with a ordinary job, working at the British Museum. But then there’s an assassination attempt on a politician running to be the next Prime Minister and Will’s life is turned upside down. Suddenly he finds himself caught in a web of lies and deceit, with bad guys on his back at every turn.

Look Closer has a brilliantly constructed plot with a few surprises and twists and turns along the way.  It’s well written, captivating and gripping. I felt really sympathetic towards Will, who’s desperately trying to find answers in a world he’s not at all familiar with. All he can do is follow his instincts and the clues that were left behind. I can’t even begin to imagine what I’d do if I were caught up in a situation like that. Let’s hope I never have to find out either!

This is one excellent and exciting thriller, full of suspense and action, that held my attention from start to finish. It would make one heck of a movie, as in many ways, it reminded me of a good old fashioned spy movie. But without the spy. That made sense in my head.

Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my copy, which I chose to review honestly.

Look Closer was published in March 2015.

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Will To Live – Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

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5*

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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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