Author: Rachel Amplett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 4
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
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?
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.
Kay shivered as a cold gust of wind buffeted her and rocked the gantries from side to side, then turned her attention to the crash site. She could only imagine the mammoth task that faced Harriet’s team – it was only now the driver of the car was on his way to hospital that the investigators could do their job. Their task would be exacerbated by the fact that at least twelve other people had traipsed through the now-cordoned-off area since the crash.
Do the rich bad guys always win? If they have money, are they able to buy their way into all departments that actually can make their indiscretions and criminal activity disappear? There are always those who cannot be bought. Detective Kay Hunter and her team are sharp, determined and know what they are getting into with this fourth installment. Amphlett has a great story, filled with action, mystery and obsession.
The author does it again in this installment. For the fourth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, she is the one being hunted. The police department is supposed to be the one picking up the clues and hunting down the criminals, not the other way around. After having her colleague take out the cameras with expert care from her home, she still feels like she is being watched. Someone is being very vigilant in keep tabs on her and it could be the very person who can quite frankly cover up every bad deal of his with the snap of his finger. He has the money and the means do so very easily, making their job that much harder to pin their recent car crash and dead body on him. Detective Kay Hunter can play this game too though. She is determined to outsmart him and catch him at his own game, but she doesn’t realize that he has an obsession with her…a very deadly obsession which can turn the tide.
Amphlett has a great fourth installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Hell to Pay. The character development is absolutely terrific, shedding light on some characters from previous installments. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. The pace is perfect, fast and steady, making it easy to follow. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the fourth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but their are hints and nods back to previous installments.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett.
Rachel Amphlett’s Narrator Selection Process
I wanted to reach more audiobook listeners with the Detective Kay Hunter series as more and more opportunities are becoming available to authors to do so, and so I opted to pay outright for the audiobooks to be produced so I could then distribute them through an aggregator that offered a worldwide reach.
Of course, the hardest part was finding a narrator who could convey the resilience of my lead protagonist, Kay Hunter as well as the supporting cast of characters who fill the stories.
I chose to work with a production company in the UK as my series is based there. Audio Factory have an established reputation having worked with the likes of the BBC and a number of publishers, and what I really liked about their website was that they have samples from each of their narrators so you can have a listen and narrow down who is the best fit for your story.
What was very important to me was to work with a narrator for this whole series, not just one book so I approached that listening phase with my ears open for a narrator that didn’t just suit the first book, Scared to Death, but who I felt would carry the range of emotions and scenes through all the books in the series.
There were three books out by the time I was doing this – Scared to Death, Will to Live, and One to Watch, and I was busy writing Hell to Pay, so I had a pretty good idea of Kay’s voice in my head and what I was listening for.
One thing became clear to me straight away – the narrators I was listening to were reading from literary transcripts, not crime fiction for the samples, and I needed to know if those voices would carry the Kay Hunter series.
I emailed Audio Factory and explained my predicament, telling them about my plans for the series, and asked if they could help.
In a day or so, I heard back and not only were Audio Factory able to suggest some narrators who had slipped my attention, they also provided links to SoundCloud with more comprehensive samples – perfect!
Within a couple more days, I’d listened to all the samples several times but kept coming back to one narrator who sounded like the best match.
And that is how I came to be working with Alison Campbell.
Alison’s the consummate professional: from performing in theatre, film, web series and corporate role-play, she’s also an integral member of the award-winning Natural Theatre Company and works with a number of publishers across a wide range of genres.
I love how she’s taken the character of Detective Kay Hunter and made it her own, and now I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role!
You can read more about the audiobook production process on my blog here (https://www.rachelamphlett.com/behind-the-scenes/how-do-i-make-an-audiobook/) where I interview Alison and Arran from Audio Factory and take you through the whole process in more depth – it really is an eye (ear?) opening read!
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