Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Gone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett

Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 6

Publisher: Saxon Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Released: July 4, 2018

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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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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Detective Inspector Kay Hunter eased open the passenger door of the pool vehicle and surveyed the scene before her. She’d received a call from Detective Chief Inspector Devon Sharp as she and her partner, Adam, had been having a lazy weekend brunch on the patio overlooking their garden on the outskirts of Maidstone. ‘This is exactly the sort of sensationalist story we don’t need on the front page of the newspapers,’ he said. ‘I want you to lead on this one – Barnes can be your deputy SIO, given that we still haven’t got a new detective sergeant assigned to the team. I’ll have him pick you up as soon as possible.’ Kay had sensed the familiar spike of adrenalin rush caused by the prospect of a new investigation.

 

The heat is on Detective Inspector Kay Hunter and her team to find another killer on the loose! What level would you go to find the truth when it seems like no one can be trusted? All suspects are leading back to ground zero. Amphlett captivates her readers with this mystery; this time it is a slew of men disappearing around town and turning up with severed body parts and burnt flesh.

 

DI Hunter has her plate full with handling interviews for the Detective Sergeant position that they desperately need for their team since her promotion. Everything freezes once a new case is brought to their attention though. Body parts from one victim are found right outside of the police station. It hits the news fast and political figures get involved as a way to trump the media with blowing the story out of proportion, like usual. After two more bodies turn up in other locations with the same signature, Kay dreads the media will have a field day because a serial killer has struck Maidstone. Can they find the killer before the town starts wanting them taken out of office? With all the leads that they’ve tracked down, everyone seems to have a motive, but they all seem highly credible also. Kay can just sense that they’ve missed something critical to their investigation once they learn that all victims were attendees of a single hotel in town. That just can’t be a coincidence, but what aren’t they seeing… or not seeing in this case?

 

Amphlett has done an incredible job with character development. All of the characters have motive, but they all seem extremely helpful and fearful of the killer. The heightened crime mystery is relayed to the reader quite well and the pace is wonderful. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written from the voice relay. Campbell’s narration is impeccable and enjoyable. If you are a reader of crime mystery and suspense, you may want to pick up this installment; however, there are previous installments that you may want to delve into before this one. It can be read as a standalone as far as the crime goes, but the character banter and personal dilemmas carryover from prior 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 to Gone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett.

 

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