Author: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 9
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Released: May 14, 2020
When the body of a naked man is found in the middle of a barren field, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.
Discovering that someone is offering money in return for information about the dead man and anyone connected to him, Detective Kay Hunter realises there is a dark side to the victim’s past.
When a key witness disappears and a web of deceit and lies threatens to derail the investigation, she fears the worst.
Can Kay and her team of detectives find out who is behind the man’s murder before another victim is targeted?
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.
Alison Campbell is an actress based in Bristol, U.K. She has lent her voice to 50+ audiobooks, cartoons, documentaries and dramas. She can be found treading the boards across the country, in everything from Shakespeare to hip hop kids adventures. On screen she has appeared in dramas and science documentaries, her most recent co star was a CGI elephant. She can also be found performing the Natural Theatre Company’s award-winning surreal brand of interactive comedy around the globe.
Luke frowned as the form became a shape, and then the shape became the outline of man. A naked man. ‘Are you all right, mate?’ He kept his voice jovial, despite the spike in his heart rate. What was he? Drunk? He’d have to be, out here exposed to the elements, except—Luke stopped, then swallowed. Throat dry, a bitter acidic taste on the back of his tongue, the reality caught up with his brain. The man wasn’t drunk. His whole body lay contorted within the brown soil, his arms at unnatural angles. His legs—Jesus, what had happened to his legs? –were disproportionate in size to his torso, and mud splashed over his skin as if he’d tripped over without trying to break hi fall. And his face—Luke turned away, stomach churning, and saw then what the crows had been doing.
Have you ever wanted to become a police detective? What is it that you desire when you think about it? Saving lives? Enforcing the law? Having a gun and a baton? Amphlett’s ability to lure readers in with her fearless female heroine is absolutely rich. Keep hanging on to your seat because the author always finds a way to make her mysteries unpredictable and entertaining up until the very end.
Another body. Another day. This is Detective Kay Hunter’s life and passion. Catching the bad guys, putting them away, and attempting to save as many innocents as she can. But what happens when one slips through the cracks? The bad guy gets to them before she can? It’s always a race against time when the law is on the line, isn’t it? When Kay is called in on an assumed suicide via airplane dive, Kay knows that her and her team must take another look. Why would someone want to commit suicide that way? Crushing every bone in their body seems like a painful way to die unless dying on impact was the desired effect. Kay doesn’t buy it though. Someone had to have pushed him out of that airline craft and she becomes determined to find who did and why. What she finds may open up a whole slew of problems for the farming business.
Amphlett has a terrific installment in her infamous Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series. The team carries on throughout each installment with little to no deviation, but this time, a beloved character is changing the pace a bit with the hints of possible departure. Back when the first installment came out on audiobook, the narrator immediately pulled you in. Now, nine installments in and Campbell still has the capacity to awe with her quick wit and stunning, but steady vocal relay. Amphlett definitely helps by having some intricately woven mysteries for Detective Kay Hunter and her team to solve, each one a little bit darker than the one before, from what it seems. If you are a reader of murder mysteries and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the ninth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can read it as a standalone, but there’s more enjoyment if you read alongside the characters from the beginning. It is intriguing to see the progress that each character makes throughout their career and you can easily become attached.
The 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 Turned to Dust by Rachel Amphlett.
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