“If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully.”
About Audiobook #1
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes
Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮2017
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1
Release date: Oct. 2, 2017
Synopsis: “If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully.”
When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.
But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.
When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realized.
With her career in jeopardy – desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.
For the killer, the game has only just begun….
Scared to Death is the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future….
If you like the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks series and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, discover Rachel Amphlett’s new detective novels today.
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Rachel Amphlett has found the secret to create a thriller crime series. When I listened to this audiobook I got the sense that everything gels well together. I’d say the author excels at portraying realistic crime scenes, fascinating plotting, with a unique killer. Which, in this crowded field is easier said than done. A very solid book and balanced writing.
Narrator Alison Campbell has intriguing style of narration. Her accent is great with the ability to create various character voices. Pacing is slower, yet lures you more into the story. Great job! I’m definitely looking forward continuing this series!
*Name at least 3 things you love about writing crime fiction.
- I’m always learning something new, whether it’s about police procedure, forensics, or locations
2. The characters! I always wanted to make sure this series wasn’t just about Kay Hunter – there’s a great supporting cast, too
3. Trying to out-fox the reader so you can’t guess who the killer is 🙂
*How have authors like Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum influenced you?
Enormously. When I set out to write the Detective Kay Hunter series, I read every interview I could find with Michael Connelly for instance. With a career spanning decades and nearly thirty books in his Harry Bosch world, he’s one of the writers I truly admire in this genre, along with Peter James, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. They all continue to write up to the minute and relevant stories and I’d like to think I could sustain a career with the same longevity.
Reading both Lee Child and Robert Ludlum’s books taught me how important doing your research and pacing in the story are – the two go hand-in-hand, because you musn’t bore the reader!
*What are the major writing difference between spy thrillers with Dan Taylor and crime fiction with Detective Kay Hunter?
The Dan Taylor series is more plot driven, although readers do love the characters, and the Kay Hunter series is more character driven. I think that’s because by the time I started to write the Kay Hunter books I was more confident as a writer and it shows.
*If you could compose a dream team of the top 5 spies who would you select?
Jason Bourne, Nikita, Leon, and Decker and Eva Delacourt from my English Spy Mysteries series!
*A dream team of the top 5 detectives?
That has to be Harry Bosch, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Alan Banks, and Vera.
*Is it harder to write a thriller or mystery?
I definitely find the spy series (both of them) harder to write, simply due to the amount of research that’s involved.
*Is Detective Kay Hunter based on a real personality?
*What’s next for you?
I’m currently writing the sixth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series, and tapping away at the first in what will be a new crime series in my “spare” time.
About the Author: Rachel Amphlett
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.