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Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country's most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn't the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes her inquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay's inquiries will reach far beyond her new role....

Call to Arms is a gripping murder mystery,and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

  1. Scared to Death
  2. Will to Live
  3. One to Watch
  4. Hell to Pay
  5. Call to Arms

 A page-turning murder mystery for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci, and Harlen Coben.  

©2018 Rachel Amphlett (P)2018 Saxon Publishing

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This series keeps giving and giving

Note: This is Book 5 in the series and works mostly fine as a stand alone though is best read as part of the series to get the most out of it.

This series continues to deliver! This time Kay Hunter has a cold case to investigate. She’s been on medical leave since the events of the previous book. Now that she’s back, she’s been stuck on desk duty while her boss, Sharp, is on suspension pending the outcome of a formal internal investigation. Kay and her team think that’s all bull and want to do everything they can to get their boss back. But first Kay needs Larch’s blessing. She and Larch have never seen eye to eye. I really started to form an attachment to Larch in this book, seeing the more human side to him.

About a decade ago, there was a motorcycle fatality that was ruled an accident but Sharp has always suspected there was more to it. Now Kay and her team dig out the old reports and start re-interviewing friends, coworkers, and family of the dead man (Jaime). Everyone agrees that Jaime was an excellent motorcyclist but the weather was bad that night and even the best can make a fatal error. I did think this was the one weak spot in the story. The stats don’t sugarcoat motorcycle fatalities and sometimes the driver simply makes a fatal error. However, no one on Kay’s team really takes this possibility seriously and so they were predisposed to find another cause. They do spend some time mulling over wildlife or debris on the road, saying that if it had been a rabbit, they would have found the carcass on the side of the road. As if no predators might come along and make off with it…. Anyway, this one little weak spot didn’t ruin the book for me.

Jaime’s parents (Michael and Brigit?) still live on the family farm. His twin sister Natalie is nearby as well. He worked for the military so Kay and her team dig into his activities and discover a surprise! The more they look into this matter, the more it looks like someone put the pressure on to rule Jaime’s death an accident.

Towards the end, Kay is hot on the trail of one of the bad guys and she and another cop enter a house with just their wits and expanding batons. Yep. Now if I hadn’t recently watched Hard Sun and seen just how efficiently vicious a trained person can be with an expanding baton, I would have called Kay a twit for going into an unknown situation without some more serious hardware.

The end of the story had me raising a pint for Kay and her team. I’ve come to really enjoy this series and this book is another worthy addition. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Alison Campbell has turned out to be a good pick for this series. Her performance needed a little polishing with the earlier books but with this one she has given a great performance. She’s the perfect Kay Hunter. All her characters have distinct voices and her male characters sound masculine. Campbell also does a great job with all the emotions in this tale. There were no recording issues. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A Cold Case that Shocks!

Kay Hunter is finally back at work after her injuries from her last case. After finding out Williamson is corrupt, and was responsible for her injuries. While in prison the allegations he has made against DI Devon Sharp. Her direct boss is on forced leave until Kay can clear him of the allegations .
So we start with Kay working on a 10 year old cold case. The case is of a soldier who is killed in a motorcycle accident. Doubts were raised, but never investigated properly.
This is what appears to be a simple case. Unfortunately the investigation uncovers much more than anyone is expecting. I love a good detective series, and this is a good series. It makes you feel like you are there discovering the clues with them. I really enjoyed this for many reasons. I felt I was in the middle of the story with a huge cast of characters, what always surprises me when I get to the end and there is only one narrator. The other is it finishes to quickly, so I now am waiting for book six
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
 

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Call to Arms

There is a reputation that you make with everything that you do. For police officers, the precedent is set really high to succeed and close cases. Does that mean that closing the case as quickly as possible is always the best solution? What if you get the wrong guy? What if you destroy someone’s life who may be innocent? Amphlett has a great story, and they just keep getting better as the series continues!

An old case has been reopened because of the current suspension of DI Sharp, the caption of Kay’s unit. He was involved in the case pertaining to a man’s disappearance while still in the Military roughly around ten years ago. While he had suspicions about the case being ruled as an accidental suicide, the commanding officer Harrison closed the case faster than anyone could truly look into the events that occurred on that night. Now, knowing that Harrison is good at sweeping cases under the rug without all of the evidence, Detective Kay Hunter decides to give the case one more look. What she finds could save or break her captain’s career, especially if she doesn’t keep the reopened investigation a secret from the officers who could shut her down.

Amphlett has a terrific fifth installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Call to Arms. The character development is absolutely wonderful, 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 fifth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but there 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 Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett.

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Another great book in this excellent series

Agent Kay Hunter is back at work from her enounter with her nemesis and recovering from her injuries. Kay's doctor's recommendation is taking things easy until reaching full physical and mental recovery, but she just can't remain calm under DI Sharp's suspension from duties. Kay and her team will work hard to find out the truth behind Sharp's suspensions, and maybe uncover a corruption case at the police department.

I always reserve weekends for Kay Hunter's adventures to disconnect from the world avoid interruptions. Although I missed some of the exciting elements I found in the previous book, this was a very pleasureable listen too. We have to remember that there was an important story arc that closed in the previous book. The gist for his book's plot was planted in book four, but although Sharp was an important character for Kay, I had issues connecting to him.

Independent from all that, it was an exciting book, full of great moments and several plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat from beggining to end. We get to know better some of Kay's colleagues, and this made the book richer than the previous ones.

It was also nice to go back to Alison Campbell's narration, which has become for me an essencial part in this series. Her direct and compelling style kept my attention at all times, while also delivering excellent character perfomances. The audio production was spotless.

Whatever Rachel Amphlett comes up with regarding Kay Hunter, she can take my money. An amazing series for fans of thrillers.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A well written and well narrated crime thriller

Firstly let me state that this is a new series to me. While it does mention past cases etc. I do not feel that my enjoyment of Call to Arms was lessened due to not having read the previous 4 books in this series Having said that, I also feel that it would be beneficial for readers/listeners to listen to the previous books because this is really good and it does contain information on past incidents. (I would like to listen to them in the future)



Call to arms is a really well written police-procedural, thriller. Full of suspense and a really intriguing story-line. Kay Hunter has returned to work after a vicious attack and is desperate to prove that she is still capable of doing her job. Her boss DI Devon Sharp is on forced leave due to information that has been received and Kay and her partner begin investigating the cold case that DI Devon Sharp is accused of misconduct with. Investigating the linked cold case they discovers some serious flaws in the decade old initial investigation. Of course this is merely the pinnacle of the book, I don't do spoilers but I will say I have left out some great stuff! 

Rachel Amphlett is an incredibly talented writer and this is such a wonderfully written story. The way that the book is written feels like you are a fly on the wall and following along the investigation and you are drip fed a lot of the information, which is how I imagine that a real investigation builds.  You do get a wonderful sense of immersion in the case which is really well built and developed. The conclusion is equally well developed but still holds surprises.

The narration really helps brings this story to life.  Alison Campbell is a fantastic voice actor who maintains a good flow, defined characters and a really clear and pleasant voice. She manages to convey the emotions expressed throughout Call to Arms and her excellent narration is consistent from start to finish. I feel that Rachel Amphlett and Alison Campbell are a really ideal author/narrator team. 



I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A Police Procedural with Heart

By this time, with the fifth book in the series, you’d think I’d be prepared for another good book and, of course, I was but I really do think Rachel Amphlett has become one of my very favorite police procedural authors with Call to Arms. I expect to enjoy police procedurals for the tension and the action but this author takes it a step further by letting the reader really get to know the characters.

Kay has been on medical leave but is finally back on desk duty and is already bored. Newly promoted to Detective Inspector, she’s on probation but she’s in a better position than DI Devon Sharp who’s under suspension during an internal investigation. Kay and her team set out to look into a ten-year-old cold case involving Sharp in hopes of clearing his name and will follow one thin lead after another, getting deeper and deeper in the muck of greed and addiction.

What sets this series apart from others is the connection I’ve made with Kay and her colleagues. Even those we don’t know so well yet, such as Carys, are distinct in their personalities and I’m quite simply in book love with veterinarian Adam, Kay’s husband, and really enjoy the moments I get to spend with them and whatever random animal he’s brought home for a day or two. Kay and Adam have tragedy in their lives but they’re so committed to each other that they’re going to get through it.

Alison Campbell is a terrific narrator and I really think she did a brilliant job with this entry. No matter who was speaking, I knew who it was because she’s so good with voices, making an already strong story even better.

Call to Arms has so many personal issues for these characters while they delve into an old crime that I think it’s a story not to be missed. I’m adding it to my list of best books read in 2018 and am already salivating for book #6.

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The best Kay Hunter book yet

I cannot tell you how thrilled I was when I got the invitation to review the audio book of Call to Arms. I’m a huge fan of the Detective Kay Hunter series and have read with my ears all four of the prior books. This one did not disappoint, and like with the other books in the series, I listened to it straight through in a day.

Though Call to Arms is enhanced by my having read the prior installments in the series, this one stands works as a stand-alone since it is a story that doesn’t rely on prior events or character relationships. Amphlett does a great job of establishing who is who and what is what, so I don’t think readers new to the series will have any trouble jumping in.

"Just stay out of trouble this time, Hunter."

As with prior books, Call to Arms starts with action and a possible crime, this one ten years ago. In a break from prior books, readers don’t really have chapters that are told from the bad-guy perspective. As a result, readers don’t ever get into the heads of any characters other than our main character, Detective Kay Hunter – and it works just fine for this installment. For fans of the police procedural, Call to Arms is excellent because readers are uncovering information right along with the detectives assigned to the case. The danger element isn’t quite as high, but it’s fascinating going through investigative process and seeing the attention to detail that’s required to do build a solid case against a suspect (or several).

I listened to books one through four, back to back, and it has been a little over a month since I finished them. In a way, the break from the series made Call to Arms more fun because many of the familiar elements were new again and just as delightful as ever. Kay’s husband Adam, as well as his animal house guests, are all bright spots and so is the mandatory cuppa tea or coffee that are staples to solving any crimes. Returning readers will also be surprised by an ever-so-subtle shift in the relationship between Kay and DCI Angus Larch (spoiler: he’s HUMAN).

"Penny for your thoughts."
"I'm not sure they're worth that at the moment."

While Call to Arms doesn’t really do much with further building any relationships between individual characters, I like how it does tighten the group of core detectives readers have known from the beginning. This group has each other’s backs and is starting to work like a well-oiled machine, but they also genuinely care about one another. They keep it professional, but it’s clear that there is a camaraderie that only comes from being through the kinds of hell this group has experienced together. Readers get hints at the mental anguish Kay continues to feel (but tries to deny) from her past traumas, and it is likely those unresolved issues will rear their ugly head at some point down the line. She shows much weariness and some growth as there is more careful decision making and less impulsive than in other books, but she’s realistically flawed. Thank goodness! Otherwise, Kay would be too perfect, and we just can’t have that.

Rachel Amphlett knows how to tell a story and keep the readers engaged in it from start to finish. I can’t speak to the editing of the print book, but the dialogues are natural, the characters are distinctive, and the action is realistic. I have the same gripe as always -- there is far too much glaring – and there was one semi-major contradiction, and a couple of scenes that were left sitting out there, seemingly unimportant/unneeded. But overall, Amphlett nails this story, and it is firmly among my favorites.

The narration by Alison Campbell is as excellent as ever. Her pacing and expressiveness are perfect, and she voices the numerous characters without any of them sounding the same. One character was supposed to have a hint of a German accent, and I didn’t hear it, but it didn’t detract in any way. I have to say, I was sorry there was no creepy bad guy for her to voice in this book – she always does a fabulous job with that. I listened at 1.25x, and that kept the story moving at a pace I enjoyed.

I am thrilled that Amphlett is already working on the next book in the series, and I guarantee I will be grabbing it as soon as it’s out. The books in this series immerse you in another world and keep interest piqued without graphic sex or violence. The Detective Kay Hunter series is truly addictive! Get your fix!

Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Promotions for providing me a free download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

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Excellent book

The Detective Kay Hunter series is one of my favorites of 2018. Kay Hunter is back on the job having to prove herself again merely a year after barely surviving an attack. I always feel like I"m part of the investigation when I read one of these books. This time it's her boss, DI Devon Sharp who's in trouble. Kay and her team take it upon themselves to solve a cold case linked to Sharp ten years ago involving someone close to him. The mystery unravels in splendor in this page-turning crime book. I'll be eagerly awaiting book #6!

Ali Campbell does a phenomenal job narrating this series.

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  • Dawn H
  • Baxter Springs, KS
  • 05-28-18

Another good one from Rachel Amphlett

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.  This is the fifth Kay Hunter book that I’ve listened to and I’m enjoying the series. I may have to start another series by this author soon.

Kay Hunter and her team are working on a cold case in addition to their other duties. Their boss, DCI Sharp, has been suspended while an investigation is being performed on this old case but Kay and her team want to work on it themselves. She has the go-ahead from her superiors and the whole team is on board with volunteering their time in the off hours if they must. They're always able to get to the bottom of a case and this one is no different even though it's 10 years old. But will they get the results they're looking for? As usual, the results of the investigation were a complete surprise to me. 

Because Kay and her team are working so much, she doesn't see her husband a lot in the book. I'm hoping that if there are future books in the series that Adam will be a more prominent character. I enjoy reading about their relationship.

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. A Call to Arms does stand on its own but I enjoyed it even more since I've gotten to know the characters. It's a good detective mystery with a twist.

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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 05-28-18

Fantastic story!!

This might have been my favorite Kay Hunter book yet! I loved how Detective Hunter and her department. They all work so well together and as a group they compliment and flow so well. I really enjoyed that we got to have a case with Detective Hunter fully exonerated, unfortunately, all was not well since Detective Inspector Sharp was suspended.

I found the look through the cold case file completely fascinating. This was a much shorter book than the other or it at least felt that way since I was finished within a day. I was tickled to see the relationship between Detective Hunter and DCI Larch change and evolve in this book.Larch certainly seems like a real person in this book. It was a nice change of pace for him! DCI Harrison, man, he was a great character to loathe!

I was so thrilled with this ending! It did make me wonder, is this the end of the Detective Kay Hunter series? Everything seems to have settle into a pleasing ending, for myself anyway. I’d love to hear more about Det. Hunter. She’s a great character that’s easy to like, and one to root for!

Alison Campbell continues to be Detective Kay Hunter for me! There isn’t another narrator that would fit her books now in my opinion. She has just the right amount of feeling. Her voice sounds like what I’d expect from a woman Detective, strong, yet still feminine. The inflection and tone is just right! I’ve enjoyed every single Detective Kay Hunter book the Ms. Campbell has narrated! I’d love for more but only time will tell.

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  • Book Addict
  • 05-30-18

I Love this series, and every book gets better!

Kay Hunter is finally back at work after her injuries from her last case. After finding out Williamson is corrupt, and was responsible for her injuries. While in prison the allegations he has made against DI Devon Sharp. Her direct boss is on forced leave until Kay can clear him of the allegations .
So we start with Kay working on a 10 year old cold case. The case is of a soldier who is killed in a motorcycle accident. Doubts were raised, but never investigated properly.
This is a case of following what appears to be a simple case. The investigation uncovers much more than anyone is expecting. I love a good detective series, and this is a good series. It makes you feel like you are there discovering the clues with them. I really enjoyed this for many reasons. I felt I was in the middle of the story with a huge cast of characters, what always surprises me when I get to the end and there is only one narrator. The other is it finishes to quickly, so I now am waiting for book six.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-18

Awesome

Fantastic series that just gets better and better. Highly recommended, as are all the Rachel Amphlett books.