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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 spiraling 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?

Hell to Pay is a gripping, fast-paced crime thriller, and the fourth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

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

A gripping whodunit for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci, and James Patterson.

©2017 Rachel Amphlett (P)2017 Saxon Publishing

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Another great addition to this series

Note: This is Book 4 in the series and it definitely works best if you have read the first 3 books.

This series keeps getting better and better. I really enjoy Kay Hunter and in this book she has the chance for a bit of well-deserved vengeance. In the previous 3 books, there has been this over-arching mystery that hasn’t been a part of the main mystery to each individual book. Well, now all those little bits have come home to be a part of the big main mystery in this novel. It’s been a delicious slow burn and Hell to Pay was worth the wait.

Kay’s team really pulls together to go after the Albanian crime lord Dimitri. Alas, someone higher ups pull rank and they are pushed to a secondary, support role by this new jerk, DCI Harris. He’s not quite the same cut of cloth as DCI Larch (who’s always tearing someone apart), but he definitely has some issue with Sharp (Kay’s boss). So, right here in this one paragraph, we have all the people who are causing Kay headaches (minus Sharp).

Even though Kay’s husband Adam has to be out of town for a veterinary convention, her co-workers have her back. Barnes and Gavin and Kariss (fellow detectives) and her immediate boss Sharp all know her personal beef with Dimitri. They take turns making sure Kay doesn’t go Lone Wolf. I’ve really grown to love these secondary characters, especially Gavin.

The story was the perfect balance of action and detailed sleuthing. Both are important for closing the case and Kay’s team gets that. Harris and his team – perhaps they need a refresher on how to play well with others we well as proper police procedure. As if nailing Dimitri isn’t enough work, Kay’s team as this inter-departmental feuding going on. It was all well done; I never got bored because there was always some new obstacle for Kay to take on.

The ending had a good solid punch even as it opens up the door for perhaps another long running mystery, this one concerning one of Kay’s coworkers. All told, 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Aliso Campbell did well with this book. Her male voices were much better, each being distinct and almost always masculine. Campbell is still an excellent Kay. I loved how she handled all the touch emotions in this book. There were no recording issues. 4/5 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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Hell to Pay

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.

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  • Dawn H
  • Baxter Springs, KS
  • 04-27-18

Good Crime Fiction

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 fourth Kay Hunter book that I’ve listened to and I’m enjoying the series.

Kay Hunter and her team are called when a body is discovered in the trunk of a car that was in a serious accident. When they find out that the car belongs to Kay's nemesis, she's hopeful that he'll finally be caught and go to prison. As they investigate, they uncover more than they could ever have guessed.

Kay is strong although her husband's on a business trip so she's alone at night and that makes her jumpy which is understandable.

I've been waiting since the first book for this story line to end and it was worth the wait. Everything comes together and a few things that happened in the first 3 books are now clear. This book does stand on its own, but it'd be better to read the first 3 if you can.

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. It's a difficult book to put down. Hell to Pay is a good detective mystery with a couple of surprises.

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Series is Wonderful -- Mesmerizing Characters!

First off, make sure you read or listen to the first three books of this series. Every book will give you goose bumps, and Hell to Pay is right up there with the rest.

There are so many likes to this series. With this particular book I liked the subject very much — again something that is happening in real life, so the story is very believable. The subject, human trafficking, is frightening, even and of itself, but the author really does a superb job coiling the tension ever tighter as Detective Kay comes closer to discover who is behind the woman found in the trunk of a car.

I also enjoyed the way the plot isn’t singular in its direction, but spreads to other subplots, and of course the situation Kay has with her problems at work.

Here’s a story which will have you doubting much of what you see and assuming people’s motivation behind what they do. Along side this sentiment, you’ll also find the camaraderie of co-workers who are truly loyal and friends–supporting each other through tough times. It certainly warmed my heart!

If you enjoy trying to second guess what is really happening, you won’t be able to unravel this twisted story and how it all finally comes together. Author Amphlett, my hat off to you.

The narrator does her usual phenomenal job, breathing more horror into some really well-written scenes, and emotions of support and concern from Kay’s police 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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More Excitement and Conspiracy!

Amphlett really kicks it up a notch here with Kay Hunter’s book 4! I was full of suspense with learning that there was a set up conspiracy with letting a dangerous criminal go. It was exciting and wonderful to see how everything would turn out for our heroine and her world. The story could not be any more amazing with the mystery laid out in a way that I couldn’t guess at first how everything would go. I definitely applaud this author for taking risks with the characters and storyline! I give it a 5/5 stars.
Campbell has been consistently on point as a narrator and this is no exception. I am glad to hear her put more excitement and emotion into the characters than before. She is a great addition to the novel and makes it come alive. I give her narration a 5/5 stars as well! I am sad to say goodbye to this world for now. But I will definitely be looking into the 5th book as it is on audible!

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 Harrowing Case

When Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter is called out late at night by DI Devon Sharp, she wonders why a car accident requires their presence but then Sharp shows her the arm dangling out of the boot. Clearly, the owner of the arm didn’t belong there and the detectives soon learn that the young woman may have been dead when she was put in the boot or may have died in the accident. Whichever it is, something is definitely offkilter but they have no idea where their investigation will take them.

Two years earlier, Kay had been accused of causing the police to have to release a dangerous criminal and, ever since, she has been trying to find out who set her up and has been determined to bring Jozef Demiri to justice. As the current case heats up, she and her colleagues discover some very ugly activities including sex trafficking and murder but also what appears to be corruption within the police, all somehow connected to Demiri. At the same time, Kay becomes painfully aware that she herself is being spied upon but she has no idea who could be doing that and the answers may not come before it’s too late.

In the three previous Kay Hunter books, there is a level of intensity that keeps those stories moving at a rapid pace. That same intensity is here in Hell to Pay but it’s heightened by a deep emotional current running throughout, affecting more than just Kay. Still, Kay is the one who made me sniffle a time or two and I really sympathized with her roiling feelings, especially regarding her lost baby.

Narrator Alison Campbell gets better and better with each book and her easy tone and near-perfect voices make these terrific stories a pleasure to listen to.

I’m sorry this four book tour is coming to an end now; I’ve come to think of these characters as old friends, friends I would like to know in reality. Kay is a warmhearted and trusting person who has had that trust damaged but she never loses sight of her responsibilities and her desire to make things right in the world. I’ll miss her and her husband, Adam, as well as her colleagues—Sharp, Barnes, Carys, Gavin—but wait! I don’t have to say goodbye just yet as the fifth book, Call to Arms, came out last month and I can hardly wait to start.

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Great series!

Detective Kay Hunter series is one of my favs! Alison Campbell is absolutely amazing! 5 🌟

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A gripping and intricate story

A woman's body is found in the trunk of a crashed car, and while checking for her identity, Kay Hunter discovers a gruesome conspiracy that might put even herself in danger.
I absolutely love this series, and I was looking forward to this fourth book, especially after all the ramifications that we got in the previous book. We face again a fast paced book with lots of action, twists, and interesting characters. Because at the precinct nothing is what it seems, and political issues sometimes come first.

This book almost feels like the last one of the series, since the main series arc seems to be completed. We meet in this book Kay's nemesis, Demiri, making the story reach high levels of tension and interest. There is though a fifth book that I will be listening to as soon as I can because I just need to know what happens next.

I also want to mention that apart from weaving a gripping and intricate story, and building fully-fleshed characters, Rachel Amphlett's writing style is very addictive. Every action is detailedly described, making you feel like you are watching a movie scene. I think this is what hooked me to the series, everything is crystal clear, and you can see the characters acting and nothing is amiss.

I am convinced that Alison Campbell was the perfect narrator for this series. She didn't only become Kay, but her pace and style perfectly matched the atmosphere Amphlett wanted to recreate.

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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WOWSA! High drama, high tension!

4.5 Stars. Audio Book Review. In Hell to Pay, author Rachel Amphlett has again crafted an intricate story full of tension, drama, and suspense. Following a now familiar formula (this is the fourth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series), the book starts with a bang. What initially seems innocuous is actually criminal, and as Detective Hunter digs deeper, she finds herself in the midst of a dark and sordid world. Readers discover the magnitude and horror of the scheme about half way through, so it turns from a whodunit to a race for law enforcement to stop the crimes from continuing. Hell to Pay is grim, and once the revelation about Kay's nemesis, the super creepy Jozef Demiri, is fully revealed, the story goes next level. Readers have been waiting three books for Demiri to make his move, so there is HIGH tension here.

Hell to Pay could stand alone, but I really don't' recommend it that way. Readers who start here will miss the subtle and not so subtle connections back to the prior books in the series. There has been a steady, highly interesting backstory threading through all the books, and all the parts come together and seem to culminate here. Start with book one and binge read (or read with your ears) straight through. That's what I have done and have no regrets!

There are a bunch of new characters introduced in this book, and politics within the police force plays a big part of the story -- especially in setting up where Amphlett is going to take readers in the next installment. And let me tell you, there is no shortage of jerks. The familiar characters return too, but the ever-sour Larch ("He's just one of life's career a**h*les") is suspiciously, mostly absent, and adorable vet Adam isn't as prominent. Both characters are missed. Amphlett casts some shadows around a few of the familiar, which muddies the line between the good guys and the bad ones.

"Her bright red shoes hurt Kay's un-caffeinated eyes."

One of the things I've repeatedly mentioned in my reviews of this series is how much I love that it's so completely British. I love how problems are best solved with a steaming cuppa and that caffeine is critical to operations. I can relate. There are terms that I don't understand as well as a few that took me a while to get, but they didn't detract. (Sadly, I can't share some of my favorite words/quotes/phrase because Amazon and Audible will block my review.) Suffice it to say that even some insults sound delightful when uttered with narrator Alison Campbell's accent.

Speaking of Alison Campbell -- she NAILED the narration. Again. Campbell is one of the best narrators I've listened to and really gives personality to multiple characters. She is perfect as Kay, but her affinity for voicing UBER creepy and disturbed males again shines through in Hell to Pay.

I highly recommend Hell to Pay and all of the books in this engaging police procedural series. While I am sad that the blog tour ends with this installment, happily, Amphlett has just released a fifth book in the series, Call to Arms! I am saving my $$ so it can be my next audio book download.

Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Productions for providing me a print copy in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. Full review and more special features on Hall Ways Blog.

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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 04-17-18

Best of the series!

Hell to Pay was my favorite book of the series! Everything comes together. Secrets get exposed. Ugh... I don’t even know how to write this review without spoilers. So much comes to light.

The narration by Alison Campbell was fantastic. She pulled off the feelings and the emotions so flawlessly. Kay Hunter is a strong female character and I think Campbell pulls it off. I really was impressed and could feel the tension not sure if it was the book or narrator but they certainly complimented each other. Perfect balance.

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  • Byron Kearns
  • 06-20-18

Very good read

A really good read kept you guessing all the way through really liked the narrator aswell made listening even better.