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Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller, and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series. A whodunit for fans of Jeffery Deaver, Peter James, David Baldacci, and James Patterson.

©2017 Saxon Publishing (P)2017 Saxon Publishing

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One to Watch is One to Listen To

I thought One to Watch was a great book. This is the 3rd installment in the Kay Hunter detective series, of which I am now a firm fan. Although I have chosen to read the series in order, I believe that One to Watch would be fine to listen to on its own, too. The main plot here is unique, with plenty of "I didn't see THAT coming!" moments. The author sets the stage with a teenage girl who is taking a 'Purity Pledge,' a concept that is actually common in some parts of the U.S., as we are shown by the priest who brings the ideals to this small English town. At her Pledge Ceremony, she is found murdered by her best friend, and the pool of suspects, including a boyfriend, a betrothed, parents, clergy, and more. I think One to Watch was highly entertaining due largely to some over-the-top characters whose status as old-money royalty they cannot give up, even with bankruptcy looming; or whose newer arrival to Britain isn't good enough without family links to the aristocracy. This added a dash of humor, and it was fun to watch serious Kay and her protoge Carys play along with them. The subplot of the vendetta against Kay moves further along, and she forms an alliance with the one person in the force who she feels she can trust- or so she hopes.
Overall very enjoyable with twists I didn't see coming, and it kept me listening, so I highly recommend One to Watch.

I received a free review copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • TU
  • 01-02-18

Another great Detective Kay Hunter story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was yet another great police detective thriller by Rachel Amphlett. As with the first two books in the series, it was gritty, realistic, and suspenseful. Another great partnership between Rachel Amphlett and Allison Campbell.

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A Riveting Story

At a large country estate in Kent, a teenaged girl is murdered at a private party and Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked at the brutality of the crime and at the reactions of the people involved. Sophie was the daughter of a snooty British aristocrat and her more mild-mannered husband and the party was intended to celebrate a rather odd ceremony for Sophie, one of purity. Some of the tenets of this purity pledge carried their own very creepy tones, not least of which is the idea that the teen girl must be chaste until marriage but the teen boy is forgiven all his behavior once they marry.

This particular crime is a lot more difficult to investigate than some because of the roadblocks put in the team’s way due to the wealth and position of the various parties. DI Sharp assigns Kay and Barnes to follow certain leads while other detectives look into different aspects of the murder but each path brings them to confusing tangents that introduce ever more urgent questions. All the while, DCI Larch seems to be bent on protecting the sensibilities of Sophie’s family as well as another family whose American money apparently make them off limits.

It soon becomes obvious that this is no “routine” killing and an ultra-conservative religious program is in the mix along with greed on all sides while two very different young men are devastated by Sophie’s death…or are they? Could a major secret have been the impetus for the crime and just who was Sophie, anyway? Meanwhile, Kay is still trying to conduct her own investigation into why someone wants to destroy her career and she and her husband, Adam, begin to see that this could ultimately be much more dangerous than they initially thought.

All the characters I’ve come to like so much, and even one or two I don’t like so much, are back in this series entry and I really enjoyed the time I spent with them and the investigative efforts needed to solve this awful murder, sunk in a bog of corruption that is as unpleasant and distasteful as can be.

Once again, narrator Alison Campbell pulled me in with her outstanding work and she is fast becoming one of my favorite audiobook readers. It doesn’t hurt that she had such a good story to work with and the entire series so far has kept me riveted. For anyone looking for a British police procedural series on audio, you cannot do better than this one 😉

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A Little Brisk

I’ll start with the audio narration first! Campbell has done a great job with these characters over the course of this series. I love her voice for Kay Hunter and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the part! I love her voice in general and think she does a good American accent as well. There is an issue with some of the male voices in this book. There were a couple that sounded too similar, so I had a hard time figuring out who was who in some moments. The studio production seems to be great, no weird noises or difficulties hearing everything. I give the audio a 4/5 stars.

Amphlett’s stories are becoming more complex and involved as the series progresses. I like the theme of religion and grief in this novel. There are a lot of interesting components that this author brought to the story that kept it alive outside of the main murder mystery. I will say Kay seemed to come across as strangely brisk in moments, but overall I enjoyed listening to another Kay Hunter story! I am excited and sad for the next novel in the series. It’s the last one that I have, so I’m 99% sure I’m going to have to get the next one in the series or I’ll go crazy! I give the story a 4.5/5 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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One of the best thriller series I have read

A young aristocratic girl is found murdered with a blunt force trauma during a family party in which she was pledging to remain chaste until her marriage to a rich boy. Kay Hunter is assigned to the case, but she will also be dealing with his superior and some strange events that may indicate she could be in danger.

I'm absolutely loving these series. The story kept me hooked from beginning to end, and on the edge of my seat. Where the plot of the last book was a bit less appealing to me, this one got me interested from the beginning. Maybe because I found it easier to empathize with the young girl. Also the multiple twists and the fact that nothing was what it seemed kept the story engaging.

The series arc also evolved in this book, reaching high creepy levels and asking more questions. We know more not only about Kay but also about her colleagues.

I loved Alison Campbell's narration. Her tone kept me glued to my headphones, she beautifully interpreted the characters and gave them distinct voices and styles. Her diction is clear and the audio production was good.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I just want more. This is one of the best thriller series I have read in a long time. I can sew it being made into a successful tv show.

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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  • Dawn H
  • Baxter Springs, KS
  • 04-15-18

I'm enjoying this series!

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 third Kay Hunter book that I've read and I'm enjoying the series.

Kay Hunter and her team are called to investigate the murder of Sophie, a teenage girl who was from a prominent family. She was supposed to get engaged to Josh Hamilton but instead, she was murdered. As they investigate her murder, the list of suspects continues to grow.  Was there anyone who really knew Sophie? The secrets Kay and her team uncover seem to suggest otherwise.

I like Kay Hunter. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated. Her boss is difficult to work for but she knows what she’s doing. She doesn't always follow the rules, but she tries. She continues to focus on the case she's working on even when she knows that someone is watching her. She's not sure why and she's hoping she can get to the bottom of it at some point, but first, she needs to find a killer.

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. Between the two of them, it's difficult to stop listening to the story when I have to do something else (like talk to my husband).

One to Watch is a detective mystery with a good twist at the end. I recommend it if you like crime fiction. It's the third book in the series, but it does stand on its own. I’m looking forward to listening to the book number 4!

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A brilliant voice in crime fiction

Rachel Amphlett’s Detective Kay Hunter series is simply brilliant. Whodunit, mystery, or crime fiction fans will be pleasantly surprised with her skill in plotting a crime with unique twists.  A very creative book to say the least.

Detective Kay Hunter and company must unravel a mysterious murder of a young teen at a party full of inebriated guests. An elitist church group, a strange pastor, bickering aristocrats, and young teens are involved in classic whodunit.

There’s also a running subplot since the beginning of book one that’ll keep you on your toes. Who is out to get Detective Kay Hunter? Someone is trying to sideline her every move and keep an eye on her. That makes things very interesting!


Narrator Alison Campbell is absolutely amazing!!

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Can't get enough of this series

Having listened to the prior two books straight through in one day, I prepared myself to do the same with One to Watch, the third installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett. It was a good move! One to Watch starts with a creepy crime and is non-stop twists and turns until the finish. In terms of the whodunit aspect, I was confident that I had solved the mysteries -- and was consistently wrong.

While the book can stand alone, there is a definite advantage to reading the prior books to feel the slow-build of the side stories going on in the background of the primary crime to be solved. In One to Watch, those backstories seem to be less prominent than in prior books and the focus is more heavily on the crime and all the interviews with suspects. Nonetheless, those sub-plots are moving forward and the tension is mounting. And grief is a common thread that runs through all the stories.

Admittedly, I am thoroughly hooked on this series, but I found this installment wasn’t quite up to the same level as the other books thus far. There were times when DC Kay Hunter seemed uncharacteristically insensitive, and the descriptions were at times lackluster with some repetitive words and phrases (too much glaring and too much repeating of “I can’t believe she’s gone.”). And, the characterization of Larch has gone stale – he just didn’t add anything to the story this time and has lost his threatening edge. Strangely, I miss that.

The narration by Alison Campbell is still excellent, and she IS Kay Hunter and several of our other regular characters. In One to Watch, for the first time in the series, I had some trouble distinguishing between a couple of the male characters’ voices. Additionally, though she has a convincing American accent, there are numerous slips that detract from it (namely, adding the ‘r’ sound to the ends of words: idea sounds like idear, for example.) On the other hand, one of the most charming aspects of the series is that it’s delightfully British, so I really didn’t mind the American mispronunciations.

That I eagerly listened to all seven and a half hours of One to Watch, straight through, attests to Amphlett’s skill as a master storyteller – and Campbell’s skill at bringing the voices to life. I absolutely recommend this book and series, and downloaded the next installment, Hell to Pay (book 4), as soon as I finished listening to book three.

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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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 04-11-18

Love Campbell's narration!

While all of Rachel Amphlett’s books can be read or listened to on their own, I highly recommend that you read them in order. You get to know the characters and the situations… it all builds on each other. I love the way Amphlett writes her short, rapid chapters and how much it adds to the fast pacing of the book. One to Watch starts off strong and never lets up, there are no moments of boredom and the pace never lags, right on through to the end where the twists and turns just keep coming, it’s fantastic.

I really enjoy Allison Campbell’s narration. She is Kay Hunter to me. Campbell speaks so clearly and concisely. It’s so easy to understand her. Plus the tone of her voice is soothing and I just like listening to her.

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This series just keeps getting better.

This entire series has been a fast paced, action packed, thrill ride. I love it! Book 3 did not disappoint. I revel in Amphlett's writing style and her strong protagonist in Detective Kay Hunter. I enjoy that the author has the main storyline as well as a secondary story throughtout the series. As the reader I get to delve into the mind of the killer while meticulously noting every detail of Hunter's co-workers in an attempt to determine who is undermining her. Very smart writing on the author's part.

In One to Watch all the suspects in Sophia's murder were shady. A "whodunit" that left me guessing and shocked at the end. LOVED IT.

The narrator, Alison Campbell, is superb! I need her to narrator all the audiobooks for me. Yes, I adore her voice just that much. Just can't get enough.