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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2016 Saxon Publishing (P)2017 Saxon Publishing

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Solid Police Procedural Makes the Mark

I enjoyed Scared to Death for what it is: a down to earth, readable and reasonably suspenseful modern police procedural. This novel may not a groundbreaker, but it contains all the elements of a good mystery and stands out in a few areas: a feeling of spookiness in the atmosphere, a descriptive darkness pulls the reader in; crimes that made me shiver but that were not overdone, or overtly gory- more of a slow-burning suspense. I liked that the author created a sense of ambivalence between the victims and the evildoer, as more and more is learned about what the victims’ own behavior might have provoked in an individual with a fragile ego. Finally, the author has crafted an enigmatic heroine, who shows true strength, grit and most importantly, class, in her dealings with some tough politics at the office. This was a good read and I look forward to seeing what the series has in store.

I was given this review copy audiobook for free at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Solid detective story

Thanks to the author and Audioboom for the review copy. This is a great beginning to a new-to-me, detective series. Strong female lead- exciting story. Looking forward to reading more.

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Ready to binge the Series!

I started at the beginning with this Book 1 of the Kay Hunter series and now I am going to read all the others. I like the characters and the story was engaging. I enjoy police procedurals with female leads but do not want to be bogged down with too much detail on their personal or romantic lives. I can get that in a work of general fiction. This book hit the mark for me- enough to provide some insight but not so much that you lost track of the central plot line. The only negative for me was the narrator. I see that some readers love her so it is obviously a matter of individual taste, but I found her to be quite irritating. Her dialogue voice was very good, but the general narration drove me up the wall with her very measured and d-i-s-t-i-n-c-t enunciation of every word. I see she narrates all of this series however, so I guess I will just have to get used to it. Otherwise this was a great book.

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I've found my new murder mystery addiction

I enjoyed this gritty British detective story. Kay Hunter is a very interesting character. While the tale starts off in the midst of this gripping kidnapping, it was really Kay’s character that drew me into the story. She’s recently been through the ringer and we get hints of that as we move forward through this mystery. I wanted to know more about her throughout the entire story.

The mystery itself was worthy. First, we have a kidnapped teen (Melanie Richards) whose body is later found. The manner of her corpse gives Kay clues but a murdered man later in the story muddies the waters for her. For us readers, we get these scenes from the murder’s point of view. So it’s a delicious cat and mouse game. Later, a second girl is kidnapped and this ups the stakes for Kay.

My one quibble is that near the end of the book Kay acts out of character, rushing in. Without saying too much, this was an extremely stupid move and so didn’t fit with her actions throughout the story. I felt it was there just to add drama to the story and it wasn’t really necessary.

I liked the teen bullying angle and how other teens react to the kidnapping of the first girl. The parents have a different reaction to the kidnapping, of course, but then to learn about the bullying surprised them. It was a nice touch and it also showed that even after the mystery is solved, there are still things to address with the teens.

I have to mention Adam, Kay’s husband. He’s a veterinarian and a very supportive man. We only get a few scenes with him but he appears to be a very solid loving man that is devoted to Kay. That made me happy because she has so much on her plate, has recently been through quite a bit, and everyone needs someone in their corner. All told, an enjoyable read. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Alison Campbell made a very good Detective Kay Hunter. She captured all of her numerous emotions throughout the story. Campbell also had regional accents throughout and her masculine voices were believable. All around, it was a very good performance with no technical 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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Pretty good for the first in the series

Rachel Amphlett’s first in the Detective Kay Hunter series wAs pretty good up until the last chapter. The ending was not believable, however I will continue on with the series and hope the next will be better. Alison Campbell did a good job of bringing the story to life.

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A lot of sick drivel

There was some good examples of plodding investigative work
Yuck on the rest
Too much like tv drama

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  • Dawn H
  • Baxter Springs, KS
  • 04-02-18

Good Crime Story

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.

Scared to Death begins with a horrific scene which ends up being what is thought to be a kidnapping gone bad. Detective Kay Hunter's team is investigating the kidnapping and murder. She's intelligent, strong, and dedicated and I like her. Her boss is difficult to work for because he doesn't have faith in her but she's determined to prove that she knows what she's doing. 

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation. 

With what turns out to be a serial killer on the loose, Scared to Death is full of intrigue as well as some twists. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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An Excellent Beginning to an exciting series

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.


An excellent beginningeginning to an exciting series!

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It had me glued to my headphones

A schoolgirl is kidnapped and found dead in terrible circumstances. Detective Kay Hunter is assigned to the case, but finding the culprit seems to be very difficult since the motives are not clear. Why was the girl kidnapped and killed, since the ransom was just a small amount of money and it was not even claimed?

Thrillers are not my main favorite genre, but I enjoy them from time to time to take a rest from other books. This was a really good thriller, with realistic characters, a good plot with several twists and turns, and the right amount of tension to have me glued to my headphones. The audiobook is almost eight hours and a half, but I listened to it in less than a weekend (I managed to complete a lot of chores). There is a lot of action, but not only that. The main character is well developed and has a back story that I expect to be of importance in the next books. Her marriage differs somewhat from other couples seen in thrillers, which I found refreshing.

We know who the killer is from quite early in the story, but we know we are still missing a lot of information, and there are several twists that made me want to know more. The killer profile is not completely original, but that makes it believable and interesting in equal parts.

I loved Alison Campbell's narration. She delivered great character's interpretations and and gave different voices and styles to all the characters. This was done in a very subtle way avoiding interfering with the story. It was the perfect match for this book.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the series, and to know more about Kay's past and how she came to be where she is now.

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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Scared to Death

Children should never be faced with death. It is immoral, it is devastating and it is tragic. But, who do you place the blame on? If it is cancer, the blame is placed on doctors or perhaps the man upstairs, but there is rarely ever vengeful thoughts or a demand for justice. When it is murder—that blame is placed irrevocably on the person responsible for abruptly ending that life. Murder makes everyone look guilty and suddenly motive is everywhere, but could it have been random? A complete stranger or was it someone close? Amphlett has an intriguing first installment in her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series which will leave readers entertained and guessing for most of the story.

Detective Kay Hunter is on the case. A girl has been reported to have been strangled to death in an abandoned biosciences building. With the ongoing search, the higher ups think this should be a clean open and shut case, especially since a man turns up in the local park with a suicide note and a suitcase full of ransom cash from the girl’s parents. The detective is not so easily convinced though. After investigating the crime scene and everyone who came in contact with her, she is determined that this girl will not be a cold case. Once another girl is kidnapped, it not only provides them more clues about the killer, but it becomes a personal vendetta for the police force. Will Detective Kay Hunter and her partner be able to find the girl before time runs out?

Amphlett has a terrific first installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Scared to Death. The character development is purposefully slow as to not give away the whole story-line right away, but the pace and flow are steady. 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. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the first installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can jump right in.

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 Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett.

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  • Oops 66
  • 08-22-18

I do like a female detective story.

The story was very good would have preferred more description of each and every character. The characters come alive if we can see what the author sees in her characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-18

Awesome

Great book, fantastic narration, five stars all the way. Will be getting the next one

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  • niamh bonner
  • 02-21-18

Great first in series

Really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. A good strong female lead surrounded by bullying bosses. Can't wait to start book 2

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  • Emma Mitchell
  • 11-23-17

Fanbloodytastic

OH! MY! GOD!
Scared to Death starts with a bang!
The parents of a young school girl are racing against the clock to get to their daughter, who has been kidnapped. They must reach her in time, otherwise she dies . . .
What a nightmare this starts out with! Every parents worst fear is realised in the first page of this book and the tension, fear and mental anguish doesn't stop at all!
Amphlett writes so well, I loved how I was totally drawn into the words of this book, completely a totally gripping me from the first word to the last. I sometimes find that when we are reading the first of a series, the author tends to focus a lot on building the characters (which is fine by the way, it's such an important part of the writing/reading process) but it does sometimes mean that the focus on the story is lost and perhaps the actually story is lost, not with Amphlett though, Oh no! Amphlett not only manages to build an amazing set of characters that I am desperate to know more about, she also delivers an amazingly gripping, thrilling and completely absorbing story too.
There is no let up in this book, we are taken a roller coaster of twists and turns as the team race against the clock to catch a killer.
Scared to Death is a fast paced, gritty page turner that will leave you on the edge of your seat, gasping for breath!
I would highly recommend this to any crime book fans, it's a belter!!!!

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  • Timi
  • 10-15-17

An intense and gripping first novel in the series

I'm always glad to find authors and series new to me. Thanks to Rachel Amphlett and Audiobook Boom for introducing me to the first instalment of the Detective Kay Hunter series, Scared to death!
The story grabbed my attention right away. Although this isn't a whodunnit, the identity of the culprit is known from early on, there is still a guessing game to find out his reasons and other unknown matters related to these kidnappings/murders. It is also a race against time, making it a fast paced, intense and really interesting novel.
The protagonist, Kay Hunter is a great lead character: she is realistic, down-to-earth, a good team player and determined. She is not without faults though and I'm looking forward to finding out more about her backstory in the next book.
Overall, this is a gripping novel that I would recommend to anyone who likes a great police procedural.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful