Scared to Death

Detective Kay Hunter

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Saxon Publishing
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 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 realised.

 

With her career in jeopardy and 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 a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…


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

6. GONE TO GROUND


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About the author

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the popular Detective Kay Hunter series and the Dan Taylor spy thriller series.  Originally from the UK and currently living in Australia, Rachel's books are guaranteed page turners, with fast-paced action and storylines that will have you hooked from page one!

 

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

 

You can keep in touch with Rachel by joining her Reader Group at www.rachelamphlett.com, or via Facebook, Twitter (@RachelAmphlett), and Instagram (@rachelamphlett).

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Publisher
Saxon Publishing
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Published on
Dec 6, 2016
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Pages
360
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ISBN
9780994433756
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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 When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

 

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

 

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

 

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

 

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…


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

6. GONE TO GROUND


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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.


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

6. GONE TO GROUND


Police procedural, british detective, detective series, noir, suspense, thriller, mystery, British, female detective, women sleuth, legal thriller, thriller series, mystery series, psychological thriller, strong female, strong female protagonist, police procedural, thriller and suspense, vigilante justice, crime, action packed, police officer, hard-boiled, cozy, legal, suspense, suspense series, crime, financial, murder, theft, death, justice, crime fiction, crime novel, kidnapping, serial killers, heist, series, women's fiction, detective, conspiracy, political, terrorism, contemporary, genre fiction, murder mystery, mystery series, English detective series, English mystery series, English detective

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 spiralling 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

5. CALL TO ARMS

6. GONE TO GROUND

 

A page-turning whodunit for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and James Patterson.


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If you knew what the truth could do, would you lie?

 

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 realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

 

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries 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

6. GONE TO GROUND

 

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


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While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery. The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown. 

When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth - a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs. 

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media. 

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated. As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life. 


Gone to Ground is a gripping serial killer thriller full of page-turning suspense, and the sixth book in the Detective Kay Hunter British detective series.


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 When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

 

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

 

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

 

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

 

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…


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

6. GONE TO GROUND


Police procedural, british detective, detective series, noir, suspense, thriller, mystery, British, female detective, women sleuth, legal thriller, thriller series, mystery series, psychological thriller, strong female, strong female protagonist, police procedural, thriller and suspense, vigilante justice, crime, action packed, police officer, hard-boiled, cozy, legal, suspense, suspense series, crime, financial, murder, theft, death, justice, crime fiction, crime novel, kidnapping, serial killers, heist, series, women's fiction, detective, conspiracy, political, terrorism, contemporary, genre fiction, murder mystery, mystery series, English detective series, English mystery series, English detective

She took a mouthful of the sweet liquid and started to feel a pounding in her head. Arms went around her waist and she was half lifted and half pulled. The last thing she was aware of was her head hitting a step…

Sixteen-year-old Emily had everything to live for. A bright, beautiful teenager with a promising future ahead of her. But in one night her life is cut short. The police say it’s an accident. But her parents think she was murdered.

When Detective Rachel Prince is called in to investigate the shocking death at the height of the Edinburgh festival, her instincts tell her that things are not as they first appear. Something is very wrong.

As the case takes an unexpected turn, Rachel discovers a chilling link with the suspicious death of another international student, who stayed in the same house as Emily two years before.

Just as Rachel finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer, a painful relationship from her own past catches up with her. And Rachel must decide what is more important – catching the killer or keeping her own secrets?

A breath-taking, tense roller-coaster crime thriller featuring unforgettable series detective Rachel Prince. Now She’s Gone is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter.

What readers are saying about Now She’s Gone:

‘One of those books you just can’t put down… stayed up until 2 am… a whirlwind of action which keep you glued to the book...’ Goodreads Reviewer 

‘Absolutely fantastic… had me hooked from page one and I tore through it as fast as I could… LOTS of red herrings and cliff-hangers. Just when I thought I’d worked it out, it turned and I had to start all over again. Rachel is a great female lead… such a fantastic book I would have no hesitation in recommending it.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Wow!... I loved it… Rachel is gritty and determined… gripping… Couldn't put it down and really look forward to further books in this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow! This series is shaping up to be one of my absolute favourites! Plenty of twists… this author takes us on a thrilling journey with this stunning story. LOVED it!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

‘Intense and gripping… From the very first page the pace was electric; the tension palpable and the plot brilliantly done… Alison James is a thriller writer to watch… Highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘An intense read! I was hooked from the very first page and I can honestly say this was a wild ride… I love Rachel’s character, she’s a strong female voice and she doesn’t mess about… I strongly recommend this one!’ The Crime Time 

‘Alison James has done it again, another super good read!... keeps you hooked… Would give more than 5 stars if I could.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The twists and turns and the who dunnit approach kept you wanting to stay up to the early hours to get the answers… DI Rachel Prince is a strong character… hooked on this new series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The plotting and pacing are excellent with… There are reveals in almost every chapter so it gets very compulsive as you just have to keep turning the pages to see where it's going next…’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘My new favourite detective DI Rachel Prince… fast paced and the storyline had me hooked from the first page… I heartily recommend this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 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.


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

6. GONE TO GROUND


Police procedural, british detective, detective series, noir, suspense, thriller, mystery, British, female detective, women sleuth, legal thriller, thriller series, mystery series, psychological thriller, strong female, strong female protagonist, police procedural, thriller and suspense, vigilante justice, crime, action packed, police officer, hard-boiled, cozy, legal, suspense, suspense series, crime, financial, murder, theft, death, justice, crime fiction, crime novel, kidnapping, serial killers, heist, series, women's fiction, detective, conspiracy, political, terrorism, contemporary, genre fiction, murder mystery, mystery series, English detective series, English mystery series, English detective

Praise for White Gold



‘The style is reflective of the thrillers of Robert Ludlum... a heart-pumping page-turning thriller.’ Goodreads



A haunted man. A murdered friend. A deadly enemy.



Dan Taylor was a bomb disposal expert in the British Army until an IED killed three of his team and left him scarred for life. On the brink of self-destruction, Dan is unable to cope with the nightmares that haunt him.



Until the day an estranged friend leaves a voicemail message for him, moments before he is assassinated in cold blood.



Plunged into a global conspiracy, Dan must unravel the research notes that Peter Edgewater left behind to locate an explosive device that is being smuggled towards London by a secretive organisation hell-bent on protecting its assets – and time is running out.



White Gold is the first book in an action-packed adventure thriller series that fans of Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum and the Lee Child Jack Reacher series are calling "a blast!”



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