It is my absolute pleasure to share my thoughts with you all on the latest Kay Hunter thriller from Rachel Amphlett, Bridge to Burn, which is released today. Happy publication day to you Rachel! I’ve been a big fan of the series since the start and am always excited to hear another book is on the horizon, and this one was no exception. Here is what it’s all about:
About the Book
When a mummified body is found in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.
The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies and organised crime within the tight-knit community – and Kay’s determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.
But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shockwave through her personal life and make her question everything she values.
Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?
If there is one thing you are guarantee when picking up a Rachel Amphlett book it is that you are going to be faced with a compelling and attention grabbing story which is either full of action or emotion. The earlier books in the series have been heavy on the action, with rather intense investigations, dramatic chases and situations which have seen our protagonist, Kay Hunter, in a fight for both her life and her career. This book was a slight change in pace with Kay’s work life back on an even keel and the focus very much on the personal side of her life. How this affects her and her focus on the job is a key part of the story, one which leads to more personal revelations and pain for Kay.
The story opens in true series dramatic fashion with a body falling from the ceiling of a refurbished building, taking the new residents and the repair man who makes the grim discovery completely by surprise. The investigation leads Kay and the team back to the company who did most of the refurbishments and the various contractors and sub contractors who were involved. Some seem above board, others decidedly more suspect. But who is the body in the ceiling and what do the contractors know about it?
I do love the way the characters have been developed in this series. Kay is very much at the head, and heart, of the team, but all those around her bring something special, be it her newly appointed DS, Ian Barnes, or his colleague DS Carys Miles or even the super keen and seemingly irrepressible Gavin Piper. I really love them all and the team dynamic is brilliantly portrayed in all of the books, When Kay is at her lowest ebb, Barnes really steps up and from a shaky start way back in book one, it’s great to see how far their friendship has grown. I also love the support she gets at home from her partner, Adam, veterinarian extraordinaire. No Sid the snake this time but he always manages to bring a smile with the clientele he brings home for some respite. It’s so nice to see a relationship that works and that isn’t fraught with drama. They’ve had their fair share of it over the past few years but it’s made them stronger and they’re a pairing I adore.
From a story perspective, as I said earlier, it’s not as frantic as some of the earlier books in terms of the investigation. The victim has been dead a long time and investigating the death is far more complicated for the team than being faced with a fresh body. The pacing reflects this, as well as the interruption caused by Kay’s personal situation, but doesn’t prevent the author from ramping up the tension and firing no end of potential suspect at us to choose from. You also get a real sense of place as you always do with this author’s books, putting you at the heart of the story.
To be fair, the change of pace was nice, giving us chance to see the strength of the team as a unit as well as to slowly unravel a complicated and ultimately sad story. Emotions were very much at the heart of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was still left thrilled and a little surprised by the conclusion and completely satisfied.
And the ending. Emotional and poignant, allowing Kay a chance to address something she had been avoiding for too long. Top stuff. I love these books and cannot wait to read more.
If you would like to read the book for yourself, it is available now from the following retailers:
About the Author
Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.
She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Ken Follett, and Stuart MacBride.
She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.
Her novels are available in eBook, paperback and audiobook formats from worldwide retailers including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play.
A keen traveller, Rachel holds both EU and Australian passports and can usually be found plotting her next trip two years in advance!