Any one who follows my blog (hello and thank you) will probably realise that I am a huge fan of Rachel Amphlett’s work. Be it her Dan Taylor thrillers (and I still think he needs to make a return), her super popular Kent set Kay Hunter series, the brand new Mark Turpin books, her Assassin series featuring Eva Delacourt, or even her standalone titles, there really is something for everyone who loves great crime and action thrillers. What I’ve really enjoyed over the past couple of years have been the short stories Rachel has released as part of her Case Files series. This fills in the gaps for those of us craving and waiting (almost) patiently for another full length adventure.
Well … whether you are already a fan or you are new to the Case Files series, there is some absolutely brilliant news to share. Rachel Amphlett has combined all of her brilliant short stories into a brand new podcast – Case Files: Short Crime Fiction Stories.
Inspired by research from Bookwire that revealed Gen Z enjoys listening to crime stories as much as reading them, Rachel headed to the recording studio.
If you love audio drama or true crime podcasts, then Case Files: Short Crime Fiction Storiesis just for you. With each episode of the series less than an hour, you can grab a crime fiction fix over lunch, while walking the dog, or in the gym. Season one will see a new story released each week from September 26 to October 31 and a second season is in production.
“True crime podcasts are popular, you’ve got scripted audio drama like radio plays, and you’ve got some people who take their audiobooks and serialise them. But as far as I can find, there are no crime fiction or murder mystery publishers regularly sharing new stories by their authors on podcasts.
“This got me thinking about whether I could reach a new demographic of readers through a different worldwide audience and nurture them into readers of my audiobooks, my ebooks, or my print books. It’s providing a connection between a podcast audience and an audiobook audience.”
Bookwire’s research found:
● 16 to 24-year-olds listen to podcasts more frequently than any other generation
● They mainly consume media on the major music streaming platforms
● 43% of Gen Z stream audiobooks on Spotify
● 77% stream podcasts on Spotify
Rachel has written more than 30 crime novels and short stories featuring spies, detectives, vigilantes, and assassins. The USA Today bestselling author has created two detective series, Detective Kay Hunter and Detective Mark Turpin as well as thrillers featuring Dan Taylor and Eva Delacourt.
Inspired by reading books as a child, her aim is ‘to write gripping stories that you won’t want to put down’.
She said: “The first tales I fell in love with were written by Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Rod Serling and Roald Dahl.
Case Files: Short Crime Fiction Stories is available on all major podcast apps including Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts. For episode updates go to www.shortcrimestories.com.
You can find and subscribe to the podcast at the following sites:
The first short story will be broadcast on 26th September. Don’t miss out. I’m so excited for this series as the books have been brilliant – a mixture of suspense, thrills and the odd laugh out loud moment too. Don’t be fooled into thinking that with a short story you’ll miss out on some surprises and suspense. Rachel Amphlett is brilliant at misdirection and giving the tales a twist you really won’t be expecting. I can’t wait to hear them all brought to life. I hope you enjoy them all as much as I have.
About the Author
Before turning to writing, USA Today bestselling crime author Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio, and worked in publishing as an editorial assistant.
She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction with over 30 novels and short stories featuring spies, detectives, vigilantes, and assassins.
Rachel’s stories are available in eBook, print and audiobook formats from libraries and retailers as well as her own shop.
A keen traveller, Rachel has both Australian and British citizenship.
She loves hearing from readers and personally replies to every email.