Loyalty has a price.
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 was published on the 11th March 2018, many thanks to the author for my copy of the book for this review.
Anyone who has followed my blog for a while will know that I am a huge fan of Rachel Amphlett’s Kay Hunter series so I was very excited to read book 5. Although I have been a bit of a bad blogger; reading books but accumulating a list of reviews to write….I just want to read ALL the books! Anyway I digress 🙂
Following the events of the last book, Hell To Pay Kay is only just returning back to work and is therefore on light duties – much to Kay’s annoyance! DI Devon Sharp is still suspended so Kay decides that she’ll clear both her and Sharp’s names. So up to this point I have said that the books can be read as standalones but better to know the background however with Call To Arms it is my opinion that you need to have read Hell To Pay as the books are intrinsically linked. Trust me, this is no hardship as the series is fabulous and so quick to read as you do not want to put them down once started!
Kay starts relooking at a cold case which may help Sharp’s case if she can prove that it wasn’t fully investigated – a motorcyclist died following, what appears to be a accident whereby he skidded and lost control of his motorcycle. At the time, Sharp was working for the military police however as this happened away from barracks, he was not directly involved in the investigation into this young army private’s death. However the more digging that Kay and the team do, the more complicated the investigation becomes, and not just because it involves a senior colleague….that is all I am saying about the plot!!
As with previous books in the series, this is brilliantly written – we see a different side of Kay and the team as the cold case is ten years old. Forensic techniques have moved on a lot since then, also they face issues of finding old witnesses who have either moved on, died or simply forgotten the details of the events at that time.
Another brilliant read in this gripping series.
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, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.
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.