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Hell to Pay – Rachel Amphlett

When a traffic accident leaves the driver mortally wounded, the Police discover the lifeless body of a young woman in the boot of the car. Somehow, the investigation fuels Detective Kay Hunter’s quest for revenge and she will stop at nothing to get the culprit – regardless of the danger for her own life


Detective Kay Hunter #4

A traffic incident becomes a case for Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter and her colleagues when the body of a young woman is found hidden in the boot of the car. She looks to have been murdered and Kay and her colleagues blame the driver of the car who has been taken to hospital in critical condition.

Upon inspecting the crime scene, the realisation that this could be the work of a devious serial killer makes Kay sick of “the thought that they might have missed a practised killer.” Have they stumbled upon an evil conspiracy and will they discover more murdered young women during the course of their investigation?


While Kay and her team anxiously await the driver’s recovery, the investigation causes quite a few problems with only a few leads to go on. Frustrating as it is, Kay knows it is early days and she is convinced they will find the culprit despite the tedious investigation. But Kay is not prepared for the shock when they discover who owns the vehicle. Is it possible that Kay’s enemy of old, a sadistic and vicious criminal, is responsible for the murder? This could be the chance she has been waiting for – the opportunity for vengeance.

Kay’s husband, Adam, is anxious she will find herself in mortal danger while he is away as they have personally experienced what the criminal is capable of. That is not all: will not the internal squabbles within the Police cause her enemy to seek his own pervert revenge? With Adam gone and Kay’s boss, DI Sharp pre-occupied, Kay is well aware she has to tread carefully to not jeopardise the investigation or put her own life in danger but all she can think of is getting her enemy and make him pay!

My Thoughts

I love Hell to Pay! As someone who has followed Detective Kay Hunter from the first book, Scared to Death, I have watched her grow more confident and see her through difficult times and life-threatening situations and suffered with her when her arch-enemy dealt blow after blow. Even if, for me, the tension was at times less palpable in Hell to Pay, it still is a fast-paced and gripping thriller that I had to read in one session.

As always, it was a pleasure reconnecting with Kay Hunter – I love a spicy female detective willing to kick arse and not afraid to stir things up. This time, Kay comes close to finding out the truth (if you want to know more, read the previous books in the series!) but in doing so, opens up a whole new angle of investigation leaving us with many more questions and hungry for the next book in this well-written series!

The Detective Kay Hunter Series:
#1 Scared to Deathmy review
#2 Will to Live – my review
#3 One to Watch – my review
#4 Hell to Pay 
#5 Call to Arms

About the Author

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers. Originally from the UK, she moved to Brisbane, Australia but came back to the UK in 2019, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton. 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.

Book Info

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Pages  324
Publisher  Saxon Publishing (16 Nov 2017)
Paperback (ISBN)  9780994547941
E-Book (ASIN)  B077CLS6RL

One Comment

  • Robert Crouch

    Just finished Scared to Death and thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more and catching up on the series

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