Detective Kay Hunter is back in One To Watch, the third installment in this crime series by Rachel Amphlett. I’m delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for a book that needs to be on everyone’s radar!
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.
One thing I know for certain about previous books I have read featuring Detective Kay Hunter is, they are fast-paced and exciting! While One To Watch is both of those things, it’s also so much more, thus making it my favourite of the series so far! This series is marketed as a crime thriller series, and rightly so, but in One To Watch, Amphlett shows just how strong her mystery writing skills are. In this case, Kay is not hunting a serial killer but instead person(s) responsible for a single murder, Sophie Whittakers murder. As the mystery unravels there’s so many potential suspects, Amphlett keeps us guessing till the end – I guess it’s true what they say: with money comes murder!
This is the third installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, so for maximum enjoyment, I recommend starting at book one. Books one and two are excellent, and you’ll grow fonder of Kay with each book you read and there is a wonderful subplot running throughout all three books. It focuses on someone who has a vendetta against Kay and is going out of their way to jeopardise her career; in One To Watch, this subplot reach a whole new level of suspense and the threat to Kay and her family is heightening – I cannot wait to dig further into this mystery in the next book.
One To Watch keeps the fast-pace this series is known for, making it a perfect choice for a one-sitting read; this really is a series you can binge read. I think one thing that makes this book [and series] stand out is the characters; Amphlett has created such likeable characters and you delight in seeing them return again in each novel. As for Kay Hunter, she’s now in joint first place as my favourite fictional female detective. And as always, I have to give a mention to her partner, Adam, I thoroughly enjoy reading their interactions and I love how supportive he is of her and her career – they easily win the most likeable fictional couple award!
I highly recommend One To Watch, it’s the perfect book for fans of crime fiction, whether you favour police procedurals, thrillers or mysteries, this one encapsulates them all; full of red herrings, it really is a ‘whodunit’ mystery that can be enjoyed by all.
In case you’re wondering who Kay Hunter is in joint first place with as my favourite fictional female detective, it’s Erika Foster from the crime series by Robert Bryndza.
This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK
*My thanks to Emma Mitchell PR for providing me with a digital copy of this book and inviting me to take part in the blog tour*
THE DETECTIVE KAY HUNTER SERIES IN ORDER:
Will To Live
One To Watch
Hell To Pay (Out in 2017)
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