Book Review: Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett (Detective Kay Hunter #5)

Call to Arms - Rachel Amphlett

It’s always nice to return to one of my favourite crime series, and catch up with Detective Kay Hunter.


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 is a good, solid police procedural; Amphlett writes so smoothly, you can lose yourself in the pages of this book for hours – as I did, reading it in one-sitting.

This instalment is not as fast-paced as the previous books in the series, I think the slower pace in this one was the perfect play by Amphlett – don’t get me wrong, the pace isn’t slow, it’s just slower than previous books. If you’re up to date with this series, you’ll understand why this book makes so much sense, the continuous storyline called for this book – so, read this series in order to get the most out of it.

The focus is very much on the investigation, and it’s a gripping one, so well-plotted. Still recovering from all that occurred on her last case, Kay and the team are investigating a ten-year-old cold case. A lot changes in ten-years, witnesses are no longer available, memory isn’t what it once was, so the team face some challenges. There wasn’t a huge fanfare, no tricks or gimmicks, just solid investigative police work, which I really liked. When you read so many crime fiction books, it’s a breath of fresh air to read one that shines a light on a team of police officers that work within the boundaries of policing to solve a case. I love the way Kay and her team support each other, their camaraderie is a joy to read about. If you enjoy a good old-fashioned police procedural, I think you’ll find this your favourite book in the series, so far.

I have come to love the character of Kay Hunter, I said after reading the first book that she’s ultra-likeable, and that remains true five books into the series. Not only is Kay one of my favourite fictional detectives, but her and her husband, Adam, are one of my favourite fictional couples. It’s not written in a ‘lovey-dovey’ manner but when Kay goes home after work, I just love the relationship between her and Adam; how they support each other, no headache, no drama, it’s just ‘feel-good’ reading.

I really love the way this series is developing and I’m so excited to see what’s to come in book six.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

*My thanks to the author, Rachel Amphlett, for providing me with a digital copy of this title*


The Detective Kay Hunter series in order [so far]

#1 –  Scared to Death

#2 –  Will to Live

#3 – One to Watch

#4 – Hell to Pay

#5 – Call to Arms

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