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New On My Shelf This Week

It is always a good feeling when an author makes that direct contact with me and considers Fiction Books to be a suitable site for the promotion and review of their work, especially when that author is already a respected and recognised force within their chosen genre.

Author Rachel Amphlett did just that, so now I am pleased to be in at the start of a great new series she is rolling out, featuring Detective Kay Hunter.

Rachel has also promised to stop by with a guest post to be published on December 1st 2016, so I am looking forward to sharing that with you all.



Cover Art 'Scared To Death' By Rachel Amphlett

A serial killer murdering for kicks…

A detective seeking revenge…

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…


Image Of Author Rachel Amphlett

Pre 2005 Rachel lived in the UK, where included in a varied employment portfolio, she helped run a pub, played guitar in bands, worked as a television 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 calls Australia home and proudly boasts her dual passport status, although she is a voracious traveller, notching up 15 different countries to date … and counting!

Rachel even manages to find time for a few more hobbies, including skiing, horse riding, going to the cinema and playing guitar. She is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.

Catch up with all the latest news at Rachel’s website

Follow Rachel on Twitter

Connect with Rachel on Facebook

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them …

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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Cheryl,

      There are some great new authors in the genre and on the whole, they have successfully managed to add enough twists to a basic plot format, to make their story lines just a little different and unique each time.

      I hope that Rachel has managed to pull off what should be quite an intense and emotional story for her characters – I can’t wait to find out!

      Thanks for stopping by this week, I appreciate the comment.
      ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      It sounds as though this is a story with plenty of twists and turns, the kind that has me turning the pages faster and faster in an attempt to discover the next piece of the jigsaw, only to find that the illusive missing piece is just a few more tantalising turns away!

      I can’t believe that I haven’t come across this author before, however if all goes according to plan with this story, I can see me adding many of her other books to my ‘Want To Read’ list.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, you know I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It’s always a bit more thought provoking when the storyline of a thriller or murder mystery involves anything to do with children. However I generally try to focus on the quality of the writing and storyline, rather than the victims or even the perpetrator, allowing the words of the author to fill my mind (if that makes sense!).

      Thanks for the visit, I hope that all is well with you and enjoy your reading week 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      This is definitely one of my favourite genres and I love discovering new to me authors to spice things up a little!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by this week. I hope that you have some great new books of your own to keep you happy in your reading 🙂

  • This sounds like an exciting series and I know you’re thrilled to be getting in on it from the very start!

    I look forward to the upcoming guest post. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      Tracy observed quite rightly, that there has been quite an increase in the number of female lead detectives in crime fiction just lately. There also seems to be an increasing number of female authors writing in both the crime genre and that of the psychological thriller and doing it very well, I might add. To me, it must take a very special female author to be able to write about crimes against children, let alone murder, under who knows what circumstances.

      Rachel’s previous series featured a male protagonist, although she has featured female leads in a couple of her stand alones, so I am keen to get in on this series from the start and get a good handle on Kay Hunter!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are enjoying your week so far 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      Whilst it is indeed good to see more female detectives taking the lead in many of the new series coming to market, I do worry that they seem to carry much more ‘baggage’ than their male counterparts, which just makes me want to scream at them or give them a boot up the backside, when they start to get a bit self-sacrificing or whingey.

      I’m not certain how many more storylines Rachel already has in mind for Detective Kay Hunter, perhaps that is a detail she may fill in during her guest post.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope this is a series you may consider joining 🙂

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