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“What she doesn’t know might kill her…”
Mailbox Monday

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Just one new book in my mailbox this week, but this one I am definitely looking forward to reading!

I have been following Rachel Amphlett’s work right back since 2011, when her debut novel was published. I am pleased to have been involved in several of her previous Blog Tours and she has shared many a candid Guest Post during that time.

Such is her popularity, that unfortunately I wasn’t quite quick enough to claim a spot on the latest promotional tour for this, her new stand alone novel, however Rachel being the generous person that she is, sent across a copy of the book anyway.

So, a little ahead of the early June official release date and scheduled Blog Tour (7th – 16th June), I give you …


Cover image of the book 'The Friend Who Lied' by author Rachel AmphlettWhat she doesn’t know might kill her…

Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.

As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret.

Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive.

And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth.

Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies?


Image Of Author Rachel AmphlettBefore turning to writing, USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, and dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC.

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.

The Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold have been sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series are published by Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

Rachel’s novels are available in eBook, print, large print and audiobook formats from libraries and worldwide retailers.

A keen traveller, Rachel holds both EU and Australian passports and can usually be found plotting her next trip two years in advance.

You can keep up with all the latest news at Rachel’s website

You can follow Rachel on Twitter

You can connect with Rachel on Facebook

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.

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  • I’ve yet to read anything by this author, but I’ve definitely enjoyed your features and her guest posts in the past. I’ll wait until you share more about it to decide, but this stand-alone might be a good starting point for me.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Rachel is a very prolific author once she begins a series. It’s almost as though she has the vision to map out the entire future of the main protagonist before she even begins writing and then can publish their story in episodes, with some excellent storylines wrapped around them. I’m not sure how she actually also finds time for writing some great stand alone stories in between!

      Rachel has a great website, but if you want to check out an overview of all her books and the order in which they were published, on one clear page, then Fantastic Fiction is the place to go …


      Thanks for taking the time to check out the post, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      From reading your posts, I am guessing that, like myself, you are quite an eclectic reader. So if you enjoy a good crime thriller in many different guises, then something is sure to catch your eye from amongst Rachel’s many books.

      If you have a few minutes to spare, a visit to her website is a worthwhile journey!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

  • Rachel’s writing is fabulous. I’ve been with Rachel since her first book also and it has been great to watch her, well deserved, rise in popularity. I have had trouble keeping up with her books and still have the last three to read. I’ve always joked that she can write faster than I can read. I am sad I never got to meet her personally before she returned to England.

    • Hi Veronica,

      Isn’t that the truth! Rachel has almost started writing the next chapter in the ‘Kay Hunter’ series, before the ink is dry on the last page of the previous story. It’s almost as though she knows exactly where she is ultimately going to take the character and the journey is already pretty much mapped out!

      I have no idea where she finds the time either physically or mentally to then fit stand alone stories into this busy schedule.

      Like yourself, I am constantly playing catch-up with her books!

      Back home in the UK now, Rachel has settled not too far away from where I live, so I shall be checking to see if she is making any appearances in the area soon, although if I can get away on the day is another debatable matter.

      Great to chat to a fellow RA fan, thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Judging by all the amazing ratings and reviews, I can’t see one of Rachel’s many books which hasn’t been a huge success, so you could start anywhere you wanted really. Maybe, as this book is a stand alone and not part of a series, it might be a good debut read for you!!

      Thanks for visiting this week, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • I’m not familiar with this author, but this sounds exactly like my type of book, so I’ll have to check it out. Happy reading!

    • Hi Kay,

      Rachel has written several series, as well as three or four stand alone stories, however she is perhaps best known for her ‘Detective Kay Hunter’ series. Book #7 was released back at the beginning of 2019 and Rachel is already promising another story before the year end.

      I’ll leave you a link where you can check out a full publication and premise details, just in case you feel like trying out a new author sometime.


      Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I know from your MM posts that you do read from this genre occasionally, so I am sure that you would enjoy Rachel’s style of writing, great characterisations and excellent storylines.

      Whatever your reading plans are this week – enjoy and thanks for visiting 🙂

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