Author: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
ength: hours minutes Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮2018
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 6
Release date: July 4, 2018
The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.
When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.
With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.
When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.
As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.
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One of my favorite aspects of Amphlett’s stories is finding out what animal Adam (Kay’s SO) has brought home. As a vet he treats a wide variety of animals. To my utter delight, Adam brought home a goat to board until its permanent home was available. This adds levity to break up the serious tone of the book.
As with the previous books in the series, I listened to the audiobook version. The narrator, Alison Campbell, is fantastic. I will have her narrating my life in my head for next few days, lol. She does a smashing job of bringing the characters to life and has the story leaping from the pages. Campbell delivers all the emotions, twist and turns and leaves me on the edge of my seat with anticipation.
~ Lynn 5 STARS
Although GONE TO GROUND can be read as a standalone, it’s the sixth in the Detective Kay Hunter series and so by now we’ve got a great working process in place. I’ll get my manuscript to the producers at Audio Factory 3-4 weeks prior to recording and they’ll work with Alison, my narrator to read through that and identify any tricky parts. We know what the main characters are going to sound like so Alison will only record samples for other characters that crop up regularly throughout the new story and send those to me as .mp3 files.
After working on so many books together though, I trust Alison’s judgement with the characters so for me it’s just a quick listen and a “yes” to what she’s come up with.
I think it’s very important to give Alison as much freedom as possible when it comes to the audiobooks. I have my own voice when it comes to the printed word, but the audiobook is her turn to put her own stamp on the stories. If I tried to poke my nose in too much, it would stifle her creativity. We have a lot more fun this way!
Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? Since working with my narrator, Alison I’m very conscious of not creating “problem phrases” that might cause narration issues during recording and I always provide her with a note of any unusual pronunciations – there are plenty of those about with the Kentish setting in England!
How did you select your narrator?
There were three books already out before the audiobooks were produced, and so it was very important to find a narrator who could carry those stories and all future ones. I took a long-term strategic view of the whole process. I couldn’t find a narrator’s voice that fitted with my ideas from the samples on my producer’s website and so they (Audio Factory) sent me some additional audition clips to listen to based on what I’d told them about the series. As soon as I heard Alison’s voice, I knew she was Kay Hunter.
How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
Well, this was book number 16 for me so we did open a bottle of champagne – although we were surrounded by packing boxes as by the time you read this, I’ll have emigrated back to the UK from Australia after living there for the past 13 years!
Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV 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 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.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.
She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.