Call to Arms (Detective Kay Hunter #5)
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 gripping murder mystery, and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:1. SCARED TO DEATH2. WILL TO LIVE3. ONE TO WATCH4. HELL TO PAY 5. CALL TO ARMSA page-turning murder mystery for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and Harlen Coben.

Call to Arms (Detective Kay Hunter #5) Details

TitleCall to Arms (Detective Kay Hunter #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 11th, 2018
PublisherSaxon Publishing
ISBN-139780648235521
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime

Call to Arms (Detective Kay Hunter #5) Review

  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Kay Hunter was going mad with the enforced recuperation time after the attack which had almost killed her and when she finally convinced the powers that be that she was fine to return to work – a month earlier than recommended – Kay then had to sit at a desk with paperwork as her companion. More boredom. But her Detective Inspector, Devon Sharp had been suspended from duties and was being investigated. Kay was determined to clear her boss’ name and get him back to the job he did best, Detective Kay Hunter was going mad with the enforced recuperation time after the attack which had almost killed her and when she finally convinced the powers that be that she was fine to return to work – a month earlier than recommended – Kay then had to sit at a desk with paperwork as her companion. More boredom. But her Detective Inspector, Devon Sharp had been suspended from duties and was being investigated. Kay was determined to clear her boss’ name and get him back to the job he did best, and it was a ten-year-old cold case which had connections to both Sharp and the accuser which she tackled.With Kay’s small team by her side, they re-interviewed old witnesses, found new evidence and gradually moved closer to secrets which had been buried for many years. Secrets which could hurt many. But Kay was driven in her desire to clear Sharp and find the answers; to find justice for the man who’d died all those years before…What would be the outcome for Kay and her team in this case? Would they find the answers needed? Was Kay’s new position in jeopardy already?Call to Arms by Aussie author Rachel Amphlett is the 5th in the Detective Kay Hunter series, and another riveting tale. I loved how Kay worked without having to answer to a boss; how her stubbornness and authority came through, but when she arrived home to Adam, another side of her emerged. Kay Hunter is a well-crafted, extremely likeable character, and her cases are electric! Set in country England – Maidstone in Kent – the author has given us a small connection to Australia as well. I thoroughly enjoy this series and can’t wait for the next! Highly recommended.With thanks to the author for my digital ARC to read and review.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    I can't quite believe we are already at book five in this fabulous series and it’s only getting better!After events from the previous book, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace. Things are a bit more mellow, if you like, as Kay Hunter sinks her teeth into a cold case when she returns to work and is rather quickly tired of anything involving light duties. Not only is she determined to solve this ten year old murder, she's desperately trying to get DI Sharp reinstated after he remai I can't quite believe we are already at book five in this fabulous series and it’s only getting better!After events from the previous book, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace. Things are a bit more mellow, if you like, as Kay Hunter sinks her teeth into a cold case when she returns to work and is rather quickly tired of anything involving light duties. Not only is she determined to solve this ten year old murder, she's desperately trying to get DI Sharp reinstated after he remains suspended. What follows is a good old-fashioned pounding-the-pavement investigation which I thoroughly enjoyed.The concept of a cold case is utterly fascinating to me. Witnesses may have passed away, or may not even remember where they were or what they were doing all those years ago. And some people have been keeping secrets for a very long time. What will they do to hang on to those?In this case, a young soldier died in a motorcycle accident ten years ago. DI Sharp was working for the military police at the time but wasn't involved in the investigation since the accident happened away from barracks. But someone else was and his reputation is in tatters after recent events. Is it possible he made a mess of this case as well back in the day? If it wasn't clear from this slightly vague stuff here, you should really read the entire series so you get the full background of events.As always, I adore how Rachel Amphlett manages to maintain a healthy balance between the cases Kay Hunter investigates and her life at home with her husband, Adam. Just as Kay looks forward to returning home after a hard day's work, I look forward to those chapters too as they provide the best kind of relief and allow my poor brain a moment to recover from trying to figure out the mystery that needs solving. Besides, it's always fun trying to predict which animal Adam has brought home to take care of.Call to Arms lends itself to being read in one sitting and had me absolutely hooked. A fantastic page-turner and another brilliant addition to the series. I very much look forward to seeing more of Kay Hunter and her team!
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  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved and enjoyed this series from the very beginning, and after the mystery running through the first three books was solved in book four, I wondered how the fifth in series would play out. I shouldn't have given it a single thought, as Rachel Amphlett plunges Kay Hunter right back into the midst of a cold case with the outcome having lasting effects on not only the DI but also the rest of her team.As always with this author's writing, the action begins from page one with only a brief ment I've loved and enjoyed this series from the very beginning, and after the mystery running through the first three books was solved in book four, I wondered how the fifth in series would play out. I shouldn't have given it a single thought, as Rachel Amphlett plunges Kay Hunter right back into the midst of a cold case with the outcome having lasting effects on not only the DI but also the rest of her team.As always with this author's writing, the action begins from page one with only a brief mention in passing as to what has gone on before. With her dedicated colleagues at her side, Kay leads this investigation in her usual manner - from the front. Still a workaholic, we also follow Kay's home life with her husband Adam - the man who keeps her centred in all that she does.Call to Arms is a riveting thriller, full of twists and turns, lies and secrets and totally engrossing. Moving along at a brisk pace, there is always something happening and it's a hard one to put down as you want to find out what happens next .. and next .. and again, until suddenly you find yourself having reached the final page with the crime solved and no loose ends. A thoroughly satisfying novel!I'm delighted to be a part of this author's reading team, and grateful for my copy of this book. This is my honest, original, and unbiased review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
  • Julie Simon
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this series and did wonder where this book was going to lead but needn't have worried at all. Keeps you hooked throughout, desperately trying to work it out. Great read, looking forward to next instalment.
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    review to follow closer to publication
  • Rubina
    January 1, 1970
    Review to be up on 8th March*For more reviews check out www.rubinareads.com*
  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Another great read from Rachel Amphlett. Love this series.
  • LooseBoots
    January 1, 1970
    I am always sad when i finish a good detective thriller , none moreso than the Kay Hunter series. After the traumatic time Kay endured during our previous outing with her where she was almost killed, this book takes us through her first experience as a probationary Detective Inspector. Her previous boss was on suspension and asked her to review a cold case. I won't spoil the story but i, once again felt I was there with Kay enduring the tension of her investigation. Her rapport with her colleagu I am always sad when i finish a good detective thriller , none moreso than the Kay Hunter series. After the traumatic time Kay endured during our previous outing with her where she was almost killed, this book takes us through her first experience as a probationary Detective Inspector. Her previous boss was on suspension and asked her to review a cold case. I won't spoil the story but i, once again felt I was there with Kay enduring the tension of her investigation. Her rapport with her colleagues is outstanding. It is complimented by her relationship with her partner, Adam, who helps her through her ordeals and has a knack of knowing her frame of mind more than she does herself.This is an outstanding thriller and Rachel should be very proud of her creation. A thoroughly recommended read.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Call to Arms is the fifth book in the Kay Hunter series and I have loved every single one. Kay goes from strength to strength in each novel and once more she barely gets a reprieve from her previous case before becoming embroiled in another. Kay is back at work after nearly being killed at the end of the last novel Hell to Pay. Again we see her hard working ethic and determination to be at work; it is obvious that she has returned too early from enforced sick leave and is on desk duty but this d Call to Arms is the fifth book in the Kay Hunter series and I have loved every single one. Kay goes from strength to strength in each novel and once more she barely gets a reprieve from her previous case before becoming embroiled in another. Kay is back at work after nearly being killed at the end of the last novel Hell to Pay. Again we see her hard working ethic and determination to be at work; it is obvious that she has returned too early from enforced sick leave and is on desk duty but this doesn’t stop Kay in her mission to solve a seemingly cold case. At first glance the investigation into the death of a local soldier in a motorbike accident appears straight forward but the deeper Kay goes the more secrets are revealed and the circle of suspects grows.I love Kay’s relationship with her team; if she is working overtime/going above and beyond, they are right there by her side. Their loyalty and friendship has been great to watch grow. Also Kay’s partner Adam keeps her grounded and supplied with endless glasses of wine at the end of a gruelling day – I think my husband could do with a masterclass from Adam!!I would definitely recommend reading books 1-4 before diving into Call to Arms as there is a narrative thread that runs throughout them all, plus why deprive yourself the pleasure of reading this fantastic series?! #allthestars for this book and once more I am waiting eagerly for the next!
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  • Ingo
    January 1, 1970
    Most what I say here is from my other reviews of books in the Kay Hunter series.tl;dr: highly recommended, nice developing of the MC to a higher rank with leadership responsibility.Will order the next book as soon as it is possible to. Some may think 5 stars is too much, what with the fast read (helped by the short chapters), again a little short, but I like this, and I stand by it.Good police procedure, UK, nothing about BREXIT, no sex. Again 5 stars as the story is strong, no mistakes in the p Most what I say here is from my other reviews of books in the Kay Hunter series.tl;dr: highly recommended, nice developing of the MC to a higher rank with leadership responsibility.Will order the next book as soon as it is possible to. Some may think 5 stars is too much, what with the fast read (helped by the short chapters), again a little short, but I like this, and I stand by it.Good police procedure, UK, nothing about BREXIT, no sex. Again 5 stars as the story is strong, no mistakes in the procedures and all was very good integrated in the series.For fans of these series (Author - Heroine): Angela Marsons - Kim StoneRobert Bryndza - Detective Erika FosterM.J. Arlidge - DI Helen GraceCelina Grace - Kate Redman (too much romance and not strong enough heroine for me)Griffiths, Elly - Ruth Galloway (must admit, I have only read 2 books and a novella yet)Robert Dugoni - Tracy CrosswhiteRachel Amphlett - Kay HunterAnd with the caveat of a male MC (but a female sidekick):Last Gasp
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 5th in the series and the first book I have read by the Author. It can be read as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I had missed big chunks of the story or felt lost. I did feel an overpowering urge to read all the rest in the series before this book. So be warned about that.I read quite a bit of crime, most of it is American crime books. It was a refreshing change to read a book based in Britain, which is just funny especially as I am British. It was really well paced and you get to This is the 5th in the series and the first book I have read by the Author. It can be read as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I had missed big chunks of the story or felt lost. I did feel an overpowering urge to read all the rest in the series before this book. So be warned about that.I read quite a bit of crime, most of it is American crime books. It was a refreshing change to read a book based in Britain, which is just funny especially as I am British. It was really well paced and you get to go on the ride from the very beginning of the case. You see the slow and sometimes grueling process of gathering information, so you have all the puzzle pieces. Sometimes you forget how much of it just pure legwork. I didn’t find it boring at all just the opposite I found it interesting to see the whole process.I did not know who the bads guys in the book until the main character knew. Well done. Normally I can guess them at some point, not this time.One thing why wasn’t the Coroner report gone over? It wasn’t really a key thing for the case but at the same time, it just felt like it was never touched.(Disclaimer: I received a copy from the Author. Does not affect my review.)
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  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    January 1, 1970
    The investigation in this book is probably the most "mundane" of the series thus far, but it really put a spotlight on the actual investigative work done by Kay and her team. The case does pick up momentum near the end, but I really liked seeing them put all the pieces together, especially considering it's a ten year old case.DI Sharp is still on leave due to the circumstances in the last book , so Kay gets to take charge. She actually has a civil conversation with Larch! Better yet, Larch was a The investigation in this book is probably the most "mundane" of the series thus far, but it really put a spotlight on the actual investigative work done by Kay and her team. The case does pick up momentum near the end, but I really liked seeing them put all the pieces together, especially considering it's a ten year old case.DI Sharp is still on leave due to the circumstances in the last book , so Kay gets to take charge. She actually has a civil conversation with Larch! Better yet, Larch was actually made a little more human in this book. Kay handled herself really well in a leadership capacity, and I liked how well the team worked together with her in charge.Kay is still recovering physically and mentally from her run-in with Joseph Demiri, and considering how her appointment with the psychiatrist went, I'm guessing it'll continue to be an issue. Luckily, she has Adam to lean on, and he got to lean on her a bit in this book too.
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  • Alison Waterfield
    January 1, 1970
    Another brilliant instalment to the DS Hunter series I’m delighted to see Kay Hunter return to the helm and eager to get in to the thick of it. Not content with desk duties on her return to work following a serious life-threatening assault, Kay is determined as ever to get involved in hands-on detective work. Call to Arms provides an enthralling investigation with interesting suspects. Rachel Amphlett is ingenious with her writing and developing this brilliant detective story. Highly recommended Another brilliant instalment to the DS Hunter series I’m delighted to see Kay Hunter return to the helm and eager to get in to the thick of it. Not content with desk duties on her return to work following a serious life-threatening assault, Kay is determined as ever to get involved in hands-on detective work. Call to Arms provides an enthralling investigation with interesting suspects. Rachel Amphlett is ingenious with her writing and developing this brilliant detective story. Highly recommended. The whole series is worth reading to appreciate the thread of the storylines.
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  • Renee Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    DI Kay Hunter hasn't been back to work long after recuperating from on the job injuries, but she's itching to get back into the field. Soon enough she sinks her teeth into a cold case that could help out her boss, DI Sharp, who was suspended over the same case. Without saying too much, this is a great murder mystery that Kay and her team solve and it does help her boss. Not everyone is happy with the outcome, but justice is served. The plot and characters were great and I really enjoyed the book DI Kay Hunter hasn't been back to work long after recuperating from on the job injuries, but she's itching to get back into the field. Soon enough she sinks her teeth into a cold case that could help out her boss, DI Sharp, who was suspended over the same case. Without saying too much, this is a great murder mystery that Kay and her team solve and it does help her boss. Not everyone is happy with the outcome, but justice is served. The plot and characters were great and I really enjoyed the book! I'm looking forward to reading more from Rachel Amphlett.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    From the very first book I have been invested in Kay's story and keen to see what would befall our protagonist and never once in the previous four books has Rachel Amphlett disappointed. We have been given tension, some great characters we can both love and loathe, various pets to be found lying (or slithering) around Kay's kitchen and a back story involving Kay's past and a blot on her career that provided an arc across all four books. Now I won't go into that here, but as anyone who read the l From the very first book I have been invested in Kay's story and keen to see what would befall our protagonist and never once in the previous four books has Rachel Amphlett disappointed. We have been given tension, some great characters we can both love and loathe, various pets to be found lying (or slithering) around Kay's kitchen and a back story involving Kay's past and a blot on her career that provided an arc across all four books. Now I won't go into that here, but as anyone who read the last book will know, that story has been brought to an end but Rachel still left us on a bit of a cliffhanger with Kay thrown into a temporary promotion and her boss, DI Devon Sharp, being placed on leave while a Professional Standards investigation takes place. Now it is this story which is carried into the book, with Kay and her team determined to prove Sharp's innocence and get him back to work.Now the pacing of this book feels slower perhaps than its predecessors, mainly because the team are working on a cold case, the death of a motorcyclist in a potential hit and run some ten years previously. At least this is what Sharp suspected, but noone would listen to him. Kay and the gang need to get to the bottom of this case and fast. They are under pressure, not just to clear Sharp, but also from DCI Larch, for once for all the right reasons. Kay and Larch haven't always see eye to eye, but I really felt for the old guy in this book, for reasons that will be apparent when you read.Don't be fooled into thinking the shocks and thrills won't be there because it is a cold case, and something which hardly sits at the lossy serial killer end of the spectrum. Rachel Amphlett still manages to keep readers on tenterhooks, introducing any number of suspects and potential reasons for the man's death, some of which, including the conclusion, will completely surprise you.What I love about this series it the way in which it seamlessly blends the police investigation with the very human aspects of Kay's life. We are treated to a glimpse of her relationship with her husband Adam, one which gives us moments of both humour and sadness, and I must admit to more than a moment of pouty bottom lip over their latest guest. Sad times. Kay is also a brilliant character, so perfectly pitched as to be completely in tune with her team and able to relate to those around her, and yet strong and even headstrong enough to drive on until a problem is solved, no matter the personal price.I was intrigued to see where this series would go given that Kay has been thrust into a promotion she wasn't entirely prepared for and, allowing for the fact the previous arc has been resolved, it was hard to know where the intensity or the mystery would come from. I was intrigued, yes, but I was never worried as I know I can trust the author to keep me entertained, engaged and enthralled time and time again. Was it break neck action or always edge of the seat tension? No, and if you are looking for that you may be disappointed as the stakes aren't always quite as high as they have been in the past, But it is a bloody good book and a fabulous addition to the series.And so, a bit like Kay Hunter before the cast came off her arm, I'm itching to see book six and where Rachel Amphlett takes us next. I'm sure it's going to be a doozy.
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  • Dorene M Choffel
    January 1, 1970
    Great murder mystery with a remarkable and likable character. I throughly enjoy Kay Hunter's character and Rachel Amphlett's writing style. I have read all of the Kay Hunter Inspector series and enjoyed following the clues until the very end when the criminals or murder are exposed.
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  • Trude
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel Amphlett's Kay Hunter series is one of the best police procedurals being written today!! Smart, tough, resilient and empathetic Kay is a strong, relatable heroine. When she is home Adam is just what she needs to unwind after a tough day. I love their relationship. I'm also enjoying getting to know the other members of her squad. I highly recommend this series!
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  • Nilton Teixeira
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by this author. I really enjoyed the story line and how it was developed. But I felt detached from all characters, that’s why I’m rating 3 stars out of 5, instead of four. I will definitely read her others books on the series, as I would like to learn more about Detective Kay.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Great story againWould recommend reading the whole series, it's so good it would be a shame to miss the character development and the team work. Well written, involved stories and great characters, I'm loving it all! if you're a fan of British crime...buy the first book!
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  • Margarete Bordley
    January 1, 1970
    Riviting!!I am truly hooked on the Kay Hunter series. With each book, I have found I have more difficulty putting the book down. I cannot wait for the next one.
  • Lenore Milo
    January 1, 1970
    GreatI am addicted to British detectives procedurals this series is one of the best. Please keep them coming. Happy reading
  • helen
    January 1, 1970
    BrilliantBest of the series so far. Really interesting caricatures. Full of action and very intriguing plot. I now wait for next book
  • Linda Pinkham
    January 1, 1970
    Great StoryAs usual Rachel put together another great story. Kay and her team even worked their time off to help in the investigation of a 10 year old cold case.
  • Tiggyleee
    January 1, 1970
    Really good following of the series. Kay continues to develop. I received this as an ARC and freely chose to review.
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