Cradle to Grave (Detective Kay Hunter, #8)
** Please do not rate this book until you have read it. Use the “Want to Read” button to add it to your reading list **When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity – and where he came from.The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings.Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the police are in a race against time – but they have no leads, and no motive for the events that have taken place.Will Kay be able to find a ruthless killer and a missing child before it’s too late?Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett, and perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.The Detective Kay Hunter series:1. Scared to Death2. Will to Live3. One to Watch4. Hell to Pay5. Call to Arms6. Gone to Ground7. Bridge to Burn8. Cradle to Grave

Cradle to Grave (Detective Kay Hunter, #8) Details

TitleCradle to Grave (Detective Kay Hunter, #8)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 6th, 2019
PublisherSaxon Publishing
ISBN-139781916098817
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Detective

Cradle to Grave (Detective Kay Hunter, #8) Review

  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    The discovery of a body floating in the river was only the beginning of the case. When the team located an abandoned, blood stained boat which had children’s toys in the cabin, the immediate concern that a child had been kidnapped was foremost in the minds of the investigators. Detective Kay Hunter along with her senior officer, Detective Ian Barnes kept the team moving with their different tasks, but their frustration was mounting. Working around the clock, Kay wondered if they would get a The discovery of a body floating in the river was only the beginning of the case. When the team located an abandoned, blood stained boat which had children’s toys in the cabin, the immediate concern that a child had been kidnapped was foremost in the minds of the investigators. Detective Kay Hunter along with her senior officer, Detective Ian Barnes kept the team moving with their different tasks, but their frustration was mounting. Working around the clock, Kay wondered if they would get a break in the case soon; and whether Alice was still alive…Cradle to Grave is the 8th in the Kay Hunter series by Aussie author Rachel Amphlett and it was brilliant once again! This series is going from strength to strength, and it’s always great to catch up with Kay and her team. The author makes me feel fully involved in the story; the different emotions come across well and the descriptions are such that I can visualize it all. Cradle to Grave is one I highly recommend, but I strongly suggest reading the series from the beginning.With thanks to the author for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    All caught up with Kay Hunter and the team now. Another great twisty case with an ending that I didn't pick. A great series if you haven't read them, start at book one.
  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    This was one wowza of a book, gripped me from the beginning to end. Man, am I loving police procedurals nowadays.DI Kay Hunter was one of a kind, sharp and hardworking with a hidden vulnerability due to personal losses. A murder and a missing child got the entire team roused up. And the investigation started...My first book in the series by author Rachel Amphlett, though 8th line, I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. A missing child always creates a flutter of excitement in me. Kay was strong and This was one wowza of a book, gripped me from the beginning to end. Man, am I loving police procedurals nowadays.DI Kay Hunter was one of a kind, sharp and hardworking with a hidden vulnerability due to personal losses. A murder and a missing child got the entire team roused up. And the investigation started...My first book in the series by author Rachel Amphlett, though 8th line, I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. A missing child always creates a flutter of excitement in me. Kay was strong and capable, she knew how to delegate the tasks. A born leader was she.Rachel's writing made it extremely easy to get to know the team. The sense of urgency was keenly felt with the way words were strung. Burgeoning tension became the norm as I turned the pages. The team worked at a pace I found amazing; friendship and respect were their conduct. Even when the risks were high, they found a way out.It was soon obvious that the author was a seasoned hand at maintaining the suspense till the end. The twists and turns altering the route of the investigation had me smiling. I expected nothing less in my first read by this brilliant author.An rocking immersive read, indeed.
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  • Hobart
    January 1, 1970
    1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- This was my first time reading Rachel Amphlett and I wasn't sure what to expect—I'll cut to the chase now, I really enjoyed it, and Amphlett impressed me from the first chapter on.The first chapter features some good character moments and a well-drawn figure for characters whose sole purpose is to find a dead body and get the police involved. A lot of authors wouldn't have bothered with making these characters so ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- This was my first time reading Rachel Amphlett and I wasn't sure what to expect—I'll cut to the chase now, I really enjoyed it, and Amphlett impressed me from the first chapter on.The first chapter features some good character moments and a well-drawn figure for characters whose sole purpose is to find a dead body and get the police involved. A lot of authors wouldn't have bothered with making these characters so fleshed-out. Many wouldn't have bothered with showing the discovery of the dead body. I liked this touch.When the police arrive and look at the dead body, almost impossible to identify, it looks like this could be a long investigation. But one of the instigators notices all the children's belongings in the vicinity and quickly realizes that a child should be at the scene. They have to make a quick decision, do they treat it as a homicide, or a kidnapping. They (wisely) decide to treat it as a kidnapping (while searching for signs of the former). Not only are they hunting for a murderer, they're probably trying to prevent any harm coming to the child.Not that they'd be taking their time with a murder inquiry, but missing child adds n element of intensity and immediacy to their search for the killer. Which makes the whole novel more tense and fast-paced. As introductions to a series/author go, this was pretty intense.One thing I appreciate about UK procedurals (in distinction from the US-based) is the trust for the method and procedure. With US procedurals, there's an urgency to an investigation—a strong sense that the longer the investigation takes, the less likely it is that they'll arrest anyone. It feels (at least to me) the opposite with good UK procedurals. There's a trust in the system, that the gears of police work will eventually establish the guilt of someone as long as the gears keep turning. It's almost like they longer things go on, the more certain they are that they'll catch the responsible party. That's certainly the case here, yet, it's well-balanced with the scramble to save the child.Another thing about UK procedurals is the way the whole team is involved in the investigation—it's not (for example) Det. Bosch, and maybe his partner, barreling through things, with the occasional assist from someone else in the office or a forensic specialist. There are all sorts of officers, of all ranks and assignments running around, making contributions to the overall effort. It's probably a whole lot more realistic, a whole lot more believable—but it comes at a cost. There are so many people running around, that it's hard to keep track of them all, hard to get to the point where you can get a feel for most of the characters—and it's likely that you'll confuse a couple with each other. This isn't a criticism of Amphlett, I've had the same problem when it comes to other UK procedurals that I've read. Maybe it's just me. It just takes a few novels before I can get a feel for anyone beyond the character the series is named after. That's definitely the case here. I have a decent sense for Kay Hunter, and the beginnings of a sense for one or two others on the team, but that's all. Ask me again when book 10 comes around (or if I get to some of the backlist), and that'll disappear.I did like the characters, and think I could grow to be fans of a few of them—but that'll take time (and the ability to differentiate them easily). I could tell they weren't just interchangeable names, that there were individual characteristics and drives behind them. And none of them served as Detective Exposition or Detective Comic Relief—which is a big plus to me.Now, when it comes to the witnesses, family of the victims, and suspects? I thought Amphlett did a good job with them all—colorful in the right ways, believable, and did a good job of moving the plot forward (also, police interactions and reaction to the witnesses were handled very nicely).One thing I truly appreciated about this is just how wrong the police frequently were—and not in little ways, either. Justifiably wrong given the information they had, I should stress. But as soon as they realized they were heading down the wrong path, they quickly fixed it. They didn't spend a few dozen pages in self-recrimination, they didn't get a time-consuming talking to from their superior, or anything like that (although that might be forthcoming...). Instead, they regrouped, shook off the error and acted on the correct information right away. Sure, most procedurals (mystery novels in general) feature some wrong theories, some half-baked notions that have to be discarded. But this seemed to have a larger than usual—and more believable—quantity and quality of errors. But they dealt with them appropriately. I wish I saw more like that.Was this a perfect book? No, in fact, I was annoyed more than once or twice with either the writing or the plot. But they were all minor annoyances, and nothing worth listing and nothing really took me out of the moment while I read. Better yet, the strengths quickly canceled out the problems/doubts I had. This was a quick, compelling read that did all the right things for a procedural. Entertaining, twisty, and engaging. This won't be my last Amphlett.My thanks to Tracy Fenton for the invitation to participate in this tour and the materials (including a copy of the novel) provided.
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all eight books in this series and, while I have rated most of them four or even five stars, the last two have been more mediocre. This was disappointing and rather dull although at least competently written. A man is found shot dead in a canal and his young daughter is missing. The police don't seem to have a clue about how to proceed but eventually, through sheer hard work, they prevail and catch the unlikely culprit. And that folks - is it. There was no nail-biting, no sitting on I've read all eight books in this series and, while I have rated most of them four or even five stars, the last two have been more mediocre. This was disappointing and rather dull although at least competently written. A man is found shot dead in a canal and his young daughter is missing. The police don't seem to have a clue about how to proceed but eventually, through sheer hard work, they prevail and catch the unlikely culprit. And that folks - is it. There was no nail-biting, no sitting on the edge of my seat, and, at the end, it was "it that it?" Yes, that was it!
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  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: September 24th 2019 "Muted sunlight shone through the curtains at the windows, creating a gloom that hung in the air, malevolent and foreboding." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I'm starting to feel lost for words when it comes to reviewing this series... Why?Detective Kay Hunterhas quickly grown into one of my favorite detective series and characters, and it's getting hard Finished reading: September 24th 2019 "Muted sunlight shone through the curtains at the windows, creating a gloom that hung in the air, malevolent and foreboding." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I'm starting to feel lost for words when it comes to reviewing this series... Why? Detective Kay Hunter has quickly grown into one of my favorite detective series and characters, and it's getting hard expressing that love without sounding repetitive. This is one of those series that just keeps delivering, and every single book so far has been well written with intriguing plots, interesting and easy to like characters and just the right amount of suspense and plot twists. Kay Hunter is hands down one of my favorite detective characters and spending time catching up with her feels like wearing your favorite sweater or meeting up with an old friend. Cradle To Grave is already book number eight and by no means an exception to this rule. If you are a detective thriller fan and haven't tried this series yet, you are most definitely missing out!Crade To Grave is one of those books you will want to clear your schedule for, because you will most likely end up wanting to read it in one sitting. I was hooked as soon as I started reading, cancelled all plans and just kept reading until I reached that final page... Loving every single minute of the ride. While this story might work as a stand-alone quite easily as well, I personally suggest reading them in order so you can properly meet and get to know Kay and the rest. I really enjoy seeing them develop over time... Also, the little animal visitors Adam brings home always manage to make me laugh and bring some lightness to balance the darker themes. In Cradle To Grave we have a new case that, while initially seemingly simple, soon turns out to be another challenge for Kay and her team. A murder, a missing child and a whole web of secrets and lies just waiting to be uncovered... On top of that, a possible connection in a whole different country, oh la la! The plot in book number eight will definitely keep you on your toes and it will be really hard to guess the final reveals before they happen.Twists and turns are used to keep the level of suspense steady as well as slowly building that tension towards the grand final... Combine this with excellent writing and main characters you will find yourself once again rooting for, and you won't realize hours have passed until you read those final words. Cradle To Grave is of that same high quality I've become used to when it comes to this series, and I loved spending more time with my favorite team. If you are looking for a detective thriller series that keeps delivering, a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end or simply a very engaging and absorbing read, you will find all those things are covered in every single Detective Kay Hunter book. So go meet her if you haven't already! Trust me, you won't regret it... (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    Cradle to Grave is another brilliant book in the Kay Hunter series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each, and every one of them. I found myself immediately immersed in this story. When a book begins the way this one does, it’s hard not to be drawn in. A dead man is found floating in the river and he has no face! Kay and her team are faced with a seemingly random murder, with no clear motivation and no obvious place to start looking. However, when a boat is discovered covered in blood it soon becomes Cradle to Grave is another brilliant book in the Kay Hunter series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each, and every one of them. I found myself immediately immersed in this story. When a book begins the way this one does, it’s hard not to be drawn in. A dead man is found floating in the river and he has no face! Kay and her team are faced with a seemingly random murder, with no clear motivation and no obvious place to start looking. However, when a boat is discovered covered in blood it soon becomes apparent that they have a missing child on their hands also and the investigation takes on a whole new level. They are faced with a distressing race against time to find this missing child and can only hope he or she is alive when they do. Talk about heart racing! I could feel Kay’s and the team’s desperation to find this child safe and well and can only imagine how frustrating it must be when nothing seems to make any sense. The investigation is managed around the clock by dedicated officers who won’t rest until they get it done. I hope, and I’m sure we do, have officers like them in our own communities. We should be so grateful for them. I love how fast paced this story is, how full of suspense and always with just the right amount of police procedural detail. It’s just so convincing I almost feel like I’m part of the team when I read these books. Not that I’d have a clue what I was doing! Lol! I love how dedicated the team are to each other. The banter they share adds another level of realism and I love that we get to see a little bit of their personal lives. I especially love that Kay and her mother are reconciling and moving on with a more positive relationship. I know I’ve said it before, but I love the relationship between Kay and Adam, and I love that he still brings his work home with him sometimes. I do also love that this book, once again, ends on a positive and amusing note, despite what they have all been through. Just brilliant! I LOVED it from start to finish.Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my review copy.
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  • Lel Budge
    January 1, 1970
    This is #8 in the DI Kay Hunter series, but I feel it can easily be read as a stand-alone.When the body of a man is found floating in a river, killed by a shot to the back of the head, DI Hunter and her team start the investigation. They soon become aware that a child may be missing.As they identify the victim and the little girl, Alice, who is missing the investigation steps up a pace. Can they find Alice before any harm comes to her? Why was she taken and who killed the man in the river?Kay This is #8 in the DI Kay Hunter series, but I feel it can easily be read as a stand-alone.When the body of a man is found floating in a river, killed by a shot to the back of the head, DI Hunter and her team start the investigation. They soon become aware that a child may be missing.As they identify the victim and the little girl, Alice, who is missing the investigation steps up a pace. Can they find Alice before any harm comes to her? Why was she taken and who killed the man in the river?Kay had tragically had a miscarriage 3 years ago, and is still grieving so this case has really caught her emotions….she has to find Alice!This is a solid police procedural with well developed and likeable characters, it has a tense and twisty plot which really keeps your attention from start to finish. Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Cradle to Grave is book eight in the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett and I can guarantee I will never tire of them! This series has become a comfort blanket of a read to me; I know as soon as I start I’ll be drawn in and lost in Kay Hunter’s world. This could be read as a standalone but I’ll always recommend people to start from book one (Scared to Death) and read the whole series.The book opens with an innocent scene of a father taking his son on a fishing trip but soon descends into Cradle to Grave is book eight in the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett and I can guarantee I will never tire of them! This series has become a comfort blanket of a read to me; I know as soon as I start I’ll be drawn in and lost in Kay Hunter’s world. This could be read as a standalone but I’ll always recommend people to start from book one (Scared to Death) and read the whole series.The book opens with an innocent scene of a father taking his son on a fishing trip but soon descends into horror when a faceless body drifts towards them down the river! As Kay and her team locate the murder site the case takes a gut wrenching turn when children’s belongings are discovered and it becomes apparent that they are also investigating an abduction. This hits all the team hard whether they are parents or not and they are desperate to find the missing child who may still be in danger. Kay is especially touched by the case, she is still grieving over the loss of her own baby and is determined to reunite the family. Talking of family, it was lovely to see relationships between Kay and her mother finally defrosting and bridges being built.I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but Kay’s partner Adam is one of my favourite secondary characters. Always there for her at the end of the day with a cold glass of wine, a lovely meal, comforting words and sometimes a cute home guest thanks to him being a vet! It’s great to see a glimpse of Kay at home and how strong her support network is. Adam is the perfect book boyfriend!Another strong addition to the series – bring on book nine!
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  • Kristine Hall
    January 1, 1970
    AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. It’s been a few months since I listened to a Detective Kay Hunter series book, and as soon as I started listening, my spirits lifted. The books and the return of amazing narrator Alison Campbell feel comfortable and familiar. With Amphlett’s books, I know that I’m about to sink into an excellent and intricate police procedural novel, all delivered with the delightful British accent and charm that is such a treat for this Texan’s ears.“The whole vista was one of Kentish idyll - AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. It’s been a few months since I listened to a Detective Kay Hunter series book, and as soon as I started listening, my spirits lifted. The books and the return of amazing narrator Alison Campbell feel comfortable and familiar. With Amphlett’s books, I know that I’m about to sink into an excellent and intricate police procedural novel, all delivered with the delightful British accent and charm that is such a treat for this Texan’s ears.“The whole vista was one of Kentish idyll - except for the body underneath the bridge where she stood.”As is the norm in this series, in CRADLE TO GRAVE, we start off with a seemingly peaceful – and in this book, a particularly lovely – setting. Those familiar with the series won’t buy it, and the anxiety builds until the crime is revealed. The oh-so-perfect harmony and calm of the great outdoors and the horror of what it holds are a delicious contrast. While solving the murder quickly isn’t critical – the victim is dead, and there’s a process to figuring out why – Amphlett throws in a secondary, startling plot line that adds real urgency for the team to solve the crime. Readers will feel the desperation and the pages fly by as we watch the case unfold. And unfold it does! Then it twists, turns, and leaves us with our eyebrows raised and mouths open.With each novel in this series, readers incrementally get to better know the core characters of Kay Hunter’s team. It’s a natural progression of a reader-character relationship, and I really enjoy it. In CRADLE TO GRAVE, readers hear more of investigators Gavin’s and Carris’s perspectives and continue to understand them a little better as their fears, quirks, and hopes come to light. Another relationship that continues to organically develop is that between Kay and her mother. While still tentative, it feels good to see them reconciling and getting closer, as a mother and daughter should. No book in this series would be complete without the presence of Kay’s husband Adam. LOVE HIM, though there’s just never enough of him (had to wait two hours for his first appearance). As usual, he amuses readers with his rescue animals and the ensuing antics.“I can always rely on coffee later, if I need it.”You may notice in reading this review that these novels rely on the same characters and mechanisms every time. Is it formulaic? Yes, but it’s not a bad thing. Readers know what to expect, and Amphlett delivers in aces. The comforting mugs of tea and coffee, the camaraderie and support within the team, the consummate British politeness – these all make the books a world that readers want to be in. While there is familiarity, Amphlett fills in the formula with enough unique, unexpected, and creative pieces that readers are fully engaged and delighted. (Was there a nod to Lewis Carroll in CRADLE TO GRAVE?)ABOUT THE NARRATION: Alison Campbell has fully embraced the roles and voices of the characters in this series. Outstanding performances, all. Since Authors Direct was the listening platform, I was able to really tweak the speed to exactly where I wanted it – 1.1x! (Audible doesn’t allow such fine-tuning, but Authors Direct doesn’t have a place to post reviews.). Campbell’s pacing is even, which makes it easy to listen at any speed. I did miss not hearing her performing a bad-guy voice. She excels in creepy-guy voice. I will hope for that to happen in the next Detective Kay Hunter book. (Fingers crossed there is one!)Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Productions for providing an audio code in exchange for my honest review – the only kind I give. Forgive any misspellings of character names – don’t know ‘em when I read with my ears. This full review and other special features on Hall Ways Blog.
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  • Meggy
    January 1, 1970
    The genius in the Kay Hunter series is that Rachel Amphlett manages to draw you in within seconds. Here we are, talking about the eighth book in the Kay Hunter series, and once again, as soon as I laid my eyes on the page, I was transported. How does she do this? Through a down-to-earth, inviting writing that seizes your attention by being so ‘normal’. No big fat shoes and a reputation. No light shining over Kay’s team. Just regular days spent with a terribly good police officers, going up and The genius in the Kay Hunter series is that Rachel Amphlett manages to draw you in within seconds. Here we are, talking about the eighth book in the Kay Hunter series, and once again, as soon as I laid my eyes on the page, I was transported. How does she do this? Through a down-to-earth, inviting writing that seizes your attention by being so ‘normal’. No big fat shoes and a reputation. No light shining over Kay’s team. Just regular days spent with a terribly good police officers, going up and down along with an investigation that requires the best of their abilities.As if a faceless dead guy wasn’t enough, evidence of a child near the scene immediately brings the kind of frantic urgency you get when an innocent party is involved. And because Rachel Amphlett’s characters have a heart and different backgrounds, they throw themselves completely into this search. I often hear ‘you can’t understand until you have kids’ and I hate this assumption. I don’t have children, but I am affected when something happens. So while some team members react according to their upbringing waiting for them at home, the author brilliantly offers other officers like the amazing Carys the chance to show how much people care, no matter if their ovaries have been used or not!Cradle to Grave felt somehow different from the previous book in terms of the pace. A quiet deadly discovery is followed by the rush of a search for a missing person, leaving no time to the reader (or the team) to take things as they come. My heart was pumping furiously as the plot jumped from fast-running periods to the slow-path of legwork and digging up leads. Instead of frustrating me, it only enhanced the feeling of authenticity I always get when reading about Kay’s cases.I had no idea where this investigation would lead and truly appreciated the team effort that Rachel Amphlett never underestimates to bring a case alive and kicking. Everything happens for a reason and affects people in different ways, pushing them to work harder, take a closer look home, or just give them wings they didn’t know they had. Carys particularly shone in this installment and I could feel a sense of something coming. Change? Well, it just doesn’t affect us. Characters live and move on. This is not a spoiler, by the way! The dynamic between Kay’s well-balanced team was as wonderful as ever, taking the role of X factor that takes a book from good to fabulous. Barnes, Gavin, Sharp, they all have room in my heart and their development is a key factor in every job they encounter.Why kill a man and abduct a little girl? I dare you to guess that one!With appearances from secondary characters, such as the lovely Adam and the newest animal addition to the Hunter house, or Kay’s parents, it is easy to remember Kay is also a woman, a daughter, a wife, and so much more. Poignant moments made this novel both heart-wrenching and warm. Kay is not known for giving up, and this time again fueled by the love of those around her and her stubborn urge for answers, she digs as deep as needed to get to the bottom of a dark family story that takes the reader across the Channel. The danger is not obvious, and it takes an eye for detail and thorough investigation under real tension to untangle another complex race for justice and the truth. If you are looking for a strong police procedural with a close-knit team and an author with her finger on the adrenaline button, grab your copy of Cradle to Grave!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I've got to be honest. I'm actually running out of ways to describe how much I love this series now. Each book is brilliant - full of humour, tension, great characters and compelling storytelling in equal measure. Cradle to Grave is no different, with the author gripping your attention from the very start of the book.And it's a fairly calm opener to be fair. Father and child heading off for a day's fishing. Learning new skills, bonding over the catch, that kind of thing. Completely inoffensive. I've got to be honest. I'm actually running out of ways to describe how much I love this series now. Each book is brilliant - full of humour, tension, great characters and compelling storytelling in equal measure. Cradle to Grave is no different, with the author gripping your attention from the very start of the book.And it's a fairly calm opener to be fair. Father and child heading off for a day's fishing. Learning new skills, bonding over the catch, that kind of thing. Completely inoffensive. Until, that is, said father spots a body floating down the river and this peaceful narrative turns very dark indeed. Not only are Kay and her team faced with the task of hunting down a murderer, when they finally discover where the body came from they come to realise things are far worse than it appears, as it looks as though a child may have been abducted. But who is the victim and why has no-one reported a missing child? Well ... you'll have to read the book as I'm not telling.I love the characters in this series, the Detectives especially, with Kay, Barnes, Carys and Gavin making a great team. There is a brilliant blend of good humour and determination amongst them, and friendly rivalry between Gavin and Carys which helps spur things on. Kay is a cracking protagonist and a caring Boss, well respected by her peers and her superiors. If she has one flaw, it is putting herself too far into the action and caring too much, but it does drive her to keep digging until the truth is found. I love the chemistry between her and Barnes, they make a formidable duo, even of this wasn't always the way. Away from the police side of the story, you get some very real, very human and authentic characters on the periphery of the investigation, be they Kay's own family or the people in the centre of the investigation. Rachel Amphlett has a real knack for creating characters you either believe and want to see come good, or loathe and want to see them get their comeuppance. Whether friend or foe, I become invested in their lives and find myself needing to know what happens, often racing to the end of the book as was the case this time around.The pacing in the story is spot on. It's not especially fast flowing, it's not that kind of story, and there are a few moments in which the action slows, where the team are struggling to make headway on motive or murderer. This fits the story, the balance just right between keeping the reader engaged and allowing the story to feel real. There are moments of tension, moments where I could feel my pulse elevating, but it's not that kind of a novel. The threat is far more subtle, the danger well hidden right until the end. The author has managed to keep the identity of the baddy hidden, and whilst you may have your suspicions, it's not at all obvious what has happened.Full of secrets, intrigue and emotion, especially as the case brings things very close to home for Kay and her partner Adam, this is another brilliant instalment and one I think fans are going to enjoy. As for the question of what Adam's animal of the week is this time ... Let's just say it opens up a few options when it comes to breakfast choices for the pair.Definitely recommended.
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  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    January 1, 1970
    It's so good to have been back in Kay Hunter's world with this eighth book in a series which is of a consistently high standard!When a local fisherman spots a body floating in the river, it's not long before Kay's phone rings and she has a new case to add to her workload. As soon as she gets the call, she hits the ground running, getting her team in place whilst racing to the scene to get as much early information as she can. However, nothing is ever straightforward in the life of a Detective It's so good to have been back in Kay Hunter's world with this eighth book in a series which is of a consistently high standard!When a local fisherman spots a body floating in the river, it's not long before Kay's phone rings and she has a new case to add to her workload. As soon as she gets the call, she hits the ground running, getting her team in place whilst racing to the scene to get as much early information as she can. However, nothing is ever straightforward in the life of a Detective Inspector dealing with major crimes and the officers have a lot of work to do before they even get a whiff of the truth . . .I love how this author gets the proportions of crime and personal life just perfect in each novel. This new story is skilfully plotted with lots going on and several unexpected twists and turns along the way. Kay's team are beginning to feel like old friends, and they work together expertly with a newcomer cropping up in this one. I must admit I didn't work it out, and was a bit surprised and, frankly, rather shocked when the guilty party was finally revealed - I never would have suspected! Rachel Amphlett draws the reader into her novels softly and easily, and before you know it you're half-way through and completely invested in the investigation and desperate to know what happens next! Another cracking read, a highly recommended series and fully worth all five stars!My thanks to the author for my ARC. Naturally, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.
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  • Lelia Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I have inhaled every book in this series and Cradle to Grave is no exception. Once again, Ms. Amphlett has created a sense of mounting tension and fear while, at the same time, offering some relief through the personal lives of the team.It’s bad enough when an unidentified body is found in the river but things get much worse when police find a boat that has a lot of blood in it but, more alarming, a child’s belongings. Where is the child? The investigation ratchets into high gear as every member I have inhaled every book in this series and Cradle to Grave is no exception. Once again, Ms. Amphlett has created a sense of mounting tension and fear while, at the same time, offering some relief through the personal lives of the team.It’s bad enough when an unidentified body is found in the river but things get much worse when police find a boat that has a lot of blood in it but, more alarming, a child’s belongings. Where is the child? The investigation ratchets into high gear as every member of Detective Inspector Kay Hunter’s team is driven to find this child, hopefully still alive. Soon enough, attention points towards the family of a child who’s been reported missing and the race is on to find this little girl, starting with the questions: is the disappearance connected to the murdered man and is the family involved?For me, a real strength of the Detective Kay Hunter series is the intelligent pursuit of truth evidenced by the entire team and each member has become like family to me. The author lets us visit with different characters off the job and knowing some of their personal stories gives a glimpse into why they are so dedicated to the job and to each other.The other steady light in these books is the ongoing narration by Alison Campbell. Ms. Campbell continues to be an ideal reader with her terrific vocalizations and a spot-on sense of how the story needs to be told. No one could do a better job in my opinion.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.Kay Hunter and her team are called when a body is found floating in the river. When they find the scene of the crime, there are a child’s things there. They have to assume it’s a murder and a kidnapping. As the team investigates, they deal with false leads, several twists, and some shady I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.Kay Hunter and her team are called when a body is found floating in the river. When they find the scene of the crime, there are a child’s things there. They have to assume it’s a murder and a kidnapping. As the team investigates, they deal with false leads, several twists, and some shady characters. Will they find the child and the murderer? And are they one and the same?This series is about the same investigative team, but each case is quite a bit different. Detectives come and go but they remain strong. I like Kay Hunter and the members of her team. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated and her team members are supportive of her and each other, and they are close enough that they know each other well. Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style, and Alison Campbell does a good job with pace and enunciation. I like the fact that the same person narrates all of these books. Cradle to Grave is a detective mystery with an interesting and surprising end. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I’m looking forward to more Kay Hunter books.
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  • Kristin's Novel Cafe
    January 1, 1970
    Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series.In this latest book, Kay and her team are investigating triple crimes. A body is discovered, a man is missing along with his 5-year old niece. From the beginning we are left wondering is it kidnapping? Is he the murderer?The emotions ran high as Kay was trying to uncover the truth and find the missing girl all the while still grieving the child she lost so recently. Her ability to move on, with little sleep, was courageous and Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series.  In this latest book, Kay and her team are investigating triple crimes.  A body is discovered, a man is missing along with his 5-year old niece.  From the beginning we are left wondering is it kidnapping?  Is he the murderer?  The emotions ran high as Kay was trying to uncover the truth and find the missing girl all the while still grieving the child she lost so recently.  Her ability to move on, with little sleep, was courageous and added an element of depth to her character.The mystery had twists and turns throughout, which kept me on my toes.  I love mysteries where I'm not able to figure out the culprit.  In that aspect, this book is amazing.  There are even a couple of lighthearted parts that made me chuckle...always a welcomed element with the dark subject matter. The author's writing was superb, as usual.  Her style grips you from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the very end.  As with the other Kay Hunter books this book can be read as a stand-alone.  However, I recommend starting at the beginning.  You won't be disappointed!
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  • Rubina
    January 1, 1970
    Oh it is such a pleasure to visit our group of Kent police officers! What I love about Rachel Amphlett books is that it's not too heavy on the head and is engaging enough to make you sit tight. This story goes places I never thought it would go and I didn't see most of the twists coming. I say most because I got close to the last one. But that didn't matter because I was so thoroughly enjoying myself that I didn't mind. I loved all the characters in the novel, and I think I have a soft corner Oh it is such a pleasure to visit our group of Kent police officers! What I love about Rachel Amphlett books is that it's not too heavy on the head and is engaging enough to make you sit tight. This story goes places I never thought it would go and I didn't see most of the twists coming. I say most because I got close to the last one. But that didn't matter because I was so thoroughly enjoying myself that I didn't mind. I loved all the characters in the novel, and I think I have a soft corner for Barnes and Adam, they are such sweethearts. I also love the fact that the novel is not jam-packed with action and thriller, thus giving me time to breathe and process what's going. The Kay Hunter Series by Rachel Amphlett is a must read! And especially with the Christmas holidays coming, they're the best reads to cozy up with.Thank you Rachel for sending me an ARC ebook!
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  • LooseBoots
    January 1, 1970
    This was another masterpiece of police detective thriller writing involving my favourite detective inspector Kay Hunter .I can put my hand on my heart and say I have thoroughly enjoyed EVERY book in this series. It’s so down to earth and you can relate to each and every character.It’s not like the American police dramas. There’s real detective teamwork involved . It’s not short of tension and twists and turns in the plot to keep your attention. It’s best if you can start at the beginning of the This was another masterpiece of police detective thriller writing involving my favourite detective inspector Kay Hunter .I can put my hand on my heart and say I have thoroughly enjoyed EVERY book in this series. It’s so down to earth and you can relate to each and every character.It’s not like the American police dramas. There’s real detective teamwork involved . It’s not short of tension and twists and turns in the plot to keep your attention. It’s best if you can start at the beginning of the series but it can be read as a stand-alone.Outstanding book. Thanks Rachel.
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  • Renee Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Inspector Kay Hunter has a new case to solve. A man's body is found floating in the river. He's hard to identify but apparently he's an uncle who took his niece out boating on the river. Now Kay has a murder to solve and a missing child to find. This is a tough case to solve with many plot twists along the way. I enjoyed every bit of this book and had a hard time putting it down. Kudos to the author for another great book.
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  • Trina Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    I have been avidly waiting for this the 8th book in the Kay Hunter series and it definitely didn't disappoint, Starting with a murder and a missing child. It is a very fast paced and thrilling story. I love the character of the child Alice.also Kay's husband and his rescue chickens who provided a bit of humor, can't wait for the next one.
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  • Linda A.
    January 1, 1970
    Crime, Suspense, Investigation, SolutionOutstanding plot that is full of intricate steps to lead to a solution. The denouement is especially exciting as a child's life is at stake. The characters the reader knows and roots for continue to develop leading to a fully satisfying read. Bring on the next May Hunter mystery!
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  • Dawn Lawrence (Bonnies Book Talk)
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another excellent instalment in the Kay Hunter series, I really enjoyed this book it kept me interested and engaged the whole way through. This series gets better with every book, I highly recommend it and don’t hesitate in giving it 5 stars.
  • Suzanne Somosi
    January 1, 1970
    Great ReadThis is one of the best books of this series.Full of suspense. The characters keep developing as do their relationships. There are nice humorous touches as well. A winner.
  • Mrs Judith Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant read.Have read a lot of books by this author and all of them :/ Ben excellent. This book is no exception. It is fast moving and many different paths you are lead down before the end. This is a truly brilliant book hope you like it as much as I have.
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  • Benjamin Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Coming back to book #8 in the Kay Hunter series was like meeting up again with old time friends. I always enjoy a good crime thriller, or police procedural, especially one based in the UK. Author Rachel Amphlett writes a tight plot that'll keep you guessing until the very end. Coming back to book #8 in the Kay Hunter series was like meeting up again with old time friends. I always enjoy a good crime thriller, or police procedural, especially one based in the UK.  Author Rachel Amphlett writes a tight plot that'll keep you guessing until the very end. 
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  • Trude
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good procedural...and Rachel Amphlett's Kay Hunter series is one of best!
  • Katie Sanchez
    January 1, 1970
    WowVery engaging. My first read by this author and I couldn't put it down. Enjoyed the plot and the characters.
  • Katherine W.
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Top NotchWOW this story had me from the very beginning. The book was so well written and the characters were wonderful. Highly recommend!
  • Brian McGillivray
    January 1, 1970
    Great read. The plot moves quickly and the characters are interesting. Sad when finished. Awaiting the next.
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