Call to Arms is the fifth book in Rachel Amphlett’s Kay Hunter series, and whilst I said that book 4 – Hell to Pay – was my favourite, I think that Amphlett has surpassed it with this latest instalment.
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 presents Hunter in a slightly different light to the previous novels, and I enjoyed the change in atmosphere. That’s not to say that Hunter is entirely happy, however, despite the fact that, overall, she’s in a better position than in the previous novels. Hunter has recently returned to work following the events of Hell to Pay and has been assigned “light duties” until she’s fully recovered. And, with DI Sharp still suspended, she is also covering that role, which means that she has a lot more paperwork to sort out. For someone as hands on as Hunter is, being desk bound is incredibly frustrating, and she jumps at the chance to look into a cold case that may help with Sharp’s situation.
I thought that the case was absolutely fascinating, and it had all the twists and turns that I’ve come to expect from Amphlett. Originally deemed an unfortunate accident, it doesn’t take long for Hunter and the team to come across evidence of foul play in the death of Jamie Ingram. As with previous novels, the case is interesting and unpredictable, and the outcome came as a surprise. Again, this case was a little different to previous novels, in that Jamie died ten years ago, and, being a cold case, the investigation is made all the more difficult by not being able to contact everyone who was involved at the time.
Call to Arms throws the reader straight into the action, and the pace doesn’t let up until the final page. Highly recommended, although I do think that you should start at the beginning with Scared to Death to understand Hunter’s background in full.
Call to Arms will be published on 11 March. Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for providing a copy for review.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
You can see my reviews for the first four novels in the series at the following links: