Cradle to Grave #BookReview #Saxon

Written by Rachel Amphlett


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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?


The Detective Kay Hunter series

Book 1. Scared to Death
Book 2. Will to Live
Book 3. One to Watch
Book 4. Hell to Pay
Book 5. Call to Arms
Book 6. Gone to Ground
Book 7. Bridge to Burn
Book 8. Cradle to Grave


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Skilfully Plotted with Twists & Turns!    Stars 5


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.


Tags: crime thriller
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Publishing
  • Publication Date: 6 October 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
  •                                 Barnes & Noble
  •                                 Kobo
  •                                 Waterstones


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Author Bio


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USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Detective Kay Hunter British murder mystery series, the Dan Taylor spy novels, the English Assassins series, and a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Her novels are available in eBook, paperback, large print and audiobook formats from worldwide retailers as well as her own stores at Get exclusive behind the scenes news, discount coupons, and more by joining Rachel’s Reader’s Group at

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