Good morning and happy Sunday!! Today, I am so thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Hell to Pay blog tour, the fourth book in the Detective Kay series, by Rachel Amphlett!
This series holds a near and dear place in my heart; not only is this series suspenseful, fast-paced and filled with non-stop action but Amphlett was the first author who ever approached me for a review on Clues and Reviews. Cue the nostalgia.
When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.
With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.
Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.
Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?
For my spot on the tour today, I am incredibly excited to be able to bring you an extract!
Keep reading for a glimpse into the world of Detective Kay in Hell to Pay!
Kay left Sharp to speak with Harriet while she circled the car, surveying the damage to the panel work.
The passenger door had been ripped off its hinges and lay further up the embankment from where the vehicle had finally stopped, a steady stream of detritus tumbling amongst the undergrowth as three of Harriet’s colleagues hurried to collect as much of it as possible before the wind seized it.
Rounding the back end of the car, she joined Sharp beside Harriet.
He stepped to one side and gestured to the woman’s body. ‘She didn’t stand a chance.’
Kay lowered her gaze.
The woman appeared to be in her twenties, her naked form wrapped in the black plastic before being dumped in the back of the car.
Harriet had snipped away at the tape that held the plastic together, exposing the woman’s bruised and battered body. Cuts and welts covered her left cheekbone and eye socket, her face twisted away from them.
‘We’ll finish here and get her to Lucas as soon as possible,’ said Harriet. ‘Though bear in mind we have to take samples from the whole car and gather everything from its path of travel. We’ll be here a while yet.’
‘Understood,’ said Sharp.
Kay shifted from foot to foot and ignored the damp starting to seep through the protective bootees and into the leather uppers of her boots. ‘I can’t recall any similar cases to this one, can you, guv?’
‘No. That’s what worries me.’
She turned to face Sharp. She was almost the same height as him, but he stood a little further up the slope to her and so she had to lift her chin. His face was troubled.
‘You think he’s done this before?’
‘Perhaps it’s a one-off, a domestic case.’
Kay sighed and faced the car once more.
No matter what Sharp thought, their first priority would be identifying the driver and his victim before working out where they had travelled from.
And where he had been taking her.
The thought that they might have missed a practiced killer with several burial sites spread around the county town sent a shiver down her spine.
What if he hadn’t crashed?
When would he have been caught, and how many other victims would there have been?
‘He’d better survive surgery,’ she muttered.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out the other stops on the Hell to Pay blog tour!