Publication Date: 6th June 2017
Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.
Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.
A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.
Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.
One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller, and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series:
It’s a pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour launch celebrations for One to Watch, the third book in the Kay Hunter series. For my turn today, I have a guest post from author Rachel Amphlett.
I struggled to learn to write – I could read before I started school, but writing was a whole other matter. One of my early school reports, from about age 6 I think, stated “Rachel’s writing resembles a spider walking across a page” – I just couldn’t get the letters to stay on the lines! My excuse is that it was all enthusiasm, no finesse and I still have that enthusiasm when I write today – although I’m happy to confirm my handwriting has improved!
It’s hard being so far away from family – they’ve all be so incredibly supportive of my writing journey. I had a brilliant childhood – I grew up in a small market town on the Berkshire/Wiltshire border and summer holidays were spent disappearing for hours on our bikes exploring the countryside around us, or hanging around with friends canoeing and mucking about on narrow boats on the canal that ran through our town. I know now that Mum and Dad struggled to make ends meet sometimes, but we never knew at the time – we were expected to pull our weight when it came to housework and the vegetable patch and things, but it really was a special time. I still write to my Grandad every month, who will be 97 in April – it’s through him and my parents that I got my love of reading at such an early age.
My “normal” work pays the mortgage, but my passion is writing. I’m lucky enough that my writing has enabled me to drop to part-time now, and I do love the balance I have. My “normal” job enables me to come up for fresh air when I’ve been writing for three days straight, and I meet all sorts of interesting people that might spark an idea, so it’s not bad. I love that writing has become my main work – I’ve worked really hard over the past two years to get to where I am, and I continue to do so. I treat my writing like a business – right down to having quarterly business and marketing plans (with a production schedule I adhere to). Being a full-time writer is my ultimate goal and every year, I feel like I’m getting that much closer.
Apart from writing? I used to play lead guitar in rock/blues bands in my 20s and I’d like to get back into that sooner rather than later. If I can get my “normal” job down to three days a week, I’ve worked out that’ll give me time to pick up the guitar again – if I play, I want to be playing live, not in rehearsals. I miss the buzz of being in a band, although sometimes it used to be like herding cats!
More writing, more books, more travel! I’d love to be in a position where my writing enables me to roam the world and have a nomadic lifestyle.
About the author:
Author bio: Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.
She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017
Other books in the Kay Hunter series:
1. SCARED TO DEATH
2. WILL TO LIVE
3. ONE TO WATCH
4. HELL TO PAY (out 2017)