Book Review: A Deadly Promise, Rachel Amphlett

Book Review: A Deadly Promise: DI Kay Hunter Book 13, Rachel Amphlett

A Deadly Promise, Rachel Amphlett

Mystery: A Deadly Promise: DI Kay Hunter Book 13, Rachel Amphlett


Imagine this. You are returning to England after a relaxing driving vacation through the south of France. You have rented an executive counterpart to AirBnb, paying a hefty sum for the use of a large house in a secluded part of the English countryside. Once you get there, you dash through the rain to get inside. After drying off a bit, you notice an odd odor. Searching the house, you find the source of the odor: a badly mutilated body is lying on a bed.


DI Kay Hunter and her team are called out to the scene. The knife marks indicate the woman was tortured before being killed, with multiple wounds in sensitive areas that were not fatal but would have been excruciatingly painful. The autopsy reveals she had also been sexually assaulted with an object of some sort. But who would execute such a heinous and vicious murder?


Hunter and her team are frustrated by the lack of clues. Then, another body is found rotting. Another appears in the local river. All show similar injuries, all seem to reflect the work of the same killer. To complicate things, a video of the first murder they found is uploaded to the dark web. Someone is trying to send a message, and they may not have reached their target.


Rachel Amphlett crafts excellent stories that engage readers on many levels. Yes, it is a mystery who and why the murders happened. But A Deadly Promise is not just about the travails of DI Kay Hunter and her team in solving the murders. It is also about a group of people gathered for work but becoming more than a team. They are becoming family.


Hunter’s team knows she cares about them as people, not just as colleagues. She requires one detective to take a bereavement leave and seek counseling after his police partner was killed during a previous case. She orders people who worked late nights to come in late the next morning. A couple members of her team pull an all-nighter. Those are sent home for the entire weekend. She asks about their families. She is sensitive to group dynamics. And she is determined and focused on solving the crime, pushing herself to find justice for the victims and prevent any new victims.


I have not read the entire Kay Hunter series. Someday I will hopefully rectify that. But A Deadly Promise stands well on its own. Amphlett includes enough backstory to bring new fans up to speed, but not so much that it becomes tiresome or redundant. Altogether, this mystery novel from mystery author royalty warmed my heart while it sent shivers down my spine. I highly recommend it.


Our thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things for our copy of A Deadly Promise, provided so we could give it an honest review. The opinions here are solely those of Scintilla. For other perspectives on this book, check out the other bloggers on this tour.


A Deadly Promise, Rachel Amphlett

Book Review: A Deadly Promise: DI Kay Hunter Book 13, Rachel Amphlett

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