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Gone to Ground

(Detective Kay Hunter #6)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  742 ratings  ·  61 reviews
While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.

When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth - a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer w
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Published July 8th 2018 by Saxon Publishing (first published July 5th 2018)
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May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
I am still enjoying this excellent series. Detective Kay Hunter is a great character with a positive attitude to life and her job, a solid marriage with a loving partner and a great work ethic. Even her colleagues like and respect her. So refreshing!

In Gone to Ground Kay and her team are investigating the discoveries of body parts and remains with initially little information about where they have come from. Some excellent and thorough police work eventually leads them to the perpetrator.

As usua
Detective Inspector Kay Hunter was shocked to the core when she and DC Ian Barnes attended a crime scene just outside Maidstone – the gruesome discovery of a body part by a group of Sunday morning cyclists was the beginning of a case more brutal than Kay and her team had seen before. During the course of the investigation, the call they received which revealed more body parts came with a terrible realization – they had a serial killer on their hands…

Frustration mounted quickly as they kept hitti
Mandy White
Another great case from Kay Hunter and her team.

I listened to this book in a day and really enjoyed it.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Amphlett has done it again, another solid police procedural in this fantastic crime series. Gone to Ground is perfect for readers who love a strong mystery that’ll keep you guessing until the author decides it’s time to reveal all! Six books in, and it’s mighty impressive that Amphlett still manages to grip me as a reader, and have me hella invested in the plot, and remaining a fan of Kay Hunter and her team. While Gone to Ground can be enjoyed a standalone, I think you’ll get much more o ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kay Hunter is back! Yes, she is! And I couldn’t be more excited if I tried!

Gone To Ground is the sixth (6th!! How did that happen?) instalment in the Kay Hunter series and it still feels as fresh as the first one. I rather think you can get away with reading this one as a stand-alone since it sort of marks new beginnings, but why would you want to? Start with the first book if you haven’t done so already! I promise you won’t regret it!

The scene is set from the very first page, when a Sunday morn
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gone to Ground opens with a leisurely Sunday bike ride that quickly morphs into a terrifying experience for a group of friends when they discover a severed foot, still housed in its original boot. Kay and the team are called to investigate the grisly find but struggle to discover the victim's identity. The Home Office Pathologist is the first person to shed any light on who the victim may be and from there on, Kay and her devoted team slowly and methodically work with the evidence they have to a ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm devouring these books - such a good series. Lots of twists and turns, good guys and nasty guys! Well written and to me, fun to read!

4.5 stars and 2 thumbs up!

From the blurb: Gone to Ground 6
While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.
The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.
When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth - a serial killer is at large and must
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this instalment of a series that goes from strength to strength a bunch of weekend cyclists make the gruesome discovery of a severed foot. Hunter and her team are on the job, trying to find the rest of the body and identify the victim. Before long, more body parts show up. It looks like they have a serial killer on their hands.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good police procedural but I didn’t enjoy it as much as previous books in the series.
Rubina Gomes
Sixth addition to the series and it still feels fresh like the first one! (Pss, pss, by the way you can read this as a standalone but DON’T DO THAT! You’ll miss the fun)

Rachel Amphlett is one of the best things that has happened in my life. I thank all the stars in the whole universe for making our paths cross. I would have missed on such great books if I haven’t met Rachel. All of Rachel’s books are addictive reads and Gone to Ground is no less. From the first chapter, we dive straight into act
Lelia Taylor
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Once again, Rachel Amphlett has delivered a terrific British police procedural and visiting again with Detective Inspector Kay Hunter and the people she cares about was well worth the wait for this episode.

Dead bodies are never pleasant to see, of course, but the level of brutality in first one killing and then more is beyond what some of Kay’s homicide team have ever seen. There’s no question they’re dealing with a serial killer but this kind of violence usually means there’s something personal
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the highlights of my reading year is a new Kay Hunter book being published and having been a fan from the start I couldn’t wait to get started on Gone to Ground (Kay Hunter 6). The story opens in an innocuous manner with a leisurely cycle ride amongst a group of friends. The tone soon changes when one of the group find an abondoned boot….with a foot still in it! Thus begins a new case for Kay Hunter and her team. I have loved seeing this team grow closer as the series has progressed and o ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliantly light-hearted last couple of pages to what is a horrifying serial killer thriller! An awesome addition to the excellent Detective Kay Hunter series. If you haven't read this series as yet then I highly recommend that you do. You don't know what you're missing out on.
Gone To Ground is the sixth book in the Kay Hunter series and they just get better. I have thoroughly enjoyed it! I warmed to Kay and her team from book one, but they have really grown on me over the series. They a
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bloody hell Rachael.

What a story.

I have enjoyed ALL the Kay Hunter books, this one is no exception.
It is the first story with Kay in her new role as Inspector. A tense and gripping murder mystery. Once again I not only enjoyed the tension but also the inter play with her work colleagues and of course her personal home life with Adam.
It makes these stories human and realistic.

Another recommendation from me.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preordered, own
From the mailing list of the author I received an email that this is to be published July 8th, 2018 and a few retailers allowed pre-ordering it today (June 10th, 2018), (in Germany) among them. Amazon will surely follow soon.
Also there was a link to excerpt from the book, although I downloaded it, I am not so sure I will read it, as I do not like to be stopped reading.
All books by this author I read so far where great, 4 or 5 star reads for me, so I am looking forward to it, and will pr
Trish Goodgame
While the story line and writing was good, I wanted to give 4 & 1/2 stars rather than 5, for the simple reason that there were way too many characters to keep track of. I actually ended up writing them all down so that I could refer back to the list which ended up being a full A4 page of names!

UPDATE: Now that I have started reading the series from the beginning, I will read this again when I'm finished with book 5. I'm sure I will have a greater appreciation for this installment, now that I hav
Kristine Hall
Gone to Ground is the sixth and the best of the Detective Kay Hunter series yet. Take your Dramamine because if you are prone to motion sickness, the twists and turns on this baby will put you right over the edge.

As is the case with nearly all the Detective Kay Hunter series books, Gone to Ground grips the reader from the start. What makes this installment (and others) interesting is how it starts with one thing (and ICK. What a thing.), and despite the absence of logical explanation, leads, or
Note: Even though this is Book 6 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone.

Kay Hunter has her hands full with this one! It all starts with a group of bicyclists and a detached foot. The trail of clues lead to resort hotel that has lots of team building activities like archery, barbecues, and such. So many suspects, so little time before yet another victim turns up dead.

First, I have to talk about the goat. Kay’s husband Adam is a vet and he sometimes has to bring home a critter for a little
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
I can't remember how I first came across this series, but I am so pleased that I did and have been on the journey with Kay Hunter and her team right from book 1, Scared to Death.

Kay Hunter is still Detective Inspector since her promotion but still appreciates her roots and works close with the team, refusing to use the office that is now hers, preferring to instead sit with the team and right in the middle of the action. Gone to Ground can be read as a standalone following the wrapping up of ev
Lauren Jones
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The heat is on Detective Inspector Kay Hunter and her team to find another killer on the loose! What level would you go to find the truth when it seems like no one can be trusted? All suspects are leading back to ground zero. Amphlett captivates her readers with this mystery; this time it is a slew of men disappearing around town and turning up with severed body parts and burnt flesh.

DI Hunter has her plate full with handling interviews for the Detective Sergeant position that they desperately n
Flora Viggiano
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a British murder mystery story filled with suspense and with an excellent narrator. I loved the use of colloquialisms to match the characters and the country like "take away" instead of take out and the "cooker" instead of stove. This is the first Kay Hunter novel I have read/listened to. I have to say I think as an American I enjoyed listening to it more than if I had just read it. I think the flavor of the story's setting would have been blurred if I just read it. I love the character, ...more
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kay Hunter and her team are back on another roller coaster mystery. This time they are investigating who could be this murderer who is leaving body parts behind, who are the victims, and why the killer decided to hunt specifically these people.

Reading another Detective Kay Hunter book is like returning to visit old friends. The characters are very well depicted, and they have become almost part of the family. This time there are no gripping subplots like in previous books, but Kay and her partne
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*************** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW ***************

For some reason there was a really long pause between chapters. I think I checked every single time that it had paused or to see if there was a problem with the audio. There never was, obviously, but the pause was a bit too long for my liking. It had me questioning my sanity over and over again! Otherwise, I love this narrator. Alison Campbell has a fantastic accent, to this American anyway. I have a thing for British narrators.

As for the story its
Grace J Reviewerlady
I didn't think it was possible, but this series just gets better and better!

DI Kay Hunter once again finds herself in charge of a murder investigation; this time, however, she has extra management duties to deal with as well as the day-to-day routine of leading her team to solve a crime with all due haste. With all possible leads going nowhere, they all have to dig in and give a bit more than their all - not easy given the gruesome nature of this case.

It is no secret that I'm a big fan of this s
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kay has been promoted to Detective Inspector, so in addition to her previous duties she gets to field calls from the curious media and hire her replacement. A severed foot is found, and the team tries to find the rest of the victim. Just when they think they've got a lead, it turns into additional victims.

If you're looking for an action packed, guns blazing book...better look elsewhere. If you're looking for a solid police procedural, look no further. I've enjoyed all six books in the series, a
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
I L-O-V-E the Detective Kay Hunter series from Rachal Amphlett! Each one is a bloody brilliant, edge of your seat, white knuckle read. I have to say Gone to Ground was far more sinister than previous Kay Hunter stories but that just made me relish it more. Filled with twists and turns I am in shock at “who done it.” As always Amphlett delivers a well-executed police drama.

One of my favorite aspects of Amphlett’s stories is finding out what animal Adam (Kay’s SO) has brought home. As a vet he tre
Robert Crouch
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You’re always guaranteed something intriguing, original and a little bit different when Kay Hunter investigates a murder.

Gone to Ground begins with the gruesome discovery of an amputated foot in a layby. It’s quickly followed by more body parts at the local tip, posing all manner of questions to Kay and her team. Do the parts belong to one victim or more? Who are they? Is a serial killer at work?

With a lack of evidence, it’s a difficult and slow investigation for newly promoted Kay and her close
Renee Arthur
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kay and the rest of her detectives have a new murder case. Along with that, they need a new Detective Sargent for their group. As a group of friends go for their weekly bike ride, they stop at a lay by so one can fix a tire. When another goes off to find a spot to pee, he finds a human foot in a boot! This is where Kay and her detectives come in to solve a very hard case that ends up involving at least one more murder. They're very methodical and by the book in checking out all possible ideas. O ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The subtle humor was great in this one, had me smiling and giggling in a few places. It so sneakily put in that sometimes it catches you a little off guard, and just deflates the boringness to the case, and all the paperwork they have to work through. In a way, it keeps the story lighter, even though it a crime based book.

Loved seeing more of Adam, in this one you got to see him outside of the house interacting more with her work colleagues. It was a nice change, also added to the family feeling
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th entry into Rachel Amphlett's Kay Hunter series. If you enjoy a good police procedural these books are for you!
Human remains are discovered in a waste disposal plant and it is up to Kay and her team to find out who the victim was and who killed him. The story moves quickly and more bodies are found. The team works on the investigation establishing suspects and then are forced to discard them. Just when I thought I had things figured out Ms. Amphlett threw in a twist and changed d
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Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a film extra and freelanced in radio as a presenter and producer for the BBC.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and is a bestselling author of crime fiction and spy thrillers, many of which have been translated worldwide.

Her novels are available in eBook, print, large print and audiobook formats from libraries and

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