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Cradle to Grave

(Detective Kay Hunter #8)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  487 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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 unfor
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Published October 6th 2019 by Saxon Publishing
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The discovery of a body floating in the river was only the beginning of the case. When the team located an abandoned, blood stained boat which had children’s toys in the cabin, the immediate concern that a child had been kidnapped was foremost in the minds of the investigators. Detective Kay Hunter along with her senior officer, Detective Ian Barnes kept the team moving with their different tasks, but their frustration was mounting. Working around the clock, Kay wondered if they would get a brea ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
All caught up with Kay Hunter and the team now. Another great twisty case with an ending that I didn't pick. A great series if you haven't read them, start at book one. ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one wowza of a book, gripped me from the beginning to end. Man, am I loving police procedurals nowadays.

DI Kay Hunter was one of a kind, sharp and hardworking with a hidden vulnerability due to personal losses. A murder and a missing child got the entire team roused up. And the investigation started...

My first book in the series by author Rachel Amphlett, though 8th line, I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. A missing child always creates a flutter of excitement in me. Kay was strong and cap
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't sure until very close to the end who the bad guy really was, although I wasn't surprised when all told. It's always more difficult when there is a child involved in these types of books. Great story, and a must read in the series.

2 thumbs up and 4 solid stars

From the blurb: 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
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I've read all eight books in this series and, while I have rated most of them four or even five stars, the last two have been more mediocre. This was disappointing and rather dull although at least competently written. A man is found shot dead in a canal and his young daughter is missing. The police don't seem to have a clue about how to proceed but eventually, through sheer hard work, they prevail and catch the unlikely culprit. And that folks - is it. There was no nail-biting, no sitting on th ...more
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
This was my first time reading Rachel Amphlett and I wasn't sure what to expect—I'll cut to the chase now, I really enjoyed it, and Amphlett impressed me from the first chapter on.

The first chapter features some good character moments and a well-drawn figure for characters whose sole purpose is to find a dead body and get the police involved. A lot of authors wouldn't have bothered with making these characters so fl
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since I hung out with Kay Hunter and her team but with a new book coming soon (next month!), I figured it was time to catch up. Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in this series and it’s as solid as its predecessors.

When the body of a man is found floating in the river, little does Kay know this isn’t just a murder investigation. Seeing as the man has no face, identifying him proves to be a tricky undertaking. But just when his name is discovered, it throws up a whole other set
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cradle to Grave is another brilliant book in the Kay Hunter series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each, and every one of them. I found myself immediately immersed in this story. When a book begins the way this one does, it’s hard not to be drawn in.
A dead man is found floating in the river and he has no face! Kay and her team are faced with a seemingly random murder, with no clear motivation and no obvious place to start looking. However, when a boat is discovered covered in blood it soon becomes a
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: September 24th 2019

"Muted sunlight shone through the curtains at the windows, creating a gloom that hung in the air, malevolent and foreboding."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cradle to Grave is book eight in the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett and I can guarantee I will never tire of them! This series has become a comfort blanket of a read to me; I know as soon as I start I’ll be drawn in and lost in Kay Hunter’s world. This could be read as a standalone but I’ll always recommend people to start from book one (Scared to Death) and read the whole series.

The book opens with an innocent scene of a father taking his son on a fishing trip but soon descends into horro
Lel Budge
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is #8 in the DI Kay Hunter series, but I feel it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

When the body of a man is found floating in a river, killed by a shot to the back of the head, DI Hunter and her team start the investigation. They soon become aware that a child may be missing.

As they identify the victim and the little girl, Alice, who is missing the investigation steps up a pace. Can they find Alice before any harm comes to her? Why was she taken and who killed the man in the river?

Kay ha
Rubina Gomes
Oh it is such a pleasure to visit our group of Kent police officers!

What I love about Rachel Amphlett books is that it's not too heavy on the head and is engaging enough to make you sit tight. This story goes places I never thought it would go and I didn't see most of the twists coming. I say most because I got close to the last one. But that didn't matter because I was so thoroughly enjoying myself that I didn't mind.

I loved all the characters in the novel, and I think I have a soft corner fo
Kristine Hall
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. It’s been a few months since I listened to a Detective Kay Hunter series book, and as soon as I started listening, my spirits lifted. The books and the return of amazing narrator Alison Campbell feel comfortable and familiar. With Amphlett’s books, I know that I’m about to sink into an excellent and intricate police procedural novel, all delivered with the delightful British accent and charm that is such a treat for this Texan’s ears.

“The whole vista was one of Kentish idyll -
Note: Even though this is Book 8 in the series, it works fine as a standalone.

Yet another great mystery from Rachel Amphlett! I’m addicted to this series. Kay Hunter is so very likable but not in a sappy, friendly kind of way. She’s dedicated to her job, a team player, and a worthy spouse. In so many ways, she’s the opposite of the typical nitty gritty police detective yet she’s not soft on criminals. Oh, and I love her husband’s temporary adoption of some chickens. Ha! Mabel – you’re such a tro
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted to read this for some time, as I received the next book for free from the author as an ARC for a review.
Usual fast read, interesting case, which kept me guessing, but the first twist was nearly advertised early on (or I am good at guessing), and then there where no real surprises for me for quite some time.

Like in the last books, taking place now and in the UK and still not a word about BREXIT, although I think it will have quite an impact, with visiting vineyards in France!

Highly Recomme
Lelia Taylor
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have inhaled every book in this series and Cradle to Grave is no exception. Once again, Ms. Amphlett has created a sense of mounting tension and fear while, at the same time, offering some relief through the personal lives of the team.

It’s bad enough when an unidentified body is found in the river but things get much worse when police find a boat that has a lot of blood in it but, more alarming, a child’s belongings. Where is the child? The investigation ratchets into high gear as every member
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great entry to the series.

This is book 8 in the excellent Kay Hunter series of police procedurals/investigation/thriller/murder mystery thingies. As you can tell, I'm not very good at categorising books, but if I enjoy something so much then who cares? For me this isn't the strongest entry into the series so far, but that's not to say it isn't very good Indeed and it kept me reading until the excellent finale. Where these books really excel for me is in the ensemble characters that Rache
Frances Vivienne
Another great read.

Another great read from Rachel Amphlett. This series of Kay Hunter is well worth reading, they grab you from start to finish. The characters are well placed, and the storyline is another one that keeps you guessing. I love her style of writing and I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series that are on the way.
If I could just say, I think that starting from the first book is best, although each one is a separate story, you'll find the main characters you get to know
Any Length
Mar 13, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure if it was just the reader (I had the audio version of this book) or the book itself or both in conjunction. But I cannot believe that the members of a police station would be so concerned about each other's welfare. It felt like the author didn't know what real police officers say to each other during an investigation so among typical police terms being tossed about every single police officer must have asked every single other police officer at least twice how they were coping and ...more
Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog
This is a fast paced thriller focusing on the disappearance of a young girl and a dead man found floating in the river with his face missing. I think any investigation involving children hit the police hard but this one effects not only Kay who recently miscarried but also her co-worker who lost his son which make them more human and feel real.

Amphletts characters are well written, relatable and likable. This story kept me guessing who the killer was and the ending was well done. I appreciate a
Sophie Whitbread
This is number 8 in the Detective Kay Hunter series and having read and enjoyed all the previous books in the series I was looking forward to this one. ⁣

This still followed Kay and her team as they investigate a murder after finding a body in a river.⁣

As much as I still throughly enjoyed this one, it didnt grab me as much as the previous books had. Saying that, I still really enjoyed it. ⁣

I love how well the story flows throughout the investigation and easily into the main characters private
The mystery started off good and kept getting better until the final reveal which was so disappointing. Why was Alice in danger? There was a sense of urgency for her safety but there wasn't a good explanation for why? That made no sense to me. Besides that, I am glad that things are going well for Kay. I think Adam is such a fantastic character. I also like that there is a different animal that he brings home in every book. ...more
Alana Dean
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this author enough to plan when I read her books. I want a day or two with the phone off and the kitty asleep on my bed. This sat in my library unread for a while. I can't say enough good stuff about this author. Her plots are often complex but I don't get lost in them like I used to watching Morse or Lewis on PBS/BBC. As long as this author writes, I'll be reading her books. READ ON!!! ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Latest book in the Kay Hunter series - very good. Kay is succeeding in her new role and her relationship with her team is growing. Not as much about Kay in this book as an individual but certainly expanding on Carys's role in the team. Enjoy Rachel's books but when I finish one I get upset as it is usually the last in the series. Now I have to wait for the next. ...more
Simon Pert
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Favourite Detective Hunter book so far

A huge fan of Rachel Amphlett’s writing and have to say that this book is my favourite so far. As soon as it started the pace and plot was so fast that I really didn’t want to stop. Cannot wait to read the next book in the series and if you haven’t tried them yet, then give them a go, highly recommended.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always like that this series keeps me guessing, keeps me on my toes. As soon as the rabbit was given to the officer, I kind of knew where it was heading. It is also great to see that police working isn’t all excitement and straightforward. It takes time, manpower and a lot of work.
Catherine  Matsubu
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read!

I have certainly enjoyed each of the stories in this series and am sure I will enjoy more! Rachel, you do a great job creating your characters and their activities.
miss louise m newton
Loved all the kay hunter books look forwards to the next 1 just pre- ordered it keep it racheal
Brenda Yater
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plots are incredible in this series with Kay Hunter

I can 't stop reading. Your characters are so real and interesting. No wasted words in stories. Every word matters.
Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨
******** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW ********

As Detective Kay Hunter’s 8th book, Cradle to Grave was definitely a good police procedural story. I enjoy getting to meet up with all these characters again and again. DI Hunter is crazy sharp and really smart. I really enjoy this character. She’s strong and patient. She puts things together that I don’t quite see until she lays them out. The story comes together as a dead uncle, a possibly kidnapping or drowned child, and a father on a business trip that seems
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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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