Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?
One to Watch is the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series and it’s different to the fast pace set in the first two books in the series in that it’s more like a psychological thriller – you don’t know who to trust. If you’re after a page-turner of a mystery with a lot of twists and turns, this is one for your TBR pile!
If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?
Don’t Try This At Home
What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?
Luckily, I haven’t received any really weird ones yet. I do get embarrassed when people write to me asking me to read a manuscript or take on a story idea they’ve had, as that’s something I don’t do – I simply don’t have time, and I have enough story ideas to work through of my own.
If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?
Michael Connelly – huge, huge writing hero of mine. I love the Harry Bosch books, and I admire his attitude to his writing and research. Can’t wait to get stuck into The Late Show, which I’ve just bought.
Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).
I don’t eat meat, and haven’t done since I got taken to a pig farm for a school trip when I was 11 years old. It was an eye-opening experience, that’s for sure.
Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.
I’m still raving about Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson, even though it’s been a couple of months since I read it. It’s a harrowing read, but so compelling. There were a few times I had to put it aside to come up for air – there a27re some really dark scenes in it – but each time, I ended up picking it up again because I just had to know what happened. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.
For something completely different, The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain has to be one of the most charming mystery novels I’ve read in a long time. It reminded me of a cross between the films Amelie and Sliding Doors – highly recommended.
Most recently, I’ve finished reading Clare Mackintosh’s I See You, and absolutely loved it. I thought it was clever the way the story was shared in first person and third person, so you got the victim’s viewpoint as well as that of the police investigation. Can’t wait for her next one!
Who is Rachel Amphlett? 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 Dan Taylor series sold to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.