What do scampi and chips, black coffee and a good pair of jeans have in common?
They’re just a few of author Rachel Amphlett’s favourite things.
Amphlett, whose new thriller Hell to Pay, the latest in the Detective Kay Hunter series, will be published on November 16, explains here why she loves a good cup of coffee and always makes a beeline for her favourite seafood dinner when she visits the UK.
My Favourite Things
Animal? A dog, of course
TV show? I finally caught up with season one of Broadchurch last month, and I’m saving up season three to watch after the launch of Hell to Pay.
Film? Raiders of the Lost Ark. I can watch it over and over, and it still entertains me.
It also taught me a lot about the five act structure in screenwriting when I was studying that a couple of years ago.
Meal? I really miss scampi and chips, because they don’t do either in Australia. Every year when I come back to the UK, I have to have scampi and chips!
Dessert? I’m not really a dessert person, but I do like a black coffee after an evening meal.
Holiday destination? I loved Sintra in Portugal last year, but having just returned from a Canadian trip, I did like the wild west coast of Vancouver Island.
It was amazing seeing black bears in the wild amongst all the autumn colours.
I’d love to go back there and see more of the north coast next time.
Town/city? I’ve always had a soft spot for Oxford, ever since I lived near there when I was playing in bands.
Breakfast cereal? I don’t eat breakfast – I’m more of a brunch person, but I do need a mug of coffee to get me going first thing!
Item of clothing? You can’t go wrong with a good pair of jeans – the older the better, so they’re well-worn in.
About Hell to Pay
When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.
With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.
Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.
Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?
About the author
Rachel Amphlett is the 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 is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association.
The Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, were sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series were contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag earlier this year.
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