Cover Reveal – Kay Hunter #7 Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

Welcome one and welcome all to the Beardy Book Blogger Cover Reveal for Rachel Amphlett’s 7th Kay Hunter novelTitle To Be Revealed Later“.

I know what you’re thinking here: That’s a darned strange title for a book, isn’t it? *scratches chin and ponders*

Well, you silliest of silly billies, of course that isn’t the title of Kay Hunter 7.  What I am alluding to up there is the fact that not only is this a cover reveal for “Title To Be Revealed Later“, BUT, the most buttiest of buttnesses, this is also the title reveal, which shall, as I’m guessing you may have figured out by now, be revealed later.

So, get your comfy pants on, make a brew, sit back, ready your excitement glands and read on……..

 

 

Let’s talk about bridges.

You know bridges, right?

 

Lloyd Bridges - Airplane II

No no, that’s Lloyd Bridges. He was an actor. You couldn’t very well lay him across a ravine and drive a car over him.

 

Let’s try again:

 

You know bridges, right?

 

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*sigh* no no and thrice no, that’s his son, Jeff Bridges. Although he, his father and brother Beau Bridges spanned two generations, they are not the kind of bridge I wish to talk about! (spanned, see? See what I did there?).

 

Ok, now *deep breath*

You know bridges, right?

 

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Oh, for fu….. that’s the CARD GAME BRIDGE! Although I have never played Bridge, and I could be wrong here, there are no actual bridges in the game Bridge. I have no idea where they got the idea to call it Bridge from, but that hand there does sorta look bridge like. If you squint, or close your eyes tightly.

 

Soooooo, you know bridges, right?

 

bridge 2

YIKES!! How’d that get there? That is the bridge of my nose. It still isn’t the kind of bridge I’m after.

 

Ok, one…last…time:

YOU KNOW BRIDGES, RIGHT?

high footbridge

YES! Yes, that’s the sort of thing. FINALLY! I thought we’d never get there. Ok, so, you can walk across them. Although rather you than me over that one above there. I’d half expect some eejit to be stood in the middle trying to sway it from side to side under the misguided opinion that they were being funny.

 

Some people like to jump off of them, whether tied on by a piece of elastic, strapped to a parachute, or just to free-fall into oblivion.

bungee

The presence of that foot there on the far right does tend to suggest that this poor fellow was rather reluctant to jump, don’t you think?😂

 

Bridges have even been turned into dodgy looking toys:

bridge board game

I’m not sure that this looks like fun at all. You must really hate your kids if you bought them this for Xmas.

 

Then there are different types of bridge:

 

There are stone bridges:

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If there isn’t a troll living under here I’ll eat my beard.

 

There are paper bridges:

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You couldn’t build a paper bridge over a river now. Imagine the mess if it ever flooded. Or just rained, come to think of it.

 

There are even spaghetti bridges:

Spaghetti bridge

The trouble with bridges made from pasta is that you always end up with way more bridge than you thought you would do.

 

So, as we have seen, bridges can be useful and varied things.

But did you know that they can also be dangerous things.

As mentioned above, Trolls can live under them, ready to eat and munch on your tasty bones.

They can sway and break in high winds.

They can fall down.

They can even burn down.

Fun fact, Beardy Fact Fans; the nursery rhyme “London Bridge Is Falling Down” was originally titled “London Bridge Is Burning Down”.

Originally composed in 1666 by one Garibaldi Gumption, the song was a pleasant ditty that Garibaldi used to sing to his niece and nephew to get them to sleep. He hoped it would catch on and be enjoyed by children for years to come. However, a local playwright, and flatmate of Gumption at the time, Cedric Canape, accused him of stealing the words and title from a play he had written several months earlier called “London Bridge, It Doth Burneth Down“. Canape was incensed that Gumption, in his view, had stolen his words and was trying to pass them off as his own work.

Take this example for example from Gumption’s original nursery rhyme:

London Bridge is burning down,
Burning down, burning down,
London Bridge is burning down,
My fair Lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, wood and clay,
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair Lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,
Wash away, wash away,
Wood and clay will wash away,
My fair Lady.

 

Now, compare this to Canape’s manuscript of his play, recently rediscovered in the loft of the flat that he and Gumption shared together, now a Carphone Warehouse:

 

A London Street: Day:

Enter a deeply concernethed citizen. He runneth stage left, then runneth stage right. He runneth up to the front of the stage, addreffing the audience in an anxious state:

Oh my. Oh MY! London Bridge, it doth burneth down, burneth down, burneth down. Oh my, London Bridge it doth burneth down, burneth down, oh my! 

 

Enter stage left, a fair lady. The citizen sees her and runneth up to her:

Oh, my fair lady!

 

The Fair Lady, who overheard his claimes, is refolute in her affertions that all shall be well:

Why, fear not for we shall build it up with wood and clay, wood and clay, wood and clay. We shall build it up with wood and clay….

 

The concernethed Citizen pulls away from the Fair Lady:

(despairing) No, no, no, for wood and clay shall washeth away, washeth away, washeth away. (wailing) Oh, wood and clay shall washeth away, my fair lady. 

 

And so on.

There’s no denying that there are some striking similarities, I think you’ll agree.

 

The dispute was eventually settled by the ages old tradition of naked arm wrestling.  Smeared in butter and covered in sawdust from the floor of traditional arm wrestling pit in the Rampant Badger Inn, Gumption was no match for Canape’s superior bicep and steely resolve to prove Gumption’s guilt, and, after the best of three rounds, Gumption was beaten. His price was to reluctantly agree that he would change his rhyme thus allowing Canape to perform his play as originally written.

Of course, we all know that that sneaky Gumption only changed the word “burning” to “falling”, keeping the rest of the rhyme the same as before. This could have led to further buttery bouts of nudie arm wrestling, but fate was to deal Gumption a fortunate hand.

On the 2nd September Cedric Canape made the fateful decision to stage the premiere of “London Bridge, It Doth Burneth Down” on London’s infamous, and now long forgotten, Theatre Bridge. The Theatre Bridge was a much ridiculed wooden structure that spanned the Thames just a few metres down river of London Bridge itself. It was intended to compete with Shakespeare’s Globe just across the river, and Canape’s play was to be its first. With galleried seating on all four sides and the stage in the centre, it offered “unobftructed views and fightlines fit for the higheft memberf of fociety“. For his opening night Canape, at great perfonal, sorry, personal, expense, hired the Burnem Brothers, London’s leading pyrotechnical experts at the time, to create the impressive burning of London Bridge. This decision proved to be a very silly one indeed as the Burnems wildly overestimated the amount of gunpowder they would need and the entire thing went up in flames, consuming everything and everyone, including poor Cedric himself.

Sadly this tragic incident has long been forgotten by history; buried deep at the bottom of the Thames along with the reputation, and probably remains, of Cedric Canape himself, for it was overshadowed by the start on the very same day of the Great Fire Of London. There is growing belief amongst certain historians that it was this event, and not the fire in Pudding Lane, that started the great conflagration and that the powerful theatre mafia, who ruled London’s West End at the time, covered it up. I don’t think that we shall ever really know the truth.

At this point I am guessing you are wondering a) why am I still reading this guff? and 2) why is this beardy berk prattling on about bridges, forgotten playwrights, burning bridges, and what in high hell has all of this got to do with Rachel Amphlett’s Kay Hunter 7?

Well, my oh so very patient Beardy Blog fans, prepare yourself for the title reveal:

Ready?

What do you mean no? What are you…seriously? Ok, hurry up then, don’t dilly dally!

Done?

Finally……so….

The title of Kay Hunter Book 7 is:

“BRIDGE TO BURN”

Do you see now? Ha haaaaa, this blog isn’t just thrown together you know.

 

We are now ready for THE GRAND REVEAL OF THE COVER FOR BOOK 7! 

Now I thought it would be a good idea to run through the previous 6 books and their covers and blurbs before we do, just in case you are not already familiar with this series. So without further further ado, let us begin:

 

 

BOOK 1

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When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. 
But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.
When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.
With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.
For the killer, the game has only just begun…

 

BOOK 2

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Reputation is everything.
When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. 
As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. 
With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.
When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

 

BOOK 3

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Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.
Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.
A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.
Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

 

BOOK 4

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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?

 

BOOK 5

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Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.
Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.
Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.
But as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.
Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…

 

BOOK 6

(you can read my cover reveal post for Gone To Ground HERE)

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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 who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.
When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.
As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

 

And so we come to book 7.

So please take a deep breath and cue drum roll please…..

I present to you….

The seventh book in the Kay Hunter series…..

The one that follows 6….

But comes before 8….

Ladies and gentlemen and everyone in between….

Of all races, colours, creeds, species and even extraterrestrial….

Cast your eyes upon….

Put your glasses on if necessary….

Or put your contact lenses in….

Whichever is appropriate….

Maybe you need someone to describe it to you, which is fine…

BEHOLD…

 

BOOK 7

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When a mummified body is discovered in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.
The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies and organised crime within the tight-knit community – and Kay’s determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.
But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shockwave through her personal life and make her question everything she values.
Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?

 

WOOO HOOOO!!! Isn’t that a doozy? Loving the green and the creepy ass location.

The Kay Hunter books are genuinely compelling and gripping reads and so you should totes check them out.

 

Bridge To Burn is published on 13th January 2019. You can find links to pre-order/purchase the newly revealed book right…….HERE!

You can catch up with All Things Amphlett at Rachel’s excellent website and blog here and via her Twitter here. Rachel’s blog is a wonderful thing and well worth checking out. She often lets us in to her writing world with many a behind the scenes post.

Rachel has also written a ton of other books outside of the Kay Hunter series, and you can find out all about them via her website at the link above.

Til next time,

Peace and Book Love, TBBB. X

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