Monday, 12 February 2018

Hunter's Chase by Val Penny
Series:  The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #1
Release Date: 2nd February 2018
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Genres:  Crime

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.
DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman's life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter's perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. 

Author Endorsements for Hunter's Chase

Erin Kelly – author of psychological thrillers including 'Broadchurch' and 'The Poison Tree'
“A gripping debut novel about power, politics and the importance – and danger – of family ties. Hunter Wilson is a compelling new detective and Val Penny is an author to watch.”
Stuart Gibbon – Former Murder Squad DCI & co-author of 'The Crime Writer's Casebook'
“A cracking read featuring the unforgettable DI Hunter Wilson.”
Kate Bendelow – author of 'The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers'
“An exciting debut – a police procedural that is refreshing, gripping and witty. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one.”
Michael Jecks – author of unmissable historical mysteries including the 'Jack Blackjack' crime series including 'Rebellion's Message' and the 'Knights Templar' mysteries including 'The Last Templar' and the contemporary spy novel 'Act of Vengeance'
“This tartan noire book is a real coffee-cooler. I had three cups of coffee that went cold, forgotten while reading. Val Penny created a cast of characters I want to see in another book as soon as possible.
This is a truly astonishing debut from a writer to watch for the future.
Believable characters, gut-wrenching scenes, and a plot that sizzles along. A taut police procedural that is up there with Ian Rankin, Alex Gray and Quintin Jardine.”

Hunter's Chase by Val Penny is the exciting first installment in the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries Series. The book is a great start to the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. D.I. Hunter Wilson is an old school cop. Not impressed that a new member of his team is the son of the former Chief Constable, a man he detests, Wilson must put aside his feelings about Tim Myercough's father and give him a chance to prove himself. However, its not going to be easy, especially when Tim's father discovers a body hidden in shrub land on his beloved golf course. Throw into the mix a steady stream of cocaine flooding the city and further crimes that may be connected and Wilson and his team are kept on their toes trying to tie it all together and bring those responsible to justice.

I enjoyed the characters throughout the book and although Hunter Wilson sometimes came across as a bit rough and ready he was a superb police officer with very little getting past him. At times I felt he was sometimes a bit of a lonely character too but fiercely passionate about getting to the bottom of the crimes that were tearing his beloved city apart.  His team were well developed and each was interesting and appealing and have established a good basis for the next book in the series. The dialogue flowed naturally and the book was well paced. There were lots of little nuggets of information and clues dotted throughout the course of the book and one or two surprises too which I loved. A great book to get your teeth into and keep you gripped throughout. A recommended read. 



Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, 'Hunter's Chase' set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, 'Hunter's Revenge'.

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