Book review – Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny

Hunters Chase, Val Penny, Crooked Cat Books

IMG_6540The story: When a burglary turns into a murder enquiry, DI Hunter Wilson is called to investigate. Shortly after the grisly post mortem, he witnesses a second murder. A young woman’s life hangs in the balance and her physical similarity to the first victim raises questions. To add to Hunter’s difficulties the new man on his team Tim Myerscough happens to be the son of Hunter’s nemesis, Sir Peter Myerscough, the former chief constable and also the victim of the attempted burglary. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test many times in this first adventure in the Edinburgh crime series.

This book has been getting some brilliant reviews so I had to see what all the fuss was about. I’m glad I did – it’s a fantastic debut novel – cleverly constructed with plausible characters and brilliant twists and turns. There are one or two grisly scenes and some heartbreaking moments but plenty of warmth and humour too. I really got a feel for the characters and the book didn’t fall into trap that some procedural crime stories do of getting bogged down in day-to-day detail at the expense of the drama. I’ll be looking out for the next book in this series and would recommend the book to anyone who loves crime fiction.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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