I’m excited to share with you a teaser from the latest in Val Penny’s fabulous Edinburgh Mystery series. If you’ve read the other books in this collection featuring Hunter Wilson or The First Cut in the new Jane Renwick series, I’ve no doubt you’ll want to read this. And if you haven’t but love police thrillers, why not snap up some of the earlier stories to read before Hunter’s Rules comes out on New Year’s Day 2022?
Hunter’s Rules is the sixth book in the series which has been described as being “up there with Ian Rankin”. It’s great to catch up with the detective and his team in this story. From the opening, it’s clear this is going to be a thrilling read – and with Hunter himself becoming a suspect, the stakes are higher than ever.
“Well, I have just one more surprise for you.”
“Another one? Oh, Hunter,” she said.
“I’ve booked the honeymoon suite here for us tonight, and if everything has gone according to plan there should be a bottle of champagne chilling there for us. Shall we go upstairs and check?”
Hunter and Meera continued walking towards the elevators, and he pressed the button indicating they would be going up. They stood close together, gazing into each other’s eyes, but it was not long until the furthest lift arrived. They shifted slightly towards those doors and made room for anybody getting out.
Nobody got out.
A young woman lay motionless on the floor, and the inside of the car was drenched with blood.
“Oh God, not another one,” Hunter said. He stared at the raw flesh in the sockets where the girl’s eyes should have been. What kind of monster would choose to murder someone this way? He turned away from the horrific sight of the young woman’s butchered face. He gagged. Then swallowed the bile. He daren’t contaminate the crime scene with his own vomit.
Meera knelt beside the victim and felt her wrist. “Hunter, this one is still alive. Call an ambulance. Do it now!”
Hunter immediately went into professional mode. He stepped a few yards away from the scene and called the ambulance. The soles of his shoes were covered in blood. Then he phoned Fettes police station. Desk Sergeant Charlie Middleton answered.
“Police Scotland, how can I help?”
“Charlie, the eye thief has struck again.”
A bloody scene brings Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans to an abrupt end.
A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has life changing injuries, but she is alive. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two women who previously died.
Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify her assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes? When Hunter is identified as a suspect in the crime, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?
Where to buy
Hunter’s Rules will be published by darkstroke books on 1st January 2022.
You can pre-order the kindle version or buy the paperback of Hunter’s Rules here
If you enjoy stories with a dark edge including mysteries, thrillers, suspense and horror, search darkstroke books on Amazon.
About the Author
This is the sixth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series of novels. Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter’s Chase Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the rest of this bestselling series set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by darkstroke.
You can also start at the beginning of The Jane Renwick Thrillers with The First Cut.
Her first non-fiction book Let’s Get Published is also available now and she has most recently contributed her short story, Cats and Dogs to a charity anthology, Dark Scotland.
Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.