Hunter’s Chase (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries) by @valeriepenny @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Hunter’s Chase, the first of the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. Before we get to my review, here’s the book info.

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.

The book can be purchased here.

My Review

DI Hunter Wilson was just about to leave the station for the pub and his darts match when DC Winston Zewedu stops him with some unwelcome news. Sir Peter Myerscough, former Chief Constable and now Justice Minister, had arrived home and caught an intruder red-handed, putting paid to Jamie Thomson’s ill fated attempt at robbery. Jamie wasn’t expecting Myerscough home until much later but when he arrived back early Jamie ran, with Myerscough in hot pursuit. Jamie might possibly have escaped if he hadn’t tripped over the corpse of a woman half buried in the grounds of the golf course, and broken his ankle.

DI Wilson’s case load has intensified as the team are not only investigating the increase of cocaine into the city, plus the body found at the golf course, now there are two more murders to add to the list of open cases. 

I have to admit I struggled with this review. While the plot was promising and appealed to me, I do think it would benefit from more editing to tighten up the narrative and make the story flow more, getting rid of unnecessary padding and repetition and making it easier to follow. Also, much of the dialogue seemed awkward and unnatural for the characters. 

We were introduced to a large cast of diverse characters which didn’t allow for much development, and the story comes from several points of view. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Tim Myerscough, son of Sir Peter. His was a good story arc. He was new to the police force and obliged to live down the antics of his father, but despite that he forged good relationships with his work colleagues.

The forensic details were well researched and described, and there were a few twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. Needless to say, I didn’t guess the perpetrator.

I can see I’m very much in the minority after looking at some of the reviews, so maybe this book just wasn’t meant for me.

I chose to read and review Hunter’s Chase based on a copy of the book supplied by Rachel’s Random Resources and the author/publisher. 

About the Author

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. The sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ will be published on 09.09.2018.

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