Hunter’s Chase – by Val Penny
Running from the man whose fabulous house he’s just burgled, Jamie Thomson stumbles, falls and uncovers the body of a recently deceased woman buried in a shallow grave.
The discovery leads DI Hunter Wilson and his team into a complex web of internecine strife centred on major players in Edinburgh’s criminal fraternity, and there are any number of surprises in store for the various detectives as the case progresses, leading to several unexpected but satisfying conclusions.
The tale unfolds at a moderate pace, gathering momentum as it goes along, and the reader is drawn to like or dislike this character, that detective, this no-hoper, that ambitious individual.
There are various strands to follow, some described in detail, others purposely skimmed to pose further questions. Does DCI Mackay treat Sir Peter with kid gloves because he’s indebted? Does Hunter Wilson take the opposite stand because he has a personal antipathy to Sir Peter?
Police procedures are followed to the letter. When we reach the denouement, there’s no manic car chase, no armed stand-off, no devastating display of Poirot-esque deductive reasoning, merely charges brought on the strength of solid evidence, the result of dogged footwork from a friendly yet dedicated team of CID officers working under the command of a man who is determined yet, like most of us, fallible at times.
Hunter’s Chase is a promising start to what will be an excellent series.
You can find Hunter’s Chase at: geni.us/ic7r (global link)
All about Val Penny
Val Penny has an Llb degree from the University of Edinburgh and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer but has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store.
Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and novels.
Val 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 their cat.
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