Book Review

Red House – Joss Stirling

I am returning to Oxford today as I review Red House, the third book in the fab Jess Bridges series by Joss Stirling. As always, many thanks to Joss and One More Chapter for providing me with a copy of the book, which I received via NetGalley.

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The compelling new mystery featuring Bridges and George has them taking on a haunting new case that will leave them doubting their judgement, and even their own eyes and ears …

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REVIEW:

My three day Joss Stirling review bonanza ends today with Red House, the third book in the Jess Bridges series. Now, the blurb for this one doesn’t give much away, so I went into it knowing that I loved the character, but without much clue as to what they were getting themselves into this time. I was particularly interested to see how Jess and Leo’s paths would cross, and luckily I didn’t have to wait to find out.

Red House finds Jess house-sitting in, you’ve guessed it, a mysterious red house. I must confess that Joss Stirling’s descriptions of this house made it sound far too creepy to be somewhere that I would willingly stay, but I am a huge Alice in Wonderland fan, so I would love to explore the garden attached to the house.

I think of the three Jess Bridges mysteries so far, Red House is my favourite, partly because of the completely baffling crimes that are uncovered, but mainly because this time around we find out more about the backgrounds of Jess, Michael and Leo, discovering more about each of their pasts. It felt like we were getting to them all more personally now that the previous books and thoroughly introduced them on a professional level, and I loved this.

I am so in love with this series, and I really hope we won’t have to wait too long for book four!

Book Review

White Horse – Joss Stirling

Let’s give a very warm welcome back to Joss Stirling, as today I am reviewing White Horse, the second book in her Jess Bridges series. Many thanks to Joss, and to One More Chapter, for my copy of the book, which I received via NetGalley. If you didn’t see yesterday’s review of book one in the series, Black River, you can read it HERE.

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A thrilling new whodunnit series, fast-paced and funny, featuring a detective as sharp as his suits and a heroine who’s trouble.  

3000 years ago Iron Age people carved a White Horse on the Downs near Uffington Castle and now someone has dumped a body there. Laid out like a ceremonial killing, Detective Inspector Leo George isn’t convinced that the murder is what it appears.

He suspects the young female victim may have been a member of the Children of the White Horse, a secretive valley commune, but none of the cult members are talking. That is until he discovers his friend, Jess Bridges, is undercover in the commune, attempting to persuade a wayward young woman to leave the cult.

Leo is confronted by the fact that Jess is heading right into the heart of a mystery that has less to do with ancient gods than it does modern vices, and there is nothing old about spilling blood…

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White Horse picks up just shortly after the events of Black River, and see Jess heading to a village next to the Uffington White Horse and Wayland’s Smithy, two places I have always wanted to visit – by the end of this series, I can see that I will have quite the road trip planned.

Although I had expected Leo George to appear in this book, I was pleased to see Michael making a return as well. I love his and Jess’s dynamic, and seeing their interactions in this book really made me smile. Watching Jess and Leo’s friendship develop over the course of the book was really lovely too, and I can’t wait for what I suspect is to come.

White Horse is focused around commune living at the foot of the eponymous white horse, and I found the dynamics within this group fascinating. It was obvious that there was more to them than met the eye, but I will confess that it took me a long time to work out what that was. As a former Religious Studies student, I can quite understand Michael’s desire to study them and other communes and cults of a similar nature.

When a series starts with a book as good as Black River, there is always the concern that the rest of the series won’t live up to expectations, but that certainly isn’t the case with White Horse. Come back tomorrow when I will be talking about Red House, the third book in the series.

Book Review

Black River – Joss Stirling

Earlier this year, I took part in the One More Chapter readalong, for Black River, the first book in the exciting new Jess Bridges Mystery series by Joss Stirling. Today I am sharing my review of this great book with you all. Many thanks to Joss, and to One More Chapter, for my copy of the book, which I received via NetGalley.

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Black River is a book that makes me very happy indeed! I love a good crime series, and as I read this book, I knew that I had found a brand new one to immerse myself in. In fact, as soon as I had finished reading this book, I leapt straight into the next two (so glad they were released so close together as I am not a patient person when it comes to waiting for books!)

Jess Bridges is quite simply a brilliant character. She is chaotic and headstrong, and throws herself into her work wholeheartedly – although sometimes without fully thinking about the consequences. I love her dry, often self-deprecating humour, and her unconventional relationships with her exes and/or their families.

Jess has various men in her life for one reason or another, and whilst I liked each of these characters, it was Leo George who stole my heart. He is exactly the kind of policeman that you would want investigating if you were the victim of a crime. His garden sounds idyllic, and I loved that Joss Stirling included this to give us a glimpse of the man behind the uniform, so to speak.

Black River is a book that makes me long to visit Oxford again to explore its streets and investigate some of the locations described in the book, although the chances of you catching me wild swimming are very slim!

I absolutely loved this book, and the two that follow it – I will be reviewing both of these in the coming days, so watch this space!

Book Review

Deadly Wishes – Rachel McLean

I am delighted to once again welcome Rachel McLean to my blog, as I join the blog tour for her latest book, Deadly Wishes. Many thanks to Rachel, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…

Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, Zoe has attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.

But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.

All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?

Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.

Deadly Wishes is a gritty crime thriller perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, and the BBC’s Line of Duty.

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REVIEW:

As you will all know by now, I am always eager to read anything that Rachel McLean writes, and I am never disappointed when I do. Deadly Wishes is no exception to this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – it’s not the first time that Rachel’s books have kept me up for most of the night because I just can’t stop reading, and I am sure it won’t be the last.

Deadly Wishes, book one of the Detective Zoe Finch series, shows a different side to Rachel McLean’s writing, and in some ways it feels a lighter read than her previous books – although it feels strange to say that given the subject matter. Where her other books have a slow burning, almost sinister undercurrent running through them, Deadly Wishes is more upfront and faster paced, and I think this is perhaps why it feels an easier read (that and the fact that I can’t resist a good crime drama in any shape or form).

In Bryn Jackson, we are presented with a thoroughly unlikable murder victim, who in all honesty, I had absolutely no sympathy for. His murder made for a fascinating plot because there were just so many people who had good reason to want him dead – even when I thought I had it all worked out, I was never 100% certain, nor, as it turned out, was I even close to actually having worked it out. Personally speaking, I prefer it if I haven’t solved the crime myself, so this was perfect for me.

Zoe Finch is a character who I instantly connected with. A little unsure of herself in her new role, Zoe is someone who doesn’t always make the right decision, or even the sensible one, but it is these flaws that make her feel so real. I really enjoyed the relationship she had with her team, and I am keen to see how this develops as the series progresses.

This is a series that has the potential to grow and grow and I look forward to reading future instalments.

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rachel mcleanMy name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

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Book Review

Geraldine – John Mead

It’s time to welcome John Mead back to my blog today, as I join the tour for Geraldine. Many thanks to John, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to join the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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Hatred is such a nasty thing – we all deplore it in others but do not necessarily recognise it in ourselves. At what point does resentment, jealousy, betrayal or humiliation turn into anger and then grow to an all consuming hatred? Hatred can be slow, taking years to fester, or can explode in seconds – it can linger for a lifetime or wither in seconds of its conception.

Inspector Matthew Merry and Sergeant Julie Lukula have to deal with the consequences of violence and murder on a daily basis and in the case of Gerry Driver they both see that hatred is the prime motive. But is it, as Julie thinks, one of a series of hate crimes that has led to this killing? Or, is Matthew right in saying, ‘Driver’s death is undoubtedly a hate filled crime but I’m just not convinced that there are sufficient links to suggest it is part of a pattern of hate crimes.’

Only time and their investigation, which takes as many twists and turns as the Thames does along it course through London and past Wapping Old Stairs, will tell.

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REVIEW:

Some of you will remember that when I reviewed The Fourth Victim, John’s previous book, there were a couple of little areas that niggled at me, and unfortunately these remain present in Geraldine. For me, I found that references to the characters’ race, appearance, and sexuality were overly used, and there is a lot of head hopping that at times made it a little tricky to follow. I also struggled somewhat to identify who the main protagonist is intended to be, although events at the end of the book lead me to assume that all will become clear if John writes a third book set in this world.

I realise that this may all sound as if I didn’t enjoy Geraldine, but in fact this is not the case. These areas were sufficiently pushed to the background by an intriguing, well thought out story about a group of issues that are sadly all too relevant in our current lives – hate crimes, acid attacks, gang violence. John captures the emotions surrounding the pain suffered by some of the characters so well and I was really drawn into their individual stories. As with The Fourth Victim, it was these supporting characters that I really fell for, more so than the two leads. I was pleased to see the return of many familiar faces, and I found a particular growing affection for both Harry and Kathy as the story unfolded. I would be interested to see what comes next for these characters in particular.

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The Fourth -Author PhotoJohn was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.

He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.

Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.

John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.

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Sacrificing Starlight – David Pipe

I am stepping away from what has seemed to be a spate of fantasy book reviews just lately, and venturing in to another of my favourite genres, in the form of the crime thriller, Sacrificing Starlight by David Pipe. Many thanks to David, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in this tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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Time’s running out for DCI Hunter. His wife and child are missing, perhaps even dead. Unable to pursue those responsible he’s transferred to the wild landscape of Cornwall where another child has disappeared.

Alice Trevelyan’s father has his own agenda and wants retribution for the loss of his little girl and metes out his own violent justice.

Will Trevelyan help or hinder?

Hunter has to make his move if he wants to save Starlight.

But can anyone in this remote location be trusted?

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At first glance Sacrificing Starlight may appear to be a simple police procedural. However there is much more to this thrilling book than meets the eye. David Pipe weaves an extremely tangled web, as both the book’s hero, Hunter, and the reader are left wondering just who can be trusted and which side everybody is on.

Although the book centres around the difficult subject of a child sex ring, it is written in an easy style, and I found myself flying through the chapters. In fact, I was so caught up in the story that I read it from cover to cover in a single day. The writing style did change through the book, switching from structured to frenetic as the action moves between cool, calm Hunter, and frenetic, half-crazed Ben. I really enjoyed this, and found that it helped me to get right inside the characters’ heads.

Just a little warning to the men out there – there are one or two scenes in this book that made my eyes water, so goodness knows what they will do to you! I wish you luck!

I found that there was more I wanted to know about Hunter and the situation that he finds himself in during this book, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that this isn’t the last we have seen of this enigmatic character.

ABOUT  THE AUTHOR:

Sacrificing Starlight - Foto 27.09.16, 09 25 51 - KopieDavid Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face and Henry’s Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.

When he’s not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.

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The Fourth Victim – John Mead

Today I am joining the book birthday blitz for The Fourth Victim by John Mead. Many thanks to John, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part, and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of tranquility and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder…

Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight.  And, it looks as if the inspector is already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with fatal head injuries, down to a mugging gone wrong.  The victim deserves more.  However, the inspector isn’t ruling anything out – the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer.

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The Fourth Victim is a book that I struggled to get into at first, largely because there were a number of characters with similar names and I found it hard to keep track of who was who to begin with. That said, once I had everyone sorted out in my head, I found that on the whole it was an enjoyable read. It was well thought out, and including a character who suffered with Dissociative Identity Disorder made for interesting reading. Each of Jenny’s separate identities was as well developed as any other character and each came with their own back story and distinct voice.

It felt a little as though the author had an axe to grind over the funding that the police receive, which to be honest I totally agree with, but at times this did distract from the story. I also found the fact that everyone that Julie and Merry met seemed quite happy to jump straight into bed with them a little unnecessary. I am in no way a prude, but I felt that this didn’t add anything to the story, with the exception of their interactions with one particular character.

I enjoyed seeing the camaraderie develop in the police team, and I think that their relationships could form a strong basis for a series of books. I always enjoy a book that features a close unit of co-workers or friends, and The Fourth Victim certainly delivered on that front. I would be interested to see how these relationships build as the team work more cases together.

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John was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.

He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.

Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.

John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.

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Book Review

Missing in Wales – Jenny O’Brien

I have a brilliant crime thriller for you today, with Missing in Wales by Jenny O’Brien. Many thanks to Jenny, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book. Make you sure you check out the amazing giveaway at the bottom of the post – I am quite tempted by this one myself!

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Alys is fine – don’t try to find us

Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?

DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago. 

Missing in Wales is the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister. The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon. 

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REVIEW:

Wales has a special place in my heart, my grandfather being a Swansea man, so I was delighted to discover a new crime series set there. Although not familiar with St David’s I found I could easily picture the location, and it made me long to visit. It has been too long since I was last in Wales!

Missing in Wales gripped me from the first page. I am not a mother myself, so I can only imagine the agony of losing a child, but reading this book you can almost feel Izzy’s pain. It is truly heartbreaking. As the truth around Alys’s disappearance unfolded I found it impossible to put this book down. It kept me guessing throughout as I tried to work out the puzzle. All too often now I find that crime thrillers are either too easy to guess the ending, or so incredibly complicated that even by the end of the book you still aren’t sure who did it, or how the investigators reached their conclusion. Missing in Wales is perfectly balanced to keep you on the edge of your seat, but not completely blow your mind with confusing conclusions.

I loved headstrong, determined Gaby, a woman fighting not to be defined by her past, and I look forward to getting to know her better.

This is the type of book that you want to devour in one sitting, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Missing In Wales AuthorJenny O’Brien was abandoned in Dublin at the tender age of 17 by her parents when they decided to move to Wales. It was only on the completion of her studies that she was finally able to join them. She’s an avid reader and book blogger in addition to being a RoNA book judge.

She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so.
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.

Jenny currently resides on the island of Guernsey with her husband, children and cats. She works as a nurse and writes in her spare time.

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Hunter’s Revenge – Val Penny

It is time for part two of my review series of The Edinburgh Crime Series.

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Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend’s death is revenged.

DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George’s home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend’s past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George’s killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. 

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REVIEW:

Hopefully some of you will remember my previous review of Hunter’s Chase and how much I enjoyed it. As such I had high hopes as I headed into the second book in the series. I am pleased to report that I wasn’t disappointed. Slipping between the pages of this book and meeting up with D.I. Hunter Wilson’s dedicated team felt a little like coming home. I also enjoyed catching up with some of less law abiding characters from Hunter’s Chase and seeing how life has treated them since the events of the first book.

As the team investigate the murder of a much loved colleague and battle to stem the flow of cocaine into Edinburgh, you get to know each of them a little better as their personal stories develop.

Once again, Val Penny has created a crime mystery full of interwoven relationships and intrigue that will keep you guessing right to the very end.

The book sets the scene nicely for the third installment of the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, and I can’t wait to read it!

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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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Hunter’s Chase – Val Penny

Today I want to tell you all about the first book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. Keep your eyes peeled later in the year when I will also be reviewing the second and third books.

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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.

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REVIEW:

Let me start by saying that I have seen this series compared to Ian Rankin’s “Inspector Rebus” series, but in Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson, Val Penny has created an altogether more likeable and relatable character. Yes, he has his struggles (let’s face it, who doesn’t), but this only helps to humanise him as we get to know the man behind the police badge.

This book was the cause of a very late night and an extremely tired book blogger who stayed up well past her bedtime to keep reading through the twists and turns, and interwoven relationships of the equally incestuous worlds of both the police and the people they are investigating. With police and politicians involved with the drug trade and the crooks sticking to some “honest burgling,” it is impossible to know who to trust or believe as the story evolves.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book was that, unlike many other detective series which focus completely on the lead detective, with all other characters forming a supporting cast around him, Val Penny has ensure that all characters are well developed, and equally important to the story. From lovable rogue Jamie, just trying to fill his dad’s shoes, through star-crossed young lovers Annie and Frankie, right through to conflicted Tim, and art loving Jane, and all the characters in between, each and every one of them has their own backstory and I am looking forward to getting to know the police team better as the series progresses.

If you want to read this before the sequel is released in September, you can buy your copy here.

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author pic 2  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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