Hunter’s Revenge by Val Penny – Blog Tour Review.

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About The Book

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

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 George’s killer.

When a new supply of cocaine from Peru floods HMP Edinburgh and the city, the courier leads Hunter to a 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 taut crime thriller.

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Hunter’s Revenge is the second book in the series. I would advise that you read Hunter’s Chase first. Some of the characters and storyline are linked.
Hunter and his team are determined to find out who killed one of their own. The reader knows from the beginning what happened to the victim before he arrived in Scotland but his friends had no idea.
I have read both books and this was the one that I preferred. I found it a little darker and less easy to work out who the murderer was. You read about the investigation but I feel this is a series where there is also a lot of focus on the characters, both professionally and personally.
Much is made of the forthcoming changes in the Scottish Police Force and tentative plans for the future are being discussed by members of the team. This left me wondering what would happen in the next book.
I was happy to see the return of both Frankie and Jamie. They bring an unintentional comical side to the novel. Frankie determined to do the best for his twins and Jamie still convinced that he is a hit with the ladies.
Whether this is a believable police procedural remains to be seen but it was an entertaining read.

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Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny – Blog Tour Review.

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About the Book

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

Detective Inspector 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: Detective Constable Tim Myerscough, the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough.

Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this first novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series.

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Hunter’s Chase is a new series of books that is set in Edinburgh. Hunter is one of the more senior detectives in the squad and despite the book being about him there is also plenty of focus on the other members in the team. One of these is Will, and he has more to prove than the others. Not only is he new, he is also the son of a once high-ranking officer who is now an MP. There is history between him and Hunter and he has to get past the feeling of special favours being granted. Will was probably my favourite member of the police and I’m interested to see what happens to him next.
But the characters who I thought were portrayed the best were the younger ones. Jamie, with his delusions of being an object of desire, Frankie with his devotion to Annie, and Annie herself. Her story is very sad but I thought it cleverly done.
I am interested in seeing what happens in book two, which I will be reviewing next month.

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The London Murder Mysteries by Alice Castle – Blog Tour Review.

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A Death In Dulwich

About the Book

Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work. To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the yummy mummies of SE21. Join Beth in #1 of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.

My Review

A Death in Dulwich is a good introduction to this cozy crime series. Beth is a character I liked, she was shown to be independent, with a slightly sarcastic opinion on some of the people she met and especially of life in Dulwich. I don’t know the area at all but I can imagine that there are plenty of areas like it. Her new job is one that I would love, I would have the time of my life in that poky, untidy little office! Finding a body, not so much.
It is cozy crime but there is a darker thread to the mystery, some of which is revealed as she tidies the archives and also the murder. It isn’t the main theme in the novel though. The author goes out of her way to make the reader have an interest in the characters. There are a few I’m hoping to read about in book two. Including the cat, Magpie, strangely enough.

The Girl in the Gallery

About the Book

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…

It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane sneaks off to visit one of her favourite places – the world-famous Picture Gallery.

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy, Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.

Just who is The Girl in the Gallery?

Join Beth in adventure #2 of The London Murder Mystery series as she tries to uncover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

My Review

You soon realise that Beth has the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are many similarities with the previous book, her friendship with Katie, her scathing opinion of all the ‘yummy mummies’ and her often fractious  relationship with York, the police officer who has to investigate the cases that she is has the misfortune to be involved in.
But the case she attempts to solve this time is completely different. More modern, some of it believable with regards to the social media influence. But this is cosy crime and there will always be parts that are less believable but that the reader can still enjoy.
I found this book much more sinister than the first. At times it was creepy, the control that certain people had over others, even down to what they were allowed to eat and the refusal by some parents to see a problem caused by social media.
I have enjoyed both of these books and I’m looking forward to more.

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