When best-laid plans go awry…
Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans come to an abrupt end when they stumble into the scene of a crime.
A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has traumatic injuries, but she clings to life. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two other women, who died from their ordeal.
Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify the assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes?
When Hunter is identified as a suspect, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?
My Review of Hunter’s Rules
I’d read Book #5 in the Edinburgh crime mysteries series last year (Hunter’s Secret). As you can tell from my review, I enjoyed the book immensely. So I was glad to have received a spot on the blog tour for Book #6, Hunter’s Rules.
Hunter’s Rules follows the trail of a particularly inhuman murderer who drugs and incapacitated his victims and then gouges out their eyeballs with a knife. DI Hunter Wilson and his team are racing against time as they seek to narrow the suspect list and catch the attacker before the next victim is claimed. And the person very nearly does get away with the next crime!
While I didn’t find Hunter’s Rules as engaging as Hunter’s Secret was, I definitely had trouble putting the book down. The clues brought out through interviews with suspects made my head spin and, at one point in time, it felt like practically anybody could be the murderer. It’s due to the brilliance of the author that I couldn’t spot the guilty person hiding in plain sight.
The story has a bunch of shady characters who are up to no good, dabbling in a variety of anti-social activities like drug dealing and money laundering. The atmosphere is real and gritty with no padding to soften the hard edges. Make no mistake, police work is dirty work!
The banter and irreverent wit of DI Wilson’s team sustain the reader’s interest through the exchanges that happen at the police station. Otherwise, it’s just a series of briefings and cigarette breaks and tea/coffee breaks.
What’s interesting is how the author draws a contrast between the way of life of the common people at Edinburgh, the life of the police personnel, and the so-called nobility. On the surface, these people have wildly varying lifestyles. But it seems like they’re driven by the same motivations – money, greed, power, or a good time.
There’s much to chew upon in Hunter’s Rules. I think I’m going to read the book again to catch any insights I may have missed the first time around because I was so focused on trying to find the sociopath among the crowd.
P.S.: The author says you don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this book. I agree you won’t have trouble understanding what’s happening. But you might be able to make the connections between the recurring characters better if you’ve read the earlier books. They’re all available on KU so let the party begin!
(Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my free copy of the book. It has not influenced my review in any way.)
This is the first in the new series of novels, The Jane Renwick Thrillers. Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter’s Chase Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by darkstroke 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.
Giveaway to Win a PDF of Hunter’s Rules by Val Penny (Open INT)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.