Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse, but when Hunter arrives it has disappeared, and all is not as it seems.
Hunter recalls the disappearance of a dead body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but sees no connection – it is too long ago. Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.
Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, is released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter. Will Hunter accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer?
Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. Will it change his life? And can he keep Edinburgh safe?
Have you already started writing a new book?
I am researching and drafting my next novel, Hunter’s Rules now.
Can you start writing a new story immediately after finishing the previous one or do you need a break first?
I need time, although it’s not really a break. Immediately after I finish a book, I send it off to beta readers for comment and to my publishers for editing. I need to respond and work through that. Then I am kept busy publicising the new book when it is published and only after that, can I truly concentrate on starting the next novel in the series.
Do you prefer researching certain locations or do you like inventing your own?
My novels are set in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is a beautiful city and one that it is always great to have an excuse to return to for research purposes.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I try to give my readers a clue to the story in my book titles.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
I am better at words than pictures, so I work with my publishers and their design team to produce the covers of my books.
Do you sometimes get up at night to write because the perfect idea suddenly popped up?
I don’t get up, but I do keep a notebook beside my bed to jot down my nocturnal ideas. However, often the ideas seem better in the middle of the night than they do in the morning.
Which book is the next one on your ‘to read’ pile?
The next book is part of my Christmas present from my daughter. It is Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. It is not a book I would have chosen myself and so I am looking forward to it.
Do you finish every book you start reading?
Usually, but if I really do not connect with a book after 100 or so pages, I will stop and move on to a book that suits me better.
Do you always read the blurb before you start reading a new book or do you want to be surprised?
I do read the blurb, but sometimes I only get around to it when I am halfway through the book!
What makes you choose a book in a bookstore: the catchy title, the name of the author, the fascinating cover or a combination?
It is a combination of things. Usually, I choose the genre first, then I will often drift towards the name of an author whose work I enjoy and then I consider the title and the cover of the books I am choosing between. Although it is comfortable to choose a book by a known author, but it is also exciting to find the work of an author new to me.
Thank you, Val Penny and Rachel’s Random Resources
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 ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.
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