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The First Book in the Jane Renwick Thrillers


It’s hard to escape a brutal past.


A vicious killer is on the loose and victims include an academic and members of Edinburgh's high society.

DS Jane Renwick is banished to the side-lines of the case and forced to look on impotently when the hunt for the killer ramps up, because the Murder Investigation Team finds out that the killer is her relative.

Has someone from Jane's birth family returned to haunt her? Is one of her relatives be involved? Where will the killer strike next?

This gripping police procedural is set in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The exciting novel is the first in Val Penny’s new series of Scottish thrillers.

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The First Book in the DI Hunter Wilson Crime Thrillers


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 DI Wilson Crime series.


Val Penny


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Val Penny’s crime novels, starting with Hunter's Chase form the bestselling series of DI Hunter Wilson Crime Thrillers.  She now has a second series, the Jane Renwich Thrillers. The first of these is The First Cut. 

Both series are set in Scotland and published by SpellBound Books Her first non-fiction book Let’s Get Published is also available from Amazon.

Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.


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