My new novel, Hunter's Rules will form the sixth book in my series, The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. Although the books are a series, each may be comfortably read as a stand alone novel, so please feel free to start with this book when it comes out on 01.01.2022 and then go back an read the others later. Hunter's Rules is available to preorder from Amazon now at mybook.to/huntersrules. To whet your appetite a little, let me share an extract with you.
A bloody scene brings Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans to an abrupt end.
A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has life changing injuries, but she is alive. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two women who previously died.
Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify her assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes? When Hunter is identified as a suspect in the crime, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?
“Well, I have just one more surprise for you.”
“Another one? Oh, Hunter,” she said.
“I’ve booked the honeymoon suite here for us tonight, and if everything has gone according to plan there should be a bottle of champagne chilling there for us. Shall we go upstairs and check?”
Hunter and Meera continued walking towards the elevators, and he pressed the button indicating they would be going up. They stood close together, gazing into each other’s eyes, but it was not long until the furthest lift arrived. They shifted slightly towards those doors and made room for anybody getting out.
Nobody got out.
A young woman lay motionless on the floor, and the inside of the car was drenched with blood.
“Oh God, not another one,” Hunter said. He stared at the raw flesh in the sockets where the girl’s eyes should have been. What kind of monster would choose to murder someone this way? He turned away from the horrific sight of the young woman’s butchered face. He gagged. Then swallowed the bile. He daren’t contaminate the crime scene with his own vomit.
Meera knelt beside the victim and felt her wrist. “Hunter, this one is still alive. Call an ambulance. Do it now!”
Hunter immediately went into professional mode. He stepped a few yards away from the scene and called the ambulance. The soles of his shoes were covered in blood. Then he phoned Fettes police station. Desk Sergeant Charlie Middleton answered.
“Police Scotland, how can I help?”
“Charlie, the eye thief has struck again.”
Hunter's Rules is the sixth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series of novels. Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter's Chase, Hunter's Revenge, Hunter's Force, Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the rest of this bestselling series set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by darkstroke.
You can also start at the beginning of The Jane Renwick Thrillers with The First Cut.
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. Her short story, The Corpse in the Catacombs will be published in the charity anthology, Dark Paris, shortly.
Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.