Author Archive: Val Penny

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

My elder daughter introduced me to Linwood Barclays’ books when we were on vacation on the island of Mallorca. I have read, enjoyed and reviewed several of his novels since then. I even had the pleasure of meeting him once, he is a delightful man. When I saw Elevator Pitch, the title amused me, I …

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The Time Detective – Discovery by Mark Carnelley

I had had this book on my radar for some time, the title was so intriguing, so I shuffled my ‘to be read’ pile and The Time Detective – Discovery by Mark Carnelley came to the top. I am glad it did. The Blurb Marshall Bellows is a present day crime fighter and Allan Besley …

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Boy Soldier by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby

I recently set one of my tutor groups to read Boy Soldier by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby. To make sense of the challenge and allow me to set questions, I read the book too. The Blurb Danny Watts’s grandfather, Fergus, was a traitor. One of the worst sort. An SAS explosives expert who betrayed …

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Memories and Stages of Love (vol. 1) by Racquel Singleton-Quiney

I recently received a copy of of Memories and Stages of Love (vol.1) written by Racquel Singleton-Quiney. It is a beautifully produced book full of poems, quotes and reflections of love, life and relationships. Truly, I had no idea what to expect from this book, but I was entranced by the wisdom and truth of …

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Paparazzi by Jo Fenton

I think this is the fourth novel by Jo Fenton that I have read and I have enjoyed each one, but in Paparazzi, this author really comes into her own. It is an exceptional novel that tells a complex story dealing with murder, fame, stalking and PTSD. The Blurb It’s thirty years since Becky White …

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Hunter’s Chase in Audiobook

I am extremely excited because the first novel in my series, The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries is now available as an audiobook. It is read by an Edinburgh man, Sean Pia. He went to Leith Academy, a state school in Edinburgh, which boasts around 900 pupils and is the school that my main character, Detective Inspector …

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Style and the Solitary by Miriam Drori

This is the first murder mystery by Miriam Drori that I have read. It is an interesting departure from he previous books and, as this is my preferred genre, I was excited to read it. The Blurb An unexpected murder. A suspect with a reason. The power of unwavering belief. A murder has been committed …

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Dead Man’s Prayer by Jackie Baldwin

I was recently on a panel during a crime festival with Jackie Baldwin. She is a bestselling Scottish crime writer and I was thrilled to have an opportunity to discuss Dead Man’s Prayer with her. I have always found her main character, Frank Farrell a most interesting one and it was interesting to learn more …

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The Chair by G.B. Williams

I recently appeared on a literary panel at a crime festival with Gail Williams and, although I had not previously read any of her books, I thought it important to know about her book that we would be discussing and I am really pleased I did. The Chair is a gripping stand alone novel. The …

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Torn by Karen Moore

I had never read any works by Karen Moore, but I had heard a lot about her novel, Torn, and was keen to read it. The Blurb Like any mother, Hanna would do anything to protect her small daughter, Eva. When she discovers that her husband, Luciano, is not all he seems and their blissful …

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