Author Archive: Val Penny

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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Gentlemen of Fortune by A. J. Roberts

I have known A. J. Roberts for several years, but I had never read any of his writing, so, when his first book, Gentlemen of Fortune – A Swashbuckler Tale, was published, I was keen to secure a copy and read. it. The book is slim, only 59 pages in all, that is not a …

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Dreamer by Lorette Kendall

It is a great pleasure to be included in the tour for Dreamer by Loretta Kendall @LorettaKAuthor arranged by Love Books Group @LoveBooksGroup. The book is published by @CayellePub. You can read all about the tour. The Blurb Luna suffers from an undiagnosed illness causing hallucinations and blackouts that have plagued her for years. The …

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The Honest Lies by Elizabeth Lyvers

I had heard a great deal of chatter about The Honest Lies, Elizabeth Lyvers’ debut novel. Naturally, I wanted to read the book to form my own opinion and one thing I can tell you straight off: this does not read like a debut novel. The author tells the story in a most assured way. …

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Cultivating a Fuji, Edition 2 by Miriam Drori

I am delighted that bestselling author Miriam Drori has made time to stop by the blog today to tell me about writing a second edition of her novel Cultivating a Fuji. Thank you for your time, Miriam. The Extract “But… I can’t believe it. How can they send Martin?” Carol’s voice rose to a squeak …

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The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

This is the ninth book in Karin Slaughter’s riveting Will Trent series, although it does work as a stand alone. I treated myself to The Last Widow during lockdown for Covid-19 when reading and writing were my escapes from the real world. The Blurb A mysterious kidnapping On a hot summer night, a scientist from …

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