Today, I’m reviewing the new audio version of Hunter’s Chase by the fabulous author, Val Penny. This is part of the blog tour organised by Reading Between the Lines – Online Book PR.
First, some information about the novel.
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 Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series.
I hadn’t read this novel, so it was a new story for me. The main characters, however, were familiar, as I have read a later novel in the series, and I was keen to find out how they “began life”.
I’d had hardly any experience of audio books and worried about two aspects of listening:
- What would I do while listening?
- Would I understand the narration?
The second was a valid consideration. This series of books is set in Edinburgh, Scotland. Clearly the narrator needed to have a Scottish accent, which was provided by Sean Pia. I remembered once concentrating on a Scottish comedy act and never understanding the punchlines. I also remembered a Scottish guy at a writing retreat whose accent I struggled to follow.
I’m happy to say that this narration was excellent – very clear and easy to follow, even for me. My only complaint is that occasional sentences are repeated, but that hardly affected me.
As for the novel itself, the plot is exciting and kept me wanting to listen. And the characters are all well-rounded and true to life with plenty of backstory woven in. I knew I would enjoy it, having read Hunter’s Force.
Was I won over to audio books? Not really. I feel the point of audio books is being able to do something boring while listening. It doesn’t feel right to me to just sit and listen. But I don’t have enough boring things to do. I hardly ever travel long distances, and I have radio programmes to listen to while working in the kitchen. I could listen to an audio book very occasionally, if that’s an option, but I certainly wouldn’t take out a monthly subscription.
Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter’s Chase, Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force, Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the bestselling series, The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland and published by darkstroke. Val’s 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.
Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.