Monday, November 5, 2012

Review: The Hunted Hare by Fay Sampson

Title: The Hunted Hare
Author:  Fay Sampson
Publisher:  Monarch Books and Kregel Publications
Format:  Softcover ($14.99) or Kindle ($9.99)
ISBN:  978-0-85721-204-7

The Hunted Hare is the first book in a new series by Fay Sampson featuring photographer Aidan Davison.  In this first book, Aidan visits Pennant Melangell in North Wales with his wife, Jenny, and their 7 year old daughter, Melangell.  They named their daughter Melangell because they fell in love with the little mountain village when they'd visited it years before to research a book.  They're returning to Pennant Melangell to share it with their daughter, while they still can.  Jenny has advanced cancer, with no further possible treatment.  Though this ancient Welsh village is a pilgrimage site for those seeking healing, the Davisons have come for more personal reasons.

Pennant Melangell has changed since their last visit.  Most notably, a new hotel has been constructed which has brought tension to the area. Some of the area residents are very upset by its construction and don't trust the owner's plans for the hotel. The Davisons walk right into this drama when they arrive for their stay at the House of the Hare.  It doesn't take long for the drama to evolve into a full-fledged mystery, as murder scars the beautiful and serene atmosphere of Pennant Melangell.  Aidan and Jenny find themselves unwillingly caught in the very middle of this murder investigation.

I loved this cozy mystery, as well as its Celtic location.  I was immediately drawn into the beautiful setting, as well as the poignant family relationships of the Davisons as they face Jenny's coming death.  They cling to each other and their faith in God throughout the story, despite the many fears and doubts they each struggle with.  The story had a couple plot twists I didn't expect, as well as a few connections that didn't exactly take me by surprise. However, the resolution of the mystery was very satisfying, and I didn't want to say goodbye to the Davison family at the end of the book.

I'm looking forward to reading more Aidan Mysteries by Fay Sampson, who successfully shares her love of Celtic history with her readers in The Hunted Hare.  The book included the opening chapter of the next Aidan Mystery, and I am already intrigued.  I hope I don't have to wait long for the second book.

If you'd like to read an excerpt from The Hunted Hare at the Kregel website, just click HERE.  The excerpt includes the first two chapters of the book.

The Hunted Hare, Kindle edition, is supposed to be on sale for $5 at Amazon from November 5 - November 11, 2012.  You don't need to own a Kindle to read the Kindle version, as Amazon has free Kindle apps for computers and mobile devices available.  Just click on the banner to the right to go directly to Amazon and The Hunted Hare's Kindle edition. I'm sure you'll enjoy the book as much as I did.

This book was provided free from Kregel Publications, in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was given.

April E.


  1. I just checked Amazon for this book and it's show the Kindle price as $9.99. Any thoughts?

    1. Meg, I contacted the publisher to ask them about it. I am guessing that Amazon is being slow to make the change. I only know we were provided the graphic and told that the price would be reduced during these dates. I guess just check back later? Thanks for letting me know. I edited my review so it shows the price is supposed to change, though it hasn't yet.

      April E.


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