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The Hunting Party

by Lucy Foley

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Hunting Party

A thoroughly modern, entertaining and seductive murder mystery, it felt as though I was reading a fabulously delicious and very guilty secret! It is New Years Eve in the Scottish Highlands, nine friends gather for a celebration, one is victim of murder, deep snow prevents the police from arriving and the killer from leaving. This is Lucy Foley’s debut crime novel, I love her writing style and have simply gobbled up all of her historical fiction. My attention was well and truly snared when I read the premise of The Hunting Party, I snatched it up, and oh boy, was it worth it! Skating between ‘now,’ set after and ‘earlier’ set before the murder, the two time frames hurtle towards each other until they implode in quite spectacular style. This is one of those novels where I veered from being sure I knew where it was going, to realisation that I really didn’t… I almost felt as though I overheard too much, knew too much, and nearly started to fear for my own wellbeing. The mystery element certainly gave my mind a workout and the relationships are written quite beautifully too. I adore this change in direction by Lucy Foley, a wonderfully rewarding and fascinating read awaits if you dare to join The Hunting Party. Highly recommended and one of my picks of the month.

Liz Robinson

The Hunting Party Synopsis


In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather.

The beautiful one

The golden couple

The volatile one

The new parents

The quiet one

The city boy

The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident - a murder among friends.

The Hunting Party Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Greed, Jealousy, hatred, envy, lust, fascination, infatuation and murder! Full review

Nikki McMath

With 'friends' like these... Imagine a darker, edgier Agatha Christie - very compelling and a real treat! Full review

Jan Payne

Are your friends really who you think they are? Secrets and lies will out when friendships are put to the test. Full review

Christine Woolfenden

The best part of the writing here, for me, is the clever use of the classic whodunit setting. Isolated and trapped, a fractious a small group drink, flirt and slink their way towards a New Year disaster. Every sound seems to threaten; every space seems to have eyes watching; every misdeed is remembered and will come back to haunt the party goers. Full review

Marie Bomyer

The perfect 'who dunnit' to curl up with on a rainy day. Who is the victim? Who is the murderer? Lucy Foley keeps you guessing right to the very end. Full review

Kathy Martin

A group of 30-something old Oxford university friends meet up for their annual New Year's Eve party. This year however, there is something different... Full review

Neil Williams

You are drawn into the world of university friends and their history as they attend a New Years weekend in a secluded part of Scotland... Someone's been murdered & the murderer is still amongst the group...Suspense & Intrigue as you get closer to the truth. Full review

Lucy Hall

I devoured this book; I just couldn't stop reading it. The characters are well formed and the atmosphere is dark. How well do you know your friends? Full review

Siân Spinney

Reminiscent of a good Agatha Christie, this breathes new life into the old whodunnit genre. A stunning read. Perfect for any murder-mystery fans out there. Full review

Sarah Harper

I've realised I'm now too old to pull an all-nighter to read a book - but it was worth it! Full review

Charlotte Walker

A good murder-mystery story, which keeps you guessing almost until the end. Full review

Lynne Morgan

Perfect read for curling up in front of the fire on a winter's evening. Full review

Alexandra Harper-Williams

Old friends (some new) + New Year’s Eve, in remote location with extreme weather + a sprinkle of mixed feelings = satisfying mystery read! Full review

Emma Lewis

An interesting concept although a it's bit of a Marmite book. Full review

Les Wood

A thoroughly enjoyable crime novel that actually delivered on all it promised. Full review

Cathy Petersen

A classic crime novel, strongly recommended. Full review

Clare Turner

A group of friends are cut off by snow in a luxury Scottish lodge at New Year when a body is found but who is it and who is the culprit. Full review

Paul Garland

I would definitely recommended this book for when you want to shut the world out for a day. Foley is a superb author who writes beautifully. This dark, clever mystery had me guessing till the big reveal. Full review

Reba Khatun

The Hunting Party is a clever murder mystery which takes you deep into a world where anything can happen and where the old adage, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”, springs to mind. Full review

Josie Barton

They all have a shared history but is that enough to keep them together in the future? More importantly, is it enough to keep them alive? Full review

Kelly Silcox

A group of friends in their 30s travel to a remote estate in the Scottish Highlands to see in the New Year but one of them isn’t coming back... Full review

Tracey Poulter

Lucy Foley has expertly created a traditional but up to date whodunnit that captures the reader's attention from the start and she deserves all the attention and praise she is currently receiving for this, her first crime novel. Full review

Miriam Smith

The Hunting Party Press Reviews

`A ripping, riveting murder mystery - wily as Agatha Christie, charged with real menace, real depth' - A. J. Finn

`Proves that the traditional country-house murder formula... can still work brilliantly... Foley is superb' - The Times

`Very gripping and so good on the awfulness of some long-history friendships' - Sophie Hannah

`Unputdownable' - John Boyne

`A compelling locked room mystery . . . clever, twisty and sleek, it has


written all over it' - Daily Mail

`The suspense will keep you reading long after lights out' - Woman and Home

`Genius' - Sun

`A great update on the classic country house murder mystery and Lucy Foley brilliantly builds the tension' - Good Housekeeping

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ISBN: 9780008297152
Publication date: 31/10/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008297114
Publication date: 24/01/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: B07K8X51M6
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008297152
Publication date: 31st October 2019
Author: Lucy Foley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About Lucy Foley

Lucy Foley is the No.1 Sunday Times and Irish Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party and three other novels. A trip to Connemara, from where half of Lucy’s family hail, on the west coast of Ireland sparked the idea for her latest book. Struck by the wild, rugged beauty of the islands off its shores – the perfect setting for a wedding, yet dangerously cut-off – Lucy began to plot a new murder mystery. An island with no escape, old friends and family reuniting, emotions running high. What could possible go wrong? And so The Guest List ...

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