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Hunter’s Secret Val Penny 5*#Review @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks @darkstrokedark @rararesources #Hunter #Mystery #HuntersSecret #Giveaway #TheEdinburghCrimeMysteries #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #BlogTour #BookReview

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse, but when Hunter arrives it has disappeared, and all is not as it seems.

Hunter recalls the disappearance of a dead body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but sees no connection – it is too long ago. Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.

Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, is released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter. Will Hunter accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer?
Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. Will it change his life? And can he keep Edinburgh safe?

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My Thoughts…

Book five in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series intrigues the reader into the dark world past and present of Edinburgh’s crime scene. Hunter is the link in the crimes and the mystery as the reader is taken back in time to his first body, which disappears. Does a recent murder have connections to the cold case and what his Hunter’s connection to the two murders?

Authentic, diverse characters relatable dialogue and a twisty plot make this addictive reading. The mystery unfolds and reveals some of Hunter’s secrets too. The vividly portrayed setting and compelling characters give the story its noir crime ethos, which is evocative of these crime mysteries.

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Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

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Hunter’s Blood Val Penny 5*#Review @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks @darkstrokedark @rararesources #Hunter #Mystery #HuntersBlood #Giveaway #TheEdinburghCrimeMysteries #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #BlogTour #BookReview

DI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

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My Thoughts…

This the second book I have read in the ‘Edinburgh crime mysteries’ and ‘Hunter’s Blood’ is a cleverly written, vividly characterised story. The fourth book in the series it reads well as a standalone.

The story begins with an episode of dangerous driving that is witnessed by all the main protagonists, all react but none follow up their actions. There are numerous, distinct plot threads, all seem unconnected but as the story progresses they are weaved together to reveal, a tapestry of crime and death.

Hunter has direct connections to some of the incidents and becomes involved in a professional capacity in others. The team dynamic is strong among the detectives. this aids the investigation, even though they are diversified and investigating different elements.

Written in an immersive, vivid style that draws you into the plot, it lets you experience everything, bad and good. Some of the story’s characters are linked through previous crimes, falling on either side of the law. There are many grey areas too. Making the story authentic and realistic.

Hunter is likeable and easy to relate to, he is described using visual imagery making it easy to imagine him and his actions as you read. Connecting you to the story and the main character.

The story captures the ethos of its setting, and even if you are unfamiliar with the area, it speaks to you, and grounds the actions, increasing the impact.

A solid police procedural with a cleverly linked plot, complex characters, who are relatable and a believable ending. Another chilling, riveting crime mystery with the enigmatic Hunter.

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Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, is out now.

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Hunter’s Force Val Penny 5*#Review @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks @rararesources #Hunter #Mystery #TheEdinburghCrimeMysteries #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #BlogTour #BookReview #HuntersForce

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature.

Can DI Hunter Wilson keep Edinburgh safe when he is the hunted?

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is woken in the early hours of the morning by a call from his son. Cameron’s flatmate was murdered. Why would anybody want to kill a young woman recently arrived in the city? 

Hunter must call in the new Major Incident Team (MIT) to lead the investigation due to the reorganisation of police services. Hunter’s ability to be involved, however, is put in severe doubt when someone from his past decides to take revenge on him. He goes missing, and his team have no idea where to look for him. Who would want to stop Hunter in his tracks? 

Meanwhile, Hunter’s team must work closely with the MIT, with or without him, to solve the murder in this taut crime thriller. 

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My Thoughts…

The third book in ‘The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries’ delves into the horrific world of human trafficking and reveals a dark side to Edinburgh. Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is drawn into this noir world, through a personal connection, which demands he investigate the case even though it falls under the auspices of the Murder Investigation Team.

I haven’t read the first two books in this series, and this one reads well as a standalone. The crime stories are complete and there is sufficient backstory on the recurrent characters to let a new reader understand their flaws and motivations and how they work as a team. However, the quality of the writing style and the authenticity of the characters demands I add the earlier books to my festive holiday reading list, it’s that good.

The crimes are well described and don’t make pleasant reading, but there is no gratuitous description and the darkness is counterbalanced with lighter moments, between the investigators, which increases the believability of the plot.

For readers who enjoy hard-boiled crime fiction and mystery, this is an addictive read, which draws you into the Edinburgh setting and the world of crime and detection.

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

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