#BlogTour Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny

Today it’s also my turn on the BlogTour Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny.

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About the Author

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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About the book

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?

Review

This is the fifth book in the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, however it can absolutely be read as a standalone novel.

As a young boy DI Hunter Wilson found a bloodied body with his friend, when they returned with the police said body was gone. Now thirty years later the situation appears to be repeating itself, yet another dead body that mysteriously disappears. Guess who is on the case – DI Hunter Wilson. What are the chances of that happening?

This is a crime read, a police procedural, and it also wades into the world of crime that was often swept under the rug many decades ago. I’d like to say things are different, but a target on the back is still a thing in the 21st century.

The strength of the piece is the way Penny pens the team, the way they work together and support each other. The slightly eccentric and vigilante aspect of the team, as they work together with Hunter no matter the obstacle. Also the mob vibe and criminal underbelly storyline that flows throughout. It gives the read a pinch of something extra.

In its own way the solution to the crime is a nod in the direction of the underlying hatred that still flows with such an intensity against certain people and communities. I liked the way the author gave the crime a presence in both past and present, which highlights both how far we have come and still have to go.

Buy Hunter’s Secret at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: darkstroke books / Crooked Cat 8 Aug. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Hunter’s Force by Val Penny.

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#BlogTour Hunter’s Force by Val Penny

Today it’s my turn on the Blogtour Hunter’s Force by Val PennyEnter the Giveaway below to Win a mobi or PDF of Hunter’s Force by Val Penny (Open INT)

About the Author

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.

Follow @valeriepenny on Twitter, on Facebookon Amazonon GoodreadsFollow the Friends of Hunter Wilson and Edinburgh Crime Mysteries,Visit authorvalpenny.com

About the book

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.

Review

What would you do if you came home and found your roommate, albeit one you never agreed to have in your apartment in the first place, brutally murdered? Common sense would dictate the need to call the police, right? Or would you call your father Detective Inspector Hunter? Well, you can guess what Cameron decides to do.

Everything points towards him having something to with her murder. She is in his apartment, he was the last one to see her, and yet the person who said she could live there somehow has no recollection of doing so. That’s quite a conundrum.

Simultaneously someone has their sights set on getting rid of Hunter, which of course begs the question whether putting Cameron in the frame for a vicious murder has anything to do with a personal vendetta.

I think without intending to Penny actually creates a kind of locked room scenario, but without the locked room. When the least likely suspect is actually the most guilty person in the room.

It’s a police procedural with a mob vibe, crime solved by an almost vigilante force, Hunter’s Force. Penny keeps it moving, sometimes so fast you have to retrace your own reading footprint. It’s violent, gritty and the motive is brutal.

Buy Hunter’s Force (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #3) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Crooked Cat Books; pub date 3 Mar. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Buy Hunter’s Chase (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #1) at Amazon Uk or Amazon com

Buy Hunter’s Revenge (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #2) at Amazon Uk or Amazon com

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize*