Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny – Review (+Giveaway!)

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny! Big thanks to Val for allowing me a copy of her book to review, and Rachel from Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour!


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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I jumped at the chance to read this book – Being a proud Scot myself, I adore reading anything based in Scotland, especially my local city of Edinburgh! And a crime mystery fits in so well with this city and it’s historical streets.

This is my first DI Hunter book, despite it being the 5th in the series, but I found no problem at all picking up on who was who and catching up on some of the back stories of the characters. Just like a true reflection of Edinburgh, this book is full of a varied cast of characters from all walks of life; from the well-to-do trust fund kids to the slightly more rough around the edges sorts!

I was taken in by the story straight away – Murders, disappearing bodies and more suspects than you can shake a stick at. What starts as simple murder soon unravels into a tangled web of deception. Also, I absolutely loved the premise of tying the recent murder in with one of the past, with the detectives investigating the two timelines in tandem. It added extra depth to the whole thing and made for a gripping read.

I will definitely be going back to read the first 4 books in this series now to see what other escapades DI Hunter and his team get into!

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About The Author

Hunters Val Penny 2Val 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.

Social Media

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Twitter – @valeriepenny
Facebook – Author Val Penny // Valerie Penny

Giveaway! eBook of Hunter’s Secret!

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hunter's secret*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.


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