Hunter’s Secret reviewed by Amanda Oughton

This review first appeared on https://gingerbookgeek.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/hunters-secret-by-val-penny/

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It’s only fairly recently that I discovered just how good an author Val is.  I haven’t quite caught up with all of the books in the Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson series just yet but when I have time, I read one of the previous books.  The latest book in the series is called ‘Hunter’s Secret’ and I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of the story but more about that in a bit.

Hunter's Secret largerWhat I can say about DI Hunter Wilson?  I took to him from the start and by halfway through the book, I felt as though he had become a friend.  He’s a man with a past (yes I know we all have a past) but there are secrets lurking in his past that he hasn’t told anybody else about and he wants to keep it that way for as long as he can.  As a police officer, Hunter is dedicated, tough, tenacious, stubborn but at the same time he is incredibly caring and compassionate.  Hunter is in charge of a small team, who all work really well together and each has the others’ backs.  In fact they seem more like a family than a team of work colleagues.  Hunter is a bit devious in this book because he displays some pretty shifty behaviour.  I won’t go too far into what he is up to as that might give too much away but needless to say that I think his motive is good but he doesn’t perhaps go about things the right way.  Of course his partner is thinking all sorts.  The cases in this particular book are set to challenge Hunter as he has not been challenged before.  Will Hunter solve the case and apprehend the perpetrators?  Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

Oh my flipping word, ‘Hunter’s Secret’ is one seriously cracking read and then some.  I became addicted to this book from the moment I first picked it up, never mind from when I started reading the actual story.  It was as if the book had developed a hold over me and it was a hold that I wasn’t willing to break.  I was completely gripped by the story from start to finish.  I was so engrossed in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I seemed to charge through the story.  The first time I looked to check on my reading progress, I was staggered to realise that I had read almost half of the book in one go.  All too quickly I had to say a temporary goodbye to DI Hunter Wilson and his team.

‘Hunter’s Secret’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Val hunter's secretPenny.  She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into the story.  For me, ‘Hunter’s Secret’ was perfectly paced- the story started with a bang and maintained a fast pace throughout.  To me, the sign of a good book is when you want to jump inside the pages of the story and you want to sort out certain characters.  Well that’s just how I felt regarding a certain pair of siblings, who are right charmers…..not.  At times I even ended up arguing with the book as if the characters could hear me.  I know this is a work of fiction but I find that if I enjoy a book then I tend to ‘live’ the story as it were real.  I loved everything about this book from the author’s writing style to the different characters, to the storylines and to the place where the story is based.  This story kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Hunter’s Secret’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Val’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

Interview with Val Penny by Sarah Davis

I am pleased to be able to share the interview between me and fellow author Sarah Davis. You can find it on her website https://www.sarahdavisauthor.com/post/an-interview-with-val-penny or below.

An Interview with Val Penny

You’ve heard me say it before…since joining Darkstroke Books, I’ve met many fantastic authors. Today I have the pleasure to interview Val Penny, an American author in Scotland, on the release of her latest novel, Hunter’s Secret. There is a certain joy in asking an author about their writing process and learning a little of what fuels their creativity. I’ll admit I am a bit star-struck every time I get a chance to talk with other authors.

Val’s crime novels, Hunter’s Chase ~ Hunter’s Revenge ~ Hunter’s Force ~ Hunter’s Blood ~ Hunter’s Secret, form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, and are published by Darkstroke Books. She also self-published her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published.

Having only started the series, I can tell you that the witty dialogue, fast pace and action drew me in immediately. You know there are some books that ease a person into the story. Not Val’s tales. With an intense plot and murder mystery, it’s no wonder “bestseller” is stamped on her work.

Welcome, Val Penny!

Val: Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Sarah. I am really pleased to have a chance to chat with you about my new novel, Hunter’s Secret.

Congratulations on the new release! I’m very excited for you. I remember how anxious and nervous I was on the release date of my debut novel, Inside Voices. How are you feeling today? And how do you keep yourself calm on a release day?

Val: I am always excited on release day, but also somewhat incredulous to realise – I wrote a book and now I can share it with the world. You can understand that keeping calm on my launch day is not realistic for me.

Was writing something you trained for or did it start as a hobby?

Val: I have written all my life and my first published pieces were poems in anthologies. Prior to that, in my career, I wrote mostly professional and academic pieces. However, a few years ago, when I was suffering from cancer, the only thing I had the energy to do was read. (Day time television got very old very fast!) As I felt a little better, I began to review the books I read. Then, as I improved still more and drove my husband mad, he suggested that if I knew so much about what made a good book, I should write one. Thus, Hunter’s Chase was born.

So driving the hubby bonkers was a good thing! Can you tell me about your writing routine?

Val: I prefer to write in the afternoon and evening, so I tend to answer e-mails, write blog posts and work on social media in the morning and work on writing my novels after lunch.

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Do you have a favorite book that you would read more than once?

Val: I rarely read books more than once as there are so many good books still to read. However, at the beginning of lockdown, I did treat myself to a re-read of The Suspects by one of my favourite authors, Katherine Johnson. She is a fabulous writer and it is no surprise that her books are all best-sellers.

The Suspects is an excellent book, I agree! It’s a lot-o-bit of a rollercoaster of who-done-it!

Tell us about your writing process. Do you write full-time?

Val: I do, yes. I took early retirement when I had cancer and that gives me the time and space to spend my time as I see fit. I do a little tutoring of English and gives lectures on aspects of writing, but predominantly, I write.

Has the writing process changed or shortened from your first novel, Hunter’s Chase (2017), to today’s release of Hunter’s Secret?

Val: I was still extremely ill when I wrote Hunter’s Chase, so I wrote it in fits and starts when I was well enough to do so. As a result of that, my first novel too me two and a half years to write. Now that I am well and a bit more experienced, from start to finish, a book usually takes about eight to nine months.

That is amazing! What do you do to relax? Do you have hobbies or favorite vacation sites?

Val: I enjoy swimming, walking, knitting and reading. I also like to spend time with family and friends and often do that over drinks or a meal, when social distancing allows. My big budget relaxations are travel, (I am an American living in the UK so I like to go home regularly) and my little granddaughter.

What do you feel is the hardest part in the writing process?

Val: Editing. I hate editing. It is vital and must be done carefully and repeatedly to perfect the manuscript, but by the time it is finished, I am always sick of the sight of the novel I am working on.

If there is one thing you can tell yourself when you started, what would it be?

Val: False modesty will not sell books!

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Val: I am so lucky to have been nurtured and mentored on my writing journey by several of my favourite authors including Karen Campbell, Simon Hall, Michael Jecks, Erin Kelly and Peter Robinson. Amongst other authors whose books I look out for are Rose McClelland, Joan Livingston and Linwood Barclay.

How much time did you spend on research for the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries?

Val: The things I tend to research are methods of murdering people, how long it takes to die and how fast bodies decompose in different circumstances. I very much hope nobody ever checks my computer history!

I hear you there. Never a good thing to do research in a crowded room or on a plane. Might give the wrong impression!

Do you work with an outline or do you know where your characters need to be by the end and write until you get there?

Val: I always have an outline and I usually write that in a notebook detailing the characters and actions that will take place in each chapter. However, I draft the novel on my laptop. It is easier to make changes electronically.

Have your characters ever acted in surprising ways and not according to how you developed their character traits?

Val: Indeed, they have! In Hunter’s Secret, I had no idea that Les was a cross dresser until Jamie saw him in the window!

Oh my! Why was she looking through the window? Wait…don’t tell me. I’ll read to find out.

Thank you so very much for answering my questions. We all wish you the very best of luck!!

Val: Thanks for having me to visit, Sarah. I appreciate your support and good wishes.

Review of Hunter’s Secret by Jessica Mac

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This was my first introduction to Val Penny, and readers, I think I’m in love.

Not only did I get to spend two fabulous evenings lost in a thrilling new mystery with a quirky investigative team, but was also treated to a long overdue visit with my beloved Edinburgh by way of memory and imagination. I got to revisit some of my favourite pubs (Deacon’s House & Fiddler’s Arms), drift back to the Christmas Market, and then fall asleep reliving my walk back from the NLS to my little flat in Merchiston above the Gregg’s by way of the pubic triangle (if you know, you know). The only thing missing from my jaunt down memory lane were some sandwiches from Oink.

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But enough about me, we’re here to talk about a book, and a darned good one at that!

Though Hunter’s Secret is the fifth in a series, it’s written as a standalone that can be enjoyed by series veterans and newbies alike. I was immediately drawn in by the diverse and dynamic team, and really appreciated that there was a tactful mix of less obvious on-page representation alongside some much more in-depth conversations. Honestly, it was refreshing to read a gripping, twisty crime thriller that didn’t revolve around a homogenous, white, cis, male base – the result is that it actually felt like the team was more representative of the world we live in than most crime fiction I’ve been reading of late. And the best part about it all? When confronted with those annoyingly bigoted types there is never any doubt as to who’s the douche.

I really enjoyed the multitude of ways in which this book came together. From the balance between Hunter’s past and present, to the blend of perspectives, and especially the careful dispensation of personal details throughout the text the flow felt absolutely effortless. And to top it all off, the dialogue is spot on. Not only does it feel natural and engaging, the way in which Penny renders dialect really helped for me to hear each character’s voice. Even with such a big team to wrap my brain around their distinctness on the page really made it easy to keep them apart.

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Finally, I should probably mention something about the cases this book revolves around! No one expects to come across a body out of the blue, and no one expects them disappear just as quick, but sometimes lightening strikes twice. You have two cases, thirty years apart, with some tenuous connections. But as the cases progress it becomes clear that not only are the team looking for a potential serial killer, but that the killings are most definitely hate crimes. The targeting of specific minorities within the LGBTQ community may be triggering for some, but I do think this book offers a valuable look at the ways in which both the police and society at large fail those they don’t care to understand.

Overall this was an absolutely smashing read. I was engaged from the first page to the last, and have no doubt that I will soon be coming back form more. Packed full with characters that are both easy to love, and easier to hate, I’d be surprised if you didn’t find yourself screaming at the pages in the same way that I did. Emotionally gripping and action packed Hunter’s Secret is book that I would happily recommend!

Interview between Val Penny and Deborah Miles

Thank you, Val, for taking the time to join to answer a few questions for us. We wish you well with Hunter’s Secret and I look forward to starting this series from the beginning soon!

What inspired you to write The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries?

Hi Deborah, thank you for having me to visit your blog today. I started writing Hunter’s Chase, the first novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, while I was being treated for cancer. I was too exhausted and vulnerable to undertake my usual interests of travelling, swimming or walking, so I read even more books than usual and reviewed them to my blog, www.bookreviewstoday.info . Then, as I got a little better, my husband suggested I try my hand at writing a book and Hunter’s Chase was born.

Who is your favourite character in Hunter’s Blood and why?

Andy RobertsFor me the most interesting character in Hunter’s Blood is Andy Roberts. I ran a competition for a fan to have their name used in the novel and it was won by Andy Roberts. When I saw his name, I was thrilled. I had used the name Florence Roberts for one of the witnesses in Hunter’s Revenge. It was a complete co-incidence, but I was able to give Andy an imaginary grandmother in Hunter’s Blood because of this.

 

What was the first story you had published?

The first story I had published was called The Green Dress. It was about a new designer dress stolen from a charity shop and told from three different points of view. It was published in a quarterly publication which has since closed. I don’t think my story was the cause of that!

Do you have another story planned or in progress? When can we expect to see that?

I am working on a non-fiction book: Let’s Get Published. It will be published in April. However, my next novel, Hunter’s Secret, will be published in August. It will be the fifth book in my series, The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

Who is your favourite author?

I enjoy the works of many different authors. However, the three authors who have never erin kellylet me down are Erin Kelly. Her novels The Poison Tree and He Said/She Said are excellent. Amit Dhand is a fine author whose novels are set in Bradford. I love the problems he creates for his protagonist, DCI Harry Virdee. However, my favourite novels for 2018 and 2019 were The Secret and The Suspects. Both were written by the English author Katharine Johnson. She writes gripping books.

Which writers have influenced you?

simon hallI have been most fortunate to have been mentored by some marvellous writers. The three who have assisted me most fundamentally are Peter Robinson, whose DCI Banks series is a joy to read. Simon Hall, who writes the TV Detective series of novels, set in the south-west of England. The other author who guided me through the early stages of my writing career was the Scottish author, Karen Campbell. Her Anna Cameron novels form a clever story arc.

What do you like to do when you’re not planning or writing your next book?

I am a very creative person and enjoy knitting, cooking and beading. However, my favourite things to do are to travel, visit my family and walk on the beach. Often, I am planning my next book while I am doing any of these things.

When did you know you wanted to write crime novels?

I have always enjoyed reading crime fiction, so it seemed sensible to try to write the genre I enjoy reading.

Do you write novels in other genres?

I have not written in any other genre yet, but there is a part of Edinburgh called Hunter’s Tryst. I think I might write a romantic prequel to my series, The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

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What do you like most about being an author?

As an author it is most fun to be able to share my stories with readers and communicate with those who have enjoyed my books.

Do you have a specific routine for writing? Is there a special place or particular tool you use?

I usually write in the afternoons and evenings. I have never been a morning person and writing has not changed that! I make my notes in a big read note book, but I draft on the computer.

What advice do you have for other crime writers?

Enjoy your writing.

Do not make your plots too complicated.

Persevere.

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What advice do you have for other independently published authors?

Enjoy your writing

Edit your work.

Be honest with yourself.

If your book were to be made into an Audiobook, who would you choose to read it?

I plan to have Hunter’s Chase produced as an audio book this year. Ideally, I would like David Tennant to read it. But, realistically, it should be read by a Scottish man with an Edinburgh accent because the books are set in Edinburgh.

If your book were to be made into a movie, who would you like to play Hunter?

It would be fun to see Ewan McGregor play Hunter with Chris Hemsworth as Tim and, perhaps Jonno Davies as Jamie. But they would all have to train to speak with Edinburgh accents.

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Review of Hunter’s Blood by Deborah Miles

I am delighted to be able to share the review of Hunter’s Blood by Deborah Miles. It is always a joy when a reader truly appreciates a novel I have written. You can read the review on her blog Against the Flow Press or below. https://againsttheflowpress.blogspot.com/2020/08/review-hunters-blood.html

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Hunter’s Blood is the fourth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series, but the first I’ve read. Whilst it can be read as a standalone novel, I rather wish I’d started at the beginning of the series and got to know the main characters better.

The story is told mainly in the third person, although Linda’s story is told from her perspective in the first person. I was a little confused by this as Linda is a secondary character who can tell the reader nothing about the main events in this story.

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There are lots of threads to follow: a van overturns and the occupants are trapped inside; a traveller child goes missing; three elderly women are murdered; a drug baron has lost some of his product.

There are also a lot of characters to get to know. Some are upstanding, law-abiding citizens while others are less so; and some are the worst kind of hardened criminal. But DI Wilson and his team stand ready to solve crimes, support the victims and put the offenders where they belong – behind bars.

Hunter’s Blood is a well-thoughtout and executed police procedural, which kept me thoroughly entertained following the twists and turns of the plot and getting to know the main characters.

Review of Hunter’s Secret by Grace J

A lovely 5* review of Hunter’s Secret can be found on https://gracejreviewerlady.net/2020/08/10/hunters-secret-by-val-penny-bookreviewor below. Thanks to Grace J Reviewer lady and Rachel’s Random Resources.

Oh, how I LOVE this series! Val Penny never fails to amaze me with her grasp of east coast Scottish dialect.

Hunter's Secret largerIn this, the fifth book of the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, things take a bit of a different and strange turn. When two of the team come across a very dead body, they don’t expect it to disappear before the alarm can be raised. And it is all too close to the first body Hunter ever had anything to do with when he was a lad – and it disappeared too! What is going on – and could there possibly be any connection? There’s only one way to find out.

Hunter has built a great team around him, and they each know how to do their job both singly and collectively. This latest tale shows how close they have become and their lives intertwine with the investigation.

I love the diversity of this group and particularly enjoyed that it showed throughout the hunter's secretbook. What a puzzling mystery! I couldn’t have solved this one no matter how long I took to work it out. With recurring characters providing much entertainment and things twisting and turning before we get to the crux of the matter, this is a beautifully written, well planned story. I’m so pleased with the news that there is another on the way – that’s one book I don’t want to miss! A cracking read, as always, and Val Penny earns every one of the five sparkling stars I’m happy to give.

Mai’s Musings Reviews Hunter’s Secret

Thank you so much to Mai’s Musings @maitaylor01 for the amazing review of  the fifth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries during the blog tour run by @rararesources . You can read it here: https://maitaylor567291325.wordpress.com/category/book-review/ or below.

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Having read all of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries so far, I have always found Hunter Wilson to be something of an enigma, much more difficult to fathom than the rest of the characters. Discovering more about Hunter’s past in this fifth book, and witnessing his first encounter with both a dead body and the police, explains both a lot about the man he became and about the animosity between him and Myerscough (old Myerscough that is, not young Myerscough who I will confess to having a bit of a crush on). It was interesting to see a more vulnerable side to Hunter, and see beneath the tough exterior that he presents to the outside world.

As ever I was delighted to see the return of Jamie and Frankie. I love their dynamic, and hunter's secrettheir efforts to remain on the straight and narrow (ish) always add some light relief to the story. The second Jamie was spotted on his “walk” you just knew that the hapless cousins were about to find themselves right in the middle of something big again.

The motivation behind the perpetrator’s crimes in this book is shocking, and whilst I had my suspicions about who was behind the mysterious missing bodies, the reasons for their actions came as a surprise to me.

The character relations on both sides of the law are as incestuous as ever in a way that always make Val’s books feel like returning to a familiar community. It is these relationships that draw me back to each new book as it is released.

Themes of Hunter’s Secret by Jo Fenton

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As we start a new series of Thursday Themes, I’m delighted to kick off by welcoming back a favourite guest.

Val Penny joins me today to discuss the themes of her latest novel in the Hunter series – Hunter’s Secret.

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Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today. I am so excited about the publication of my fifth novel, Hunter’s Secret. It is the most recent book in my Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series.

In the themes of Hunter’s Secret, I seek to explore the affect that keeping secrets has on individuals and the way some people treat those who are different to themselves. One of the common myths about a story’s theme is that it must also be the story’s “moral” or “message.” This is because themes always deal with fundamental truths that inevitably affect human morality, therefore it is easy to assume a story’s theme must always be specific and applicable to the readers.

This is not necessarily a false assumption. The themes are about raising questions and suggesting answers that make people think about how to live their lives more honestly and, perhaps even, morally. Throughout the series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries explores the loyalty of main character, Hunter Wilson, and how he values being part of a team.

In this novel I am keen to explore the mental health aspects of keeping a secret. Hunter has a secret that he has kept to himself since he was a child. When he must confront it due to a modern murder, he relives his nightmares over and over. The reader lives through the issues this creates for Hunter and witnesses the resolution. Hunter is also keeping a modern-day secret from his girlfriend Meera. The predicaments Hunter experiences in relation to this secret are quite different.vickys-edinburgh-1

The other main theme of the novel is the old one of ‘do as you would be done by’. Some of the characters display prejudice towards those who are different to themselves. The reader witnesses this in the way Bear Zewedu is treated by them because he is black. Another character is mistreated because he enjoys cross dressing, and yet more are abused because the are members of the LGBTQ community.

Hunter must strive to resolve his own demons while he and his team fight for the rights of those who are despised because they wish to be different. Hunter and his team must keep Edinburgh safe again.

 

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 darkstroke This, the fifth novel in the series, is also published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book Let’s Get Published is available now.

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Social media:

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http://www.bookreviewstoday.info

http://www.facebook.com/valerie.penny.739

http://www.facebook.com/groups/296295777444303

https://twitter.com/valeriepenny

 

Amazon buy links:

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https://mybook.to/huntersblood

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Hunter’s Secret by Lorraine Mace

Hunter’s Secret is the fifth novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. The readers have come to trust Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson, but in this book, it is clear that he is holding something back and hiding it from his partner Dr. Meera Sharma. It seems out of character but perhaps his feelings towards her have changed.

hunter's secretWhen Hunter is called to the scene of a murder, all is not as it seems.  Two members of his team, DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse when they were training in an Edinburgh Park, but when Hunter arrives the body has disappeared.

Hunter recalls the disappearance of a body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but their officer in charge sees no connection. He thinks the earlier murder was too long ago for a connection to be made. However, Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.vickys-edinburgh-1

Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, has been released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter but Hunter may have to accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer.

Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. He knows it could change his life. He also knows he must stop a murderer to keep Edinburgh safe once more.

Bio

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.Val Penny 2

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.

Author contact details

www.authorvalpenny.com

http://www.bookreviewstoday.info

http://www.facebook.com/valerie.penny.739

 http://www.facebook.com/groups/296295777444303

https://twitter.com/valeriepenny

Author buy links

myBook.to/HuntersChase

myBook.to/HuntersRevenge

mybook.to/huntersforce

https://mybook.to/huntersblood

https://mybook.to/hunterssecret

https://bit.ly/LetsGetPublished

Praise for Hunter’s Secret

Hunter’s Secret is the fifth novel in my Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series published by darkstroke. Each Hunter's Secret largerbook can be read as a stand alone novel, or as part of the series.

In this story, the main protagonist, 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.

hunter's secretTim 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 but Hunter will have to accept help from his nemesis to catch this killer.

Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. It could change his life and despite its importance, he must keep Edinburgh safe.

 

I am thrilled that Hunter’s Secret has been so well received.

Retired DCI Stuart Gibbon, bestselling author of Being a Detective

Hunter’s Secret sees traumatic events from his past return to haunt DI Wilson. Another gripping episode in the Edinburgh crime series.

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Simon Hall Cambridge University Lecturer and bestselling author of The TV Detective series

As ever, Val Penny grips us from the first line. Hunter’s Secret dives right into the story, which is both intriguing and unsettling, and brings back the familiar characters which make us smile and frown, groan and cheer.

In short, real people, rising from the page to live real lives, in a story full of adrenaline, thrills, and surprises. Another great book from a great writer. Highly recommended.

 

Katherine Johnson bestselling author of The SuspectsKatharine Johnson

“A bold, gripping and thought-provoking rollercoaster that delves deep into Hunter’s psyche.”

 

erin kellyErin Kelly bestselling author of He Said/She Said

Val Penny is a rising star in the crime fiction genre. In this story of secrets and lies, the author delivers another gripping book in her Edinburgh Crime Mystery series.

 

Michael Jecks bestselling author of The Knights Templar MysteriesMichael Jecks

Really enjoyable romp through the seedier byways of Edinburgh, with a strong cast of police and villains. Two murders thirty years apart: a story of bigotry, deceit and intolerance, with the all-too-believable persecution of a defenceless group. A great summer read!

 

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