Book Review | Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Hunter’s Secret blog tour!

I have a review to share and an international giveaway.

Hunter's Secret cover

Standalone Book 5 in the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries Series

Genre: Crime – police procedural

Publication date: August 8, 2020

Publisher: Crooked Cat (Darkstroke)

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My Thoughts

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hunter’s Secret is a sharp, meticulous, well-paced, and entirely absorbing story with a focus on prejudice and bigotry against a particular community. Investigative methods are explained clearly and how the detectives mine clues from interviews with suspects and the findings from forensic and autopsy reports is fascinating.

There is a comparison between the investigation of murder using technology that exists now and what was available thirty years earlier. DNA fingerprinting has sure helped close more cases and find the culprits.

I found it informative how the book gave us a window into the world of a certain community, which suffers at the hands of both the police and the public. Although things are changing in the present, it is tragic to see how much hate the community has had to face for just wanting to be themselves.

Hunter’s Secret is a gripping narrative of how the police take a methodical approach to solving crime and how bigotry knows no rank, race, or gender.

Thank you to the author and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my review copy!


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?

About Val Penny

Val Penny author photo

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.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @valeriepenny



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One response to “Book Review | Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny”

  1. […] read Book #5 in the Edinburgh crime mysteries series last year (Hunter’s Secret). As you can tell from my review, I enjoyed the book immensely. So I was glad to have received a […]

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