#BookReview “Hunter’s Secret (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #5)” by Val Penny

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Two young boys stumble over a body while bike-riding home. When they return to the site with their parents and the police, the body is gone. The boys are thought pranksters at first, but blood evidence proves there was a body. It is never found.

Thirty years later, two coworkers out for morning exercise stumble upon a body at a muddy river’s edge. With a dead cellphone in an isolated area, the men leave the body to contact authorities. When they return, the body is gone.

At first glance, the only connection is WHO found the bodies. The first body was found by fifteen-year-old Hunter Wilson and his younger brother, Fraser.  The second body three decades later is found by DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu, and their boss is… DI Hunter Wilson.

With the holidays fast approaching, Hunter wanted to clear as many cases as possible, but this newest case may not be one of them. His team will have to search through thirty years of missing person cases as he deals with thirty years of nightmares.

This is my first read by Val Penny and I enjoyed it! What seemed like a simple plot in the beginning took enough twists and turns to keep me guessing almost to the end.

I loved the characters… well, except for Arthur and his jerk brother. And Jamie was annoying, but everyone had distinct personalities and played off each other well.

Gender reassignment, the LGBTQ community, and racial issues are dealt with realistically without being preachy or heavy-handed. Family issues are a big part of the story and they’re honestly portrayed and at times, humorous.

Don’t know when I’ll get time to read the first four books in this series, but I’m definitely on board for the next case!

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SYNOPSIS

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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#BlogTour “Hunter’s Secret (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #5)” by Val Penny

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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?

Purchase Link myBook.to/hunterssecret

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G I V E A W A Y

Win a .mobi of Hunter’s Secret  by Val Penny

(Open INTERNATIONALLY)

hunters secret

E N T E R

*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 organizer and used only for fulfillment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for dispatch or delivery of the prize.

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Author Bio val penny

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 ballet dancer 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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#Featured “The Reluctant Coroner (Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Book 1)” by Paul Austin Ardoin

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Blood is thicker than oil–until murder is involved.

Fenway Stevenson doesn’t want to return to the coastal town where her estranged father is practically king. But the death of her mother draws her back home–and the murder of the county coroner draws her into a deepening conspiracy. As the body count rises and all signs seem to point toward her father’s oil company, will Fenway uncover the truth before family bonds become deadly?

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“The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 17)” by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 17)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Crime Fiction/Traditional Detectives

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Arthur Conan Doyle’s master criminologist Sherlock Holmes continues to delight readers around the world more than a century after he first appeared in print (in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet). The digital age has only increased his popularity: amid the onslaught of contemporary crime fiction there is something reassuring about the classic one volume set of the complete Sherlock Holmes. In Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection you will find all four Sherlock Holmes novels – A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear – as well as the short story collections The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes and His Last Bow – Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.

Kindle edition includes a selection of illustrations, first edition covers and other Sherlockiana.

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A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Short Story Collections

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
His Last Bow – Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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“A Scone to Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Book 1)” by H.Y. Hanna

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A Scone to Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Book 1)

by H.Y. Hanna

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/British/Traditional Detectives/Women Sleuths

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“Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty & a murder – yes, please!”
When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in her quaint English tearoom, Gemma must solve the mystery with the help of the nosy Old Biddies and a mischievous little feline named Muesli. But between her bossy, matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love as a handsome CID detective, Gemma soon has her hands full and her head spinning!

Murder is bad for business, especially when customers think your scones are more deadly than delicious. With the body count rising and her tearoom going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?
(*Traditional English scone recipe included)

This book follows British English spelling and usage.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: humorous culinary cozy mysteries, cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British detective mystery

 

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#BlogTour “Hunter’s Chase (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #1)” by Val Penny

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Hunter's Chase coverHunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.

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Author Bio Val Penny

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 ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, Hunter’s Chase set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, Hunter’s Revenge will be published on 09.09.2018.

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“The Murder at Sissingham Hall (An Angela Marchmont Mystery Book 1)” by Clara Benson

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The Murder at Sissingham Hall (An Angela Marchmont Mystery Book 1)

by Clara Benson

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Traditional Detectives/Women Sleuths

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On his return from South Africa, Charles Knox is invited to spend the weekend at the country home of Sir Neville Strickland, whose beautiful wife Rosamund was once Knox’s fiancée. But in the dead of night Sir Neville is murdered. Who did it? As suspicion falls on each of the house guests in turn, Knox finds himself faced with deception and betrayal on all sides, and only the enigmatic Angela Marchmont seems to offer a solution to the mystery. This 1920s whodunit will delight all fans of traditional country house murder stories.

 

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“Slater and Norman Mystery Novels: Box Set 1 (Slater and Norman Mystery Novels Box Sets Book 1)” by P.F. Ford

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Slater and Norman Mystery Novels: Box Set 1 (Slater and Norman Mystery Novels Box Sets Book 1)

Genre: Cozy & Mystery/Thriller & Suspense/Traditional Detectives
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Looking for a mystery series with a lighter touch?

Contemporary and classic, the Dave Slater Mystery Novels are a great British blend of character, suspense, and humor, making them the ideal for those readers who prefer a good story over blood and gore. If this was a TV series, it would be the perfect Sunday evening drama.

The books in this UK based series have accumulated hundreds of reviews, with almost 90% of reviewers giving 4 and 5 stars. This collection includes the first four books in the series (and you get them for the price of two!):

Book 1: Death Of A Temptress

Ruth Thornhill went missing six months ago. According to the evidence, she ran off with another man, so the Met closed the case. However, Slater’s inquiries soon find inconsistencies in the original investigation, and after a near-fatal encounter with a London bus, he realizes the stakes are far higher than he imagined.
An unlikely ally, in the form of fellow scapegoat DS Norman Norman, helps him uncover disturbing connections between the missing woman, a Chinese businessman, a glossy magazine, an online escort agency, a top London banker and senior officers from London’s Serious Crime Unit. The two uncover a mire of corruption, blackmail, deception and possibly the most cunning murder ever seen. The evidence stacks up against one particular suspect and Slater and Norman close in, but as with most things in Slater’s life, nothing is ever simple.

Book 2: Just A Coincidence

In the sleepy Hampshire town of Tinton, major crime is rare, and DS Slater and colleague Norman Norman find themselves with nothing to investigate except a flasher and an illiterate counterfeiter. Things are so quiet Slater even arranges to go on his long-awaited date with bombshell waitress Jelena.
But things can change in a matter of seconds, and a dog walker’s discovery of a battered body near a local woodland sends Slater and Norman hurrying to the scene. Before they know it, they have three dead bodies on their hands, and the victims are all related. But with 15 years between the murders, is this just a bizarre coincidence, or could the murders be linked? With tensions rising within their close-knit team, can Slater and Norman keep it together to solve their latest mystery?

Book 3: Florence

When a little old man is found dead in his home, DS Dave Slater assumes he was simply the victim of a tragic accident. He lived alone, after all, and didn’t seem to have any living relatives. But after some strange occurrences at the old man’s home, Slater finds himself probing deeper. He soon discovers that someone seems to be looking for something, but what was the lonely old man hiding, and why is someone so desperate to find it?
And then there’s Florence, a ghost-like figure who is occasionally spotted around town in the early hours of the morning. Slater can’t shake off the feeling she is linked, somehow. But how, and why?

Book 4: The Wrong Man

When Diana Woods is found stabbed to death in her kitchen, DS Slater and DS Norman Norman are plunged into another major investigation. The finger of suspicion quickly points at Diana’s estranged husband, Ian, a bully who regularly abused his wife. But as Slater learns more, he begins to wonder if everything is as it seems. When a new suspect appears on the scene, it seems that Slater’s instincts were right. But the evidence seems just a bit too convenient, and Slater and Norman have to face the possibility that their suspect is being framed, and they could be back to square one.

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“The ABC Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery” by Agatha Christie

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The ABC Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Series Book 13)

by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Historical Fiction/Short Stories/Traditional Detectives

1.99 at time of posting!

There’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way though the alphabet. There seems little chance of the murderer being caught — until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans …

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“Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries Book 1)” by Carole Lawrence


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Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries Book 1) 

By Carole Lawrence

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Historical

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.

With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

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