Book Review & Giveaway | Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny

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Book Description

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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My Review

Hunter’s Secret is a reliable police procedural with a profound social message imbedded within the mystery.

What I Liked

The story is extremely focused with short chapters and a narrative that rarely strays off-topic. The short chapters keep the pace quick, and the overall shorter length came together and allowed me to finish it in less than two days. With such a busy schedule to contend with, I appreciate focus and a shorter length when the story dictates it.

I liked the mystery of the two disappearing bodies, the mystery of who killed them, and whether or not it is the same person.  It is hard for Hunter to believe that the dead body he discovered 30 years ago would be related to their current investigation, which made the resulting story very compelling.  The detective work is thorough and focused on finding just the right clues to keep the plot moving forward.

I also am very appreciative of the more profound look at the social and law enforcement system challenges facing people who identify as transgender.  Even in this time when people are becoming increasingly aware and accepting, the trans community faces challenges that are unique to them. I found the reactions of the different characters to be very genuine, creating an encapsulated look at where and how the problems still exist.  One of the characters did get a bit preachy at times, and some others are complete jerks, but again, I think that is very genuine to what you will find in real life as well.

What I Wish

I wish that the dialogue did not fall into the vernacular and slang found, I believe, in Scotland where it is set.  This caused me to lose the flow of the story and to be confused about what the characters are saying.

To Read or Not to Read

If you are looking for a quick police procedural mystery, this is worth a go.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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5 Replies to “Book Review & Giveaway | Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny”

  1. This seems like a pretty good mystery Tessa! And so glad that it focused on the more real but less talked about difficulties that the trans community faces. Lovely review, as alwayss!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    And you know, I find it difficult to follow the slangs too!!! xD It takes a while to get comfortable with it – and sometimes it's just plain annoying!

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    1. I don’t often see stories that focus on the trans community like this one does. It is so important as they are often misunderstood and suffer serious mental health disorders as a result. ❤️

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      1. I admit that I haven’t read many novels with trans characters in them but couple of my recent reads did introduce me to some deeper struggles that they face and I couldn’t help but be sad about it – and angry about how insensitive people can really be!! Damn! ☹️🥺

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  2. Interesting review, Tessa. It seems like the book is a winner overall. I had an interesting conversation with a reviewer lately about vernacular and accents. What she said is that she tends to “hear” dialog in an English accent since she’s English. I notice that I tend to “hear” dialog in American English even if the writer isn’t American. Vernacular and slang as a spice is appealing and can set the stage, but too much, I’ve found, and overwhelm the story. 😀 Something to think about.

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