Val Penny makes a welcome return today as I join the blog tour for Hunter’s Blood, the latest book in the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. Many thanks to Val, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
DI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.
Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.
A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.
Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?
Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.
I always jump at the chance to read the latest story about my favourite Scottish detective, Hunter Wilson, and Hunter’s Blood, the fourth book in the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series fully lived up to my possible excessive expectations.
As with the previous books in the series, I was pleased to see that Hunter’s team remain united, and I enjoyed getting to know them in a more social setting at the start of this book. It added an extra dimension and depth to each of their characters that you don’t always get to see when they are focused on an investigation.
There is always a sense of inevitably with Jamie and Frankie that whatever they get involved with is going to get them in some sort of trouble, but I love that about them. No matter what comes their way, they seem to happily bumble through life, and as long as the twins are smiling and there is beer in the fridge, they are satisfied. They have found themselves a very firm place in my heart, and I would be disappointed to read a Hunter Wilson book where they didn’t feature.
Hunter’s Blood is less action-packed that previous books in the series, but feels a lot more emotional. So many of the characters had a personal link to the events of this book, and the vested interest they each had in the case altered the dynamics of the team. Moving towards a story showing the vulnerabilities of the characters rather than their investigative skills could have been a risky move, but it really worked. Even elements of the case itself went deeper than previous books in the series, and although it was brutal at times, there were also aspects that were truly heartbreaking.
Another cracking book, and I look forward to the next one!
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 are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth book in the series, Hunter’s Secret, follows shortly.
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