My lips are sealed

Published on 14 October 2023 at 01:00

The cover of Val penny's book Hunter's Secret.

No, I won't tell you what Hunter's secret is, even though I know now. Even though my lips are burning, no way am I going to spoil it for you. What I will tell you is that this was my first read of Val Penny's series about D.I. Hunter. A small spoiler alert; it won't be my last.

The blurb

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?

Given that this is the fifth book in the series, it took a few chapters to get my bearings. That didn't matter to me; I enjoyed figuring it out and it was easy because the book is written well. Only problem is: Now I want to read them all as I am curious about what happened to all the characters in the past. This book is especially about Hunter's past.

Like old friends

What I liked about Hunter's Secret was that although it was very exciting, it never got too gory for me. And I loved the characters and the way they interacted. As one of the reviewers says it's like catching up with old friends. Even though this was the first time I met them, the frequent bantering and excellent descriptions of them all, helped getting to know them quite quickly. And although I am still not telling you Hunter's secret, the parts leading up to what that was, were entertaining.



My father was born in Stirling and although I was born in New Zealand, I have a soft spot for Scotland, all things Scottish and feel quite Scottish if that makes sense. I love Edinburgh as well so I adored the setting of this series. I could picture them in the pub in between haunts to the suspects and police station. I also liked following the detectives around the riverbank and on their various drives around town.


The best thing about this book is there is going to be a follow-up for Christmas. That would make a fab present. I am going to get the whole series! 



PS I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.

The author Val Penny.

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