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- File size : 453 KB
- Publication date : September 9, 2018
- Print length : 262 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : darkstroke books (September 9, 2018)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B07DY8WHZQ
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #291,265 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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DI Hunter Wilson and his crack team of detectives have the difficult challenge of solving the murder of someone who was a friend and colleague. This is personal. But as the investigation unfolds, they find out he had a rather mysterious private life.
Of course, for Hunter’s team, there isn’t the luxury of tackling one crime at a time. That is the situation here as two cases, George’s death and the supply of cocaine flooding the city, intersect.
Val Penny has created a great cast of characters, good and bad. My favorites are the complex Hunter, a serious and determined man of principle (glad he got a bit of romance in this one), and the generous DC Tim Myerscough, who I will say has a most complicated father-son relationship.
This is the second book in the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries Series. I read the first and recommend you do, too, although this book stands on its own. I look forward to the next case Hunter and his team tackle.
I love the interweaving relationships among the people connected to the case. I was instantly absorbed into this plot and was hungry to find out more all the way through. The twists and turns are strong, and Val Penny is certainly very talented when it comes to connecting the drama and suspense with a little bit of humor to create a fascinating murder mystery that I wasn’t able to guess from the beginning.
Many of the reviews have mentioned that this should be a TV show and I just want to say I concur! It would be a riveting and compelling show and I would definitely watch it.
I highly recommend this book if you love mysteries that keep you on the edge of your seat and give you compelling characters to learn about and love.
*I received this book as part of a blog tour. All opinions are my own.*
Hunter’s Revenge is the second in Val Penny’s gripping crime series featuring DI Hunter Wilson.
Hunter’s Revenge is a classic police procedural crime novel, set in contemporary Scotland. It is the second in the ‘Edinburgh Crime Mysteries’ series, but having not read the first I can confirm that it works just as well as a stand-alone book. The author updates the reader on some of the back story of the characters and previous plot as the story progresses, seeding the information sparsely so as not to slow the action.
There are two intertwining cases here that the team of detectives, led by DI Hunter Wilson, are investigating; that of the murder of one of their own, and the seemingly peripheral drug dealings of local petty (and not so petty) criminals.
I loved that the story line doesn’t just focus on Hunter, but incorporates all of the individual members (and couples!) in his team, really bringing the large number of characters to life and giving us sneak peaks into their private lives as well as their investigatory techniques.
I was a little bit disappointed that all of the suspects were clearly either already ‘wrong ‘uns’ or associated with the various criminals in a way that pointed to the reader that there was more to them than you might otherwise suspect. I felt that this lowered the stakes somewhat as it mattered less to me which particular lowlife did the murder as I didn’t like any of them… as long as at least one of them got taken down I was going to be satisfied!
Hunter’s ‘revenge’ from the title was mentioned on a few occasions and I found it just a little confusing, as Hunter makes it clear from the start that he is after a clean investigation, arrest, trial and sentence process, which seems less like ‘revenge’ to me and more like ‘justice’. If a newspaper headline read ‘Police take revenge on cop-killer’ my first assumption would be very different from them arresting the suspect with all due legal process! However, there is plenty of motive for revenge when it comes to the murder plot, with suspects queuing up to take out that nice, elderly book-collector with the highly suspect past.
I did note a few occasions where the characters seemed to be struck down with CSI-itis (you know, where Greg and Sarah suddenly start explaining to each other how blood drops work?) and explained things to each other that they really should have already known, in order to further the plot or inform the reader. This made the dialogue a little stilted in places, where otherwise it flowed naturally. Similarly, it seemed highly coincidental that every pub or shop the police team visited seemed to yield further clues relevant to their case! However these writerly ruses did serve to keep the reader in the loop with what was quite a complex investigation, and kept the plot ticking along at a brisk pace.
Overall Hunter’s Revenge is an intricately crafted insight into police detection with an intriguing plot and an appealing team of investigators. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good, solid crime read.
People had told him that he should move, that this modest flat was not suitable for a man of his standing. But George had never planned to move, certainly not now. He was safe here. Safer than he had ever been in the German Democratic Republic, the land of his birth. He was safer than he had ever been when he knew his neighbours and they knew him. Then, they could inform on him, whether the information was true or not. He was safer than he had ever been when he escaped from his family’s humble home, without looking back. He had crossed to Europe to find refuge in Scotland; nobody would look for him here. But, even here, he was not safe enough.
– Val Penny, Hunter’s Revenge
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
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The pace of the plot is just right and kept me turning the pages in this classic whodunit, one that should put the author up there amongst the great crime-writers. She’s obviously researched well and knows how to skilfully build tension in the story. I enjoyed the Edinburgh setting and often felt myself there along with the characters. Looking forward to reading about DI Hunter’s next case.
Having read the first book Hunters Chase. I couldn't wait for this follow up novel.
Although the author intended this to be a stand alone read, if you read the first one you got to know
the characters each one having their own story and this is enhanced in this second book.
D.I Hunter and his team work in Edinburgh and are a close knit band who look out for one another.
D.I Hunter Wilson is out for revenge when a colleague who was an old friend George was shot at close range
on his doorstep. But there was more to George than the colleagues realised.
The story moves along at a fairly fast pace and covers, murder, mystery, drugs, and crime writing at it's best.
Keeps you reading until the end.
Can't wait until the 3rd in the series.
Val Penny is up there amongst the Best Crime writers. Loved the characters and the Edinburgh setting.