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Thursday Themes – Val Penny

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I’m delighted to welcome back the lovely Val Penny to kick off a new series of Thursday Themes. Val is here today to talk about the themes of her latest novel, Hunter’s Blood.

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Hunter’s Blood Themes

Thank you so much for having me to visit your blog today, Jo. I really appreciate the opportunity to chat about the themes contained in my new novel, Hunter’s Blood.

The story revolves around mysterious deaths of three elderly women. Hunter must work with his team to discover who committed the murders and why. However, the book also explores the effects of the deaths on the various families who lose loved ones. The main themes of this novel are death, love and loyalty.

Literature often uses insights into death, dying and mortality in multiple ways. It could be argued that death is very useful to literature. My book provides fictional encounters with death to my readers and the story also uses death in its narration to create emotional effects, plot twists, suspense and mysteries.

Love is one of the most universal themes in literature, as in life. In fact, although my novels are crime novels that follow a police procedural style, the theme of love is explored in many of the stories I have written so far. Love can be shown in literature as a force for good that inspires people to sacrifice themselves for others, or a toxic force that drives people to madness or violence. The latter lends itself much better to the plot of a crime novel.

Hunter inspires loyalty in his team. Loyalty is described as being faithful to your commitments or obligations and the element of loyalty is reflected in many works of literature and movies of today. It is important in Hunter’s Blood because the team displays not only loyalty to Hunter himself, but to each other. This allows them to operate efficiently and solve the case.

Blurb for Hunter’s Blood

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson witnesses a van racing along the road. It crashes and a parcel in the back of the van bursts.

When Hunter returns to the station he finds his aunt dishevelled and dismayed. He is still concerned about her when gets a call from and he must deal with a missing child.

His team are on the ground in seconds to search for the child, but will she have survived the cold night? A suspicious white powder is found in her uncle’s caravan. Hunter’s aunt dies in hospital. Two other women with connections to Hunter die in the same ward.

Why is the crashed van not reported?

How did nobody miss the child?

Is Hunter the link in the womens’ deaths?

How is everything connected?

Can DI Hunter Wilson link the tragedies to make Edinburgh safe again?

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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 and available to pre-order now. This book is her first non-fiction book.

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