Thank you for stopping by as I share my review for Murder Unexpected by Anita Waller as part of the blog blitz today. With thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy and invite to join the tour. First of all let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Kat and Mouse are back.
Church Deacon Kat and her friend Beth, known as Mouse, have started a private investigation business in the sleepy village of Eyam.
Kat, whose estranged criminal husband, Leon, is on the run, has a lot on her plate running the new business whilst heavily pregnant.
When a widow asks the sleuths for help, Kat and Mouse find themselves searching for the birth mother of the widow’s husband. But when it becomes clear that the widow isn’t telling the whole truth, Kat and Mouse are drawn into a deadly chase where nothing is what it seems.
Meanwhile, Kat’s husband has come back to Eyam and has Kat in his sights.
Can Kat and Mouse solve the case and escape the dangerous Leon?
This time they might just be out of their depth…
As soon as I picked this book up it was as if no time had passed at all since reading book one in the series. I was easily pulled back into this trio’s lives, they really are brilliant and make this series extra special! I would probably suggest picking up book one just so that you get a better feel for everything that has happened as this story does continue with events from the first book.
For Kat, Mouse and Doris months have gone by since the ending of Murder Undeniable and they have now set up their private investigation business and are busy with enquiries and cases. One such case sets them off on a very interesting path along with having to deal with the threat of Kat’s husband Leon hanging over them. Life is certainly never dull for this group of friends!
There is danger lurking around the corner and I did wonder which direction the story might take! Anita Waller has created a brilliant series that completely pulled me in with engaging characters along with a story that has an intriguing and dark edge to it. There were a few twists and turns along the way and I liked how I made my mind up about what was happening only to change it again moments later. I smiled along at some of the things that the characters came out with as the banter is friendly and teasing in the way that exists between family and real friends.
There is something special about this series even though there is a slightly darker side you also have the cosy warmth that comes from the lively characters that creates a brilliant balance. I’m already looking forward to book three!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.
She has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.
In total she has written seven psychological thrillers and one supernatural novel, and uses the areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as her preferred locations in her books. Sheffield features prominently.
And now Anita is working on her first series, the Kat and Mouse trilogy, set in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam. The first in the series, Murder Undeniable, launched 10 December 2018, and the second in the series, Murder Unexpected, launches 11 February 2019.
The trilogy has now been promoted to a quartet following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book three, Murder Unearthed. Book four doesn’t have a title, a plot, a first sentence… but she remains convinced it will have!
She is now seventy-three years of age, happily writing most days and would dearly love to plan a novel, but has accepted that isn’t the way of her mind. Every novel starts with a sentence and she waits to see where that sentence will take her, and her characters.
In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed, and they provided it.
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.
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