Publication: 11th February 2019 – Bloodhound Books
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…
I really enjoyed this novel whose protagonists are three strong, smart, and fierce women, three private detectives who help another determined woman, a police detective, to solve an investigation.
Kat, Mouse, and Doris have their hands full. On the personal side, they are getting ready for Kat to give birth while also dealing with the return in town of Kat’s criminal husband, Leon, who, even though is on the run following the events of the first book of this fantastic series, has now a very good reason to stay in town.
On the professional side, the three women have opened their own detective agency, Connections, and they are working on a case that it was supposed to be quite simple, but it quickly turns out to be very complicated. A widow wants to fulfil her late husband’s dying wish and she asks them to find his birth mother. It should be quite simple, right? And yet it isn’t and the more the three women investigate, the more they discover that things are not as right as they thought.
MURDER UNEXPECTED is part suspenseful, part entertaining, and also a bit moving. There are murders, mysteries, secrets, and twists that will keep you glued up to the last page with a final revelation that completely took me by surprise. The characters are likable and engaging and I loved this trio of detectives that made me laugh with their witty dialogues and I loved their close relationship.
Thanks to the author’s excellent writing, the twisty plot, and the well-drawn characters, MURDER UNEXPECTED is a gripping, captivating, and cosy read and I’d like to thank Emma and Bloodhoud Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
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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