Book Review #66: Murder Unexpected by Anita Waller

Title: Murder Unexpected (Kat and Mouse Murder Mystery #2)

Author: Anita Waller

Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Sleuth Mystery

Format: Ebook

Date of Publication: February 11th 2019

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

ISBN13: 9781912986095

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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…

Oh! It’s good to be back with Kat, Mouse and Doris.
Murder Unexpected is the second book in the series, and I would highly recommend reading the books in order.

The story picks up a few months later after book 1 and dives straight into action. The ladies are being kept busy in two aspects – Kat’s criminal and on-the-run husband Leon, and their new client, a widow looking for her late husband’s birth mother. What I loved about this book was that every chapter was keeping me at the edge of the seat. There’s no dull moment in the book and throughout the book I was worried about Kat and her baby. I was so worried that Leon will catch up with them and even when his problem was solved, I didn’t feel at ease. While with the case at hand, I am quite happy how it turned out to be, the reveal was totally unexpected! I felt something was amiss when the ladies and their case got to its conclusion, and lo and behold, came the epilogue proving me right.
Though this book is a crime fiction, there is a sense of ease underlying. This book will make you curl up with a warm blanket and a hot drink, and not leave until you’ve finished the book.

Murder Unexpected has left me wholly satisfied and eager to read the next book. 

Final Verdict:

Murder Unexpected by Anita Waller gets 5 out 5 stars from me.

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 began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.
Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.
While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August 2017.
Her next book, launched February 2018 and entitled Captor, is a psychological thriller, set exclusively in Sheffield. It was an instant success, both in the UK and the US.
Then along came Game Players… once more set in Sheffield, the story involves a group of six children who have each other’s backs to a remarkable extent. The darker, criminal side of Sheffield is explored, with the book launching 18 May 2018.
Malignant arrived in the world on 10 October 2018, her eighth book in three years.
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, launches 10 December 2018.
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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Thank you to Bloodhound Books for providing me with the e-book.

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Kat and Mouse series: Book 1

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