Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Murder Unexpected the second book in the Kat and Mouse series by Anita Waller. This does contain a couple of spoilers from book one so do not continue reading this review if you haven’t read Murder Undeniable yet!
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…
I am a bit late in reading and writing this review for Murder Unexpected since this title was released in February, but better late than never as the saying goes!
The story picks up with Kat’s now estranged husband Leon, on the run after the string of crimes committed in book one and with Kat discovering that she is pregnant with their child. If that is not enough, she is also juggling her work commitments as the church deacon and the new private investigation business that she shares with Mouse.
After Kat learns that Leon was in their home, she is now terrified that Leon now knows about the pregnancy and concerned about what his next move might be. The good friends that Mouse and Doris are move back in to protect Kat from Leon. Little do they know that Leon has taken up residence at the chemist he used to own, which happens to be across the road from Kat and Mouses company “Connection” where he is able to watch their every move!
On top of the issues with Leon, the girls have a new investigation to look into, when recently widowed Judy Carpenter, seeks their help in locating the birth mother of her deceased husband Thomas, which was his dying wish since being adopted at birth.
As the women become more involved in the case it appears that there is more to this story and it isn’t long before their investiagation takes a more sinister turn.
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book it full of twists and turns with an unexpected ending that still has my heart racing!
I absolutely adore this series. Even though there are only two books currently, I loved the characters from the get go so it was great to catch up again with Kat, Mouse and of course loveable Doris!
The chemistry between these three characters is lovely and through Anita’s writing, makes you feel that you could also be friends with them. I read this book in one sitting and was disappointed when I came to the end!
I love Anita’s writing style and after being introduced to her work last year through another one of her amazing books Malignant, (which you definitely need to read!), Anita has fast become one of my all time favourite authors, with this series being a favourite high up on my list!
It has been revealed that this series will now have a fourth book which I am so happy about. Seeing that this was only to be meant as a trilogy and with Anita agreeing to write the fourth book, I hope she can be convinced to write more… Pretty please!
I also have to say, that I am so excited for book three as I have been lucky enough that Anita will be using my name as a character in it, and I can’t wait to read what is going to be in store for me! (be gentle Anita haha!)
All opinions are my own and are not biased in any way.
About the Author:
Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!
She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accepted for publication. They were the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.
Like many another book it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was orginally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.
She is now retired from my life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!
Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!
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