Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Murder Unexpected – Kat and Mouse Book two – by Anita Waller

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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…



I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.

Having loved book one of the Kat and Mouse series, I was delighted to be able to read and review book two.  I’m happy to say that I loved it every bit as much as the first book, in fact more so!


It brought back the crime fighting duo Kat, Mouse and Doris who are now running their own detective agency. I absolutely adore them. All three are Intelligent, caring and strong and they make the perfect leads.  It is still rare enough to have a book that is both enjoyable to read, with lots of excitement, but is also not overly violent, with such endearing and loveable characters. They alone would make me pick up a book to read and I could happily spend hours and hours in their company.  From book one they have all grown and developed, much more comfortable in their roles as investigators and willing to strench the boundaries to help their clients in the best way they can. I enjoyed how the author gives them the odd flaw, their often willing to hack a data base here and there, but not so flawed it becomes overwhelming. They are good people and this what makes them so wonderful to read about.

There are plenty of thrills in this book. Anita Waller is a canny writer and she rang rings around me. I changed my mind over and over again about who was responsible for the Murder Unexpected. Which for me is the sign of a great thriller. I want to be kept guessing and I was.  An though it is a gentle thriller, with a strong character base, the ending was both thrilling and satisfying.  I sat back and thought, that was bloody enjoyable read and I can’t wait for the next one.

It is really well written by an author that obviously enjoys her craft and the characters she creates.  She has created a list of characters I always love spending time with and gives the story enough drama to leave you wanting more.  Reading this series of books always leaves me happy and I’m thinking it would make the perfect material for a TV adaption.

If you’re looking for a more light hearted thriller, then this is a five star example of what is on offer to readers.

You can purchase Murder Unexpected from Amazon in ebook format and paperback.

About the author.

Anita Waller

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.

You can follow Anita Waller on Facebook, her website and Twitter.

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