Murder Undeniable by Anita Waller

18th May 2019. 4 stars.

While this was crime fiction, it was a fun book filled with memorable characters that will live long in the memory.

I’d picked up on the Kat and Mouse trilogy on Facebook and decided to give the first book a try. The author’s relaxed style immediately drew me into this intriguing and well-written murder mystery with a few neat twists and turns along the way.

It’s a little fanciful and far-fetched in places, but with three brilliant characters in Kat, Beth and her wonderful grandmother, Doris, who steals the show by a mile, who cares? It’s fast, fun, filled with surprises and a brooding subplot that will eventually pack a nasty surprise for one of the trio.

If you want an entertaining cosy mystery that’s highly original and great fun, then put this on your list.

Description

Katerina Rowe, a Deacon at the church in the sleepy village of Eyam, has a fulfilled life. She is happily married to Leon and her work is rewarding.

But everything changes when she discovers the body of a man and a badly beaten woman, Beth, in the alleyway behind her husband’s pharmacy.

Drawn to the young woman she saved, Kat finds herself embroiled in a baffling mystery.

When Beth’s house is set on fire, Kat offers the young woman sanctuary in her home and soon the pair begin investigating the murder, with some help from Beth’s feisty grandmother, Doris. But neither the police, nor Leon, nor the criminals want Kat and Beth looking into their affairs and the sleuths quickly find themselves out of their depth…

Can Kat and Beth solve the mystery and walk away unscathed?

Murder Undeniable Anita Waller

Don’t Say A Word by Barbara Freethy

18th May 2019. 5 stars.

From time to time I like to try something different from my usual read. My wife thought I would enjoy this author’s writing and story and she was absolutely right.

It starts with an old photograph that begins a journey into the past for the truth. I love this formula where ordinary people are driven, despite the resistance of those close to them, to leave no stone unturned, plunging themselves into unknown territory and danger.

Okay, the romance element was rather predictable (and probably expected), but the characters were engaging and believable, driving the story along, uncovering secrets and lies at every turn. The plot contained enough twists and surprises to keep me turning the pages, and the writing quality was excellent, creating a totally believable world and plot.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to anyone who likes a novel with adventure, suspense and some romance.

Description

Everything she’s been told about her past is a lie …

Julie De Marco is planning a perfect San Francisco wedding when she comes face-to-face with a famous photograph, the startling image of a little girl behind the iron gate of a foreign orphanage—a girl who looks exactly like her. But Julia isn’t an orphan. She isn’t adopted. And she’s never been out of the country. She knows who she is—or does she?

Haunted by uncertainty, Julia sets off on a dangerous search for her true identity—her only clues a swan necklace and an old Russian doll, her only ally daring, sexy photographer Alex Manning. Suddenly nothing is as it seems. The people Julia loved and trusted become suspicious strangers. The relationships she believed in—with her mother, her sister, and her fiance—are shaken by new revelations. The only person she can trust is Alex, but he has secrets of his own. Each step brings her closer to a mysterious past that began a world away—a past that still has the power to threaten her life … and change her future forever.

Don't Say A Word Barbara Freethy