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Looking for a gripping and addictive cozy mystery to enjoy this winter? 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 Looking for a gripping and addictive cozy mystery to enjoy this winter? 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? Anita Waller is the bestselling author of multiple thrillers including 34 Days, Malignant and Captor. Murder Undeniable is a gripping cat and mouse mystery which will appeal to fans of authors like Faith Martin, J.R. Ellis, LJ Ross and Betty Rowlands.  


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Looking for a gripping and addictive cozy mystery to enjoy this winter? 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 Looking for a gripping and addictive cozy mystery to enjoy this winter? 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? Anita Waller is the bestselling author of multiple thrillers including 34 Days, Malignant and Captor. Murder Undeniable is a gripping cat and mouse mystery which will appeal to fans of authors like Faith Martin, J.R. Ellis, LJ Ross and Betty Rowlands.  

30 review for Murder Undeniable

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kupersmith

    Murder Undeniable: A Gripping Murder Mystery almost lives up to its subtitle: It held my attention throughout, it featured a remarkably high body count for a ‘cozy’, but it is not really a mystery. From the outset we know that Katerina Rowe’s husband Leon is a principal villain. (He is also black, though race plays no role in the story.) Artistically the book should be a failure. Plot is both simple-minded and implausible, and the characters – especially the threesome who constitute the amateur Murder Undeniable: A Gripping Murder Mystery almost lives up to its subtitle: It held my attention throughout, it featured a remarkably high body count for a ‘cozy’, but it is not really a mystery. From the outset we know that Katerina Rowe’s husband Leon is a principal villain. (He is also black, though race plays no role in the story.) Artistically the book should be a failure. Plot is both simple-minded and implausible, and the characters – especially the threesome who constitute the amateur sleuths, Katerina (Kat), Beth (Mouse) and Doris (Nan) – most unlikely. But I loved the story. Part was setting and Kat’s occupation: she is a deacon in the CofE at St Lawrence parish church in Eyam (a real church in a charming village famous for its plague cottages). She has been married to Leon for four years. He owns a ‘string of pharmacies’ but is also actively involved in the unlicenced pharmaceutical trade. Beth was a uni student working as an escort and verging on also working in the sexual sector (which may be why this is a ‘contemporary cozy mystery’> though she reforms immediately after nearly becoming a murder victim). Aunt Nan is our standard feisty Miss Marple knock-off. I loved all of them. Of course as a fellow Anglican I like Kat, especially because being a deacon also makes her a hospital chaplain, which is how she and Mouse meet. (I wondered just how St. Lawrence’s celebrated Holy Communion without a priest, though.) The is also a police officer, DI Tessa Marston, who is much more intelligent and likeable than many in more pretentiously literary mystery stories. In summary, Murder Undeniable is a thoroughly enjoyable fast read with characters you would want as friends. It reminded me of the old days when detective stories had green and white covers and you bought them at railway stations to read on the train. As a ‘contemporary’, this one would make a pleasant flight companion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com MURDER UNDENIABLE (Kat and Mouse Mysteries #1) by Anita Waller is the first book in a contemporary cozy mystery trilogy. This author has written three main characters that are as intelligent and realistic as they are entertaining. The start was a little slow, but it was setting up a crime in the past witnessed by a group of friends which ties into the current murders. The suspense and mystery builds after this scene though at a rap Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com MURDER UNDENIABLE (Kat and Mouse Mysteries #1) by Anita Waller is the first book in a contemporary cozy mystery trilogy. This author has written three main characters that are as intelligent and realistic as they are entertaining. The start was a little slow, but it was setting up a crime in the past witnessed by a group of friends which ties into the current murders. The suspense and mystery builds after this scene though at a rapid pace. Katerina Rowe is a Deacon at her church in the village of Eyam. She is happily married and very satisfied with her life. They have just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. As Kat and Leon are exciting into the alley behind his pharmacy, they discover a man shot to death and a woman barely hanging on to life after being shot in the shoulder and kicked in the head. The woman, Beth, called Mouse, by her family was the dead man’s escort for the night. Kat does not understand why, but she is drawn to Mouse and wants to protect her. At the hospital Kat meets Beth’s nan, Doris and the three woman form a bond. When Beth’s flat is burned down, Kat takes her and her nan in as the peril escalates and more people are murdered. These three will use their skills to dig into the murders and hopefully find the killer before he succeeds in killing Beth. I love Kat, Beth and Doris. They are unique characters that each have their own talents to bring to the group. I am very glad I will get to revisit them. The setting of the “plague village” of Eyam was interesting to learn about and is perfect for a cozy setting. I was glad that Ms. Waller made the police investigators as intelligent as the cozy sleuths. They were not stupid or inept caricatures. The ending was only a partial surprise, but it was very satisfying. I am looking forward to reading the remainder of this Kat and Mouse trilogy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is the first book in a series to feature Kat and Beth (mainly known as Mouse). I love the concept behind Kat and Mouse. Such a great idea and I literally can not wait for more after reading this one. It's good to see more women in roles such as Deacon's. Being one that is usually dominated by men, I enjoyed seeing a female in this role. Kat definitely has a way of putting people at ease and you can see how much she cares. I loved the relationship between her and Leon and everything is pretty This is the first book in a series to feature Kat and Beth (mainly known as Mouse). I love the concept behind Kat and Mouse. Such a great idea and I literally can not wait for more after reading this one. It's good to see more women in roles such as Deacon's. Being one that is usually dominated by men, I enjoyed seeing a female in this role. Kat definitely has a way of putting people at ease and you can see how much she cares. I loved the relationship between her and Leon and everything is pretty much perfect in her life. Beth, or Mouse as we soon get to know her as, is far from a Deacon. I won't go into her line of work but it's far from anything holy! Having come close to death's door, there is no wonder why her and Kat hit it off as soon as they get to know each other. Doris, Mouse's, grandmother was just the icing on the cake for me. Such a brilliant character and brings a bit of humour into the story. Bet everyone will be wishing they had a grandmother like this one after reading this book. Murder Undeniable is a fabulous start to a new series. I know I say this a few times about certain crime series' but this really is crying out to be made into a television series. It would be prime viewing that's for sure. The author's writing feels effortless and the story flows so well making it impossible to put down. Hooked from beginning to end, I truly loved this book. Got very high hopes for this series and have no doubts that it is going to be a huge hit with crime fans. My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advances readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Tilbury

    Kat believes her husband Leon is a reputable businessman. It's not until she meets Mouse (Beth) and Nan (Doris) that she begins to find out her husband isn't what he seems. I really enjoyed this story. Although it does contain numerous murders, it seemed lighter in tone than Waller's previous work. I liked the three main female characters, but especially Doris. She made me laugh more than once. The plot is quite complex with current murder and attempted murder cases linking back to unsolved cold c Kat believes her husband Leon is a reputable businessman. It's not until she meets Mouse (Beth) and Nan (Doris) that she begins to find out her husband isn't what he seems. I really enjoyed this story. Although it does contain numerous murders, it seemed lighter in tone than Waller's previous work. I liked the three main female characters, but especially Doris. She made me laugh more than once. The plot is quite complex with current murder and attempted murder cases linking back to unsolved cold cases from years ago. There are a lot of characters too, but the story never feels confusing. I'm looking forward to continuing with the next book in the trilogy and seeing what Kat and Mouse investigate next.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    While reading this book I was thinking that it would make a good and almost a cozy mystery series. And sure enough, when I reached the end, it is going to be a trilogy. A few swear words but nothing that made me uncomfortable. I enjoyed the three main characters and they do make a good team of "detectives." Do love the "nan" of this group - a very cool lady. It was an easy read and not a lot of twists and turns to figure out as it's pretty straight forward. I'll probably read the rest in this se While reading this book I was thinking that it would make a good and almost a cozy mystery series. And sure enough, when I reached the end, it is going to be a trilogy. A few swear words but nothing that made me uncomfortable. I enjoyed the three main characters and they do make a good team of "detectives." Do love the "nan" of this group - a very cool lady. It was an easy read and not a lot of twists and turns to figure out as it's pretty straight forward. I'll probably read the rest in this series as I did enjoy the main characters, though I wish the author would not use "mouse" as Beth's name. It's better than a three star but not quite a 4 star so a 3.5 from me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Owen Mullen

    Was saving this book for after Christmas... but I couldn't resist! Waller has taken me out of my preferred genre and I loved it! Pace, setting, characters and plot are all dead on. Well done. Was saving this book for after Christmas... but I couldn't resist! Waller has taken me out of my preferred genre and I loved it! Pace, setting, characters and plot are all dead on. Well done.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paula Stammers

    I have read and loved all of Anita Waller’s books and hoped that this would be just as good as the others. I am pleased to say that this book did not disappoint and it is bound to be a bestseller. It all begins in 2002 when a group of teenagers overhear a killing when they are hanging around by the river. Fast forward to 2017 and local Deacon, Kat and her husband, Leon, discover the body of a young man and a badly beaten young woman in the alley behind Leon’s pharmaceutical shop. Kat feels compel I have read and loved all of Anita Waller’s books and hoped that this would be just as good as the others. I am pleased to say that this book did not disappoint and it is bound to be a bestseller. It all begins in 2002 when a group of teenagers overhear a killing when they are hanging around by the river. Fast forward to 2017 and local Deacon, Kat and her husband, Leon, discover the body of a young man and a badly beaten young woman in the alley behind Leon’s pharmaceutical shop. Kat feels compelled to help the young woman, Beth or Mouse as she is affectionately known by her family. After Mouse is released from hospital she stays with Kat and Leon to recover but then it appears that whoever tried to kill her is looking to finish the job. In order to protect her family, Doris, Mouse’s Nan also moves into Leon and Kat’s home. Together Kat, Mouse and Doris undertake their own investigation to try and find out who attacked Mouse. The nearer they come to working out the truth the more murders they uncover. Will they get to the truth before it’s too late ? This is a great ‘Kat and Mouse’ style book with some fantastic characters that you will find yourselves routing for !! This is a great first novel in a trilogy based on the exploits of Kat and Mouse, I am already looking froward to the second instalment. Thank you to the publishers and Anita for a digital copy of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    What do you get when you add wonderful characters, gripping suspense, and a mystery that will knock your socks off? MURDER UNDENIABLE by Anita Waller, that's what! Nothing much happens in the historic little village of Eyam and nobody knows that better than Kat, the Deacon. But all that is about to change when Kat discovers a man's body and a badly beaten woman. Feeling some sort of connection with the young woman, Kat stays by her side as she recovers and is determined to uncover just who did th What do you get when you add wonderful characters, gripping suspense, and a mystery that will knock your socks off? MURDER UNDENIABLE by Anita Waller, that's what! Nothing much happens in the historic little village of Eyam and nobody knows that better than Kat, the Deacon. But all that is about to change when Kat discovers a man's body and a badly beaten woman. Feeling some sort of connection with the young woman, Kat stays by her side as she recovers and is determined to uncover just who did this to her. Alongside with Doris, they will embark on a detective mystery all on their own but it isn't long before they realise that nobody wants them poking around and will do whatever it takes to keep them silent ... The setting, drama, and mystery in this book are all excellent but it is the characters that really steal the show. Kat, Beth, and Doris are a force to be reckoned with and I loved every moment with them as they picked apart the crime to find the truth. MURDER UNDENIABLE by Anita Waller is the kind of book that you will pick up with the intention of reading a few chapters but then suddenly find yourself completely absorbed and an hour will pass in an instant. This is a detective story with a difference and I look forward to more from this talented author. *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

  9. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Baker

    This is a wonderful cosy crime book with murder and subtle humour throughout. The author has captured the feel of the village pefectly and the characters really shine out with their idiosyncratic ways and pragmatic views on life. The character of Nan is a work of genius! Well done to Anita Waller for writing such a clever and well thought out book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... This is a brilliant start to a new series from one of my favourite authors! I loved the pace in this book, it was spot on for me and kept me fully engaged from the start right to the end and I love that cover! The characters were great and I loved Kat and Mouse and thought that they worked really well together and it was lovely to put them together as they have quite different personalities but they match really well. I thought that the setting for the book w https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... This is a brilliant start to a new series from one of my favourite authors! I loved the pace in this book, it was spot on for me and kept me fully engaged from the start right to the end and I love that cover! The characters were great and I loved Kat and Mouse and thought that they worked really well together and it was lovely to put them together as they have quite different personalities but they match really well. I thought that the setting for the book was great too and the author did a great job of bringing it to life in the story. Five stars from me, I loved meeting Kat and Mouse and can’t wait for the next in the series and to see what the author releases next!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shervin Jamali

    I've come to expect Waller to deliver thrills, violent murders and the like. This is not one of those books. I'd categorize it as a cozy mystery. What I did get from Waller, that I have come to expect, is character development; she excels at this. Kat, Mouse and Doris are some of the most enjoyable characters I have read. Their relationships, camaraderie, dialogue and banter are delightful. I could visualize them in my mind as I read. The reader pretty much knows from the start who the bad guys I've come to expect Waller to deliver thrills, violent murders and the like. This is not one of those books. I'd categorize it as a cozy mystery. What I did get from Waller, that I have come to expect, is character development; she excels at this. Kat, Mouse and Doris are some of the most enjoyable characters I have read. Their relationships, camaraderie, dialogue and banter are delightful. I could visualize them in my mind as I read. The reader pretty much knows from the start who the bad guys are; the joy is in the journey of the protagonists to discover the knowledge. This recipe would probably have been lackluster in another author's hands, but Waller's writing is effortless and she kept me engaged from beginning to end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eadie

    Kat Rowe is a Deacon at the church in the village of Eyam and she is married to Leon a local pharmacist. They find a dead body of a man and a beaten woman in the alleyway behind the pharmacy. Kat takes the woman in after her house is set on fire and soon the pair start investigating the murder. The police, Leon, and the criminals are not happy about this and the women soon find themselves out of their depth. Book 1

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    Really enjoyable read. Lighthearted, yet still with plenty of intrigue. Characters are well thought through and believable, so they drawn you into the plot. Wishing them ill or good accordingly! The moment I finished I ordered the next in the series!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sylv.net Sylvia Kerslake PA

    Wow, Anita never ceases to amaze me, yet again she has written a great book. There are twists and turns throughout, you will not want to put it down, not even when you have finished reading. The question was asked, can Kat and Beth solve the mystery and walk away unscathed? I’m afraid you will have to read for yourself. I am looking forward to reading book 2 in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Dixon

    Murder Undeniable ticks all the boxes. Great storyline, fast paced and gripping ✔️ Interesting, well rounded characters ✔️ Suspenseful finale ✔️ Great setting ✔️ No loose ends ✔️ The promise of more in the Kat and Mouse series ✔️ Recommended ✔️ Five stars ✔️

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    When a village deacon called Kat, an escort girl called Mouse and a seventy-year-old called Doris team up as amateur sleuths, they are a force to be reckoned with. Throw into the pot a historic village called Eyam in Derbyshire and you have a book called Murder Undeniable that follows the true tradition of crime fiction that has made the genre the most popular form of fiction. It has terror, suspense, mystery and above all else sheer entertainment. Seven fifteen to sixteen year olds are on one o When a village deacon called Kat, an escort girl called Mouse and a seventy-year-old called Doris team up as amateur sleuths, they are a force to be reckoned with. Throw into the pot a historic village called Eyam in Derbyshire and you have a book called Murder Undeniable that follows the true tradition of crime fiction that has made the genre the most popular form of fiction. It has terror, suspense, mystery and above all else sheer entertainment. Seven fifteen to sixteen year olds are on one of their regular meet ups behind the riverside wall, for illicit alcohol and to smoke some weed, they become witnesses to a murder, and are left with a deadly secret that they remain too scared to share. Forward fifteen years later and they are in no doubt that they were right to keep schtum when one of the group is shot dead in an alleyway and Beth Walters (affectionately known as Mouse) was left for dead, but taken to hospital. The Reverend Kat Rowe and her husband Leon discover the body and the wounded Mouse and Kat keeps a vigil at her bedside until she is sufficiently recovered to be taken to the Reverend’s home. Doris is Beth/Mouse’s mother and she is a force to be reckoned with. I wouldn’t mess with Doris that’s for sure. Wonderful characters, and idyllic setting and a gripping plot. The best part is this is part one of a trilogy. I can’t wait for part two.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl (Collier)

    Whole new meaning to a game of Kat and Mouse and held my interest until the end thus the 5 stars. It does not have to be classic literature to always rate five stars for me. (I give very few five star ratings.) It just needs a good plot, really interesting and well developed characters, and that wee bit of a twist to make me want to keep reading and, if not always leave me guessing as to whodunnit, let me wonder about the how and why of it and how it affects those still around at the end. This i Whole new meaning to a game of Kat and Mouse and held my interest until the end thus the 5 stars. It does not have to be classic literature to always rate five stars for me. (I give very few five star ratings.) It just needs a good plot, really interesting and well developed characters, and that wee bit of a twist to make me want to keep reading and, if not always leave me guessing as to whodunnit, let me wonder about the how and why of it and how it affects those still around at the end. This is the first in a trilogy and I can’t wait to relax this weekend and begin book number two.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have a bit of an embarrassing confession to make. Although I have a couple of Anita’s books in my ever increasing ‘to be read’ pile I haven’t read one before now. After reading ‘Murder Undeniable’ I am left asking myself ‘why the hell have I not read one of her books before now?’ I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Murder Undeniable’ but more about that in a bit. I loved the range of characters in this book. I found Katerina Rowe interesting to say the least. She is the deacon of the local church and I have a bit of an embarrassing confession to make. Although I have a couple of Anita’s books in my ever increasing ‘to be read’ pile I haven’t read one before now. After reading ‘Murder Undeniable’ I am left asking myself ‘why the hell have I not read one of her books before now?’ I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Murder Undeniable’ but more about that in a bit. I loved the range of characters in this book. I found Katerina Rowe interesting to say the least. She is the deacon of the local church and she is happily married to a man called Leon Rowe. She thinks that he is a pharmacist, which he is but he has a whole other dark side and life that Katerina knows nothing about. He wants to keep it that way. I couldn’t believe that Katerina didn’t know about his secret life and I thought that she must be walking round with blinkers on. That said, Katerina is a lovely, warm hearted, kind, generous and compassionate human being. She is first on the scene and finds Beth, who has been attacked and left for dead and her male companion, who has been murdered. Katerina feels drawn to her and looks after her when her (Beth) house is burnt to the ground. Beth moves in with Katerina and together they begin to look into the mystery of who killed the man and why? I really felt for Beth. She is a student, who turns to escort work to fund her university studies. I also loved the character of Doris, who is Katerina’s feisty grandmother. Is their curiosity going to get them into trouble and bring danger to their lives? Will the three ladies solve the mystery? Will Leon’s other life remain hidden? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you. ‘Murder Undeniable’ has to be one of my favourite reads of 2018. The story starts with a bang and in such a way that is going to remain fresh in my mind for a long time to come. The story certainly hits the ground running. ‘Murder Undeniable’ had me in its grip from the first sentence onwards and didn’t release me until I closed the back cover as it were. Usually I have the attention span of a gnat but not in this case because I was able to focus solely on the book and shut out all other distractions. I just found it impossible to put the book down because I had to keep reading to see how the mystery panned out and if the three ladies solved the case. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me. I love that the book is set in Derbyshire. I don’t and never have lived there but I have family, who live in Derbyshire so it was nice to read about an area that would be familiar to them and to me. The author clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in her writing. She writes so convincingly and realistically that her characters seem to jump off the page as it were. I love the author’s writing style too because it is easy to get into, easy to read and easy to follow. Reading ‘Murder Undeniable’ was much like being on a bit of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride. More than once I almost had to read through my fingers because I genuinely feared for the safety of the three ladies. ‘Murder Undeniable’ is being described as a cozy mystery but it is so much more than that and there are certain dark and violent moments so be prepared. Would I recommend ‘Murder Undeniable’? Of course I would. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I am thrilled to find another author, who has several books that I need to read asap. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. As I stated before ‘Murder Undeniable’ has to be one of my top reads of 2018 and Anita Waller is right up there on my list of ‘must read’ authors. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board just has to be 5* out of 5*.

  19. 4 out of 5

    David Liscio

    Can a beautiful prostitute, a naive church deaconess and a wily grandmother join forces to solve a string of murders in the once plague-ridden English village of Eyam? You bet they can. Without getting into spoilers, here’s the plot in a nutshell: A group of teenagers sitting around smoking reefer and sipping beer overhear what is a murder about to unfold. Sheltered by a stone wall, the teens can’t see any faces on the other side but they recognize at least one of the angry voices. There’s a painf Can a beautiful prostitute, a naive church deaconess and a wily grandmother join forces to solve a string of murders in the once plague-ridden English village of Eyam? You bet they can. Without getting into spoilers, here’s the plot in a nutshell: A group of teenagers sitting around smoking reefer and sipping beer overhear what is a murder about to unfold. Sheltered by a stone wall, the teens can’t see any faces on the other side but they recognize at least one of the angry voices. There’s a painful scream and a single gunshot in the dark, followed by a splash in the river Wye. Fearful of what might happen to them if discovered, the teens vow to keep the occurrence secret. No arrest is made in the case and more than a decade passes as the youth get on with their lives. All seems well until members of their group begin dying, the first in an automobile crash and others by gunfire. Although police are keen on solving the cold case and the fresh crimes, the task soon falls to Kat and Mouse, who become an entertaining duo readers will absolutely devour. Kat is church Rev. Katerina Rowe, and Mouse a college student who works for an escort service to pay her bills. They get involved in the case after Mouse’s date for the night is shot dead in an alleyway and she’s critically wounded. The neophyte sleuths receive some valuable assistance in their investigation from Mouse’s spunky grandma, Doris. Let’s just say these three women have a lot of personality. Best-selling author Anita Waller has long been adept at developing interesting characters as she proved repeatedly in her earlier novels, but in Murder Undeniable she has taken that skill to a higher art form. Kat, Mouse and Doris are a force to be reckoned with, and readers will quickly get to know them through snappy dialogue and their respective idiosyncrasies. The old stage mantra about leaving your audience in a place where they’ll want more surely wasn’t wasted on Waller. Murder Undeniable left me wanting more, and that’s the sign of professional storytelling. Like many readers, I’m eagerly looking forward to what’s next from Kat and Mouse (and Doris). And word is already out that Waller is planning a trilogy. The next title, slated for release in February from Bloodhound Books: Murder Unexpected. David Liscio is the author of the serial-killer thriller Deadly Fare and the mafia thriller Blood Sons. He was given an advance reader copy of Murder Undeniable in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Smith

    Anita Waller is a Sheffield writer and, as a Sheffielder myself, I was ashamed to say I hadn't read any of her books before. I knew I had to rectify that when Murder Undeniable was published. In fact, this book is primarily set in the Derbyshire plague village of Eyam, but Sheffield still features quite strongly. Reverend Katerina Rowe, known as Kat, is a deacon at Eyam parish church. Married to pharmacist, Leon, all seems good in her life. Until they discover a dead man and an almost dead woman Anita Waller is a Sheffield writer and, as a Sheffielder myself, I was ashamed to say I hadn't read any of her books before. I knew I had to rectify that when Murder Undeniable was published. In fact, this book is primarily set in the Derbyshire plague village of Eyam, but Sheffield still features quite strongly. Reverend Katerina Rowe, known as Kat, is a deacon at Eyam parish church. Married to pharmacist, Leon, all seems good in her life. Until they discover a dead man and an almost dead woman down the alleyway at the side of one of Leon's shops. Kat turns into a sort of guardian angel for the woman, Beth, and her grandmother, Doris. They all turn into unlikely sleuths but in doing so, Kat makes discoveries that completely rock her world. I must admit that this book wasn't quite what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be quite gritty and I realise now that, although it has some quite shocking events contained within it, it's actually much more of a cosy mystery. Not my usual genre but I did enjoy this story a lot. I liked the main female characters. Kat is strong and dedicated, Beth is clever and determined and Doris, well Doris is like no grandmother I've ever come across. As a crime-fighting trio they work incredibly well together. I loved the settings. I had a bit of a thrill when one of the characters mentioned somebody getting the same bus as I often catch and getting off somewhere that is really familiar to me. There's something a little bit special about that. And Eyam is somewhere I have visited and which is a well known, picturesque country village so that was great too. I had to suspend belief a little bit at times. No vicar I know would have the spare time to run around solving murders, but that's the whole point of fiction isn't it? Waller certainly writes a good mystery with characters that you can't help but like (and some you can't help but dislike too). Murder Undeniable is a cracking story and marks the first of the Kat and Mouse trilogy (Beth's nickname is Mouse). I wonder what these female warriors will get up to next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Leon is married to Katerina who is Deacon of the church in Eyam Derbyshire. Leon runs a chain of pharmacies. His other business is far from legit and his wife would be horrified to know anything about it and what he and some of his colleagues get up to. The book begins by taking us back to an event several years before- enough to know that something is amiss but not quite what. Beth is a student who supplements her income by being an escort. One night she escorts a businessman, Anthony, to a din Leon is married to Katerina who is Deacon of the church in Eyam Derbyshire. Leon runs a chain of pharmacies. His other business is far from legit and his wife would be horrified to know anything about it and what he and some of his colleagues get up to. The book begins by taking us back to an event several years before- enough to know that something is amiss but not quite what. Beth is a student who supplements her income by being an escort. One night she escorts a businessman, Anthony, to a dinner. Something she has done with different men time and again in this role. Dessert proves to be rather more than she ever anticipated and she is lucky to escape with her life. She becomes friends with Kat and they try and work out why she and Anthony were targeted and to keep Beth protected as she is now at risk. Oh boy! Anita has done it again. Within a few pages I was gripped and the plot was only just beginning to unfold. There is a certain “Je ne sais quoi” about Anita’s style of writing that not only endears you to some of the characters but that “anxious” edge so you “need” to know more. I can’t say how much I enjoyed this. I loved the two main characters and Doris. Doris is a star. Oh to have a Doris in your life! I am secretly hoping that this will be become a series (I have now seen this will be a trilogy) as would love more of the trio and their antics. Anita thank you. For taking me to another place, for entertaining me and for making me smile along the way. all done with 26 letters of the alphabet. Sheer joy. For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/ or follow me on Twitter @nickijmurphy1 Amazon Top 1000 reviewer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue Lloyd

    This is the first book I've read by author Anita Waller - It won't be the last. Murder Undeniable, set in the picturesque plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire, arrested me. I became drawn straight into the story of Kat and Mouse. Kat, a Deacon in her local church is married to a drop dead gorgeous man, Leon - a man who has a dark history. Unawares to Kat, Leon's been leading a double life and leaving a deadly trail due to his involvement in his sideline of illegal activity. Kat strikes up a frien This is the first book I've read by author Anita Waller - It won't be the last. Murder Undeniable, set in the picturesque plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire, arrested me. I became drawn straight into the story of Kat and Mouse. Kat, a Deacon in her local church is married to a drop dead gorgeous man, Leon - a man who has a dark history. Unawares to Kat, Leon's been leading a double life and leaving a deadly trail due to his involvement in his sideline of illegal activity. Kat strikes up a friendship with Beth, aka, 'Mouse' when she and Leon stumble across a murder scene in a back alleyway. A male is dead, and Beth left for dead. And so begins a catastrophic chain of events aimed a covering up an unsolved murder some fifteen years previous. A group of school friends who unfortunately bore witness to the killing are in danger. They have held their tongues in fear of reprisal, but the killer must hush them to protect his freedom. Kat and Mouse, with the aid of the very delightful Doris, (Mouse's gran) determine to expose the killer. The trio uses their skill to research the historical case and the more recent happenings. What they find out is shocking. I absorbed this well-written book to the point of thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. It's a fabulous start to what will become a trilogy - I'm already anticipating what happens next! Congratulations to the author. You've got a new fan.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Southwell

    This is a different sort of fiction from the great Anita Waller. I wasn't sure about the change, but really enjoyed it. 7 teenagers meet by the river, to celebrate one of their birthdays. This is a tried and tested place for them to meet. On this occasion they overhear three men who are passing. They recognise them. There is a shout and the sound of a gun going off. That was in 2002. Fast forward to 2017 and Katerina Rowe could not be happier. She is celebrating her wedding anniversary with husba This is a different sort of fiction from the great Anita Waller. I wasn't sure about the change, but really enjoyed it. 7 teenagers meet by the river, to celebrate one of their birthdays. This is a tried and tested place for them to meet. On this occasion they overhear three men who are passing. They recognise them. There is a shout and the sound of a gun going off. That was in 2002. Fast forward to 2017 and Katerina Rowe could not be happier. She is celebrating her wedding anniversary with husband Leon. She didn't think that life could be better, As a Reverend and 30, she had given up expecting a happy ever after. An execution type of murder leaves one man dead and his escort injured. They were shot just alongside one of Leon's pharmacies. This is how Mouse comes into their lives. The plot is good and works at a fast pace. The murky world that Leon works in begins to cause concern. The gunman is concerned that Mouse saw his face and so and her Nan is in danger. They end up living with Kat and Leon. The characters are very likable and it is easy to see how there will be a sequel. My hat off to Anita Waller again. My thanks to the publisher for this opportunity to write an unbiased review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna Morfett

    Omg I loved this. Can only start off by saying I fell in love with the 3 women that came together through the oddest circumstances, but it works. A reverend or whatever the official term is, married to her dream man, writes sermons and visits her parishioners in what is known as the Plague village. Then an escort that narrowly escaped being murdered, a black belt in marshal arts, heading into the final year of her degree and her feisty grandma who happens to be a brown belt in martial arts (not Omg I loved this. Can only start off by saying I fell in love with the 3 women that came together through the oddest circumstances, but it works. A reverend or whatever the official term is, married to her dream man, writes sermons and visits her parishioners in what is known as the Plague village. Then an escort that narrowly escaped being murdered, a black belt in marshal arts, heading into the final year of her degree and her feisty grandma who happens to be a brown belt in martial arts (not black because she wouldn't do the grading) and a pretty nifty computer hacker. I mean what's not to love about this combo. Who doesn't love a feisty gran that can kick arse and hack computers! After a man is a shot in an alley behind the chemist owner by Kats husband Leon and the woman with him barely escaping with her life, Kat feels a strong pull towards this woman and befriends her to try and get to the bottom of what happened. After Mouse is released from the hospital, Kat takes her into her home to recouperate, along with nan. So begins the start of a wonderful relationship between the 3 women and the truth of what happened. Wonderfully written, tense, funny, believable. The perfect formula so read it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Read

    Beth, otherwise known as Mouse to those who love her, has been working as an escort and saving money whilst studying for her degree at university. Kat is living a blissful life with her vocation as Church Deacon whilst married for the last four years to her husband Leon, a very successful businessman. One night whilst taking a taxi to back to his home with her gentleman client, Kat and the man are hijacked by the driver, thrown out into a back alley and shot. The man dies and the gunman flees, a Beth, otherwise known as Mouse to those who love her, has been working as an escort and saving money whilst studying for her degree at university. Kat is living a blissful life with her vocation as Church Deacon whilst married for the last four years to her husband Leon, a very successful businessman. One night whilst taking a taxi to back to his home with her gentleman client, Kat and the man are hijacked by the driver, thrown out into a back alley and shot. The man dies and the gunman flees, also believing that Kat is dead. The victims are discovered by Kat and Leon, and for some reason Kat believes it is her duty to look after Mouse, bringing the girl back to her home to recover. She even takes in Kat's grandmother, the extraordinary Nan, after more attempted murders take place. And there the adventure starts. Putting their three heads together and combining various talents, legal and illegal, Kat, Mouse and Nan embark on an investigation into murders old and new. This is an excellent read with wonderful rich characters and a great plot that never has a dull moment. I was very glad to hear that this is the first part of a trilogy as I can't wait to read more of their exploits. Absolutely recommended!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    marjorie hall-venmore

    Not bad I enjoyed the book to a degree, the back story of drugs, murders was brilliant. However I could not really get my head around Kat, Beth, and Doris playing amiture detectives. One being a deacon. One being a student/ escort/ last but not least, a retired elderly lady Beth's nan Doris. More or less solving the crime before the police. It just was not credible or even believable at all. Hence the 3 stars. Every time they found a bit more new evedience I must admit I just sighed. Saying to m Not bad I enjoyed the book to a degree, the back story of drugs, murders was brilliant. However I could not really get my head around Kat, Beth, and Doris playing amiture detectives. One being a deacon. One being a student/ escort/ last but not least, a retired elderly lady Beth's nan Doris. More or less solving the crime before the police. It just was not credible or even believable at all. Hence the 3 stars. Every time they found a bit more new evedience I must admit I just sighed. Saying to myself as if the police hadn't worked that out. They have there computer experts and would have made the same links probably quicker in my opinion. It's such a shame really I have read a lot of Anita Waller novels and have all been good, this being first of a trilogy I will be perfectly honest I will defiantly be reading the other two. Just really really not believable at all. Please go back to your normal style of writing. I do think you might lose readers with his trilogy Anita !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rubina Gomes

    THIS WAS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING READ! If I have to write a one line review for this book I’ll say it’s a breath of fresh air in the present gloomy, mundane crime fiction weather. After so long I read a mystery novel of sleuth sub-genre, and that too such an pleasurable read. Within a couple of chapters, we enter into the world of Katerina Rowe, aka Kat, a Deacon in her tiny village of Eyam, Derbyshire, and Beth Walters, aka Mouse, a young girl doing escort jobs to raise money to travel the world. THIS WAS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING READ! If I have to write a one line review for this book I’ll say it’s a breath of fresh air in the present gloomy, mundane crime fiction weather. After so long I read a mystery novel of sleuth sub-genre, and that too such an pleasurable read. Within a couple of chapters, we enter into the world of Katerina Rowe, aka Kat, a Deacon in her tiny village of Eyam, Derbyshire, and Beth Walters, aka Mouse, a young girl doing escort jobs to raise money to travel the world. Their paths cross when Kat finds a dead man and a heavily injured Beth in the alleyway behind her husband’s pharmacy. For some reason Kat feels she needs to be with Mouse and help her out in the situation, and I as a reader felt the same. There was an under-current thread that was pulling me into their lives and making me stay there. When Kat and Mouse, with the help of Mouse’s nan Doris, take matters into their own hands, is when the story gets very interesting. During this time, the conversations between the three ladies are a delight to read, making the story feel real. The writing and the flow of story is as smooth as a hot knife on a block of butter. I couldn’t help but melt away with this book and fuse myself into the lives of the ladies. Murder Undeniable is an amazing start to a trilogy, though I pray I get to see more of Kat, Mouse and Doris. And if I had a paperback copy of this book, it could’ve definitely be sitting next to my Agatha Christie collection, that’s how amazing this book was for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pam Robertson

    This is a very promising start to a new series which I thoroughly enjoyed. The three main characters who emerge, Kat, Beth (Mouse) and Doris are all well-defined and have their own individuality. The story line is well paced with some quite shocking developments and there is a real feeling of jeopardy in the novel. It has the feeling of a cosy crime, a genre I enjoy, but nevertheless, some of the subject matter has a gritty edge. The three women who drive the story emerge as intelligent and inde This is a very promising start to a new series which I thoroughly enjoyed. The three main characters who emerge, Kat, Beth (Mouse) and Doris are all well-defined and have their own individuality. The story line is well paced with some quite shocking developments and there is a real feeling of jeopardy in the novel. It has the feeling of a cosy crime, a genre I enjoy, but nevertheless, some of the subject matter has a gritty edge. The three women who drive the story emerge as intelligent and independent thinkers who support each other. It is slightly surprising how quickly Kat bonds with them but in the end, you feel that their friendship is authentic. It is also refreshing to see senior women police officers integrated into the story. I am looking forward to the next in the series when I am hoping that the network of friendships and acquaintances will be revisited. In short: Strong female leads and a well plotted storyline set the scene for a new series. Thanks for a copy of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gail McGlashan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Pretty well written and engaging. I finished this book in less than a week. Lots of buildup to a bit too quick conclusion (for me). However, it may be more of a pause than a conclusion as this is a trilogy and I think more might be explained, conclude more permanently through those follow-up books, which I plan to read. I will say being a U.S. citizen, the British-ness of this was apparent and several pop-culture references there didn't track here, but they were listed in Wikipedia, which readin Pretty well written and engaging. I finished this book in less than a week. Lots of buildup to a bit too quick conclusion (for me). However, it may be more of a pause than a conclusion as this is a trilogy and I think more might be explained, conclude more permanently through those follow-up books, which I plan to read. I will say being a U.S. citizen, the British-ness of this was apparent and several pop-culture references there didn't track here, but they were listed in Wikipedia, which reading via kindle allowed quick access to those sources. I read the acknowledgements, and while it explained why the author used a couple of strange phrases, saying that a footballer (soccer player in America) had enough painkillers to knock down a baby kangaroo (or something like that) came across silly and oxymoronic. Yes, it might have been appropriate for the author's daughter, but try just a kangaroo next time for a grown man. This and couple other things made me roll my eyes, but other than that it was a fun, quick, enjoyable read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    Very enjoyable book. The characters and situations were so true to life. What I think amazed me is that Kat seemed to know so little about the man she married and learned even less after they married. It seemed as though they did not have a close, intimate relationship. Their interaction seemed to be confined to the bedroom. It is a good thing she had her church, as, realistically, she had little else. Perhaps I am unusual, but I find this odd. The only thing I can figure is that she was not inte Very enjoyable book. The characters and situations were so true to life. What I think amazed me is that Kat seemed to know so little about the man she married and learned even less after they married. It seemed as though they did not have a close, intimate relationship. Their interaction seemed to be confined to the bedroom. It is a good thing she had her church, as, realistically, she had little else. Perhaps I am unusual, but I find this odd. The only thing I can figure is that she was not interested in the old "two becoming as one' which I consider an integral part of any marriage. But I could be wrong. Maybe I am just a dreamer. As this book seems to be a part of a trilogy, which I was not aware of, but at least it does not leave you hanging. I may try the next in the series, although I am not typically a serial type of person, preferring books that stand alone. But we shall see. The writer told a good story and told it well so I may look into the next book.

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