Epitaph by Anita Waller #BookReview #BloodhoundBooks #5*

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Pensioner and Private Investigator Doris Lester has taken a well-deserved break from work.

She’s planned a holiday with her best friend Wendy on a journey across the Yorkshire and Derbyshire Dales. But before they depart a letter arrives, and the contents stir up trouble and memories of the past.

Soon Doris and Wendy are drawn into the mystery surrounding a troubled family, a missing person and gruesome murder.

When Doris and Wendy join the investigation, intriguing revelations about Doris’s past and present surface, which shock even those closest to her.

Step by step they uncover familial secrets that could tear a family even further apart. Together can Wendy and Doris solve the mystery and if they do, will their lives ever be the same again?

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Gripping & Fun!      stars 5

This is a lighter read than I’m used to from Anita Waller but, on discovering that it leads on from an earlier series, I’m adding them all to my wish list!

Doris Lester and her friend Wendy Lucas are embarking on a different kind of holiday but, as luck would have it, things arise which make them cut it short. The arrival of a letter before they depart means a slight detour and before they know it, they are on a busman’s holiday, investigating a murder. Don’t be fooled that Doris is like any other seventy year old woman; with the highest credentials she is a private investigator with the complete ability to take care of herself in even the most trying of situations!

This book has it all: a gripping mystery, great characters, humour generously sprinkled throughout and, of course, a pet in the form of Belle, the cat. With each character beautifully rounded, I’m torn between Doris and Megan as my favourite! I would never have guessed the culprit, but I had fun trying. The mystery itself is intricate and as the dead bodies mounted up I was no closer to knowing who was guilty or not – I suspected just about everyone at some point or another and it was still a surprise to find out at the end. A smashing read, thoroughly enjoyed and as an introduction to the Kat and Mouse series, one I’m so glad I read – can’t wait to fit all the preceding books into my list! A full five sparkling stars, and worth every single one of them.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: cosy mystery
  • Format: paperback
  • Size: 270
  • Publisher: Bloodhound
  • Publication Date: 12 August 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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Author Bio

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 collection, 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, launched 11 February 2019.

The collection has four books available, following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book five, Murder Unjoyful. This will be launched in November 2020.

May 2020 will see the launch of two books. The first one, Liars, will launch on 11 May, and was co-written with a fellow author from Bloodhound Books, Patricia Dixon. The second book is called Gamble, a standalone novel, and will launch 25 May 2020.

She is now seventy-four 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.

Social Media

Twitter: @anitamayw

Facebook: @anitawaller2015

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