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The Songbird Girls by Robert Parker – Book Review.


Her eyes were closed. From a distance the blood around her neck might have looked like a necklace, but up close her body told a different tale. She had been murdered. A tiny songbird lay beside her, its neck broken… 

Detective Tom Fabian’s past is catching up with him. It has been years since the most famous case of his career – when his evidence put infamous serial killer Christopher Wisher behind bars forever. But when Wisher summons a reluctant Fabian to his prison cell to hand over a diary, he realises that Wisher’s twisted games are far from over.

Shortly after Fabian’s visit, Wisher is found dead in his cell. And a few days later, the police find a woman’s body bearing Wisher’s signature, a dead songbird. But the police never released this detail to the public … so who has Wisher been talking to?

Fabian is desperate to find the killer before another innocent life is taken. But as more bodies turn up, Fabian begins to realise that Wisher may have handed him the clues before he died. Is the twisted serial killer still pulling the strings from beyond the grave…?

(Taken from Goodreads)




Tom Fabian receives a request from convicted serial killer, Christopher Wisher to visit him in jail…..reluctantly he visits and Wisher gives him a diary. It doesn’t seem to make much sense….but then a body is found with a dead songbird left next to the body….is this a copy cat ? 

Wisher is then found dead in his cell and Fabian feels Wisher is still playing mind games, and the diary is more than the ramblings of a damaged mind. More bodies are found and Fabian is left a dead songbird at his home….who is playing games?

This is so cleverly written, with unbelievable tension and the glimpses into the mind of a serial killer are just unnerving. I was turning the pages as fast as my heart was beating, a credit to Robert Parker’s excellent writing. I can’t say much more as I wouldn’t want to spoil any moment……The final chapters were just so fraught with tension and fear and I loved every minute. 

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. (I also have a paperback copy purchased by me

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Murder Unexpected by Anita Waller – Book Review. #blogtour #bookreview


Book blurb:

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…

Anita Waller - Murder Unexpected_cover


Murder Unexpected is the second in the Kat and Mouse murder mystery series, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, some of the background to the relationships between Nan, Kat and Mouse would be clearer if you’d read the previous novel (but not much as it’s pretty clear how close they all are, a real family).

I adored the characters of Kat and Mouse and Nan is so great, just don’t swear around her !

Leon, Kat’s murderous ex-husband makes an appearance and I did think this is where the story was going, but there is so much more. The women’s PI business, Connection is thriving and their new client a recently widowed woman takes their investigation into a riveting, violent and sometimes emotional direction. There are crimes, various deaths, some violent and some very sad and moving. Murder Unexpected is an immensely enjoyable novel, with strong female characters and some real emotional twists and turns right to the very end. A credit to the very clever writing by Anita Waller. I loved it and can thoroughly recommend it. 

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for a free advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own, honest and unbiased. 

You can buy a copy here (from Amazon)

About the Author :




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.

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