Today I’m excited to be on an Audible blog tour for The Tapestry Bag by Isabella Muir……
In the quiet seaside town of Tamarisk Bay,the police appear to be doing little to find Zara. Her friend Janie decides to make it her mission to track her down. It’s the ‘swinging sixties’ and Janie fears that Zara may be mixed up with drugs, alcohol, or worse. As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death.
Janie runs the mobile library and has a passion for crime fiction, especially Agatha Christie. Can Poirot help Janie solve the mystery of Zara’s disappearance?
As she looks for clues Janie comes across some unsavoury characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead. Can she untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?
The first thing this did was bring back my love of audiobooks!! I drive quite a lot for work and usually listen to podcasts but I loved being able to get in my car and get back in to the story! I also enjoyed it so much that I was listening to a chapter before bed too.
Anyway….. on to the book! Janie Juke lives in a small town in the 60’s with her Husband and leads a relatively quiet life. That is until her friend Zara turns back up in town and they catch up. All is going well until Zara’s boyfriend Joel is killed. Zara moves in with Janie and her Husband but one day disappears off the face of the planet. Although Janie reports it to the police they seem to only make a half-hearted attempt at finding her.
Frustrated and upset by their lack of care, Janie takes it upon herself to investigate her missing friend (much to her Husbands dismay!). Janie is a librarian and her favourite author is Agatha Christie; her Dad is an ex-policeman too so you can imagine how these two things lead to her being an amateur super-sleuth! Along the way we meet some interesting and rather shifty characters and there is a massive twist towards the end!
I really enjoyed the overall plot, and couldn’t have guessed the ending! I absolutely loved Janie’s Dad and the relationship between the two of them. However, I did find Janie slightly annoying! I’m not sure if it’s the voice the Narrator used for her, or whether it was the fact that she really did stick her nose in to certain things too much…..At times I just wanted her to stop for five minutes! Other than Janie being slightly annoying, the narrator did a fantastic job and I loved the different voices for the different characters…..how does the Narrator remember which voice she’s used for who?!
This is Book 1 in the Sussex Crime Series and I most definitely want to read/listen to Book 2….the ending of the The Tapestry Bag had been completely intrigued! If you enjoy a cosy mystery with an amateur sleuth on the case, then you should definitely check this out!
about the author
Isabella Muir is the author of a popular Agatha Christie style crime series – the Sussex Crime Mysteries. These Agatha Christie style stories are set in in the sixties and seventies and feature a young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke, who has a passion for Agatha Christie. All that Janie has learned from her hero, Hercule Poirot, she is able to put into action as she sets off to solve a series of crimes and mysteries.
Her latest novel – The Forgotten Children – takes her writing into another genre. Still focusing on events in the 1960s The Forgotten Children tells the story of the injustices experienced by thousands as a result of the British child migrant policy.
Isabella has been surrounded by books her whole life and – after working for twenty years as a technical editor and having successfully completed her MA in Professional Writing – she was inspired to focus on fiction writing.
Aside from books, Isabella has a love of all things caravan-like. She has spent many winters caravanning in Europe and now, together with her husband, she runs a small caravan site in Sussex. They are ably assisted by their much-loved Scottie, Hamish.
about the narrator – penny scott-andrews
Penny trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. For many years she performed in The West End, as well as on the fringes of London, Brighton and Edinburgh. She also has plenty of touring experience playing leading roles, such as Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Earnest, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Olivia in Twelfth Night. However, she is at her happiest in the recording studio and has had the pleasure of recording dozens of audiobooks and radio dramas.
Where to find Penny online: Twitter
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Thank you Rachel for inviting me on the tour, and a massive thanks to the author and audible for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. All views are my own.
Thank you for reading my lovelies and have a wonderful day!