The Tapestry Bag
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?
I wasn’t sure what to make of this audio book when I first started listening to it having been so out of practice when it comes to listening to audiobooks. So when it came up on Rachel’s blog tour I jumped at the chance especially as it was in my genre. Off I went on dog walks listening to The Tapestry Bag, which then ended up being while kitchen cleaning and throwing the ball in the garden.
I enjoyed the story and how Janie goes about the search for her best friend Zaria much to her husbands’ annoyance. At times I had to remind myself of what era this book was set in (the 60s) so there was no point thinking about modern day policing.
This story gives a giant nod to Agatha Christie and Poirot and his methods when solving the crimes he was called upon to investigate. This story also has some great historical references such as how much people used to use mobile libraries in the 60s, the education system Janie grow up in and family dynamics.
I loved the character of Janie’s father and the daddy daughter dynamic; I am sure if this story was set in modern days the injuries that her father suffered would have been much worse and probably resulted in death. Not loss of sight, but he doesn’t give up and opens a physio instead with Janie writing up the patient notes.
I also liked that in the middle of the book the hook to make sure you read book 2 was planted. Though at the same time, you wait for Janie to investigate it as you believe it would give a clue to where Zara was.
I wasn’t sadly a great fan of the narrator, but this did not take away from how much I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. If you have spare audible credits go hire this book.
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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.
The Tapestry Bag is Narrated by 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.
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