Audio Review: The Tapestry Bag @SussexMysteries @rararesources @audibleuk #AudioBook

Audio Review: The Tapestry Bag @SussexMysteries @rararesources @audibleuk #AudioBook

The Tapestry Bag

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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?

My Thoughts:

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 This story also has some great historical references such as how much people used to use mobile libraries in the 60s, the education system Janie grow up in and family dynamics.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.


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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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Book Review: Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr @JHPFiction @rararesources #legalthriller

Justice Gone


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A beaten homeless vet. Three cops gunned down. A multistate manhunt. The trial of the decade.

A new kind of legal thriller

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.

A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.

Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.

Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?

My Thoughts:

Like every book I read, I start by reading who this book was dedicated to. This lead me to partly believing this was in fact a history book recounting the case of Kelly Thomas

This book is very prominent for the times we are leaving in, with regular news reports of police brutality. But the scenario in this novel though extreme it could still happen.

I found a lot of this book very interesting, the blind slightness of those who were in charge such as the mayor and chief of police wanting this whole thing to be over and done with. Causing the least bit of political and media backlash.

Tessa’s involvement in this story she is so torn on whether Donny is guilty or was it Casey or someone else. Tessa and Casey’s relationship also reminded me a lot of a brother and sister how they bickered with one another but when it was time to face the press awaiting media they went hand in hand.

I would love to know more about Tessa and her backstory, which was hinted at through-out the novel.

The theatrical performance given by the defense lawyer was interesting but also sometimes very scary. Though I do watch a lot of law and order I wondered how much of what goes on in our court’s is down to theatrical performance and not the evidence.

I found the jury scenes interesting and how they battled to come to a conclusive decision. One of the members wanting to go with the majority because she didn’t want to be even there in the first place.

A good read an interesting take on not only a court room drama but also questions the polices actions and those that control them.

A recommended read that really could have been a history book.

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N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc.

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia




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