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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?
Sometimes it’s nice to put down the intense and haunting thrillers and pick up a good-old ‘who dun it?’ that relies on drawing the reader in with a tantalising mystery, and then adds a smattering of clues, a few red herrings, a hefty gathering of suspects and voila! You have a clever cosy mystery that appeals to the sleuths among us without using gore and disturbing events.
The hook comes from the brilliant story telling and the way this story is pieced together. It’s like a jigsaw where you only get a piece every day and have to spend a while pondering what it brings to the table before you are allowed the next part. This is not a mystery where you are hit with facts and twists at every page turn but one that titillates the brain gently and then gives it time to process and work through before sending the next clue along.
There were phrases and ideas in the book that made me think twice and I did have to keep reminding myself it is set in the 60s. Ms Muir captured the era charmingly and has written Janie as a strong and determined female character but remaining true to the time.
Overall I loved the calm nature of this book as it allowed me to take my time and focus more on ‘solving’ the mystery and less on frantically turning pages. Really recommended for anybody who loves a gentle cosy mystery.
Author Bio – Isabella Muir
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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Narrator Bio – 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.