A shocking death turns a homecoming into a nightmare.
It’s Easter 1970 in the seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, and for one family the first Easter of a new decade brings a shocking tragedy. Amateur sleuth and professional librarian, Janie Juke, is settling into motherhood and looking forward to spending time with her family. When her Aunt Jessica is due back from Rome after nine years travelling around Europe, she arrives back in town with a new Italian friend, Luigi, and the whole family soon get embroiled in a tangle of mystery and suspicion, with death and passion at the heart of the story.
As time runs out on Luigi as prime suspect for murder, Janie has to use all of her powers of deduction in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot, to uncover the facts. Why did Luigi come to Tamarisk Bay? What is the truth about his family?
As Luigi’s story unfolds, tragedy seems to haunt the past, present and unless Janie acts fast, possibly what is yet to come.
Author Bio –
Isabella Muir is the author of Janie Juke series of crime mysteries – all set in Sussex.
‘The Tapestry Bag’ is the first in the series, followed by ‘Lost Property’. Now – ‘The Invisible Case’ – the latest in the series is available for pre-order from Amazon.
The ‘Janie Juke mysteries’ are set in Sussex in the sixties and seventies and feature a young librarian with 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.
Isabella has also published ‘Ivory Vellum’ – a collection of short stories.
She 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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Who is Janie Juke?
Janie Juke is a young librarian, living in the fictional Sussex seaside town of Tamarisk Bay in the late 1960s.
The great thing about being a librarian is not just that you get to read all the books you could ever want, but also that you are at the heart of the community. With people forever popping in and out of the library van, Janie is in the very best place to excel at her other little sideline, as an amateur sleuth.
Since she was a young teenager Janie has had a passion for Agatha Christie novels. As a result, she is a devoted fan of Hercule Poirot. Now she is having a chance to put all she has learned from him to the test.
In the first book in the Sussex Crime mystery series, The Tapestry Bag, Janie’s good friend Zara goes missing. When the police appear to be doing little to find Zara, Janie makes it her mission to track her down. Zara’s boyfriend, Joel, has been killed in a hit and run accident and Zara goes missing on the one-year anniversary of his death. As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death. She turns to Agatha Christie’s crime novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, to help her untangle the web of lies and deceit.
Having shown her skills at investigating, Janie takes on her first case for a client in the second book in the series, Lost Property. Hugh Furness is prepared to pay Janie a handsome amount of money to help him find an old friend, who he hasn’t seen for more than twenty years. This time Janie enlists the help of her friend and local journalist, Libby Frobisher and between they track down clues and piece together the facts. Hugh Furness was an RAF pilot in the Second World War and Janie soon discovers that it is the past that holds the key to the present.
Janie’s father, Philip, offers her solid support, acting as a brilliant sounding board as she works through her theories and conjectures. When Janie was just five years old her father, Philip, took her to the park one snowy day. He crossed the road to buy her a doughnut and got knocked over by a bus. Sadly, as a result, Philip is now blind. But he hasn’t let that stop him from leading a full and busy life. He has trained as a physiotherapist and has a long list of clients keen to visit him, grateful for his gentle nature and wise words.
In the latest book in the series, The Invisible Case, Janie is getting used to being a mum, with her baby just two months old. In this story we meet Philip’s sister, Jessica who has been travelling around Europe for the last nine years and now is returning from Italy, with a friend in tow. Mysteries surround Luigi, a moody newcomer to Tamarisk Bay, and within days of his arrival there is a shocking death.
Janie’s new role as a first-time mum doesn’t deter her from seeking out the truth and in true Hercule Poirot fashion she is determined to chase down every clue. When you are investigating crime, the police are bound to be keeping a watchful eye on your every move. Janie first met Detective Sergeant Bright in The Tapestry Bag, and dealt with him again in Lost Property, but in The Invisible Case, they have a few verbal sparring sessions. Frank Bright can’t decide whether Janie is a useful ally, or an annoying splinter that he just can’t extricate.
I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next to Janie…if you want to keep tabs on her, then visit my website at: www.isabellamuir or follow me on Twitter @SussexMysteries or visit my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMuirAuthor/