Narrator: Bridget Eaton
Heartbreaking tragedy or cold blooded murder….?
An Italian stranger arrives in Tamarisk Bay and brings with him mystery and intrigue….
It’s Easter 1970 in the seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, Amateur sleuth and professional librarian, Janie Juke, is settling into motherhood and some quality 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.
If you love Agatha Christie style twists and turns, or are a fan of Call the Midwife, Endeavour, Inspector George Gently and all those great 60’s characters, then you will love this Sussex Crime series.
This is one of those great cosy mysteries that I love to listen to when doing a bit of stitching, or just relaxing of an evening, listening to a chapter or two at a time. I enjoyed the way Bridget Eaton narrated the story.
I felt a little bit at a loss with the characters as this was book three in the Janie Juke series, I found myself having to buy the first two books so that I get to know these wonderful characters more, if you love Agatha Christie type stories you will love this as Janie Juke is somewhat of an Amateur sleuth herself.
Aunt Jessica has been away from Tamarisk Bay for nine years travelling around the world which she has loved doing. She brings a friend Luigi home with her to meet her family. The year is 1970 Easter. Janie is so excited her aunt is coming home, she is anxious for her to meet her new baby. Despite being a new mum it doesn’t stop Janie with her amateur sleuthing, with all her inspiration coming from Agatha Christie books.
The story is beautifully written, the characters are all so relatable and believable like they are all part of your family. You get to know them all as you read on. Why has aunt Jessica decided to return to Tamarisk Bay now, especially when it’s clear she has loved her 9 years of travelling. Who is the person Luigi she has brought home with her as a friend? Why was Luigi so frantic when his briefcase disappeared on the train to Paris? Why are there lots of Italians suddenly arriving in Tamarisk Bay? How have the family become embroiled in the mystery and suspicion,
Luigi is prime suspect for murder, it’s up to Janie to use her Poirot skills to get to the bottom of the case, tragedy is seeming to haunt the past and present can Janie stop it haunting the future as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this as an audiobook listening as the clues all start to unravel, the mystery solved. I love things set in the 70’s having become a teenager half way through them, they were good years.
If you love a cozy mystery I think you will enjoy this, if like me you like to get to know the characters I would look at starting with book one and moving on to book two then three. There is humour that will make you laugh out loud, there is family, drama, murder, what more could you want? A definite 5⭐️ listen for those who love audiobooks.
I would like to thank Rachel of #Rachelrandomresourcesblogtours for asking me to take part in this tour. All opinions are my own
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of the 1960’s. Researching all aspects of family life back then formed the perfect launch pad for her works of fiction. Isabella rediscovered her love of writing fiction during two happy years working on and completing her MA in Professional Writing and since then has gone to publish five novels, two novellas and a short story collection.
The Invisible Case is the third book in her Sussex Crime Mystery series, featuring young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. Set in the late 1960’s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She us an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot – using all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. All three novels are now available as audiobooks.
As well as three novels, there are three novellas in the series, which explore some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.
Her latest novel, Crossing the Line, is the first of a new series of Sussex Crimes, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi who arrives in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to find a dead body on the beach and so the story begins….
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