Guest Post by Isabella Muir

I’m Isabella Muir, the author of the Sussex Crime Mystery series.  This series of three books is based around the character of Janie Juke, a young librarian. Set in the late 1960s, Janie Juke turns out to be an excellent amateur sleuth, following in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot.  The stories are based in the fictional Sussex seaside town of Tamarisk Bay and are perfect for anyone who loves Agatha Christie and the swinging sixties.

And now – to celebrate the birthday of the great Queen of Crime – Agatha Christie – THE SUSSEX CRIME MYSTERIES is available as a compilation for a special discounted price – only until 15th September.

This collection of three previously published books, includes THE TAPESTRY BAG (Book 1), LOST PROPERTY (Book 2), and THE INVISIBLE CASE (Book 3). All three books can be bought individually.

ABOUT BOOK 1: THE TAPESTRY BAG

A young woman, Zara, goes missing, one year to the day that her boyfriend, Joel, was killed in a hit and run.   Is Zara in danger?  Is she still alive?  What really happened to Joel and who is to blame?

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?

ABOUT BOOK 2: LOST PROPERTY 

Janie Juke has developed a reputation for finding missing people.  When Hugh Furness asks Janie to track down an old friend, she discovers there is much more at stake than a missing person. 

This new case takes Janie back in time to the Second World War, where she learns about secret missions and brave deeds.  It is the past that holds the key, but she needs to be at her most intuitive to work out what lies behind the rumours and conjecture.

Following in the footsteps of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, Janie enlists the help of local journalist, Libby Frobisher.  Racing around the seaside towns of Tamarisk Bay and Tidehaven, Janie and Libby track down clues and piece together the facts.

A new decade is looming.  In these last months of the 1960s, time is against them.  Hugh Furness is seriously ill and Janie is just months away from the birth of her first child.   Can Janie and Libby find out who is telling the truth before it is too late?

ABOUT BOOK 3: THE INVISIBLE CASE

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 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.

What’s coming next?

I have the embryo of an idea for Number 4 in the Sussex Crime mystery series, which will see the young journalist Libby Frobisher lead the investigation – with Janie Juke taking a bit of a back seat!

I am also just putting the final touches to THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN, which deals with the heart-breaking topic of the child migrants who were sent by the UK to Australia in the post-war era, right up until 1970.  THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is available for pre-order, and will be published 29th November.

And when I’m not writing…I help my husband run a small campsite in West Sussex, ably supported by our gorgeous Scottie dog, Hamish!

Readers can keep in touch with me by:

Email: theisabellamuir@gmail.com

Website: https://isabellamuir.com/

Twitter @SussexMysteries            

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMuirAuthor/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Isabella-Muir/e/B074F18ZSY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

                        The Sussex Crime Mysteries 3D

A massive thank you to Isabella for taking the time to write this guest post.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x


                 

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Writing Prompt #2


2nd Prompt of July. Decay. Less than 750 words and unedited.

‘I locked eyes with the coyote as it stood across the street from me.

Rooted to the spot, my feet wouldn’t  move. I didn’t know whether it was through fear or fascination. 

It looked as it was considering me, considering what It’s options were. It looked as shocked to see me as I was to see it.

With a sudden burst it dashed across the street and went down the alley way. I walked slowly to see where it was but I could no longer see it.

Could this day get any weirder? 

Things had been strange from the moment I woke this morning. My senses heightened. I could hear the conversation the neighbours were having over the road. I could smell the food cooking 3 doors down. My carpet didn’t just feel soft against my feet, it felt like heaven. I tried to remember the previous night. Had I been drugged? I know I was drunk, I remember being at the club, all the drinks and the shots we had. The last thing I remember though was Fraiser slurring words at me I didn’t understand. We were still in the club then.

Then there were the scratches, my arms were covered in them and his neck. What on earth had I gotten into?

And where was Frasier? I called him 7 times this morning. He surely would have some answers as to what went down. He probably got us in another fight, seems to be all to regular lately.

I continued down the road. The sun hidden behind the clouds still blinded me. The smell of decay from the nights bins floated in the breeze. I didn’t know where to go, I just needed coffee. Lots of coffee. 

I became aware of the black car before it turned the corner, there was something about it that didn’t sit right with me. I felt my pulse quicken. It slowed as it passed me, I could smell it stronger then. The smell of rot. I assumed it was the bins but it was this car. What the hell was inside it to smell like that. 

I felt like a hole the size of planet open in the pit of my stomach, dread oozed from my bones. Fear, genuine unadulterated fear poured from me. Whatever this car contained was not something I wanted to come into contact with and with that thought I turned and ran.’

Thanks for reading and please feel free to pop your prompt story in the comments or link to your blog:)

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Hey Everyone. Today I have a review for you for a book I was given in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from Online Bookclub. I had been looking forward to reading this since I received it but due to illness I didn’t get to start it as soon as I had wanted. However, now I have read it and I am ready to tell you all about it.

What is Raven’s Peak about?

Raven’s Peak is a paranormal thriller/mystery. It centers around a young woman named Abigail and a young main named Haatim. The two are thrown together in unlikely circumstances. Abigail is a demon hunter and Haatim is the son of a religious man and has lost his faith. They take a journey together to get answers which they both seek for events in their lives they haven’t yet recovered from. This leads them to the old secluded town of Raven’s Peak where not everything is as it seems.
What Did I think Of Raven’s Peak?

The book opened with a prologue set prior to when the main story starts. With a character called Authur who is highly reglious and a member of The Council. Authur clearly has a mysterious past which we don’t get into but his dealings with a demon open up the book for the story about to unfold.
All in all I did like Raven’s peak. I liked both the main characters but there was something special about Haatim’s edge of naivity that made him especially likable. Both of them were strong in different ways which made them both interesting to read.
The book was action packed from quite early on which made for interesting reading. It didn’t take me long to read the book once I got into it. The story itself was interesting and there were some unique aspects about it.
However, overall I did feel it was somewhat predictable. Predictable in the way that the majority of books involving demons often are. Standard possession of a human. The demon which took over this particular human (a child) was different from the ones I have read previously, this more than made up for the more predictable elements of the story.
The story is the first in the series and the sequel is available now and I will buy and read it. The writing style flowed well and made me, the reader able to understand parts that may have been confusing.
I did especially like the way that the environment felt real, felt normal just as we would expect to see it. This really helped imagine the scenes play out in my head.
The whole idea of The Council vs The Ninth Circle is quite intriguing. I definitely want to read more about them and their history. I have found an ebook available as a novella for The Ninth Circle which I’m hoping to delve into as well
I would rate this book a 4/5 and for those who enjoy paranormal thrillers it is defintely worth a read.
You can find a copy of Raven’s Peak and all subsequent books here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

Book Tour: Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey

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Today I have a book bloug tour for Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey.

Blerb…

Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.

At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…

But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.

And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.

Can she really trust herself?

Review…

This was a dramatic mystery right from the get go. Following Emily as she goes back and forward wth details she remembers and events that unfolde before and after the accident.

I didn’t really know what was going on until towards the end which made the book enjoyable. Each of the characters had their own quirks which made them a good read, especially Emily’s brother.

If you enjoy a good mystery thriller with twists and turns then this is the book for you.

To purchase Those who Lie you can do so here on Amazon UK and here on Amazon.com

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: The Place That Never Existed by Jim Ody

Hey Everyone, 

Today I bring you a review of The Place That Never Existed by Jim Ody. 

Review…

I quite enjoyed reading this book. There was an air of mystery surrounding the story that for me didn’t come to light until the very end.

The book wasn’t predictable, possibly because of the array of characters that were introduced with underlying stories also going on.

I would highly recommend The Place That Never Existed if you like thriller or mystery novels.

You can purchase the book on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x