Isabella Muir : The Tapestry Bag

Today I’m pleased to be reviewing the audiobook of The Tapestry Bag. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the audiobook.


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 she comes across some unsavoury characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead. Can Janie untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?


The Tapestry Bag is a charming mystery. There are many different strands to the story and I enjoyed trying to work out how everything fit together  It’s more cosy than the gritty crime novels I usually read but it still kept me interested until the very end.

My favourite aspect of The Tapestry Bag was the characters. I loved the way they were developed, each with fascinating stories that reflect the society in the 1960s when the novel was set. Themes such as drugs, suicide and homelessness provided an edge I wasn’t expecting. In the Audible version  the listener is given clues as to their personalities through the imaginative narration and I loved the different relationships  at play as Janie delved deeper into the investigation.

The ending of The Tapestry Bag sets up the rest of the series well and I look forward to seeing how it develops

The Tapestry Bag is available from Audible

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