Twelve at Christmas
A brand new anthology of short stories, inspired by the lyrics of the popular Christmas song, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas‘. This collaboration with best-selling crime author, Christoffer Petersen, delves deeper into aspects of many of the characters from his Greenland novels and series, as well as characters from the Sussex Crime Mysteries. The stories span different timelines – some looking back into the past of a character, others looking far into the future. The spirit of Christmas shines out from the stories, which transport the reader from the far south of England to the furthest reaches of the Arctic.
The Tapestry Bag – the first book in the Sussex Crime Mystery series, which features young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke, who uses all she has learned from her hero, Hercule Poirot, to solve crimes and mysteries.
Lost Property is the second book in the series, where Janie takes on her first paid case.
In The Invisible Case we meet Janie’s aunt Jessica, as she returns from Italy with a enigmatic stranger in tow.
Divided we Fall is a short novella set during the first Christmas following the start of the Second World War. Readers will meet Janie’s father, Philip, when he was just a lad.
More than Ashes is the second novella in the Sussex Crime Mystery series, set during 1941, when Tamarisk Bay is struggling with bombing and looting.
In The Forgotten Children a woman’s search to find her son uncovers the shocking truth about one of Britain’s darkest periods.
… about the Sussex Crime Mystery series
‘…there are plenty of twists and turns before the story is resolved…I was delighted with the author’s period detail: she captures the highs and lows of that era with a deft touch.’
‘I was pulled into this story from the very first page by the author’s easy-to-read and entertaining writing style. Janie is a well-drawn character who becomes a sleuth after her friend Zara disappears following a traumatic event. I was intrigued to find out what had happened to Zara and the story unfolded at a great pace which kept me turning the pages. Everything is set up for the next in the series which I look forward to reading. A great book!’
‘This is an excellent novel from an author I will be watching out for. The writing is good; it flows well and creates scenes and characters that are eminently believable and engaging.’
‘What I particularly liked about the book is that, although there is death and darkness, the seedier side of human life is not allowed to overwhelm the story which maintains a pretty easy style throughout, with plenty of kindness and humour.’
‘This was a great find. A librarian turns to sleuthing in 1960’s England looking for her missing friend. Janie Juke, an Agatha Christie enthusiast, is a very likeable protagonist. I really enjoyed the relationship she has with her blind ex-policeman father, as well as with her husband, Greg. A real page-turner. I’ve already bought the next book in the series and looking forward to being able to start on it. And hoping there will be many more to come.’
‘Loved every page and didn’t want to put it down. Looking forward to starting the next one soon.’
… about The Forgotten Children
- ‘Isabella Muir is a very descriptive, emotionally charged author who lets you feel the pain alongside the characters, instead of merely brushing over it like you’ve just spilt your cuppa. Not only did ‘The Forgotten Children’ fill me with joy, it also created the hunger to know more about those destructive years.’
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