Audiobooks… The perfect solution to go on a journey while still doing chores or going for a long walk. And today I bring a review of an audiobook.
“After the Storm“, written by Isabella Muir, is a Mystery/crime novel, the second book in the Giuseppe Bianchi series, the audiobook was published on 4th March 2021, narrated by Charles Johnston and was a duration of 7 hours.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Isabella Muir for the Audible Codes of this book. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When a violent storm blasts England’s south coast, it’s up to retired Italian detective Giuseppe Bianchi to sift through the devastation and piece together the tragic events left behind in the storm’s wake.
Giuseppe Bianchi’s brief visit to Bexhill-on-Sea has become an extended stay. He is loath to return to his home in Rome because of the haunting images that made him leave in the first place.
During his morning walks along the seafront with Beagle, Max, he meets Edward Swain, who becomes Giuseppe’s walking companion. They form a friendship of sorts and find they have a similar outlook on life.
But the devastating events of a single night lead Giuseppe to question the truth about Edward Swain. Teaming up with young journalist Christina Rossi – his cousin’s daughter – Giuseppe learns about the brutal reality lurking behind the day-to-day life of families in the local community. And as the story unravels Giuseppe is reminded how anger and revenge can lead to the most dreadful of crimes.
After the Storm is the second novel in the Giuseppe Bianchi mystery series – the much-awaited sequel to Crossing the Line.
Grab your copy today, and enjoy the intrigue of traditional English mystery, cleverly combined with a continental twist.
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About the Author
Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of the 1960s. 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 she has gone on to publish six novels, three novellas and two short story collections.
Her latest novel, Crossing the Line, is the first of a new series of Sussex Crimes, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi who is escaping from tragedy in Rome, only to arrive in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to come face-to-face with it once more.
Her first Sussex Crime Mystery series features young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. Set in the late 1960s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She is an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot. Janie uses all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. As well as three novels, there are three novellas in the series, which explore some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.
Isabella’s standalone novel, The Forgotten Children, deals with the emotive subject of the child migrants who were sent to Australia – again focusing on family life in the 1960s, when the child migrant policy was still in force.
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I have enjoyed this series so far. I listened to the first audiobook and it had a fantastic storytelling and spooky element to it and the narrator – Charles Johnston – did a brilliant job in capturing my attention. With this second book being narrator by the same person, I was not disappointed.
Again, this story is a slow pace, a slow burner, one that take us into this journey with patience. Allowing me to focus on the details and clues that played a part on the mystery and crime. Of course, the story does have a moment of excitement that got the events going in a faster pace. It was a good balance for me in terms of listening to the novel.
We were already introduced to some of the characters, especially the main character, so this book also let me see where these people are going in their lives, and it allowed me to understand and connect with them even more. And even with the new characters, I liked knowing more about their interactions and relationships (past and present). I definitely got that, and they were all well developed and realistic.
Overall, if you enjoy a crime/mystery story that leaves you simmer in the story at a slow heat and pace… if you enjoy taking a careful look at what is happening and in getting to know the characters and the setting… then this book is for you. For me it was just perfect, especially because it was an audiobook and the narrator gave an added dynamic to the story that I appreciate.
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