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08 March 2021

Audiobook Review: Crossing The Line by Isabella Muir *AD gifted

I was provided with a free audiobook of Crossing The Line by Isabella Muir ahead of the blog tour.

I love audiobooks, and this one had me intrigued right from the start.

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Tragic accident or cold-blooded murder?

Retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi, travels to England to escape one tragic death, when he comes face-to-face with another. When the body of a teenager is found on a Sussex beach, Giuseppe is drawn to the case - a case with no witnesses, and a case about which no one is prepared to talk.

National news reports of a missing 12-year-old in Manchester spark fear across the nation. The phrase "stranger-danger" filters into public consciousness. Local reporter, Christina Rossi, already has concerns about her local community. Families are not as close-knit as they first appear.

As the sea mist drifts in and darkness descends, can Giuseppe and Christina discover the truth and prevent another tragedy? 

Crossing the Line is the perfect listen for everyone who loves Agatha Christie style twists and turns, with a Mediterranean flavor. Imagine the charismatic Italian police series, Montalbano, combined with those TV favorites set in the 1960s - Endeavour, George Gently, and Call the Midwife.  

Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, mystery, loss, responsibility, investigation.

I have a bit of a thing for the sixties - although I was born 40 years too late I have a certain nostalgia for the time. I love Heartbeat and The Royal, cosy family dramas with mystery. So Crossing The Line was right up my street.

The writing is very atmospheric. Great attention is paid to the setting, whether it's a sea fret rolling in then lifting, cat hair clinging to every material, or pipe smoke thickening the air. This would be a perfect cosy mystery for a rainy summer's day, and I kind of regret that I listened to it in the earliest moments of spring. As much as the story is set in the sixties, it also feels pretty timeless.

Christina Rossi was a fantastic character - I loved how she was conflicted over her morals, and was trying to juggle her own nature with her job as a journalist. I loved how sensitive and aware she was, and it added so many extra layers to the story.

Giuseppe is honestly a bit of a pain, always sticking his nose in. This would make a perfect daytime drama, it's very much a cosy mystery and Giuseppe really puts a smile on your face with his mild belligerence. It's surprisingly endearing.

This was an excellent cosy mystery, with many layers to get stuck in to and a twist that took my by surprise. I will definitely read on in the Giuseppe Bianchi mysteries.

Now, as an adult, Rose Walker had discovered it was the lines and boundaries in her life that kept her safe.

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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.


  1. This one sounds very interesting! Great review!

    Lois |

  2. Ooh awesome review! I love the sound of Christina's character and Guiseppe sounds like a lot of fun - although I'm glad you said he was endearing as otherwise I'd be worried he'd be annoying. Great review.

  3. This sounds really good! I'm terrible with audiobooks if I've not read the story before but making a note to look out for a hard copy of this one.

  4. Oh, I see a little bit of mystery here! I love a good mystery!


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