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Sacrificing his job in investigation following an incident in Paris, Jacques Forêt has only a matter of weeks to solve a series of mysterious disappearances as a Gendarme in the rural French village of Messandrierre. But, as the number of missing persons rises, his difficult and hectoring boss puts obstacles in his way. Steely and determined, Jacques won’t give up and, when a new Investigating Magistrate is appointed, he becomes the go-to local policeman for all the work on the case. Will he find the perpetrators before his lover, Beth, becomes a victim? Messandrierre – the first in a new crime series featuring investigator, Jacques Forêt.
I’ve had a bit of a thing for French mystery novels (having indulged myself in the books put out by publisher Le French Book, for one), and this is another excellent French mystery, albeit less gory than Frederique Molay’s novels, for which I was thankful. It’s not every day that I want to read about violent, awful, vivid killings.
Forêt is an interesting fellow; he’s a former Paris cop now in a small town, and he seems to be still adjusting. He’s an occasional babysitter for a five-year-old boy who idolizes him, chasing up those who haven’t paid their car tax, and finding stolen bicycles. And then there’s the tourists that keep going missing, which no one seems to notice until a young man disappears and his friend insists that he wouldn’t have. He definitely was an engaging character, and I was intrigued by his previous history with Englishwoman Beth. I’m hoping there will be another book, so that I can find out more.
This book starts quietly, and you think that nothing bad at all could possibly happen in this small French town, where everyone seems to know everyone else. But as more and more evidence comes to light, it’s apparent that not all is what it seems, especially when it comes to the missing tourists.
I’m usually really awful at guessing who the villain(s) is(are), but this one was a little easier than most. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. But the book is definitely worth reading, even if it was fairly easy to figure out who (although not necessarily the why).
I died beneath a clear autumn sky in September, late in September when warm cévenol afternoons drift into cooler than usual evenings before winter steals down from the summit of Mont Aigoual. My shallow grave lies in a field behind an old farmhouse. There was no ceremony to mark my death and no mourners, just a stranger in the darkness spading soil over my body. Only the midnight clouds cried for me as they carried their first sprinkling of snow to the tiny village of Messandrierre. My innocent white coverlet allowing the earth around me to shift and settle unseen and become comfortable again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Having followed a career in Project and Business Change Management, I now work as an Actor and Director at a local theatre. I’ve been writing, in a serious way, for about 5 years. My work in project management has always involved drafting, so writing, in its various forms, has been a significant feature throughout my adult life.
I particularly enjoy the challenge of plotting and planning different genres of work. My short stories vary between contemporary romance, memoir, mystery and historical. I also write comic flash-fiction and have drafted two one-act plays that have been recorded for local radio. The majority of my stories are set in France where I like to spend as much time as possible each year.
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