Release date: December 8, 2015
at Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd
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.
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.
Messandrierre works very well as a mystery/thriller. About 10% into the book, I caught myself having forgotten for a few moments that I was reading–surely a good sign–instead, I was completely caught up in the story and its very effective suspense.
I look forward eagerly to the next books in this new mystery series.
A wonderful preamble to a hearty series.
A hefty mystery, pleasant setting creating a quaint ambiance. Colorful characters with a mystery offering much more to come leaving the reader guessing at possibilities. Perfect ending causing great anticipation.
I was gripped from the first mysterious chapter.
I’m hoping to get back to Messandriere with Angela very soon.
This book would be a great read to take on holiday, where you have the time to give it the attention it deserves.
Life in a French village may not be what you think! Short crime mystery with well evoked setting and characters, and great suspense. Armand Gamache could easily be Jacques Forêt’s mentor!
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.