Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Book review of Palm Trees in the Pyrenees by Elly Grant

 
French Village Diaries Book review Palm Trees in The Pyrenees Elly Grant
Palm Trees in the Pyrenees by Elly Grant

Palm Trees in the Pyrenees

A rookie cop, a dash of mysterious death, and a heap of suspicion – as the heat rises, lethal tensions boil over in the Pyrenees.
Unappreciated, unnoticed, and passed over for promotion, thirty-year-old Danielle’s fledgling career in law enforcement is going nowhere – until the unexpected death of a hated Englishman turns her small town upside down.
Set in the idyllic south of France, Palm Trees in the Pyreneesis the first whodunit novel in Elly Grant's thrilling murder mystery series. Against a background of prejudice, jealousy, and greed, Danielle pieces together the sparse clues of a fractured homicide. But will she find enough evidence to solve the case – and get the recognition she deserves?
To find out, get your copy of ‘Palm Trees in the Pyrenees’ – right now.
 
French Village Diaries Book review Palm Trees in The Pyrenees Elly Grant
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My review 

This short, humorous novel set in a small Pyrenean mountain town is a great fun, easy read.

Our narrator is Danielle, single, in her thirties and despite being the town’s only law enforcement officer, she is almost an invisible presence to the other residents and overlooked for promotion by her superiors. One day, something shifts, and everything begins to change for Danielle. The day, coincidently, that Steven, a wealthy British estate agent, falls to his death from a balcony.

All of a sudden, everyone is keen to speak to Danielle and informally point the finger of suspicion at someone else. Everyone foreign, that is! We follow Danielle as she picks her way through the gossip and evidence to determine exactly what did happen on the balcony that morning. Along the way we meet the eccentric foreigners who, with varying degrees of success, have made themselves at home in the town, we learn exactly what Danielle thinks of them all and we watch her life change for the better.

I really enjoyed reading this and trying to work out who was guilty and who wasn’t. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more from Elly Grant.

Palm Trees in the Pyrenees and the other books in the series are available in ebook format and links to Amazon can be found below. 
 
French Village Diaries Book review Palm Trees in The Pyrenees Elly Grant
Blog Tour Palm Trees in the Pyrenees by Elly Grant

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Palm Trees in the Pyreness will be FREE on  16th– 20thSept 2019

French Village Diaries Book review Palm Trees in The Pyrenees Elly Grant
Elly Grant

Author Bio 

Hi, my name is Elly Grant and I like to kill people. I use a variety of methods. Some I drop from a great height, others I drown, but I've nothing against suffocation, poisoning or simply battering a person to death. As long as it grabs my reader's attention, I'm satisfied.

French Village Diaries Book review Palm Trees in The Pyrenees Elly Grant
The Pyrenees ©EllyGrant

I've written several novels and short stories. My first novel, 'Palm Trees in the Pyrenees' is set in a small town in France. It is the first book of my ‘Death in the Pyrenees series and they are all published by Creativia. The others in the series are, 'Grass Grows in the Pyrenees’, ’Red Light in the Pyrenees’, ’Dead End in the Pyrenees', 'Deadly Degrees in the Pyrenees' and ‘Hanging Around in the Pyrenees’. Creativia has also published my grittier crime novels set in Glasgow, 'The Unravelling of Thomas Malone' and 'The Coming of the Lord' as well as my thriller, ‘Death at Presley Park’.  Also published are my Romance 'Never Ever Leave Me, as well as a collaboration on the quirky black comedy 'But Billy Can't Fly' and short stories called 'Twists and Turns'. 


French Village Diaries Book review Palm Trees in The Pyrenees Elly Grant
Amelie market ©EllyGrant

As I live much of the year in a small French town in the Eastern Pyrenees, I get inspiration from the way of life and the colourful characters I come across. I don't have to search very hard to find things to write about and living in the most prolific wine producing region in France makes the task so much more delightful.

When I first arrived in this region I was lulled by the gentle pace of life, the friendliness of the people and the simple charm of the place. But dig below the surface and, like people and places the world over, the truth begins to emerge. Petty squabbles, prejudice, jealousy and greed are all there waiting to be discovered. Oh, and what joy in that discovery. So, as I sit in a café, or stroll by the riverside, or walk high into the mountains in the sunshine, I greet everyone I meet with a smile and a 'Bonjour' and, being a friendly place, they return the greeting. I people-watch as I sip my wine or when I go to buy my baguette. I discover quirkiness and quaintness around every corner. I try to imagine whether the subjects of my scrutiny are nice or nasty and, once I've decided, some of those unsuspecting people, a very select few, I kill.


French Village Diaries Book review Palm Trees in The Pyrenees Elly Grant
Ceret market ©EllyGrant

Perhaps you will visit my town one day. Perhaps you will sit near me in a café or return my smile as I walk past you in the street. Perhaps you will hold my interest for a while, and maybe, just maybe, you will be my next victim. But don't concern yourself too much, because, at least for the time being, I always manage to confine my murderous ways to paper.

Read books from the 'Death in the Pyrenees' series, enter my small French town and meet some of the people who live there ----- and die there.

Alternatively read about life on some of the hardened streets of Glasgow or for something different try my other books and short stories.

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