A clear-cut case?
A re-examination of a closed police case brings investigator, Jacques Forêt, up against an old adversary. After the murder of a key witness, Jacques finds himself, and his team, being pursued.
When a vital piece of evidence throws a completely different light on Jacques' case, his adversary becomes more aggressive, and Investigating Magistrate Pelletier threatens to sequester all of Jacques papers and shut down the investigation.
Can Jacques find all the answers before Pelletier steps in?
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, since 2010. 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.
BONUS! An interview with the hero, Jacques Foret...
Jacques Forêt talks about the Cévennes…
AW You're originally from Paris, Jacques, but you've lived here in the Cévennes for quite a while now. Do you miss Paris at all?
JF Of course! Paris will always be home to me. But the Cévennes has its own attractions. The scenery is rugged; there are vast tracts of forest and in between lots of charming villages. And we have some significant mountain peaks here, Mont Lozère is about 1700m above sea level, Mont Aigoual is just a little less than 1600m and the Corniche des Cévennes, a series of smaller peaks, rises to just under 1000m. The Cévennes is on the southern aspect of the Massif Central and covers parts of the departement of Gard, Lozère, Hérault and Ardèche.
AW Lots of mountains and river valleys then. So what’s the weather like all year round?
JF From May to October it’s usually very warm and we have plenty of sun. But with the mountains, the weather can change very quickly. Autumn and winter can come early and up on the peaks there can be icy winds that sweep down into the valleys. So from October the temperature falls sharply and we often get a lot of rain and in January and February there is frequently snow up in the mountain villages.
AW Does that mean you ski Jacques?
JF Err…no. I’ve never learned how to ski. This countryside is good for walking and, on a cold bright winter’s day, with snow on the ground, the scenery is beautiful. You should come back and see for yourself!
AW And that wink was out of order, Jacques! Now, you were telling me about walking here. Are the paths clearly defined and how difficult are they?
JF The ones through the forest surrounding the village of Messandrierre are well sign-posted and they are reasonably easy for most people. But proper walking boots are essential as the terrain can be very rough. There are other longer routes with difficult climbs and I would only recommend those for people who are used to walking in mountainous areas.
AW And what about the hunting, shooting and fishing here?
JF Ahh, you hunt? That surprises me!
AW No I don’t, but hunting, shooting and fishing are sports that all have a significant following in the UK.
JF And here in France too, especially this area. From August most of the tourists who visit come here for the hunting. We have deer, stag and boar to hunt. From later September and in October you can buy ready-prepared Sanglier au Armagnac in the local supermarkets. You should try this. And of course there is fishing in the many rivers and lakes in the area. But anyone who comes to hunt here must have the correct permits.
AW Of course. As an ex-policeman, Jacques, I wouldn’t expect you to say anything else!
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