Isabelle doesn't expect a summer job in the south of France to turn into a nightmare. But even before she encounters the mysterious Nathan Freelander at the wheel of a boat on the Canal du Midi, she is already fighting for survival, and after that things go from bad to worse. Is Nathan's friend Josh friend or foe? Who can she trust? This romantic suspense novel developed from an opening paragraph in the style of Mary Stewart, the well-known novelist. This paragraph was inspired by a competition run on Jan O'Hara's 'Tartitude' blog. It is a departure from Cecilia Peartree's quirky mystery writing, so don't expect to visit the east coast of Scotland or meet the usual cast of grumpy Scots, visiting Americans and Tibetan refugees. Just think of this as a holiday in the sun!
Cecilia Peartree is the pen name of a writer from Edinburgh. She has dabbled in various genres so far, including science fiction and humour, but she keeps returning to a series of 'cosy' mysteries set in a small town in Fife. The first full length novel in the series, 'Crime in the Community', is what is known as 'perma-free' to encourage you to read the other thirteen novels in the series. The Quest series is set in the different Britain of the 1950s. The fifth novel in this series, 'A Quest in Berlin' was published in March 2017.. As befits a cosy mystery writer, Cecilia Peartree lives in the leafy suburbs with her cats.