Mourning the death of her police inspector husband, Margot Renard moves to a small seaside town in the south of France. But when the body of a small boy washes up on a beach, Margot is drawn into a dangerous world of drug smugglers and people trafficking, and forced to cross paths with two feuding gangsters.
What I Thought:
Body on the Rocks by Rachel Green has an incredibly topical hook, with the body of a supposed immigrant found on a beach in the South of France, and what follows is an excellent mystery novel which puts Margot Renard at the heart of a criminal conspiracy.
I very much enjoyed this book, which puts a slightly older woman who had been hoping to retire with her husband to the South of France in the unenviable position of having her future shattered when her police inspector husband is killed in the line of duty.
Mouldering away and with no idea of what she should be doing, the body on the rocks grabs Margot’s attention and, with the help of a Spanish yachtsman, she investigates. But what will happen to Margot once she pokes her nose in a bit too far?
The mystery and criminal conspiracy were well-written, with a suitably vicious villain, but plenty of grey areas too. It was great to see Margot begin the novel in a slump, but slowly come back to life as she attacked the mystery with righteous fury, and I think (hope) that this book is the start of a solid and compelling series.
To find out more about Margot Renard and Rachel Green, you can check out Rachel’s website – and if you join her newsletter, you will be sent a free short story featuring Margot Renard. I grabbed it over the weekend, so look forward to reading it soon. You can also connect with her on Twitter.
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Please note: I was sent this book for review. All opinoons are, as ever, my own.