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BIO JOLI, a new organic shop, opened recently in the centre of Brantome. Stocked with fresh vegetables, wine, coffee, bread and many other delicious items, this little store is tucked away at 31 rue Puyjoli, just down from the tourist office. Owners Stephane and Wendy moved here from Paris (Stephane is originally from the Perigord) to rediscover a more authentic way of life. ‘We grew up eating garden vegetables,’ says Stephane. ‘This venture represents our way of life.’  They use mostly local suppliers for their shop, and also listen to their customers, modifying their stock according to demand. Make sure you try the delicious heirloom tomatoes (taste like real food!) and ground coffee.  31, Rue Puyjoli de Meyjounissas, Brantôme en Périgord 24310 Phone: +33 5 53 53 76 52

 

Cover1‘A strange shape on the wall caught her eye. Pamela crept towards it, fighting a growing sense of dread. When she saw what it was, she let out a blood-curdling scream.’

When Pamela and William Sinclair moved to France, their expectations were high. What could be more idyllic than living in a Renaissance château, feasting on local produce and elegant French wines?

They didn’t expect to be stalked by a serial killer, who prowled the countryside on the full moon. Nor did they anticipate a power struggle with Shirley Johnson-Smith, the self-styled ‘Queen of the Dordogne’.

Their challenges, ordeals and triumphs unfold in this comédie noire, set in a picturesque village in South-West France.

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* * * * *   “I loved this book! The author paints a beguiling picture of life as an expatriate in France, with an undertone of menace that contrasts nicely with the languor of life in the Dordogne. I really liked the very funny contrasts between perspectives of the British and the French characters – the author clearly knows these people very well! The plot kept me guessing until the end – I could not put it down for fear of missing some of the twists and turns. I won’t say more for fear of giving it away, but you will thoroughly enjoy the ride, and be very surprised at how it all turns out!”

* * * * *  “I enjoyed reading this – not too heavy. gets the right balance between the humour and ‘who done it’ murder mystery plot. it’s a great page turner.”

* * * * * “Great read; I thoroughly enjoyed the delightful romp through the French countryside. At times I really felt I was there.”

* * * * * “Although set in France, this book reminds me a little of Mapp and Lucia, the EF Benson series of the 20s and 30s. It’s an entertaining, witty, cracker of a read!”

* * * * * “A fun sprint through the Brit ex-pat community in the south of France. Social snobbery rules – and then there’s the serial killer running amok. A light and easy read.”

* * * * * “I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it laugh out loud hilarious, literally!, in several scenes (because of the idiosyncrasies of the characters and their dialogue), and I found the serious parts felt quite serious. I also really enjoyed the transportive quality of the book and found myself wondering what happens next for the characters.”