- File Size: 540 KB
- Print Length: 209 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546811982
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat (July 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0728BMD96
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Thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Messandrie, and this is at the same level. Great.
So glad to present to you another investigation for Jacques Forêt, after having introduced him to you last year in Messandrierre. Merle is the name of a fictional suburb of Mende, though Merle is a very local name as well in Cévennes region.
The book opens with Magistrate Pelletier at the scene of a suicide or murder.
The chapters alternate between the day following that discovery and the days leading to the events of that day.
Pelletier is helped in his investigation by detective Jacques Forêt.
Jacques was also asked to investigate a financial situation at the Vaux company: it looks like someone is leaking information to competitors, and so the company is losing many contracts and money. Plus, one of their staff member seems to be missing.
On top of it all, Jacques is helping local policeman Clergue finishing up an investigation on the disappearance of De Silva, a farm hand (cf. book 1 in the series).
So Jacques has a lot going on at the same time, including threats for apparently getting too close. This makes for a lot of suspense for the reader, and we constantly wonder if all these things are connected.
If it were not enough, Jacques is wondering if Beth (a photographer he got to like in the first book, and who is back from England) will make the leap and decide to stay with him in this quaint little French city.
I really enjoyed the suspense with the different plots.
Data pile up each time Jacques interviews people of concern.
And in the end, Jacques and Pelletier gather everyone, à la Poirot, and explain who did what and why.
I liked the way Jacques was dealing with everything. Plus the French setting is definitely a treat. And the last lines promise a nice new chapter in Jacques’s life.
In this book, work takes Jacques away from village life in Messandrierre and into the dark world of corporate espionage and yet again Angela Wren makes her readers think. There is a lot going on, both at work and in the village, with many characters and sub plots to raise my suspicions and for Jacques to keep track of. Sensibly he always has his notebook with him and I wished I’d done the same thing as at times I felt I’d missed something. Jacques neatly ties up all loose ends at the Vaux organisation, but with lots going on in the village, alongside the main plot, some things seemed to me to be left unfinished. Hopefully this was intentional as I’m certainly looking forward to reading more about Jacques Forêt from Angela Wren in the future.
There was a lot to love about this book, including strong characters, location and good plot twists, and happily I’m still a big fan of Jacques, despite him being so caught up in his investigations there seemed to be little time to focus on Beth and the possibility of a life together. Although as an independent woman, trying her best to set up her photography business in France, I think she was strong enough to cope with that.
I was sent a copy of this book by the author.
Second in the Jacques Forêt series, it's as good as the first and worth the almost two year wait.
Forêt is now working as an investigator in a company full of problems. Owned by two brothers, they've been hacked, are losing clients and can't see eye to eye how to solve them.
When one of the workers in the company is murdered, the case goes from a simple commercial problem to one much more darker. Even though Forêt is no longer a gendarme, he takes an active part in the investigation, part because of his background and part because of his working in the same company as the victim.
The narrative goes to and fro, from the day after the murder to several weeks before, and then after.
We are reunited from some of the characters from the previous book "Messandrierre" and the atmosphere of a small French town is amazingly detailed. And there's also Beth, Forêt's love. All the characters in the book are extremely well described, including some very nasty ones, like Forêt's ex girlfriend who works in the same company as him.
All in all, a great book. Looking forward to #3.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
The French setting is well described and the characters are neatly drawn, making it so easy to love Jacques. Beth grew on me a lot more in Book 2 than Book 1!
It’s interesting to read how Jacques has branched out on his own as a private detective but still maintains contact with the French police force, especially useful when he needs to use their ‘facilities’. Following the plots and developments within Vaux Enterprises was a nice challenge though there were a couple of situations that threw me off a bit– one near the end which I won’t mention since it would be a spoiler. It did make me wonder about Book 3 of the series…