Palm Trees in the Pyrenees #BookReview #BlogTour #Creativia #RachelsRandomResources

Written by Elly Grant


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A rookie cop, a dash of mysterious death, and a heap of suspicion – as the heat rises, lethal tensions boil over in the Pyrenees.

Unappreciated, unnoticed, and passed over for promotion, thirty-year-old Danielle’s fledgling career in law enforcement is going nowhere – until the unexpected death of a hated Englishman turns her small town upside down.

Set in the idyllic south of France, Palm Trees in the Pyrenees is the first whodunnit novel in Elly Grant’s thrilling murder mystery series. Against a background of prejudice, jealousy, and greed, Danielle pieces together the sparse clues of a fractured homicide.

But will she find enough evidence to solve the case – and get the recognition she deserves?


To find out, get your copy of ‘Palm Trees in the Pyrenees’ – right now.


Palm Trees in the Pyreness will be FREE on 16th – 20th Sept 2019



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Awesome  Twist!      Stars 4


At just under 200 pages this is an easy read – but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a simple one; this tale has hidden depths!

Danielle is the sole police officer in a small town in the picturesque south of France. She is miffed at having been passed over promotion – it seems being female has it’s drawbacks. With another opportunity on the horizon, Danielle knows that she needs to be more assertive – and it has to be noticed by the powers that be. With the sudden death of a resident who is much hated in the neighbourhood, could this be the chance to be noticed? A quick result might just do the trick . . .

This is a great introduction to the life and career of Danielle! I got into the story really quickly, and rather admired her work ethic. As with all good dramas, we don’t only follow the mystery but also the personal life of the main character and as a bonus we learn lots about the area too. With plenty of scope for where the next book could be heading, this is one series I’ll be happy to follow; and the best bit comes right at the very end! I love a book with twists, and this one both shocked and surprised me. For me, a solid four star read and one I’m happy to recommend to lovers of this genre.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy, and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this blog tour.


Tags: murder mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Creativia
  • Publication Date: 20 July 2016
  • Purchase Links: Barnes & Noble
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Author Bio


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Hi, my name is Elly Grant and I like to kill people. I use a variety of methods. Some I drop from a great height, others I drown, but I’ve nothing against suffocation, poisoning or simply battering a person to death. As long as it grabs my reader’s attention, I’m satisfied.

I’ve written several novels and short stories. My first novel, ‘Palm Trees in the Pyrenees’ is set in a small town in France. It is the first book of my ‘Death in the Pyrenees series and they are all published by Creativia. The others in the series are, ‘Grass Grows in the Pyrenees’, ’Red Light in the Pyrenees’, ’Dead End in the Pyrenees’, ‘Deadly Degrees in the Pyrenees’ and ‘Hanging Around in the Pyrenees’. Creativia has also published my grittier crime novels set in Glasgow, ‘The Unravelling of Thomas Malone’ and ‘The Coming of the Lord’ as well as my thriller, ‘Death at Presley Park’. Also published are my Romance ‘Never Ever Leave Me, as well as a collaboration on the quirky black comedy ‘But Billy Can’t Fly’ and short stories called ‘Twists and Turns’.

As I live much of the year in a small French town in the Eastern Pyrenees, I get inspiration from the way of life and the colourful characters I come across. I don’t have to search very hard to find things to write about and living in the most prolific wine producing region in France makes the task so much more delightful.

When I first arrived in this region I was lulled by the gentle pace of life, the friendliness of the people and the simple charm of the place. But dig below the surface and, like people and places the world over, the truth begins to emerge. Petty squabbles, prejudice, jealousy and greed are all there waiting to be discovered. Oh, and what joy in that discovery. So, as I sit in a café, or stroll by the riverside, or walk high into the mountains in the sunshine, I greet everyone I meet with a smile and a ‘Bonjour’ and, being a friendly place, they return the greeting. I people-watch as I sip my wine or when I go to buy my baguette. I discover quirkiness and quaintness around every corner. I try to imagine whether the subjects of my scrutiny are nice or nasty and, once I’ve decided, some of those unsuspecting people, a very select few, I kill.

Perhaps you will visit my town one day. Perhaps you will sit near me in a café or return my smile as I walk past you in the street. Perhaps you will hold my interest for a while, and maybe, just maybe, you will be my next victim. But don’t concern yourself too much, because, at least for the time being, I always manage to confine my murderous ways to paper.

Read books from the ‘Death in the Pyrenees’ series, enter my small French town and meet some of the people who live there —– and die there.

Alternatively read about life on some of the hardened streets of Glasgow or for something different try my other books and short stories.


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