Tuesday 25 May 2021

#BlogTour Body on the Rocks by Rachel Green.

It's my turn on the BlogTour Body on the Rocks by Rachel Green.

About the Author

Rachel Green is the pen name of a writer from the UK. Rachel has twice been longlisted for both the Bath Novel Award and the BPA First Novel Award, as well as being on the shortlist for the Capital Crime New Voices Award. Rachel lives in a tiny village in England, but travels frequently to the south of France where the stories from the Madame Renard Investigates series are set.  Follow @AuthorRachelG on Twitter, on Facebook,

About the book

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.


A few pages in and I was already smirking, which then quickly turned to a frown of displeasure. The discovery scene is just so villagey and human. It gives a sense of normality to an otherwise tragic moment, which of course is very much the contradiction of the situation. Modern crimes, slavery in new shapes and forms, and profiting from the vulnerability and tragedy of others. Grotesque.

It is unfortunately a sign of the times this indifference to human life. This tribal like patriotism that fears the migrant, the stranger, the foreigner. Cynics question the veracity of children's corpses, rescued babies and the plight of desperate fellow men and women. There is no attempt to understand the why, no compassion.

Margot Renard is there when the body of a young boy is fond on the rocks. She seems to be the only one who questions the narrative of his death. Her investigations throw a completely different light on everything. On the machinations of ruthless criminals only interest in profit. It's a pity the police show no interest in the truth at all and they certainly haven't reckoned with the relentless drive of Margot.

This is the first of what promises to be an invigorating crime series. One with heart and a moral compass, and a main character who turns her personal pain into justice for others. Definitely a series to watch out for.

Buy Body on the Rocks at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com.

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