June 2019 book reviews

Connexion journalists read the latest French releases. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time. This month: As Twilight Fades Away, Requiem in Yquem, Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses, and The Barefoot Girl

As Twilight Fades Away, Peter Harrison ***EDITOR'S CHOICE***

Lulu.com, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-244-99750-2

When Charles Drew meets Daphne Ferris, he is intrigued by her strange, mysterious and grumpy character.

The retired lady despises everyone and does not appear to need new friends in her retirement home on the hills above the French Riviera.

However, after spending a few weeks in the same home, Mr Drew and Mrs Ferris appear to be unwittingly drawn to each other. Mr Drew even finds himself following her car to the airport without realising it.

This is probably where their friendship begins, as it is on this day that the former policeman finds out who the real Daphne Ferris is... and he discovers that this woman has a secret life.

He is now the only one to know about her two different characters and has to make her realise that he knows.

As soon as the secret is out, he becomes great friends with ...

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