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The Heat of the Kitchen


The Heat of the Kitchen is a fast-moving, exciting story: Saint-Pierre-sur-Loup is a little town in the south of France, a popular tourist destination, but with a notorious problem – perpetual traffic jams.

Alain Simondi is Mayor of the town, whilst the leader of the opposition on the Town Council is an attractive single mother – who is much closer to the Mayor than her position would imply.

Simondi’s proposals for building a relief road split the town, and tempers run high, especially when adverse reports start to appear in the regional newspaper, at the hand of a pretty, young, feisty woman reporter who has caught the compulsively roving eye of the Mayor.

Who will gain the upper hand, Simondi or his critics? Whose dirty tricks are the most effective?

In a part of France where the heat can transform a traffic jam into a murder scene, and the police, supposedly under the control of the Mayor, are not to be trusted – especially, it seems, when faced with an endemic drug culture among the young people of the region, the heat of the political kitchen is even more intense.

The author has used his familiarity with, and love of France and the region where Saint-Pierre is situated, to create a fascinating and authentic portrayal of how French local politics work – or might work if this were not a work of fiction.

The Heat of the Kitchen is available as a paperback and, from the Amazon Kindle Store, as an e-book. (By the way, you don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books - you can download a free Kindle Reader from Amazon.) As a paperback you can buy it from, from Amazon, or from most High Street bookstores - although they may very well have to order it for you and may also pretend that it will take a long time to get. Believe us - it won’t!

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