Elly Grant lives in a small French town in the eastern Pyrenees. She enjoys being part of the community and takes an active role in local events.
She writes crime thrillers. Her "Death in the Pyrenees" series deals with the career of Danielle, a downtrodden female cop and the tensions that are caused when sexual, religious and racial prejudice come to the surface in a small town in the French Pyrenees. The unravelling of Thomas Malone is a grittier crime thriller set in the Govanhill area of Glasgow.
As well as writing fiction, she is currently working on a cookery book of traditional French recipes.
Take one rooky female cop
Add a dash or two of mysterious death
And a heap of prejudice and suspicion
Place all in a small French spa town
And stir well
Turn up the heat
And simmer until thoroughly cooked
The result will be surprising
Palm Trees in the Pyrenees gives you an insight into the workings and atmosphere of small town France against a background of gender, sexual, racial and religious prejudice.
The story unfolds, told by Danielle a single, downtrodden , thirty year old, who is the only cop in the small Pyrenean town. She feels unappreciated and unnoticed, having been passed over for promotion in favour of her male colleagues working in the region. But everything is about to change. The sudden and mysterious death of a much hated locally based Englishman will have far reaching affects.