Why is the ghost of a distressed woman running through a corridor in the Paris metro? Kay, a translator, finds herself being drawn into a puzzling web involving two gifted musicians, a maker of beautiful jewellery and a morose but attractive bookseller with a passion for poetry, who may have caused his wife's death. Key to the mystery is the fate of a missing black cat. The story of secrets and betrayals unfolds against the backdrop of present-day Paris, with its boulevards and cafes, tiny flats in old buildings, bridges over the Seine, and not least the dark underground maze of tunnels and corridors that make up the metro. Should limits be set to love? And what are the consequences of sexual jealousy? They will all find out - except, perhaps, the cat.
BIOGRAPHY I grew up in England but now live in France, not too far from Paris, in a village on the edge of a forest. Our house contains more books than I will ever have time to read, besides many old favourites from my childhood. The children’s books that I have written are the sort of books that I liked reading as a child, and I hope children nowadays are not so very different.
Birds and animals have always been part of my life and they keep cropping up in what I write. Ebony and Spica tells the true story of a blackbird and a starling, both of whom became members of the family. A cat plays an important role in the novel A Paris Haunting, while Candlepower features a character who mysteriously attracts birds. For children, Tobias and the Demon is an adventure story told by a dog. In Flora and the Wolf, a girl suddenly finds that she can understand what birds and animals are saying. As for The Story of an Ordinary Lion, the idea of adapting this old legend came to me during a trip to Venice, and I am particularly fond of the main character, Leo, the small lion. I believe this last is a story for young and old, not only for children.
My novels could be classified as contemporary fiction with a paranormal twist. The unexplained has always intrigued me. I am currently working on a sequel to Candlepower.
My latest novel, Woman in Blue and White, takes place partly in Paris and partly in Greece. Bizarre experiences haunt the central character, and she must discover what they mean if she is ever to find happiness.
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