The Heat of the Kitchen

By Tony Whelpton

Literary fiction, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


If you have ever been to one of the tourist traps basking on the French Riviera, you will undoubtedly have asked yourself the question: why don’t they do something about these awful traffic jams? Alain Simondi asked himself the same question, but it was his job to do something about it, and when he did, he found that he had opened a can of worms… The Heat of the Kitchen is a fast-moving, exciting story. 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.


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If you have ever been to one of the tourist traps basking on the French Riviera, you will undoubtedly have asked yourself the question: why don’t they do something about these awful traffic jams? Alain Simondi asked himself the same question, but it was his job to do something about it, and when he did, he found that he had opened a can of worms… The Heat of the Kitchen is a fast-moving, exciting story. 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 ...


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Tony Whelpton is now 84, has published five novels in the last five years and is currently working on a sixth! For many years a university lecturer in French language and literature, he became a best-selling author of school and college textbooks in 1979. Now the author of compelling and highly readable novels, he feels he has at last discovered his genuine writing 'voice' and intends to continue as long as he can!



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