Retired and estranged from his family, Colin spends his spare time building a small boat at the bottom of his garden. The Dragonfly is perfect: trailable and just right for a day’s fishing. But then the shock news of a sudden death sees him take off for Paris with the boat in tow. There’s just the chance that he might be able to reunite with his son and granddaughter. The Dragonfly progresses from the Canal de Saint Martin to the Seine, the Loing, the Yonne and the Nivernais, heading south ‘until the butter melts’. After a series of adventures both romantic and nautical, Colin finally gets to the bottom of the family mystery that has been on his mind.
The Dragonfly, Kate Dunn, Aurora Metro Books, aurorametro.com, £ 9.99, 978-1-911501-03-9 (print), 978-1-911501-04-6 (e-book)