Adele Junot is a middle-aged, part French Canadian ex-pat who would have started thinking about retirement, were it not for the dual trauma of getting severely burned by a corporate merger and by attempting to divorce her conniving Not Soon Enough To Be Ex-Husband.
Adele must close down her business and find a new job, as well as, an interest in life. She begins to investigate village anomalies, stimulation for her curiosity, and practice for her new profession as a mystery story writer.
Things which started off badly, immediately get worse. The diabolical Not Soon Enough takes steps to block her future. To Adele’s astonishment, becoming a detective is no easier than writing a novel; oddities will not unravel, village toughs do not become friendly, and her village spy, the gorgeous Tessa Merle, shuts off all lines of communication for what look like the worst reasons.
A prominent citizen is murdered in the process of a robbery. The town is shocked out of its complacency, but more horrors follow. Adele pursues the mystery despite its frustrations, venting emotion on a BMW motorcycle, glass sculpture, a local theatre company, and a cast of characters, some endearing and others merely peculiar. Inevitably the pressure mounts and she does some spectacular things, surprising everyone, including herself.
Stop. Stop. Stop. Drop and roll. The Flaming Cliché and Overdone Premise Brigade have consumed you.
You've got way too much description (what the F does being an ex-Pat have to do with anything--UNLESS you mean she used to be a linebacker).
If she's closing down her business, she doesn't need a new interest, she needs a damn job. And "mystery story writer" literally made me spew tea on the keyboard. The critical part of a cozy mystery is that it starts with some sort of reality base. You can have talking cats, but they have to live in a real world. Taking up mystery writing for money is pure fantasy and will be shelved accordingly.
You're as unfocused in this as you can be. Be SPECIFIC. Who is the antagonist? What are the stakes? "Being surprised" is not a consequence I'm prepared to wade through 2oo pages to find.