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The first in a series following the acute, if rumpled, Inspector Truchaud of the French police as he pursues fraudsters, murderers and gangsters over the course of a winemaking year in the vineyards of Burgundy.

In The Richebourg Affair, Truchaud, an Inspector in the Paris police, finds himself summoned home to the family vineyard in Burgundy upon the death of his older brother. His brother’s wife is bereft, their son is bemused, and Truchaud’s father is increasingly bewildered. What had seemed a simple private family tragedy soon turns into a criminal investigation, as Truchaud becomes embroiled in uncovering murder, fraud and a secret which has remained hidden since World War II.

Praise for The Richebourg Affair:

“A well-crafted treasure of unforgettable characters.” Jeffrey Siger

“A very complex mystery with lots of different elements. RM Cartmel was born to write.” Sharon Powell

“I loved this book.” Laura Hartman

“The characterisation is wonderfully well done. Everyone in this book felt alive.” rambles.net

“RM Cartmel joins the ranks of the best classic crime writers here: one whose mystery has the full character development of any novel, with believable events, attention to police procedures – and that hard to define element which makes the story very difficult to put down. I rank RM Cartmel with my own personal favourite, Dame Ngaio Marsh, and am delighted to discover this contemporary writer creating mysteries. This one is right at the top of the charts!” Long and Short Reviews


 

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The second in the Inspector Truchaud series finds the diffident policeman unravelling yet another mystery in the little Burgundy village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. A young German tourist seems to have gone missing. But what at first appears quite a straightforward affair soon turns dark when a decomposing body is found in the woods.

Another episode of murder, mayhem, violence and villainy in the orderly vineyards of Burgundy.

Praise for The Charlemagne Connection:

“Like the vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Cartmel is in fine form as he once again teams up with France’s laconic and witty crime solver. Red herrings and shocks galore, interspersed with villainy, violence and vinification make The Charlemagne Connection a compulsive and highly satisfying intelligent read.” Sam Millar, New York Review of Books

 


 

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Available from Spring 2017

 

In the third of RM Cartmel’s ‘wine and crime’ thrillers featuring Inspector Truchaud, it seems that it is not only the grapes which ripened over the course of the hot Burgundy summer.

Vengeance hangs heavy in the air, with explosive results.

 


 

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Skilfully translated into French by Françoise Renevret,  this is the first in this series of novels to be available in the hero’s native land. The story follows the acute if rumpled Inspector Truchaud of the French police as he pursues fraudsters, murderers and gangsters over the course of a winemaking year in the vineyards of Burgundy.

In The Richebourg Affair, Truchaud, an Inspector in the Paris police, finds himself summoned home to the family vineyard in Burgundy on the death of his older brother. His brother’s wife is bereft, their son is bemused, and Truchaud’s father is increasingly bewildered. What had seemed a simple private family tragedy soon turns into a criminal investigation, as Truchaud becomes embroiled in uncovering murder, fraud and a secret which has remained hidden since World War II.