Not all is at it seems in the peaceful vineyards of Burgundy…

For some, the war is never over…

Under the little town of Nuits-Saint-Georges, lie cellars full of secrets…

Just why does the Inspector have a loaded gun in his drawer?

R.M. Cartmel signing at Cafe du Centre.

The grapes of
Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Wine and Crime Fiction

R.M. Cartmel

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The first of a series of ‘wine and crime’ mystery novels, The Richebourg Affair  set in and around the little French village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, following the exploits of the brilliant if slightly crumpled Inspector Truchaud as he deals with thugs, drugs and viticultural villains.

Truchaud returns in the second of R.M. Cartmel’s much-loved ‘wine and crime’ mystery novels. When a young visitor to Burgundy disappears, and two new visitor arrive, families, hearts and inheritances are all thrown into confusion.

RM Cartmel author photo

RM Cartmel is a man of many parts – a passionate blues afficionado, a wine connoisseur and collector, a much sought-after GP now retired from a very successful practice in order to devote himself full-time to a life of writing.

Jeffrey Siger, bestselling author of Murder in Mykonos

R.M. Cartmel’s The Richebourg Affair is a well-crafted treasure of unforgettable characters, eloquent yet whimsical language, intrigues burrowed into the ways of classic French wine making, and vintage murder mystery writing.  I felt so comfortable in Cartmel’s hands as a storyteller that I couldn’t believe it’s a debut novel.

Chris Pollington – Private Account Manager – Berry Bros. & Rudd

Whether you are a lover of detective novels, the great wines of Burgundy, or, like me, both, The Richebourg Affair is a gripping read that will have you turning the pages from beginning to end.

Salboho, WordPress book reviewer

Cartmel successfully contrasts the intrigue and violence of a murder mystery with the slow-paced, pastoral life of a quiet French village.

Jaffareadstoo, Goodreads book reviewer

The small village atmosphere of Nuit-Saints-George starts to come alive, so much so, it becomes easy to imagine sitting at the Café du Centre sipping creamy coffee and munching on sweet biscuits with Truchaud and Geneviève.

M. Lignor, Amazon book reviewer

Readers will know that in the US and other countries, many folks keep guns nearby but, not in this quaint Burgundy village. A very readable story that will take the reader on an interesting tour of French wine country’s best.

W. J. H. Reed, crime fiction reviewer

The Richebourg Affair is a vintage to be enjoyed and R.M. Cartmel leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the next taste. Highly recommended.

Karen Pirnot, Readers’ Favorite

The Richebourg Affair is a fun read in which the reader is fed tiny nuggets of gold which later lead to the gold mine itself.

“… well-crafted treasure of unforgettable characters, eloquent yet whimsical language.”

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This is an intelligent and well-researched story by a writer who clearly loves the wines and people of Burgundy. It is a Grand Cru of a novel that will delight both crime fans and oenophiles.

L.C. Tyler, award-winning author of the John Grey historical mysteries and the Ethelred and Elsie series