Saturday 18th June found me sitting with my translator, Françoise Renevret, in one of the most delightful bookshops in the known universe, the Librairie Atheneum in Beaune, signing copies of the newly published translation of my first novel, The Richebourg Affair, now also available as – you guessed it – L’Affaire Richebourg.
It would be impossible to exaggerate the enormous delight it gave me to be able to share with my French friends, at last, the story to which they contributed so much.
An extra treat for me was that my publisher had invited the wonderful Zoë Sharp to join us for the trip – she’d not been to Burgundy before. Her generous and witty account of the trip has recently been published by Murder is Everywhere. You can read it here.
And when we’d finished working (if working it could be called) we migrated to the Café du Centre in Nuits-Saint-Georges, where Truchaud, the hero of these novels, first came into being.The Crime Scene Books production manager, the invaluable Kelly Mundt, found exactly the right sustenance to restore her energy levels in the café’s irresistible Rhum Baba!