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The Richebourg Affair by R.M. Cartmel
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The Richebourg Affair by R. M. Cartmel uses the backdrop of the Burgundy wine region to weave a story of intrigue, death, romance and wine.

My sense is Mr. Cartmel is somewhat of an educator, so be prepared to learn as well as be entertained. On any given page expect to learn about Phylloxera while being bombarded with lusty descriptions of culinary delights such as Coq au vin and apple tarts.

Our hero, Parisian police commander Charlemagne Truchard is called back to his family’s vineyard in the small village of Nuits-Saint-Georges after the death of his older brother. As you would expect, Truchard soon finds that all is not as it seems in the quiet wine community.

This is a slow-paced mystery so be patient and let the story unfold, much like a good wine. Its tiny sips, not gulps of speed reading that will satiate your thirst. I think you’ll like learning about premium French wines, vineyard management, mouthwatering pairings and small town politics. Cartmel also does a good job describing the culture of the wine business, from grape to glass.

Born into a military family, R.M. Cartmel was educated at the Sherborne School in the South West of England and Oxford. Cartmel served as a practicing doctor for over three and a half decades. The Richebourg Affair, Cartmel’s debut novel, combines two of his lifelong loves—writing and traveling throughout France’s exquisite Burgundy region.

This is a great book for both wine and mystery enthusiasts. I am looking forward to seeing this rich travelogue continue in installment two -- The Charlemagne Connection.

Follow this link for additional comments from the The Richebourg Affair author on food and wine pairing and a recipe for Beef Bourguignon compliments of Ina Garten .

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