The second in the Commander Truchaud series finds the diffident policeman unravelling yet another mystery in the little French 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.
|Publisher:||Crime Scene Books Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
R.M. Cartmel has been a writer one way and another since being a medical student at Oxford. After a long career as a successful and much sought-after GP, R.M. Cartmel decided to retire from practice and dedicate himself full-time to the creation of crime fiction. This is his second novel.
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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In author Richard Michael Cartmel's second installment of the Commander Truchaud series, The Charlemagne Connection, we find the intrepid policeman returning to his family's vineyard in the small French city of Nuis-Saint-Georges, where he's returned to care for his ailing father. While there, his Paris office allows him to adopt the role of acting police chief of the town, just in time to take on a new investigation. What starts as a missing person case with the disappearance of a German tourist quickly turns into a murder investigation when a body is found in the woods. And the further the Commander gets into the case, the more he realizes that this is no ordinary case. Author Richard Michael Cartmel has done an masterful job of describing the beauties of the Burgundy region of France, and if I had not already yearned to visit there, I certainly would now. He has also done a great job of developing characters that the reader will find likable, believable and interesting, which is no small feat. The Charlemagne Connection would appeal to any reader who loves murder mysteries, police procedurals, or a great story that almost feels like a travelogue with its wonderful descriptions of a popular and delightful destination and the cuisines of that region. I had not read the first book in this series, The Richebourg Affair, and I had no problem following the story line, but I will certainly go back to read it as I enjoyed this book so much. I highly recommend this book and I am very much looking forward to reading more by Richard Michael Cartmel in the very near future.
Commander Charlemagne Truchaud is back. After the Paris police detective deftly defused the killer in Cartmel’s debut novel, The Richebourg Affair, he assumed his life would more or less return to normal. He returned to his home in Paris, but soon learned that his father’s Alzheimer’s disease was quickly progressing so he must return to his family home in Nuits-Saint-George’s to help care for his dad. Like many of us, Truchaud is torn. He realizes that his family has to take priority over his career. Unfortunately his decision will not come without a cost. His Divisional Commander willingly agrees that Truchaud needs to help his sister-in-law take care of his worsening father. Even though his boss tells him not to worry about his job in Paris, one of his ambitious co-workers may have another plan. To complicate matters even more, as soon as the detective arrives at his family’s home and vineyards, he discovers the Nuits-saint-George’s police department has an urgent need he is expected to fill. Instead of interesting cases in Paris, he is now in charge of petty crimes and traffic altercations. But not for long. The detective takes up residence in the small town, at the same time a young German girl and her friend come to town in search of her brother. He has been missing for months and the clues they found in his apartment have lead them to the tiny village. Amidst language barriers, cold trails and raging hormones things go from calm to complicated faster than Constable Lenoir’s driving. Lucky for Truchaud, Sergeant Natalie Dutoit can speak to the Germans and comes to assist with the missing person case and often the driving. The mystery deepens, dad gets worse, and Truchaud realizes he is in love but cannot bring himself to tell her. The Charlemagne Connection has a lot going on, all of which is entertaining, interesting and intriguing. The end is perfect, and leads me to believe there will be another book in this series. I can’t wait. As flavorful as a good vintage, with many complimentary layers that are subtle, yet elegant, Truchaud is the perfect detective. Reminiscent of a Parisian Poirot, Truchaud has a bit of Peter Faulk’s Colombo in his personality to balance his tenacity. A bit of bumbling at times makes him endearing as well has his love of Grateful Dead CDs. Cartmel weaves a masterful tale. His plot is solid from the first word to the last, leaving no stone unturned in the telling of the mystery much like his hero, Commander Charlemagne Truchaud. The story twists and turns, wrapping around itself much like the beloved vines in the small village vineyards. I highly recommend this series. I do suggest reading The Richebourg Affair first as there are spoiler alerts in The Charlemagne Connection. It will soon become obvious that you will want to read both of these mysteries anyway, so read them in order. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review. Copyright © 2015 Laura Hartman