Crime Fiction, Cosy Mysteries
Following a highly successful career as a GP, R.M. Cartmel returned to his first love, and
took up writing again. He is now the author of five novels, with a sixth coming out in 2019.
He writes two very different series. The first, The Inspector Truchaud Mystery Series,
features a French policeman based in Paris but closely involved in the family vineyard in
Burgundy. Cartmel, a lifelong wine buff, introduces fascinating details of viticulture and
wine-making alongside his well-plotted, charming crime cosies.
The first three novels in the Truchaud series are set in the small Burgundy village of Nuits-
Saint-Georges. The fourth takes the French Inspector to the Rhineland vineyards of Boppard,
to investigate the murder of a colleague.
The second of R.M. Cartmel’s series is a long way from the ‘wine and crime’ Truchaud
series, both in tone and geographically. So far the series comprises two novels set in
Peterborough - one (first published under the name Michael Cayzer) describes the dark
underbelly of the Peterborough we know today, the second a Peterborough forty years in the