Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery (Roger Blanc #1) by Cay Rademacher

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2992 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 125011070X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Sept. 19 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 An atmospheric murder mystery set in the south of France.

Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too succesfull in his investigations. He finds himself removed from Paris to the south of France, far away from political power. Or so it would seem.

The stress is too much for his marriage, and he attempts to manage the break up while trying to settle into his new life in Provence in a 200-year-old, half-ruined house. At the same time, Blanc is tasked with his first murder case: A man with no friends and a lot of enemies, an outsider, was found shot and burned. When a second man dies under suspicious circumstances in the quaint French countryside, the Capitaine from Paris has to dig deep into the hidden, dark undersides of the Provence he never expected to see.

About the Author

 1965 in Flensburg geboren, studierte in Köln und Washington Anglo-Amerikanische Geschichte, Alte Geschichte und Philosophie und lebt heute mit seiner Familie in der Provence.

Seit einigen Jahren Redakteur bei GEO sowie Geschäftsführender Redakteur des Geschichtsmagazins GEO EPOCHE. Außerdem schreibt R. historische Romane und Sachbücher.

My Review

 Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery is the first Roger Blanc mystery by author Cay Rademacher. This series has been previously published in Germany so I know there are at least 3 more books in this series to look forward to. Minotaur Books has given this book a gorgeous cover that I know will catch people's eye.
Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie,has recently been assigned to a small town in Provence. Having visited Provence before, I was impressed with the descriptions of Provence by the author, Rademacher.

I know a little bit about the French political system and the power of the trade unions so I found the corruption at all levels to be very believable.  Despite the fact that the book was translated from German, I found the book to be well written, well plotted and an intriguing read.

I enjoyed all the characters introduced to us in this debut book of the series. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Highly recommend Murderous Mistral.

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