This is book number 1 in the Roger Blanc series.
A wonderful new series set in the South of France with Capitaine Roger Blanc, recently reassigned from Paris and making a reluctant fresh start.
I reallly enjoyed this and look forward to reading the next in the series, "Deadly Camargue".— From Mara
International Dagger Award shortlisted author of The Murderer in Ruins, Cay Rademacher, delivers a beautifully atmospheric new story with a captivating main character in Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery.
Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too succesful 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.
"Readers will be as captivated by Rademacher’s description of Blanc’s adjustment to village life as they will by the well-constructed mystery. Highly recommended for fans of international crime fiction, especially Mark Pryor’s Hugo Marston series and Peter Morfoot’s Paul Darac procedurals."—Booklist (starred review)
"A carefully plotted police procedural that vividly captures the landscape and scents of Provence."—Library Journal (starred review)