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Hannelore Cayre is a French screenwriter and director, criminal lawyer, and award-winning author of mystery, suspense and crime fiction.

She is best known for writing The Godmother - La Daronne (2017) and The Inheritors - Richesse oblige (2020).

La Daronn, which was later published in English as The Godmother, clinched the European Crime Fiction Prize, as well as the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the most coveted prize in crime fiction in the whole of France.

The novel was also the inspiration behind its major movie adaptation, Mama Weed.

As a director, Hannelore has overseen the creation of a number of short films, most notably "Commis d’office" (Legal Aid), which was her first feature-length film.

Hannelore currently resides in Paris.

More about Hannelore Cayre

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Suspense


Non Series

  • The Godmother - La Daronne (2017)
  • The Inheritors - Richesse oblige (2020)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Godmother

Meet Patience Portefeux, a fifty-three-year-old, underpaid Franco-Arab interpreter for the Ministry of Justice who specializes in phone tapping. Widowed after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is now wedged between university fees for her grown-up daughters and nursing home costs for her aging mother.

Happening upon an especially revealing set of police wiretaps ahead of all other authorities, Patience makes a life-altering decision that sees her intervening in — and infiltrating — the machinations of a massive drug deal. She thus embarks on an entirely new career path: Patience becomes The Godmother.

Mama Weed
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Yann Sundberg, Michaël Louchart, Raphaël Quenard, Mounir Kateb, Hippolyte Girardot, Liliane Rovère, Farida Ouchani, Dominique Jayr, Iris Bry
Author: Hannelore Cayre
Original Title: La Daronne
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1770415430
Publisher: ECW Press
The Inheritors

Blanche de Rigny has always considered herself the black sheep of the family. And a black sheep on crutches at that. But it turns out her family tree has branches she didn't even know existed. And many of them are rotten to the core. As Blanche learns more about the legacy left by her wealthy Parisian ancestors, she decides a little family tree pruning might be in order.

But great wealth also brings great responsibility - a form of richesse oblige, perhaps - and Blanche has a plan to use her inheritance to cure the world of its ills.

Author: Hannelore Cayre
Original Title: Richesse oblige
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1760642662
Publisher: Black Inc.