Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen
The authors of Treachery in Bordeaux, the first in the Winemaker Detective series, are Epicures. Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and TV journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. He is the grandson of a winemaker and exhibits a real passion for wine and winemaking. For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine. He gets a sparkle in his eye when he talks about the Winemaker Detective, which he coauthors with Noël Balen. Noël lives in Paris, where he shares his time between writing, making records, and lecturing on music. He plays bass, is a music critic and has authored a number of books about musicians in addition to his novel and short-story writing.
Jean-Pierre Alaux won the Prix Antonin Carême for a cookbook, and the Académie d’Occitanie’s Prix des Lettres for another detective series he writes.
Saying, Doing, Happening
The Winemaker Detective series inspires a real wine that ranked on the Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Cellar Selections list.
Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen on a virtual blog tour for the print release of Deadly Tasting, a new Winemaker Detective mystery. Nine books up for grabs in a giveaway too.
Winemaker Detective series author Noël Balen shares his list of favorite wine bars in Paris.
In time for beach-read season, we just released Grand Cru Heist in paperback. This second Winemaker Detective cozy offers talk of vintage wines, French landscape, sleuthing and just enough edge to appeal to any mystery reader.
Thinking about summer reads? Dreaming of mystery, murder and cabernet sauvignon? Treachery in Bordeaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen fits that bill, and it’s available in paperback now.
We asked a few questions to Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, the authors of the Winemaker Detective series, a long-running series of made-for-TV detective novels focused on the world of winemaking and wine tasting. Each book in the series is as much a wine novel as it is a whodunit.