Grand Cru Heist

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A perfect blend of mystery and gastronomy.

In another Epicurean journey in France, renowned wine critic Benjamin Cooker's world gets turned upside down one night in Paris. He retreats to the region around Tours to recover. There a flamboyant British dandy, a spectacular blue-eyed blond, a zealous concierge and touchy local police disturb his well-deserved rest. From the Loire Valley to Bordeaux, in between a glass of Vouvray and a bottle of Saint-Émilion, the Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile turn PI to solve two murders and very particular heist. Who stole those bottles of grand cru Classé?


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Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, wine lover and music lover respectively, came up with the idea for the Winemaker Detective series while sharing a meal, with a bottle of Château Gaudou 1996, a red wine from Cahors with smooth tannins and a balanced nose.

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Anne Trager has lived in France for over twenty-six years, working in translation, publishing, and communications.

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Grand Cru Heist

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Anne Trager—published by Le French Book—ISBNs: 9781939474087 (ebook)/ 9781939474049 (trade paperback)/ 9781939474124 (hardcover)—First published in French (Pour qui sonne l’Angélus, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris)—Direct-to-digital translation release: January 30, 2014—Print versions release: June 24, 2014.

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