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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 television journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. He is a genuine wine and food lover and recently won the Antonin Carême prize for his cookbook La Truffe sur le Soufflé, which he wrote with the chef Alexis Pélissou. 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 series, 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.

Awards

Jean-Pierre Alaux recently won the Prix Antonin Carême for a recent cookbook, and the Académie d’Occitanie’s Prix des Lettres for another detective series he writes.

Who are they?

Find out more about the authors and the series in our blog post The crime fiction lovers’ guide to wine tasting. In this post on Mystery Fanfare, the authors talk about how they write this series together. Here are some blogs by or about them:

On the web

Check out Jean-Pierre’s French website.

Here is Noël Balen’s French website.

News and events
  • The 20th book—Médoc sur ordonnance—released in October 2012 in France.
  • The 21st  book in the series—Massacre à la sulfateuse—released in May 2013 in France.
Books in English

Treachery in Bordeaux

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Anne Trager—e-book $5.95; trade paperback $12.95—published by Le French Book—ISBN: 978-0-9853206-2-1 (Kindle)/ 978-0-9853206-3-8 (epub) /978-1-939474-02-5 (trade paperback)—First published in French (Mission à Haut-Brion, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris)—Direct-to-digital translation available; trade paperback release: May 29, 2014

 

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Grand Cru Heist
by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Anne Trager—e-book $7.95; trade paperback $12.95; hardcover $29.95 —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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Nightmare in Burgundy
by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Sally Pane—e-book $7.95; trade paperback $12.95; hardcover $29.95 —published by Le French Book—ISBNs: 9781939474278 (ebook)/ 9781939474056 (trade paperback)/ 9781939474285 (hardcover)—First published in French (Cauchemar dans les Côtes de Nuits, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris)—Direct-to-digital translation release: June 30, 2014—Print versions release: July 24, 2014

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