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Nightmare in Burgundy


Treachery in Bordeaux Grand Cru Heist Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balen

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, translated by Sally Pane   After Treachery in Bordeauxand Grand Cru Heistour Winemaker Detective leaves his native Bordeaux to go to Burgundy for a dream wine tasting trip to France’s other key wine-making region. Between Beaune, Dijon and Nuits-Saint-Georges, it turns into a troubling nightmare when he stumbles upon a mystery revolving around messages from another era. What do they mean? What dark secrets from the deep past are haunting the Clos de Vougeot? Does blood need to be shed to sharpen people’s memory? A made-for-TV series.

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Made for TV

An episode in a long successful French mysteries series that is a hit television series now in its fourth season and attracting an audience of over 4 million. The series is a huge success in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

The authors

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.

The translator

Sally Pane, studied French at State University of New York Oswego and the Sorbonne before receiving her Masters Degree in French Literature from the University of Colorado where she wrote Camus and the Americas: A Thematic Analysis of Three Works Based on His Journaux de Voyage. Her career includes more than twenty years of translating and teaching French and Italian at Berlitz and at Colorado University Boulder. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband.

Praise for the series

“Unusually adept at description, the authors manage to paint everything…the journey through its pages is not be rushed.

—ForeWord Reviews

“I love good mysteries. I love good wine. So imagine my joy at finding a great mystery about wine, and winemaking, and the whole culture of that fascinating world. And then I find it’s the first of a series. I can see myself enjoying many a bottle of wine while enjoying the adventures of Benjamin Cooker in this terrific new series.”

—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Back Bay and The Lincoln Letter

“A fine vintage forged by the pens of two very different varietals. It is best consumed slightly chilled, and never alone. You will be intrigued by its mystery, and surprised by its finish, and it will stay with you for a very long time.

Prize-winning, bestselling author Peter May

“A series that is both delectable for connoisseurs of wine and an initiation for those not in the know.

—Marine de Tilly, Le Figaro

“Benjamin Cooker uses his composure, erudition and intuition to solve heady crimes that take place in the exclusive—and realistic—world of grand cru wines.”

—Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, La Croix

“I finished it in one sitting! I learned so much about wine making…But more than that is was a good little mystery—nothing wasted. The book would be perfect for a book club to have a ‘wine’ night.”

Bless Your Hearts Mom

“Combines a fairly simple mystery with the rich feel of the French winemaking industry. The descriptions of the wine and the food are mouth-watering!”

—The Butler Did It

  • “If you want a strong sense of provincial French atmosphere, then this is the book for you. It is also excellent at pointing out the differences between the various regions of France. I would recommend it as an escapist holiday read or more generally for fans of cosy fiction.” Crime Fiction Lover review of Nightmare in Burgundy (read full review here)
  • “If you are looking for something that will intrigue you that is full of food and wine, then you can’t really go wrong with this.” —5-star Amazon review Nightmare in Burgundy (read full review here).
  • Words and Peace: Nightmare in Burgundy is a delightful short cozy mystery, perfect for all wine aficionados with a detective mind. It provides also great tourist ideas if you plan a trip to Burgundy.”
  • Mommasez: “This series has really reeled me in with Cooker and his intelligently inquisitive nature. Never one to overlook a mystery, he eats and drinks and converses his way through crime in this Four Star series. Bravo!”
  • I am, Indeed: “My second encounter with this author duo, and I found this installment just as intriguing and engrossing as the first.  This book, we are transported through the region of Burgundy, the authors’ ability to bring the scents, scenes and taste of the region to life as Benjamin Cooker heads from his home on the trip of a wine-lover’s dreams: a tasting tour of Burgundy.”
  • Valli’s Book Den: “Cooker takes us to wine tasting session and gives us a lesson on how to go about one if we were ever inclined to do one. He tells us the difference not only between the wines of the Loire valley and those of the Burgundy region, but also of the nature and ‘terroir’ of both. He is as usual accompanied by his handsome and heartbreaking assistant Virgile on this leisurely tour of Burgundy.”
  • Books are Cool: “Like its predecessors, this book is a wonderful combination of entertainment and education. We learn about wines, local folklore, history and, this time, some Latin. There’s suspense, suspicion, desperation, humour, lust and erudition. Benjamin Cooker displays his customary calm, loyalty and tenacity as he gets to grips with this definitely different mystery that faces him.”
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The book

Nightmare in Burgundy by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Sally Pane—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: July 1, 2014—Print versions release: July 24, 2014

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