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Whodunits with serious gourmet attitude

Winemaker Detective Series

Immerse yourself in French countryside and gourmet attitude with two amateur sleuths gumshoeing around French wine country in this mystery series.

 

Wine Plus Crime in French vineyards

 

The Winemaker Detective mystery series delves into the underworld of a global luxury industry, where there’s money, deceit, death, crime, inheritance, jealousy—all the ingredients needed to distill a fine detective series! That, and a decent dose of Epicurean enjoyment of fine food and beverage. It follows master winemaker Benjamin Cooker and his sidekick Virgile Lanssien in their adventures solving mysteries in vineyards throughout France and beyond. Each book is a homage to wine and winemakers. The series is a hit on French television. There are currently 22 books in the series.

 

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Treachery in Bordeaux

Treachery in Bordeaux  starts this wine-plus-crime mystery series. Benjamin Cooker is a renowned winemaker and critic turned gentleman detective who sets out to find who is trying to take down the prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion. Is it negligence or sabotage? Who would want to target this esteemed vintner? Cooker and his assistant Virgile Lanssien search the city and the vineyards for answers, giving readers and inside view of this famous wine region.

 

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Print book release date: May 29, 2014

 

Treachery in Bordeaux

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Anne Trager—e-book $7.95; 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

Grand Cru HeistIn 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 Lanssien turn PI to solve two murders and a very peculiar heist. Who stole those bottles of grand cru classé?

 

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Ebook release date: January 30, 2014

Print book release date: June 24, 2014

 

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

Nightmare in BurgundyOur 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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Ebook release date: June 30, 2014

Print book release date: July 31, 2014

 

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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About the authors

Prize-winning author Jean-Pierre Alaux–a magazine, radio and television journalist and true Epicurean–teamed up with writer and musician Noël Balen to write the Winemaker Detective Series, which now has 20 books.

 

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About the translator

The translator, Anne Trager has lived in France for over 26 years, working in translation, publishing and communications. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction about as much as she loves wine.

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  • ForeWord Reviews Winter Edition review of Treachery in Bordeaux: “…the journey through its pages is not to be rushed.”
  • Review of Treachery in Bordeaux from AustCrime: “It is the perfect book for people who might like a little treachery with their evening glass of Bordeaux, a little history and tradition with their Merlot.”
  • Rachel Cotterill Book Reviews on Treachery in Bordeaux“An enjoyable, quick read with the potential for developing into a really unique series.”
  • “Review of Treachery in Bordeaux” by French Village Diaries review: “It is a good read with some strong characters, it moves nicely and is easy to follow, even with quite a bit of technical wine speak.”
  • Criminal Element publishes an excerpt of Treachery in Bordeaux
  • 4-star Amazon review: ”How delightful to read a mystery without a gory death. This short book deals with a crime at a winery. I suggest pouring a glass of your favorite beverage, on a chilly evening, before a fire and reading this book cover to cover in one sitting.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”If you like wine and mysteries this book is for you! Great geographic descriptions of the wine country of France.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”This books weaves facts about the wine industry with a touch of art history to make a compelling mystery. The translator is to be commended for providing the flawless translation to English from the original French.”
  • 5-star Amazon review: “This tale of foul play in the French winemaker’s world sucked me right in! Rich in fascinating detail, loaded with intrigue, and beautifully translated into English, the book comes highly recommended by – believe it or not – a beer drinker from Florida!”
  • 4-star Amazon review: ”Wine and a mystery – parfait!”
  • 5-star Amazon review: ”I enjoyed this book tremendously; especially the wine info. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.”
  • Review of Treachery in Bordeaux from Bless Your Hearts Moms: “I started with this ebook by accident, and after I had started it, didn’t want to put it down! In fact I finished it in one sitting! I learned SO much about wine making and the chemistry involved! But more than that is was a good little mystery- nothing wasted, and I still wasn’t sure totally who was behind the mystery til the end! Always a good thing! The book would be perfect for a book club to have a ‘wine’ night… As always, Anne’s translations are superb and you don’t realize you are reading a translated book.”
  • Review by Kate Eileen Shannon at Rantin’, Ravin’ and Reading: “…a wonderful translation… wonderful descriptions of the art, architecture, history and landscape of the Bordeaux region…The shoes are John Lobb, the cigars are Cuban, and the wine is ‘classic’. As is this book.”
  • Review at The Butler Did It: “This book 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!” Click to read the whole review.
  • “This mystery is light and could easily be enjoyed by those who prefer the cozy mystery genre. It is just edgy enough though that anyone that enjoys a good mystery will want to check this one out.” —5-star Amazon review Grand Cru Heist (read full review here).
  • “If you love wine – or just reading about wine – and France – romantic France! – and one great mystery, then jump on this short, sweet, mystery beautifully written and wonderfully translated.” —5-star Amazon review Grand Cru Heist  (read full review here).
  • “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).

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