Cognac Conspiracies

The Winemaker Detective in Cognac

What secrets lie behind those fine blends?

The heirs to one of the oldest Cognac estates in France face a hostile takeover by foreign investors. Renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to audit the books. In what he thought was a sleepy provincial town, he is stonewalled, crosses paths with his first love, and stands up to high-level state officials keen on controlling the buyout. Meanwhile, irresistible Virgile mingles with the local population until a drowning changes the stakes.

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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.

Find out more about Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen.

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.

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Cognac Conspiracies

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Sally Pane—published by Le French Book—ISBNs: 9781939474339 (ebook)/ 9781939474322 (trade paperback)/ 9781939474346 (hardcover)—First published in French (Dernier coup de Jarnac, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris)—Release date: February 18, 2015.

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