Flambé in Armagnac

Gourmet sleuthing in Armagnac

A small town holds fiercely onto its secrets.

In the heart of Gascony, a fire ravages the warehouse of one of Armagnac’s top estates, killing the master distiller. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses. But Cooker and his assistant Virgile want to know more. How did the old alembic explode? Was it really an accident? Why is the estate owner Baron de Castayrac penniless? How legal are his dealings? The deeper the Winemaker Detective digs, the more suspicious characters he uncovers. There is more than one disgruntled inhabitant in this small town. As we witness the time-honored process of Armagnac distillation and the day-to-day activities of the hunt, the market place, and the struggle for power and duck confit, we get a glimpse of the traditions of southwestern France where this mystery of possible arson and murder lies below the surface.


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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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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. She has translated several titles in this series.

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Flambé in Armagnac

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Sally Pane—published by Le French Book—ISBNs: 9781939474421  (ebook)/ 9781939474414 (trade paperback)/ 9781939474438 (hardcover)—First published in French (Question d'eau-de-vie...ou de mort, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris)—Release date: August 6, 2015.

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