foul play in vouvray

A whiff of betrayal in the Loire Valley

When the lines between love, betrayal and jealously blur, the Winemaker Detective and his dashing assistant return to sniff out the difference be illusion and reality. This French mystery is set in the Loire Valley, home to castles, history, movie stars, and luscious wines. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker and his handsome sidekick Virgile, are shooting a documentary in the region, tasting the ebullient flowery wines, noting their boisterous acidity. When a beguiling actress meets with foul play, they rush to the rescue of a dear friend only to find that everyone is a suspect. What intrigue is playing out behind the scenes?

In another satisfying wine novel with a French flair, authors Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen give readers a perfectly intoxicating combination French wine, gourmet meals, and mystery in Vouvray, one of the most diverse wine regions in the world. This light, fun mystery combines amateur sleuths with all the scenery, scents, and sounds of France, resulting in a wonderfully French culinary mystery novel that doubles as a travel guide. Like the other books in the series, it holds a special place on the international mystery and crime scene: a pitch-perfect, wine-infused, French-style cozy mystery.

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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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Foul Play in Vouvray

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated and adapted by Sally Pane—published by Le French Book—ISBNs: 9781943998128 (ebook)/ 9781943998135 (trade paperback)/—First published in French (Boires et déboires en Val de Loire, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris)—Release date: February 18, 2019.

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