Beach Read: Grand Cru Heist Now in Paperback

In time for beach-read season, we just released Grand Cru Heist in paperback. This second Winemaker Detective cozy offers talk of vintage wines, French landscape, sleuthing and just enough edge to appeal to any mystery reader.

In other words, it’s a perfect beach read escape. In Grand Cru Heist, authors Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen bring French wine country to life. The smell of the earth and the taste of the wine seep from pages of this cozy mystery.

It offers a gourmet journey through France, travelling from Paris to Tours, the Loire Valley to Bordeaux, leaving stolen wine and dead bodies in its wake. Wine critic and amateur detective Benjamin Cooker and his trusty assistant Virgile are hot on the trail along with the local police, savoring local wines and food and capturing murderers and criminals before the police arrive on the scene.

If you like the likes of Poirot, Wimsey and Marple or are a fan of wines, this is the book or you. 

According to one reviewer, “With poetic lyrics and brilliant rendering of atmosphere, Alaux and Balen have created a mystery series and armchair detective that are as mellow and delightful as a grand cru vintage.”

Booklist  says that this series “will whet the appetite of fans of both Iron Chef and Murder, She Wrote.”

The Loire Valley with the Winemaker Detective