The Winemaker Detective Benjamin Cooker and his sidekick Virgile now join the illustrious list of cognac lovers, which includes Napoleon and rap star Nas. According The Wine Enthusiast, "Cognac has serious clout among discerning drinkers... Cognac is a hot commodity with crossover appeal for wine drinkers."
Authors Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen are not ones to disagree. The newestWinemaker Detective mystery is called Cognac Conspiracies.
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. This amateur detective/cozy mystery, translated by Boulder-based translator Sally Pane, has a distinctly French flavor to it, as readers get an inside view of the French wine and, in this case, spirits, industry with a gentle mystery, and a lot of atmosphere.
It hits bookstores this week, so don't miss it. Click here to find it at a local bookstore.
"A delightful, frequently tongue-in-cheek excursion through the mysteries and politics of cognac production." —Live Journal
"So evocative of France, you can visit it in an afternoon without leaving home."
"The Winemaker Detective Mystery series is a new obsession."
"The descriptions of cognac and cigar scents and flavors drew me in as if I, too, were a connoisseur." —Librarian review
... let us know what you think of it.