Looking for some irony, food, wine, and passion, all rolled into one? Need another fix of your Winemaker Detective obsession? Benjamin Cooker and his sidekick Virgile have another adventure in French vineyards. The print version is planned for August, but we bumped up the Kindle release so readers could access it sooner for all those midsummer readers who enjoy a good mystery set in a foreign clime.
In the heart of Gascony, a small town holds fiercely onto its secrets after 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 he and his assistant Virgile want to know more. How did the old alembic explode? Why is the estate owner penniless? How legal are his dealing? The deeper the Winemaker Detective digs, the more suspicious characters he uncovers. There is more than one disgruntled inhabitant in his 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 mystery and possible murder lie below the surface.