New Release: Another Exciting Antoine Marcas Thriller is Available

It’s “absolutely riveting,” according to one early reviewer. It has gold fever, freemasonry, murder and a search for the Lafayette sword. What more could you want for a late-summer read?

Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne rank at the top of France’s best-selling thriller writers list. They owe their international renown to their series about the Freemason Inspector Antoine Marcas, which made its U.S. debut last year with Shadow Ritual. Now, The Lafayette Sword is available in English.

Following the murder of a Freemason brother, Antoine Marcas uncovers unsettling truths about gold and its power to fascinate and corrupt. A priceless sword is stolen and deaths ensue setting the Freemason detective on a case of Masons turned bad. A clue points to mysteries and conspiracy about elusive pure gold, launching a frantic, deadly race between two symbolic places—the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. A captivating plot weaves alchemy and the Middle Ages into a modern-day thriller.

A “phenomenal series”

Ancient myths, secret societies, chilling narrative, and fast-paced intrigue offer escape reading in the lines of Robert Ludlum, Dan Brown and Steve Berry. This series electrified France and went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. French Freemason and historian Jacques Ravenne’s insider knowledge combines with Eric Giacometti’s fast-paced writing and reporter’s understanding of the modern world. Douglas Preston calls it “phenomenal.” The stories center on a Freemason cop who, because of his affiliation with this group, gets assigned to investigations related to esoteric groups, with symbols, mysteries, mishaps and adventure.

Praise for the series

  • “Vivid characters, evocative international settings, and a history darker than midnight. I highly recommend!” —Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling coauthor of the famed Pendergast series of novel
  • “A race against the clock.” —Le Figaro
  • “A superbly esoteric blend of history and adventure.” —Glenn Cooper, internationally bestselling thriller writer
  • “Giacometti and Ravenne’s series kickoff has abundant visceral appeal." —Kirkus Reviews
  • “Brilliantly plotted and well researched.” —Le Parisien



There's Still Time to Read!

summer reading, beach reads, reading recommendations

Summer's not over—there's still time to read. Whether it's a good mystery, an international setting or an entertaining read from a top author, you'll find something in this selection. But what kind of reader are you? What exactly are you looking for this summer? We've put some recommendations below to help you choose your late summer reading.

  • Armchair travel
  • Adrenaline shots
  • Thoughtful chills
  • Sophisticated settings

So read on!

Armchair Travel

  • For readers who like journeys, France, food and wine, try your very own Tour de France.


  • In an entirely different part of the world and another end of the genre spectrum: hard-boiled African noir.

Adrenaline Shots

  • Dip into the history of World War II, then race through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor.
  • International bests-sellers: electrifying thrillers. 

Thoughtful Chills

  • Readers looking for espionage, geopolitics and smart, modern spy thrillers. 

Sophisticated Settings

Or rather, one setting, as sophisticated as it gets—Paris

  • A world where people will kill for a love of beauty.
  • A man and his team standing against darkness in the City of Light. 

Bastille Day Special — Authentic, Exciting Books Set in France

How are you celebrating the storming of the Bastille? I’d say the French national holiday calls for something French. So, if you can’t actually go to France for the parade on the Champs-Elysée or attend the dances and festivities traditionally held at fire stations across the country, you can pick up a book from Le French Book and be transported to France.

Here is our reading list for Bastille Day, with some deep discounts on these books set in France (mostly, at least), by French authors, translated for you. 


  • The Collector by Anne-Laure Thièblemont (, a captivating dive into the little-known world of Paris art specialists and counterfeiters. After a father she never knew died, Marion Spicer finds herself facing the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams and attacks—a world where people will kill for a love of beauty. 


  • The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier (, psychological suspense in the French capital. An ambitious rookie lawyer in Paris catches a case that sparks a determined search for the truth in her own life.


Paris, the French capital, the City of Light, and the perfect setting for crime, and an actual character in Frédérique Molay’s award-winning Paris Homicide series.

  • The 7th Woman ( launches the series and gives the city a whole new dimension, with “ratcheting tension” and suspense. Terror stalks Paris. Will the team of elite crime fighters prevail?


  • The Rare Earth Exchange by Bernard Besson (, a chilling financial espionage novel and an unsettling look at a post-Panama Papers world. A team of freelance operatives gets caught up in a web of corruption and cyberterrorism in a struggle to control rare minerals key to today’s technology. “As subtle as a chess game, and as explosive as today's headlines.”


Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen’s Winemaker Detective series ( is a celebration of France combining enticing mysteries, mouthwatering accounts of food and wine along with authentic descriptions of French countryside. A vacation with quirky characters and winetasting, British-like mysteries with a French flair.

  • The Winemaker Detective: An Omnibus ( is a fine introduction to this series, with three titles in one. 
  • Late Harvest Havoc ( Disaster strikes the vineyards in Alsace. Vintners are tense and old grudges surface. The Winemaker Detective's reputation is on the line as he must find the cause before the late harvest starts.
  • Tainted Tokay ( The Winemaker Detective encounters deceit and deception in Old World Europe. 


The Consortium thriller series ( by David Khara offers a roller-coaster ride that dips into the history of World War II, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II—death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare—still have today?

  • The Bleiberg Project
  • The Shiro Project
  • The Morgenstern Project


  • Shadow Ritual ( by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne. The series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Douglas Preston calls it “Phenomenal.” Shadow Ritual has ritual murders, ancient enemies and a powerful secret, making an electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism. 


  • White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume ( In addition to a starred Publishers Weekly review, Craig Johnson (of Longmire fame) called this “the real deal.” White Leopard is African noir with a renegade PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful. The reader travels down the roads of Mali in the protagonist’s desperate search for truth.

Happy Bastille Day

We chose three edge-of-your-seat Paris mysteries to discount for a summer sale that kicks off just in time for Bastille Day on July 13. A steep discount of 60% off the regular ebook price will apply through July 30.

In the Paris Homicide series by Frédérique Molay, there’s no rest for Paris’s top criminal investigation division. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—watches over the streets of the French capital in a series that leads readers behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. It has the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details, giving a whole new dimension to Paris.

What are you reading this summer?

What's your choice? Psychological suspense? Mysteries set in Paris? Cozy whodunits? Amateur sleuths? Freelance spies? Mossad agents? Esoteric thrillers?


For summer beach reading, we are running a deal on three of the Winemaker Detective series ebooks. They will be marked down 25% through June 25. [Deadly Tasting __title__ Deadly Tasting] (9781939474209) - A serial killer stalks Bordeaux. To understand the wine-related symbolism, the local police call on the famous wine critic Benjamin Cooker. The investigation leads them to the dark hours of France’s history, as the mystery thickens among the once-peaceful vineyards of Pomerol. [Cognac Conspiracies  __title__ Cognac Conspiracies](9781939474339) - 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. In what he thought was a sleepy provincial town, he and his assistant Virgile have their loyalties tested. [Mayhem in Margaux __title__ Mayhem in Margaux] (9781939474421) - Summer brings the Winemaker Detective's daughter to Bordeaux, along with a heatwave. Local vintners are on edge, But Benjamin Cooker is focused on solving a mystery that touches him very personally. Along the way he finds out more than he'd like to know about the makings of a grand cru classé wine.

Low prices on these titles will be available on all major ebook platforms through June 25.

New Release in Time for Summer Reading Season

What is on your summer reading list this year? We just added some potential mayhem and intrigue to it, with Mayhem in Margaux, a new adventure in the Winemaker Detective series by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen.

Reviewers concur that this is “a perfect beach book or why not in the evening on the terrace with a glass of wine.” The Winemaker Detective series by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen is a "lifestyle" mystery series made of classic wines, old winemaking families and their estates, genteel epicurean drinking and dining, fine cigars and, in this book a luxury vacation destination. Once again, this amateur detective/cozy mystery, translated by Boulder-based translator Sally Pane, whisks readers away to France for a gentle mystery, and a lot of atmosphere.

Want to catch up on the series? There's enough here to while away a few summer reading sessions, and to down a few bottles of wine - all with moderation of course.
Treachery in Bordeaux 
Grand Cru Heist 
Nightmare in Burgundy
Deadly Tasting
Cognac Conspiracies 

Summer in Bordeaux