Combining Fact and Fiction

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Vanessa Barrot and Noël Balen, authors of the Gourmet Crime series, shared some dos and don'ts for combining fact and fiction on Janet Rudolph's Mystery Fanfare blog. 

Minced, Marinated, and Murdered, the first book in the series, is set in Lyon, France’s traditional capital of gourmet food. The novel delves deep into the juicy real details of France’s culinary history, mixing local reality and historical fact with fiction and mystery. Filled with real restaurants and people, but also an entirely fictional murder mystery, the authors know something about juggling what's real and what isn't.

They begin with "DO take inspiration from real life"...

 Click here to read the full blog post

Quenching your thirst and satisfying your palate in Lyon

I recently found a really fun blog for wine lovers: Social Vignerons. Its goal is "to showcase all the talent found in the many facets of the world of wine: its people, its places, the amazing knowledge that relates to it, the enjoyable moments with friends matching with food or traveling, the processes and products, accessories, and everything else around it…"

Not only do they have tons of great content, they also just ran a guest post by Noël Balen and Vanessa Barrot, about wines to enjoy in Lyon. I put an excerpt below.


"The richness and diversity of Lyonnais cuisine is best enjoyed when accompanied with the right wine.

When in Lyon, you can pick up any menu and you’ll find a whole gamut of wines, but the vineyards printed on the bottle can be far from local. From Bordeaux to Languedoc-Roussillon and beyond, French chefs are always on the lookout for new discoveries and surprises. However, chefs in Lyon don’t have to look far. Excellent local wines from places like Burgundy and Beaujolais are right next door..."

Read the post.


"Perfectly simmered"

We are just putting the final touches on the first in a new culinary mystery series with mouth-watering excursions into the regions of France: Gourmet Crimes. Minced, Marinated, and Murdered is a deliciously authentic mystery novel offering a well-balanced blend of gastronomy and suspense. Author Noël Balen, who also pens the made-for-TV Winemaker Detective Series, has teamed up with Vanessa Barrot and created a new female sleuth for this series, which combines local reality and fiction, historical fact and culinary anecdotes, recipes and regional products, providing armchair travel, culinary delight, and mystery.