Launch Day: Discover scenery, scents and sounds of France

In this French mystery set in the Loire Valley, a beguiling actress meets with foul play. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker and his handsome sidekick Virgile rush to the rescue of a dear friend only to find that everyone is a suspect. What intrigue is playing out behind the scenes?

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Another Bastille Day...

I can't believe that Bastille Day is already upon us. This year has flown by. You may have noticed that we published fewer books this year. Just exactly what have we been up to at Le French Book? We've been busy with projects, not all of them mystery translations. Here's a rundown.

  • Amy and Sally have been working on the next Winemaker Detective novel. I just got the final draft. Yay. Can't wait to get it out to our readers.
  • Due to popular demand, we've been building our translation and publishing services business. We translate both French to English and English to French for authors and other publishing houses. We also provide publishing support services in both languages, including structural editing, copyediting, design and layout work, and other publishing support. For example, we helped Dr. Chiufang Hwang get one of her books published in French, Spanish, and soon in German.
  • This year, I also worked on a fascinating translation for Columbia University Press (more about that when it comes out). 
  • We've been working closely with Frédérique Molay on her new book that will soon be published in French by Amazon Publishing France. 

I will be honest, though, we also went through some deep questioning. In the end, it's clear to us that Le French Book is truly a passion. We want to keep bringing value to our readers however we can, and we are truly grateful for your continued interest and support.

Right now, we are exploring new titles to publish and perhaps new genres as well. Feel free to pitch in ideas.

Happy Bastille Day.

Anne

PS. Introduce your friends to The Winemaker Detective. This week, to celebrate Bastille Day, The Winemaker Detective Omnibus ebook is on sale for only $2.99/£2.99 in the US and UK. 

Discover Crime Café

I had the great privilege of spending time with Debbi Mack on her podcast Crime Café. Debbie is a New York Times bestselling author—I recommend you check out her books.

The Crime Café podcast is in its 3rd season. The Crime Café it is a fun source for great mystery, suspense, noir, and thriller reading. Listen to podcasts featuring interviews with top crime fiction authors, as well as true crime writers. Guests include, not only book authors, but screenwriters and storytellers in other media – from films to television to the Web – and beyond... including one translator/publisher. :-)

What's next?

French wine mystery novel set in Vouvray

Oh... I just can't wait. A new translation just came in... it's another Winemaker Detective novel by Jean-Pierre and Noël, set in Vouvray! This means we are heading back to the Loire Valley, not so very far from Tours, where chinon blanc is a dominant grape variety. I look forward to seeing what Sally and Amy have done with the translation and getting to work on this new adventure.

I'll say no more, except that it starts off with a proverb...

It is well to remember
that there are five reasons for drinking:
the arrival of a friend,
one’s present or future thirst,
the excellence of the wine,
or any other reason.   
—Latin Proverb
 

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

Bonjour Paris! Interview

I just did an exclusive interview with Janet Hulstrand for Bonjour Paris about Le French Book and mysteries and thrillers. Check it out and you'll find the answers to her great questions and learn:

  • What I love most about living in France.
  • What inspired me to start Le French Book.
  • What I consider to be the main differences between mysteries, cozy mysteries, and thrillers.
  • Some comments on the challenges of translation and what values drive our publishing house.
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