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Revelations in a city where food is so much more than a meal.

This deliciously authentic culinary mystery novel is the first of a new series set in France offering a well-balanced blend of gastronomy and suspense with mouth-watering excursions into the regions of France. 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 local products, providing armchair travel, culinary delight, and mystery. 

 
 
cozy culinary mystery set in France

RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2018

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A routine assignment in Lyon, France's traditional capital of gourmet food, turns bitter for food writer Laure Grenadier when a beloved chef is found murdered. A wave of panic follows with a second death, and Laure sets out to find the truth. As she reviews the city's traditional bistros, interviews the town's best chefs and local food producers, and shares stories and culinary lore with her photographer Paco Alvarez, she uncovers secrets and rivalries. But will she find the murderer before the city loses more of its master chefs?

Laure's passion for food and deep knowledge of culinary history combine with a reporter's natural curiosity and a particular Parisian chic, turning her into a natural sleuth in a city where food is so much more than a meal. Paco's photographer's eye brings the details to life, while murder and mayhem spice up the mix. 

In this fun, satisfying, mouth-watering French mystery novel, authors Noël Balen and Vanessa Barrot whisk readers to France for a troubling mystery, local culinary anecdotes, recipes, home-grown products, and very human feelings. 

"When you feel as much hunger as grief, then you know you're still alive."

Authors: Noël Balen, Vanessa Barrot
Translator: Anne Trager
Adaptation: Amy Richards, Anne Trager

ISBNs: Trade paperback: 9781939474674 / Ebook: 9781943998029

5 x 8, 190 pages

FIC022100 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
FIC022070 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
FIC022080 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime

 

French mystery writers Noël Balen and Vanessa Barrot.

French mystery writers Noël Balen and Vanessa Barrot.

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The authors

Noël Balen, writer and musician, has over thirty mysteries to his name, including the Winemaker Detective series, a hit cozy mystery and TV series. Hi co-author and wife Vanessa Barrot is a corporate lawyer who comes from a family of Parisian restaurant owners. 

Translator Anne Trager founded Le French Book as an expression of her ongoing passion for France and crime fiction. She adapted this mystery into English with the help of award-winning editor Amy Richards.

 

“To devour!” —Tribune de Lyon

“A novel to savor and a series that promises to be delicious.” —ABC Polar

“A succulent mystery in a series that mixes abominable crimes with the pleasures of the table. The recipe was perfectly simmered to give the reader cold chills and tickled tastebuds. “ —L’Actu Littéraire

“Clever with strong dialogue.” —La Revue du Vin de France

“Pleasant and easy to read.” —Mag 2 Lyon

“Extremely well researched with fabulous suspense.” —Alsace Magazine

 

The Series

In the Gourmet Crimes series, a food writer and her photographer explore France’s regions and food in a world where betrayal and murder are served up with a side of epicurean pleasure. Meals are paramount, served with a side order of betrayal, revelations, and murder. The main character, female sleuth Laure Grenadier, is a food writer and restaurant critic with access to the closed world of France’s top kitchens.

After solving murders in Lyon, Laure and Paco go to Normandy to eat at one of the region's finest tables, but a bout of food poisoning leads to several deaths. The whole region—from apple growers to cheese producers, Qatari horse farmers and Calvados officials—is up in arms.

In subsequent titles, a Michelin-star chef in Paris is murdered and Laure's investigation finds him to be a particularly unsavory character. In others, she and Paco go to Perigord, in southwestern France, and Brittany for more mystery and culinary exploration.

 

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