“Foul Play in Vouvray is another excellent adventure/education with Benjamin and Virgile. The Winemaker Detective books are a bit travelogue, wine education and mystery. This is another excellent plot from these authors. We have movie stars intermixed with a documentary being made with Benjamin and Virgile. There are many suspects and many possible motives, but you may not be able to guess this one. An excellent adventure.” —five-star Amazon review
“Love these books and I couldn't wait for another installment of this wonderful series. This time we are treated to a meander through the Loire Valley, discovering more wineries, beautiful scenery, a new plot and a murder. The books seem to mature as they progress in time, just like a good wine. Great story, entwined with mystery, new people, and as always wonderful wineries. Just gets better and better with each new vintage.”
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“I enjoy this series. This is a quick light mystery. In this one the Winemaker Detective, Benjamin and his assistant are hired by a new owner of a vineyard in Beaujolais to insure that his new business venture will be successful. Other winemakers are not happy to have the outsider move in or to have the competition. There is an accidental death, vandalism, and murder. Benjamin along with making sure the wine is good also solves the crimes. The authors include a lot of wine background and do a very good job with French wine country background. The mystery was OK, there are only a few suspects. This series does not have to be read in order. It is a quick enjoyable read.“ — Bookseller
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Another early review of Minced, Marinated, and Murdered from Goodreads.
An entertaining first of a series, the story introduces the two lead characters with ample details, and several secondary roles which might roll into subsequent stories. Three murders in Lyon's restaurant scene and uncovering the crimes drives the plot at a good pace while the characters educate the reader on fine points of Lyonnaise cuisine. Romance and family life contribute to background color.
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“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
“… The translation reads smoothly and pleasurably, which for me means that it meets the most important test of literary translation. Most impressive of all to me were some of the delightful descriptions of food and wine… Also very satisfying are the peeks into the painstaking art and science of winemaking…
Not surprising, given that these are books written in French for a French audience, is the number of intellectually satisfying conversations and musings, and also the literary allusions that are sprinkled throughout… I never really understood quite as well what was meant by a “cozy mystery” until I reached the end of this book: the murderers have been apprehended, justice has been served, and life goes on in a way that leaves plenty of room for the characters to engage in interesting philosophical ruminations about life, love, and joie de vivre. And in this case, to enjoy the plaisir inherent in fine dining. It is oh-so-French, and as I came to the end of the story, I felt indeed very cozy.” —Bonjour Paris
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