“Cognac Conspiracies, the fifth in the Winemaker Detective Series, by journalist and cookbook author Jean-Pierre Alaux and musician and author, Noël Balen, is a delightful, frequently tongue-in-cheek excursion through the mysteries and politics of cognac production with a sprinkling of murder and other unpleasantnesses thrown-in to spice the mix. As well as potentially dastardly interlopers, this latest includes a murder and several interfamily intrigues... Published by Anne Trager’s, delicious imprint, Le French Book, this series is one of several translations from French into English of popular modern French novels and novellas... While the plots are straightforward, and the language unchallenging, in very good translations by Sally Pane, the details are accurate and frequently very perspicacious on the issues affecting France today. Totally recommend.” —Life Journal. Read full review here.