“The return of the two winemaking detectives in lush French surroundings is, as always, a pleasure.... As always the French country meals are amusing - a soup of garden snails and nettles is too good to resist, we are told - while fine dining proceeds in parallel. We also get to wander around the historic town of Cognac on the Charente river. The immersion in the surroundings is total, with scents of wild mint or cut fennel deepening the experience. Passions run high and love can last decades or turn to betrayal. I enjoy this Winemakers Detective series more with every book. Jean Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen have outdone themselves with COGNAC CONSPIRACIES, expertly translated by Sally Pane. The wit, locations and characters of these books are to be savoured.” —Fresh Fiction. Read full review here.