“Benjamin Cooker and his assistant Virgile are off to Paris for a tasting event but, before it starts Benjamin wants to visit a friend in Montmartre who owns a wine shop. Unfortunately, he is just in time to see his friend being attacked by an unknown assailant. Having witnessed this sad event he must now investigate on his own, with Virgile's help of course, in order to find out what happened to his friend and why.
This is an engaging tale into the secret life on an ex-foreign legion soldier. In the course of the investigation the reader is taken on a tour of all the right spots in Paris, where good food and wine are plenty. Although the book seemed a little darker and not as lighthearted as the other books I've read in this series, it doesn't suffer from this fact. It just proves that Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen are good at what they do, crafting picturesque and interesting stores for lovers of all things French.” —Susannesbooklist