Treachery in Bordeaux

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The start of a wine-plus-crime mystery series.

In modern-day Bordeaux, there are few wine estates still within the city limits. The prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion is one of them. When some barrels turn, world-renowned winemaker turned gentleman detective Benjamin Cooker starts asking questions. Is it negligence or sabotage? Who would want to target this esteemed vintner? Cooker and his assistant Virgile Lanssien search the city and the vineyards for answers, giving readers and inside view of this famous wine region. Treachery in Bordeaux is the first of the 22-book Winemaker Detective series that delves into the underworld of a global luxury industry. The world of wine is no more respectable than the world of finance. Money, deceit, death, crime, inheritance, jealousy—all the ingredients needed to distill a fine detective series!

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Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, wine lover and music lover respectively, came up with the idea for the Winemaker Detective series while sharing a meal, with a bottle of Château Gaudou 1996, a red wine from Cahors with smooth tannins and a balanced nose.

Find out more about Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen.

Anne Trager has lived in France for over twenty-six years, working in translation, publishing, and communications.

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Treachery in Bordeaux

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Anne Trager—e-book $5.95; trade paperback $12.95—published by Le French Book—ISBN: 978-0-9853206-2-1 (Kindle)/ 978-0-9853206-3-8 (epub) /978-1-939474-02-5 (trade paperback)—First published in French (Mission à Haut-Brion, Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris)—Trade paperback release: May 29, 2014.

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