winemaker Detective mysteries box set

Three delicious, delightful culinary mysteries with amateur sleuths, food, and wine in wonderfully enticing French countryside.


This made-for-TV series is "difficult to forget and oddly addictive" (ForeWord Reviews).

Over 300 pages of the scenery, scents, and sounds of France, with fun mysteries offering an immersion in French countryside and gourmet attitude as two amateur sleuths gumshoe around wine country. 

Master winemaker Benjamin Cooker and his dashing sidekick Virgile Lanssien consult for vineyards throughout France and beyond, where money, deceit, inheritance, and jealousy lead to mystery and mayhem. Each book pays homage to wine and winemakers, as much a wine novel as a pitch-perfect French-style cozy mystery. These are quick reads that grab your senses and transport you to France for an enjoyable mystery steeped in culinary delights. 

A serial killer stalks Bordeaux, stumping the local police with wine-related symbolism. Famous wine critic Benjamin Cooker is drawn into the investigation, which leads to dark hours in France’s history as the mystery thickens among the once-peaceful vineyards of Pomerol. 

The heirs to one of the oldest Cognac estates in France face a hostile takeover by foreign investors. Renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to audit the books. In what he thought was a sleepy provincial town, he and his assistant Virgile have their loyalties tested. 

Summer brings the Winemaker Detective's daughter to Bordeaux, along with a heatwave. Local vintners are on edge, But Benjamin Cooker is focused on solving a mystery that touches him very personally. Along the way, he finds out more than he'd like to know about the makings of a grand cru classé wine. 

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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.

Sally Pane studied French at State University of New York Oswego and the Sorbonne before receiving her Masters Degree in French Literature from the University of Colorado. She has translated several titles in this series.

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Winemaker Detective Mysteries Box Set

by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen; translated by Sally Pane —published by Le French Book—ISBNs: 9781943998050 (ebook) — Release date: November 2016.

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