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Authors Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

are back on France Book Tours!
After Treachery in Bordeaux,
meet again the famous wine maker detective with this 2nd volume!


Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

on  Tour

April 1-5, 2014

with their whodunit

Grand Cru Heist

(translated by Anne TRAGER)

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After Treachery in Bordeauxhere is another Epicurean whodunit in French wine country. Immerse yourself in French countryside and gourmet attitude with our wine-loving amateur sleuths. This time they gumshoe around the Loire Valley before heading back to Bordeaux.

One winter day in Paris, renowned wine critic Benjamin Cooker’s world gets turned upside down when his car gets highjacked. He loses his treasured tasting notebook and his feeling of safety. To recover, he retreats to the region around Tours, sure that the wine and off-season calm will restore is sense of self. There a flamboyant British dandy, a spectacular blue-eyed blond, a zealous concierge and touchy local police disturb his well-deserved rest. From the Loire Valley to Bordeaux, in between a glass of Vouvray and a bottle of Saint-Émilion, the Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile turn PI to solve two murders and very peculiar heist. Who stole those bottles of grand cru classé? Take this Epicurean journey through France to solve the whodunit. [provided by the publisher]

Genre: whodunit/cozy mystery

BISAC cat.: Mystery/Detective


 e-release: January 30, 2014
ISBN: 978-1939474087

    p-release: June 24, 2014
ISBN: 978-1939474049
150 pages

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Praise for this series

“I love good mysteries. I love good wine.
So imagine my joy at finding a great mystery about wine,
and winemaking, and the whole culture of that fascinating world.
And then I find it’s the first of a series.
I can see myself enjoying many a bottle of wine
while enjoying the adventures of Benjamin Cooker
in this terrific new series.”
— William Martin, New York Times bestselling author
of Back Bay and The Lincoln Letter




©David Nakache

Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and television journalist
when he is not writing novels in southwestern France.
He is a genuine wine and food lover and recently won the Antonin Carême prize for his cookbook La Truffe sur le Soufflé, which he wrote with the chef Alexis Pélissou.
He is the grandson of a winemaker and exhibits a real passion for wine and winemaking. For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine.
He gets a sparkle in his eye when he talks about the Winemaker Detective series, which he coauthors with Noël Balen.
Noël lives in Paris, where he shares his time between writing, making records, and lecturing on music.
He plays bass, is a music critic and has authored a number of books about musicians in addition to his novel and short-story writing.


The translator, Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for over a half a century and just can’t seem to leave. What keeps her there is a uniquely French mix of pleasure seeking and creativity. Well, that and the wine. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction, mysteries and detective novels.
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