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Authors Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

are featured for the 5th time on France Book Tours!
After Treachery in Bordeaux,
Grand Cru Heist,
Nightmare in Burgundy,
Deadly Tasting,
meet again the famous wine maker detective with this 5th volume!


Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

on  Tour

February 1-20, 2015


Cognac Conspiracies cover

Cognac Conspiracies

(cozy wine mystery)

 Release date: February 18, 2015
at Le French Book

140  pages

ISBN: 978-1939474322

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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 is stonewalled, crosses paths with his first love, and stands up to high-level state officials keen on controlling the buyout. Meanwhile, irresistible Virgile mingles with the local population until a drowning changes the stakes. [provided by the publisher]


An episode in a long successful French mysteries series
that is a hit television series now in its fourth season
and attracting an audience of over 4 million.
The series is a huge success in France, Belgium and Switzerland.




©David Nakache


The authors of the Winemaker Detective series, are Epicures.
Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and TV journalist
when he is not writing novels in southwestern France.
He is the grandson of a winemaker
and exhibits a real passion for wine and wine making.
For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine.
He gets a sparkle in his eye when he talks about the Winemaker Detective,
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.


Translator 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 where she wrote Camus and the Americas: A Thematic Analysis of Three Works Based on His Journaux de Voyage.  Her career includes more than twenty years of translating and teaching French and Italian at Berlitz and at Colorado University Boulder.  She has worked in scientific, legal and literary translation; her literary translations include Operatic Arias; Singers Edition, and Reality and the Untheorizable by Clément Rosset.  She also served as the interpreter for the government cabinet of Rwanda and translated for Dian Fossey’s Digit Fund. In addition to her passion for French, she has studied Italian at Colorado University, in Rome and in Siena.  She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband.
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Sunday, February 1
Review + Giveaway at The Discerning Reader

Monday, February 2
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Sunday, February 8
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Hook of a Book

Friday, February 13
Review + Giveaway at I Am, Indeed

Sunday, February 15
Review + Giveaway at It’s a Mad Mad World

Monday, February 16
Review + Giveaway at Mommasez…

Tuesday, February 17
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Thursday, February 19
Review + Giveaway at Deal Sharing Aunt

Friday, February 20
Review + Giveaway at Words And Peace


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of the Tour will give you 5 extra entries each time!
[just follow the directions on the entry-form]

8 winners
Choice of print or digital format for US residents
Digital format for all other residents