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Authors Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

are featured for the 6th time on France Book Tours!
After Treachery in Bordeaux,
Grand Cru Heist,
Nightmare in Burgundy,
Deadly Tasting,
Cognac Conspiracies,
meet again the famous wine maker detective with this 5th volume!


Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

on  Tour

May 6-15



Mayhem in Margaux

(cozy mystery)

 Release date: May 14, 2015
at Le French Book

153  pages

ISBN: 978-1939474384

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It’s summer in Bordeaux. There’s a heat wave, the vineyards are suffering, vintners are on edge, and wine expert Benjamin Cooker’s daughter is visiting. A tragic car accident draws the Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile into a case where the stakes are very personal, and they uncover the dirty secrets hiding behind some of Bordeaux’s finest grand cru classé wines from Margaux. [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


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.


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. She has translated several titles in this series.
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The authors filled this book well, for its size, with a well-rounded mystery plot and background character development that left me fulfilled and entertained. They kept me guessing until the later chapters and perked my interest in the mystery.

Fun short cozy packed with suspense, historical details, explanations of issues related to growing wine, and even social problems in France. Grab a glass and enjoy!

Another clever and highly entertaining mystery by an incredibly creative writing duo, never disappointing, always marvelously atypical.

Griperang’s Bookmarks

Do you like wine? Do you like mysteries? If so then I say you should give this series a shot. This was another exciting installment in the Wine Detective series.

I enjoyed this book, it was a fun and enjoyable walk through the French vineyards!
It’s the first book I read of this series but can not wait  to read the others.

It’s a Mad Mad World

I think this series is quite nice to read when you need a break from more darker books.