Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN
Flambé in Armagnac
Release date: August 6, 2015
at Le French Book
A small town holds fiercely onto its secrets.
In the heart of Gascony, a fire ravages the warehouse of one of Armagnac’s top estates, killing the master distiller. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses. But Cooker and his assistant Virgile want to know more. How did the old alembic explode? Was it really an accident? Why is the estate owner Baron de Castayrac penniless? How legal are his dealings? The deeper the Winemaker Detective digs, the more suspicious characters he uncovers. There is more than one disgruntled inhabitant in this small town. As we witness the time-honored process of Armagnac distillation and the day-to-day activities of the hunt, the market place, and the struggle for power and duck confit, we get a glimpse of the traditions of southwestern France where this mystery of possible arson and murder lies below the surface. [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.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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 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,
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.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
It’s the seventh book starring the detective winemaker Benjamin but can be read as a stand alone.
It’s really enjoyable that every book is set in a different region of France and has as its protagonist a different wine: IT is like taking a wine tour of this wonderful country.If you enjoy reading romance about France, good wine and cozy mystery, then definitely pick this up!
Showcasing their personal knowledge of French wine, French cuisine and the French countryside, this is a cozy series no Francophile will want to miss.
The story’s pace is fairly quick and the secondary characters all add color and depth to the story.