Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

on  Tour

September 3-22


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Authors Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

are featured for the 8th time on France Book Tours!
After Treachery in Bordeaux,
Grand Cru Heist,
Nightmare in Burgundy,
Deadly Tasting,
Cognac Conspiracies,
Mayhem in Margaux,
Flambé in Armagnac

meet again the famous wine maker detective with this 8th volume!

Montmartre Mysteries

(cozy mystery)

 Release date: September 3, 2015
at Le French Book

146  pages

ISBN: 978-1939474476

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Wine expert Benjamin Cooker travels to the French capital, where his is called to help care for some vineyards in Montmartre, a neighborhood full of memories for him. He stops in on an old friend. Arthur Solacroup left the Foreign Legion to open a wine shop good enough to be in the Cooker Guide. But an attempted murder brings the past back into the present. But which past? The winemaker detective and his assistant Virgile want to know more, and their investigation leads them from the sands of Djibouti to the vineyards of Côte du Rhône. [provided by the publisher]

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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.

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©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 Discerning Reader

Cooker returns igniting your senses as he conducts business from Paris. Food, wine, art, historical sites deliver a rich atmosphere.
I look forward to this delicious series immensely – more than a reading adventure, it’s a reading experience.
Another wonderful installment Alaux and Balen crafted. Never disappointing, always an especial delight to explore.

Queen of All She Reads

If you like books set in foreign countries with colorful characters and like to expand your knowledge of other cultures, this is a series you must read!
The story’s pace is fairly even and the author’s provide the reader with the history of the small vineyards located within the city of Paris itself along the way.

Book And Ink

Exotic location from France, Wine brewing and a good mystery – the perfectly intoxicating combination for a mystery lover like me.  The book proved to be just like Wine, the mystery brewed slowly and ended in a bang when tasted.

Griperang’s Bookmarks

This is one of my favorite series.
Each of the books in this series give us a lesson in winemaking and history of France, which is fun.
Although it is a shorter book it is full of punch and a great story.

Words And Peace

Short and suspenseful cozy mystery focusing on Montmartre, a unique neighborhood of Paris, with its special ambiance and its own vineyard!


Another fun and interesting adventure of wine expert and detective Benjamin Cooker and his reliable assistant Virgil.
It’s the eighth book of The Winemaker Detective Series, you can read without difficulty as stand alone but also recommended to read the others, are short and pleasant readings.
If you love wine, its history and Paris, this is a book not to be missed.

I’d Rather Be At The Beach

It’s a short read and there are no lulls in the story, and all the characters are interesting.
A very good book if you like mysteries and/or Paris.

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