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Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

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October 27-November 15


Backstabbing in Beaujolais

Backstabbing in Beaujolais

(cozy mystery)

 Release date: November 19, 2015
at Le French Book

140  pages

ISBN: 9781939474537

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A business magnate calls on wine expert Benjamin Cooker to kickstart his new wine business in Beaujolais, sparking bitter rivalries. Can the Winemaker Detective and his assistant keep calculating real estate agents, taciturn winegrowers, dubious wine merchants and suspicious deaths from delaying delivery of the world-famous Beaujolais Nouveau? [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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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.


Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for 27 years 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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The Discerning Reader

Food, wine, literature and art served with a clever mystery always leave me craving more from the twosome of Alaux and Balen.
Riveting from the first page as the mystery simmers until it is smartly deduced. Alaux and Balen provide yet another well crafted mystery with renaissance man Cooker and his trusted charming acolyte Virgile.

Queen of All She Reads

Once again the authors treat the readers to the beauty of France by providing a glimpse into a different region, the wines produced in the area and the local cuisine.
The mystery is well developed and takes several twists and turns.
The story’s pace is good and the author’s writing style is well established and easy to follow.

It’s A Mad Mad World

This is a cozy french mystery book, so it’s not much blood and gore. I find these books very nice to read between heavier and darker books. And, it’s quite fun to read cozy mystery books set in France instead of England. A change of scenery is never wrong.


I love more and more this series, the books are short but very funny and interesting with intriguing mysteries to solve, lovable characters, many notions about wines and their production and a wonderful region of France to visit.
It’s the ideal reading for a relaxing afternoon, perhaps with a glass of wine.

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I am so happy that I got to visit the Winemaker Detective series again. In this book you will not find a lot of bloody graphics but what you will find is great characters, a murder, suspense and a whole list of suspects.

An Accidental Blog

From the beginning, the characters dove right into their plentiful knowledge of wine and the countryside of France. This book takes place in Beaujolais, which is a wine many Americans will recognize. The wine is usually released around Thanksgiving here in the States, so I enjoyed learning about the region and the wine-making process.
Illicit affairs, relatives, jealousies, all contribute to the intrigue within this carefully-written book.

I’d Rather Be At The Beach

There is a lot of drama and a murder, and it all makes this book worth the time spent reading it.
If you like books that take place in France, about wine or murder, this is a book for you.

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