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Authors Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

are featured for the 10th 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
Mysteries in Montmartre,
Backstabbing in Beaujolais

meet again the famous wine maker detective with this 10th volume!
NB: each volume can be read as a standalone

Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

on  Tour

January 4-23


Late Harvest Havoc

Late Harvest Havoc


 Release date: December 15, 2015
at Le French Book

169  pages

ISBN: 9781939474599

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Vineyard revenge.
Winter is in the air in Alsace and local customs are sowing trouble, piquing the curiosity of the famous winemaker from Bordeaux, Benjamin Cooker. While the wine expert and his assistant Virgile settle into their hotel in the old city of Colmar, distinguished vineyards are attacked. Is it revenge?
The plot thickens when estates with no apparent connection to one another suffer the same sabotage just days prior to the late harvest. All of Alsace is in turmoil, plunged in the grip of suspicion that traces its roots back to the darkest hours of the German occupation. As he crosses back and forth into Germany from the Alsace he thought he knew so well, Cooker discovers a land of superstition, rivalry, and jealousy. Between tastings of the celebrated wines, he is drawn into the lives and intrigues of the inhabitants.

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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.


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 University of Colorado 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, along with a number of titles in the Winemaker Detective series. 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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The Discerning Reader

A wonderful addition to an already fabulous series. Each installment is unique, never formulaic, boring or predictable. Always entertaining, full of history and facts matched with cuisine, wine and residents of the specific region. Truly a reading adventure on all levels, the mystery element nothing less than sophisticated and smart.


A plot well woven, a compelling mystery to solve, magnificent and vivid descriptions of landscapes, great tasting and wine recommendations and perfect culinary combinations: this book is a real treat, ideal for a pleasant winter evening.

Words And Peace

Appealing mystery for all your senses, with a strong sense of unity between plot and place. A very enjoyable way of discovering a unique region of France.

Griperang’s Bookmarks

I love the descriptions of the setting as it makes me feel as if I am right there along with the characters in the story. This book in particular I think was full of even more adventure and drama.
I can’t wait to see what these authors have to offer us in the next book.

Queen of All She Reads

Filled with the history of the region, colorful descriptions of the region’s food and local people, Late Harvest Havoc is a fine addition to an already established series.


This highly successful series delves into the darker world of the wine industry with the aid of two amateur detectives: master winemaker Benjamin Cooker and his aide-de-camp Virgile Lanssien.
Detective work is demanding so of course the duo need plenty of sustenance.
This is a novel which it’s probably not wise to read if you’re hungry or thirsty. The novel is peppered with gems of info with which to impress your friends.

It’s a Mad Mad World

I liked how it all came together in the end. When everything was explained. This book had a very good, although tragic ending.

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