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Requiem in Yquem

(mystery)

Release date: September 12, 2017
at Le French Book

215 pages

ISBN: 9781943998104

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SYNOPSIS

The intricate taste of greed and remorse.
The “addictive” Winemaker Detective series returns with a French mystery set in Sauternes, home of one of the world’s finest dessert wines, Yquem, known to some as liquid gold.
In the mist-covered hills of Sauternes, where the wine is luscious and the landscape beguiling, the brutal murder of an elderly couple intrigues the wine expert Benjamin Cooker and awakens memories for his dashing assistant Virgile Lanssien. Drawn into the investigation, the two journey through the storied Sauternes countryside, where the Château d’Yquem has reigned for centuries. Will the murder go unexplained and the killer remain free? The Winemaker Detective’s discernment and incessant curiosity pushes investigators to look deeper, while Virgile rekindles memories of his days at school and questions the meaning of his life.
In another satisfying wine novel with a French flair, authors Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen give readers a perfectly intoxicating combination French wine, gourmet meals, and mystery in the gloriously described Sauternes wine region with all the scenery, scents, and sounds of France. This light, fun mystery combines amateur sleuths, food, and wine in a wonderfully French mystery novel that doubles as a travel guide.
It is a new kind read on the international mystery and crime scene: a pitch-perfect, wine-infused, French-style cozy mystery. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Alaux-Balen

©David Nakache

 

Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen,
the authors of the Winemaker Detective series
are epicures.
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 mystery series,
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 prolific novel and short-story writing.

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR QUOTATIONS

Shree

When the twist was revealed, it was mind boggling.
The plot was like a good wine, it got better as it progress (metaphorically as it aged may be?).
A fine mystery, to be savored slowly like fine wine (Pun Intended!)
In short, the book was one thoroughly enjoyable read!

Books Are Cool

As always with this series, there is plenty of good food and wine to relieve the dramatic tension, and also superb descriptive writing, and our two imperfect heroes with their problems and quirks keep these stories realistic and totally absorbing.

Locks, Hooks and Books

This book is not very long at just a little over 200 pages long. But do not let that fool you, because it is packed full of suspense and mystery.
I was hooked from page one.
I found the book to be a delightful and compelling read.
I recommend this book for those who love good, suspense-filled mysteries.

Words And Peace

An intriguing mystery offering you a delicious way of visiting one of France’s famous regions and a taste of its most exquisite wine.

Denise

This delightful mystery series keeps getting better and better. For a fun way to learn about the wine regions of France, pick up some books in the series! You just might become addicted!

Andrea

I have had the pleasure of reading the greater part of this set of well written books and have enjoyed every one.
I am particularly pleased with this one, as I am a fan of back story, and this one gives us a look into Virgile’s family growing up, and another look at pages in Benjamin’s life, both past and present.
Highly recommended.

Libri Amori Miei

It was a fast, easy, engaging, fast-paced reading. Descriptions of landscapes are really fascinating.
This series is perfect for lovers of cozy mystery genre but especially for those who love a good glass of French wine.

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