by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen
Sally Pane (Translator)
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Le French Book (September 3, 2015)
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 the sands of Djibouti to the vineyards of Côte du Rhône.
This is the 8th book in the Winemaker Detective series but I think it can be read as a stand alone.
There are quite a few ways the story could have gone so you’re guessing and changing your mind throughout the book. It’s a short read and there are no lulls in the story, and all the characters are interesting.
I’ve only read a few in this series but wouldn’t mind going back and starting from the beginning. I love mysteries, and one of the biggest draws for me was that the book takes place in Paris.
A very good book if you like mysteries and/or Paris.
About The Authors
Jean-Pierre Alaux and NoÎl 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 Ch‚teau Gaudou 1996, a red wine from Cahors with smooth tannins and a balanced nose.
The book was translated into English by Sally Pane who 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.