Le French Book Reveals Cover of Upcoming Wine and Crime Novel
Who doesn't start dreaming when they read about the countryside of Médoc covered with a blanket of morning fog? Add some crime, a renowned wine critic and vintner with a handsome sidekick and readers get a whodunit immersed in France and French gourmet attitude.
The Winemaker Detective series by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen delves into the underworld of a global luxury industry, where there's money, deceit, death, crime, inheritance, jealousy-all the ingredients needed to distill a fine detective series. It follows master winemaker Benjamin Cooker and his assistant Virgile Lanssien in their adventures solving mysteries in vineyards throughout France and beyond.
The series counts 21 books to date in France, and is a hit television series. Digital-first publisher Le French Book is translating them and bringing them out in English. They just revealed the cover for number two in the series, The Grand Cru Heist.
For the authors, the books "are about the world of wine and winemaking, combining local history, tradition and flavor with sleuthing." They are as much wine novels as they are mysteries, representative of what may just be a new sub-genre.
ForeWord Reviews writes, "Any reader who is a true student of wines or winemaking will thrill at the details...And those who are not may delight in getting a glimpse of some of the day-to-day workings within this very specialized world."
The first in the series, Treachery in Bordeaux, introduces the characters and revolves around a mystery in a prestigious estate in Bordeaux. It is currently available in from all major e-book platforms and for libraries through Overdrive.
The second in the series, Grand Cru Heist, takes readers on another Epicurean journey in France. After an upsetting event in Paris, Benjamin Cooker retreats to the region around Tours to recover. There a flamboyant British dandy, a spectacular blue-eyed blond, a zealous concierge and touchy local police disturb his well-deserved rest. From the Loire Valley to Bordeaux, in between a glass of Vouvray and a bottle of Saint-Émilion, the Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile turn PI to solve two murders and very particular heist. Who stole those bottles of grand cru classé?