Today I have a review, excerpt and giveaway for this lovely short mystery story. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops and then be sure to enter the giveaway where one international winner will get an eBook copy of this title.
A story that is so utterly French, focus on the more important elements of the moment, with an eye for appreciating all of the good and minimizing that which does not bring enjoyment. Luxuriant in its wandering, from scenery to scent, taste and texture of food and wine, this is a story that eschews conventional presentation to put the countryside, the feel and taste of France at its center, and leaving the mystery to slowly unfold, almost forgotten in the need to present the next delight for the senses.
There is, however, a mystery: Benjamin Cooker is a vintner and a critic and the main character in our story. A trip to Paris resulted in some unforeseen situations, mugged and nearly succumbing to his injuries, Benjamin’s wine diaries, the notes of all of the tastings he has ever completed, are gone. He is left to convalesce and heal, and wonder who would need his life’s work so desperately as to steal it.
Needing a change of scene, Cooker removes himself to the Tours region and suddenly there is a murdered girl and rare wines have gone missing: and somehow Cooker believes that the three events are connected.
Now, I will admit that the mystery was rather lost on me through the descriptions of wine and food that are positively mouth-watering, and this may not be a book for the more hard-boiled mystery fan, as the reality of the whodunit is rather obvious, but the prose is rich and vibrant: Anne Trager again has done a wonderful translation of the text, keeping the lush feel of the original. This is a fun story to relax with, uncork a bottle, add some cheese or pears and just enjoy!
Title: Grand Cru Heist
Author: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Le French Book
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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After Treachery in Bordeaux, here is another Epicurean whodunit in French wine country. Immerse yourself in French countryside and gourmet attitude with our wine-loving amateur sleuths. This time they gumshoe around the Loire Valley before heading back to Bordeaux.
One winter day in Paris, renowned wine critic Benjamin Cooker’s world gets turned upside down when his car gets highjacked. He loses his treasured tasting notebook and his feeling of safety. To recover, he retreats to the region around Tours, sure that the wine and off-season calm will restore is sense of self. 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 peculiar heist. Who stole those bottles of grand cru classé? Take this Epicurean journey through France to solve the whodunit.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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