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Mayhem in Margaux blog tour + giveaway

Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN


on Tour May 6-15 with



Mayhem in Margaux



(cozy mystery) Release date: May 14, 2015 at Le French Book 153 pages ISBN: 978-1939474384 Website | Goodreads





It’s summer in Bordeaux. There’s a heat wave, the vineyards are suffering, vintners are on edge, and wine expert Benjamin Cooker’s daughter is visiting. A tragic car accident draws the Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile into a case where the stakes are very personal, and they uncover the dirty secrets hiding behind some of Bordeaux’s finest grand cru classé wines from Margaux. [provided by the publisher]




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.





It's a hot summer in Bordeaux and the vineyards are suffering because of the lack of rain. Vine expert Benjamin Cooker's daughter Margaux is visiting and one night she and Antoine Rinetti, a guy she just met that works in a vineyard, is involved in a car accident. But the police soon discover that it was not an accident and Benjamin Cooker and his assistant Virgile begin to snoop around to find why someone would sabotage Rinetti's car.

This is the second book I have read in the "A Winemaker Detective Mystery series," the first book I read was Cognac Conspiracies and I enjoyed this one a bit more than the last one. For instance I found the story in this book much better than the last and even though there was not that many suspect to choose from just last the last book I read was it an enjoyable read. I think this series is quite nice to read when you need a break from more darker books, for instance a perfect beach book or why not in the evening on the terrace with a glass of wine.

One part of the book that I really enjoyed was the meeting between Virgile and Margaux. I was not sure if they had met before since I haven't read the first books in the series. But they hadn't met before and it was quite funny to read how uncomfortable Benjamin got when his hot and charming assistant met his young daughter. Even though they just seemed to be friendly (for now) was Benjamin a bit, how should I put it, fatherly when it came to Margaux. He likes Virgile, but damn it, he is a bit of a ladies' man. So, I will with great interests look forward to future meetings between Margaux and Virgile.





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.




Translator 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. She has translated several titles in this series.
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