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Flambe in Armagnac

(2015)
(The seventh book in the Winemaker Detective Mystery series)
A novel by

 
Bloggers are calling this series "an obsession."

A small town holds fiercely onto its secrets. In the heart of Gascony, a fire ravages the warehouse of one of Armagnac's top estates, killing the master distiller. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses. But Cooker and his assistant Virgile want to know more. How did the old alembic explode? Was it really an accident? Why is the estate owner Baron de Castayrac penniless? How legal are his dealings? The deeper the Winemaker Detective digs, the more suspicious characters he uncovers. There is more than one disgruntled inhabitant in this small town. As we witness the time-honored process of Armagnac distillation and the day-to-day activities of the hunt, the market place, and the struggle for power and duck confit, we get a glimpse of the traditions of southwestern France where this mystery of possible arson and murder lies below the surface.

"Will appeal to wine buffs and those who dream of visiting a French countryside that is filled with chateaux and rascally nobility, and where all the women - and most men - are superb chefs." - Publishers Weekly

"The Armagnac producers, the landscapes, the vineyards... it's like being on vacation in the pure sense of the word: that of the mind, with all the senses being free... for me, this series is a gift, and an exploration. It's like Tintin in the vineyards. The series takes you on a journey." - French actor Pierre Arditi, who stars in the TV series

"A good vintage with tasty dialogue and a solid plot." - Tele-loisir

"A smooth, jubilatory discovery of French wine country. I love these." - 5-star reader review

"The audience for the Winemaker series ranges from lovers of mysteries set in the world of food and drink, to fans of amateur-sleuth stories, to readers who enjoy pretty much anything set in France. And there really is something here for all of them: a tightly plotted story, plenty of information about how Armagnac is made, and a lovingly rendered landscape." - Booklist

"Imagine yourself in a corner of France, with its customs and history, its Armagnac and duck confit. Then add some mystery." - The Big Thrill

"Gourmets will enjoy this. As always, I recommend this latest by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen, ably translated by Sally Pane to flow like smooth rich brandy." - Fresh Fiction

Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Flambe in Armagnac (Winemaker Detective)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
ISBN: 1-939474-43-4 / 978-1-939474-43-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Le French Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

August 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Flambe in Armagnac (Winemaker Detective)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
ISBN: 1-939474-41-8 / 978-1-939474-41-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Le French Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Flambe in Armagnac (Winemaker Detective)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
ISBN: 1-5318-4017-5 / 978-1-5318-4017-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

October 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Flambe in Armagnac
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen, Sally Pane - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

October 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Flambe in Armagnac
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen, Sally Pane - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Flambe in Armagnac (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 7)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
Publisher: Le French Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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