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Grand Cru Heist

Grand Cru Heist

(2014)
(The second book in the Winemaker Detective Mystery series)
A novel by

 
Grand Cru Heist

A Perfect Blend of Mystery & Gastronomy


A journey through French countryside with gourmet attitude and wine-loving amateur sleuths. A French-style cozy culinary mystery series

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-Emilion, the Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile turn PI to solve two murders and very peculiar heist. Who stole those bottles of grand cru classe? Take this Epicurean journey through France to solve the whodunit. "Unusually adept at description, the authors manage to paint everything... the journey through its pages is not be rushed." - ForeWord Reviews

Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel 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 Chateau Gaudou 1996, a red wine from Cahors with smooth tannins and a balanced nose.

The popular series was adapted to television in France.

Reviews
"A fine vintage forged by the pens of two very different varietals. It is best consumed slightly chilled, and never alone. You will be intrigued by its mystery, and surprised by its finish, and it will stay with you for a very long time." - Prize-winning, bestselling author Peter May

"A series that is both delectable for connoisseurs of wine and an initiation for those not in the know." - Marine de Tilly, Le Figaro

"Benjamin Cooker uses his composure, erudition and intuition to solve heady crimes that take place in the exclusive - and realistic - world of grand cru wines." - Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, La Croix

"I finished it in one sitting! I learned so much about wine making... But more than that is was a good little mystery - nothing wasted. The book would be perfect for a book club to have a 'wine' night." - Bless Your Hearts Mom

"Do not read this book while hungry! Treachery in Bordeaux focused on the process of making the wine, Grand Cru Heist brings us into the act of savoring it." - Student of Opinions

"It's hard not to become increasingly enamoured of this wonderful series of books, based in the gloriously described wine regions of France." - AustCrimeFiction

"Combines a fairly simple mystery with the rich feel of the French winemaking industry. The descriptions of the wine and the food are mouth-watering!" - The Butler Did It

Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
Used availability for Noel Balen's Grand Cru Heist


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Hardback Editions

June 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: Grand Cru Heist (Winemaker Detective)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
ISBN: 1-939474-12-4 / 978-1-939474-12-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Le French Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Grand Cru Heist (Winemaker Detective)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
ISBN: 1-939474-04-3 / 978-1-939474-04-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Le French Book
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2017 : MP3 CD
Title: Grand Cru Heist (Pour qui sonne l'Angelus) (Winemaker Detective)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
ISBN: 1-5366-4271-1 / 978-1-5366-4271-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

July 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: Grand Cru Heist (Pour qui sonne l'Angelus)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen, Anne Trager (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

July 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: Grand Cru Heist (Pour qui sonne l'Angelus)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen, Anne Trager (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

January 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Grand Cru Heist (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 2)
Author(s): Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen
Publisher: Le French Book
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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