Treachery in Bordeaux: Book review and giveaway. I love France #60



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Treachery in Bordeaux



Jean-Pierre ALAUX
Noël Balen

Translator: Anne Trager

30,000 words

Published  on October 9, 2012, by Le French Book, Inc.
First published in French (Fayard, 2004)
In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book as a free ebook from  the translator/publisher
in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.

Treachery in Bordeaux ISBN 978-0-9853206-2-1 (Kindle)
978-0-9853206-3-8 (epub)

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               Books on France Paris in July 2013   

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“The word is that Scandinavian crime fiction is dead, put to the sword by an invasion of French crime writing excellence.” Thus begins a fascinating article just written by Quentin Bates (France is the new Sweden by Quentin Bates. ) on crime fiction.
Could we say the same of mysteries? Anne Trager would probably agree, as she launched Le French Book precisely to make French writers better known to the English reading public, and quite a few of the books they have translated and published so far are mysteries and crime fiction – see 4 of them currently on tour at France Book Tours, and a very exciting one coming up at the end of October, by a very famous French writer – there are a few spots still available for reviewers!

For my part, I decided to read Treachery in Bordeaux, a whodunit/mystery set in the Bordeaux region, to get a bit out of my comfort zones – the Champagne and the Burgundy regions, where I have spent many years of my life.

If you love wine and know a bit about its scientific and chemical aspects, this book is for you, you will find it fascinating. I know almost nothing about wine at that level, so sometimes this was a bit too technical for me.

But I enjoyed very much the description of the Bordeaux region, its landscapes, cities, population, with some interesting characters.

The book could have been longer as well, with more events happening along the plot, but as this is the very first volume of a long series, I guess things will gradually heat up.

If you want to accompany your reading of the book with the wine of its name, you will not find the “Moniales Haut-Brion.” This is a fictive name, but the real thing is not too far:  Le Château Haut-Brion, a very very old wine area that was started sometimes in the 1st century!  Before planning your next trip there, visit their website and their gorgeous picture gallery.


“Cooker had a predilection for openings, prologues and introductions, whether they were symphonies, oratorios or lyrical works. He had recorded many tapes and enjoyed them the same way he enjoyed a bottle of wine: for the pleasure of tasting, without feeling obliged to finish it.” [screen 21 on my Nook]

I like these 2 passages showing the wrecks silly modern inventions can do to the landscape, its beauty and its worth:
“Starting in 1970, they built weight 18-story buildings on the estate. All that so that 4,000 idiots could have hot water, an elevator, a tiny balcony and the opportunity to hear their neighbors fart…
They tore down the Château de Rocquencourt to set up a sports complex on the campus: nearly 620 acres of intyellectual desert for brats who drink soft drinks and don’t give a shit that it wrecked acres of vineyards!” [screen 47]


In modern-day Bordeaux, there are few wine estates still within the city limits. The prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion is one of them. When some barrels end up contaminated, world-renowned winemaker-turned-gentleman-detective Benjamin Cooker starts asking questions. Is it negligence or sabotage? Who would want to bring down this esteemed vintner? Cooker and his assistant Virgile Lanssien search the city and the vineyards for answers, giving readers and inside view of this famous wine region. Treachery in Bordeaux is the first of the 20-book Winemaker Detective series that delves into the underworld of a global luxury industry, where money, deceit, death, crime, inheritance, jealousy constitute all the ingredients needed to distill a fine detective series!

Treachery in Bordeaux has been adapted for television in France. [synopsis provided by the publisher]



The authors of Treachery in Bordeaux are Epicures. Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and television journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. He is a genuine wine and food lover and the grandson of a winemaker. For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine. His coauthor Noël Balen lives in Paris, where he shares his time between writing, making records, and lecturing on music. He plays bass, is a music critic and has authored a number of books about musicians in addition to his novel and short-story writing.


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