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Mayhem in Margaux
Mayhem in Margaux
By Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN
translated by Sally Pane
Publisher: Le French Book
May 14, 2015
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Here we go again with”The Winemaker Detective series “, now with its 6th book and another famous wine in the Bordeaux region: Mayhem in Margaux. This short cozy is actually packed with lot of goodies.
That Summer, France was afflicted with a terrible heat wave and drought. Many elderly were victims, and it was a tough year also for vineyards, exactly as it happened in Summer 2003. Detective and wine connoisseur Benjamin’s daughter, Margaux, is in vacation from the US. When Antoine, a wine manager, takes her out to dinner, they have a major car accident. Reckless driving? Sabotage? Would someone want to target Margaux to take revenge against her father who just wrote a severe critique in his guide against that wine?
There’s a lot going on in this short cozy.
Neat that Benjamin’s daughter’s name would be Margaux, a common first name but also the name of one of the most renowned Bordeaux wines. Château Margaux dates back to the beginning of the 19th century.
In this book of the series, there’s more team work between Ben and Inspector Barbaroux, who happens to be also quite knowledgeable in wines. This was a nice addition, not mentioning the personal implication of Ben through his own daughter whom he wants to protect at all cost.
As usual, apart from the enjoyable suspense, there were great descriptions of the landscape (not only the wine region, but also the famous Cordouan lighthouse).
As for the wine, I enjoyed the historical details and the explanations on issues such as the effect of extreme heat on vineyards and the complex problem of the cork taint.
There’s even the question of illegal Moroccans working in France.
VERDICT: Fun short cozy packed with suspense, historical details, explanations of issues related to growing wine, and even social problems in France. Grab a glass and enjoy!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
The authors of the Winemaker Detective series, are Epicures.
Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and TV journalist
when he is not writing novels in southwestern France.
He is the grandson of a winemaker
and exhibits a real passion for wine and wine making.
For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine.
He gets a sparkle in his eye when he talks about the Winemaker Detective,
which he coauthors with Noël Balen.
Noël 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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