The top 9 Books to read in February 2016

Here are

The top 9 books I plan to read
in February!

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CURRENTLY READING

  Queen of the Night    Le temps retrouvé

Toward the endless day

The Queen of the Night= am at 62%, super long, complicated, and boring
Unfortunately, I requested it, so I will read to the end to review it…
Le Temps retrouvé= excited to be finally reading the very last volume of In Search of Lost Time!
Toward The Endless Day= awesome biography of the most famous French Orthodox woman theologian.

 

READING NEXT

   The Vatican Princess  Messandrierre  

   The Sword of the Maiden   The World Between Two Covers

  The Vatican Princess, by C. W. Gortner, whose last book I enjoyed so much!
Messandrierre, a mystery set in France – book tour on France Book Tours
The Sword of the Maiden, by Kathleen C. Perrin. I enjoyed a lot her first book.
Also for a book tour on France Book Tours
The World Between Two Covers, by the blogger who read one book
for each country represented at the Olympics

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

    Bury Your Dead Thirsty Dragon 

Bury Your Dead
= catching up with the series!
Thirsty Dragon:
China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines
= the subtitle is clear enough.
Really looking forward to reading more on the topic

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR FEBRUARY?

Spotlight and giveaway: The Winemaker Detective – I love France #173

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Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

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November 23-December 23

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The Winemaker Detective:
An Omnibus

(mystery)

Release date: December 5, 2015
at Le French Book

309 pages

ISBN: 9781939474568

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SYNOPSIS

The ideal gift for mystery and wine lovers — An immersion in French countryside, gourmet attitude, and light-hearted mystery.

Two amateur sleuths gumshoe around French wine country, where money, deceit, jealousy, inheritance and greed are all the ingredients needed for crime. Master winemaker Benjamin Cooker and his sidekick Virgile Lanssien solve mysteries in vineyards with a dose of Epicurean enjoyment of fine food and beverage. Each story is a homage to wine and winemakers, as well as a mystery.

In Treachery in Bordeaux, barrels at the prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion wine estate in Bordeaux have been contaminated. Is it negligence or sabotage?

In Grand Cru Heist, Benjamin Cooker’s world gets turned upside down one night in Paris. He retreats to the region around Tours to recover. He and his assistant Virgile turn PI to solve two murders and a very particular heist.

In Nightmare in Burgundy, a dream wine tasting trip to Burgundy turns into a troubling nightmare when Cooker and his assistant stumble upon a mystery revolving around messages from another era.

This made-for-TV series is “difficult to forget and oddly addictive” (ForeWord Reviews).

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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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.

ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS

Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for 27 years and just can’t seem to leave. What keeps her there is a uniquely French mix of pleasure seeking and creativity. Well, that and the wine. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction, mysteries and detective novels.
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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 where she wrote Camus and the Americas: A Thematic Analysis of Three Works Based on His Journaux de Voyage. Her career includes more than twenty years of translating and teaching French and Italian at Berlitz and at University of Colorado Boulder. She has worked in scientific, legal and literary translation; her literary translations include Operatic Arias; Singers Edition, and Reality and the Untheorizable by Clément Rosset, along with a number of titles in the Winemaker Detective series. She also served as the interpreter for the government cabinet of Rwanda and translated for Dian Fossey’s Digit Fund. In addition to her passion for French, she has studied Italian at Colorado University, in Rome and in Siena. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband.

 

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Book review and giveaway: Mayhem in Margaux – I love France #148

I LOVE FRANCE
And maybe you do too!
If you have recently read a good book in connection with France,
or watched a movie, read an article on France, etc,
please mention it in the comment section
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Mayhem in Margaux

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Mayhem in Margaux
By
Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN
translated by Sally Pane
Publisher:  Le French Book
Pub. Date:
May 14, 2015

ISBN: 978-1939474384

First published in French:
Sous la robe de Margaux (2012)

Pages:  153
Genre:  Whodunit / Cozy mystery / Detective
Source: Received from the publisher for a
virtual book tour on France Book Tours

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

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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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.
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