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Cognac Conspiracies: Winemaker Detective [5] - Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen

Cognac Conspiracies (Winemaker Detective) - Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen, Sally Pane

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Published 18 Febuary 2015 by Le French Book
Number of pages: 148
Original Title: Le Dernier Coup de Jarnac: Le Sang de la Vigne [6]
Originally Published 6 October 2004
Translated by Sally Pane

My rating: ★ ★ ★  I liked it

I would normally just provide the description for the particular item in question, however, on this occasion, I have decided to include three different bits of blurb provided by the publishers, as I think that they do give you a real feel of what the "Cognac Conspiracies" is all about.


Series description:

"Immerse yourself in French countryside and gourmet attitude with two amateur sleuths gumshoeing around French wine country.  The Winemaker Detective series delves into the underworld of a global luxury industry, where there’s money, deceit, death, crime, inheritance, jealousy—all the ingredients needed to distil a fine detective series!   That and a decent dose of Epicurean enjoyment of fine food and beverage.  It follows master winemaker Benjamin Cooker and his sidekick Virgile Lanssien in their adventures solving mysteries in vineyards throughout France and beyond.   Each book is a homage to wine and winemakers."


Title description:

"The heirs to one of the oldest Cognac estates in France face a hostile takeover by foreign investors.  Renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to audit the books.  In what he thought was a sleepy provincial town, he is stonewalled, crosses paths with his first love, and stands up to high-level state officials keen on controlling the buyout.   Meanwhile, irresistible Virgile mingles with the local population until a drowning changes the stakes."


There is an easy way to gage if this book is for you; what do you think of this excerpt from the publisher's blog?


"the Winemaker Detective goes to Jarnac, an haut lieu of cognac production.  [...] the region of Cognac is divided into six zones—Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois and Bois ordinaires.  A cognac blend made of Grande Champagne cognac and Petite Champagne cognac makes a Fine Champagne cognac.  Of course, the drink cognac, as Grande, Petite or Fine a Champagne it may be, has nothing in common with the sparkling wine.  Cognac is a brandy, distilled from wines made from specific grapes grown in specific areas of (primarily) the Charente and Charente-Maritime region of France. It goes through two distillations, in an alembic, and is aged in oak.  Now you know.
[...] Jean-Pierre tells me that he has a special soft spot for both cognac and armagnac, both of which he usually enjoys with a cigar.  As for cognac, he particularly enjoys those made by Delamain."


If you found it boring and could not care less about that kind of stuff - walk away now.  This book and series are not for you.


Source: http://bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/cognac-conspiracies.html