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Review: Mayhem in Margaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Nöel Balen w/ Giveaway

Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Nöel BALEN

on Tour

May 6-15


Mayhem-in-MargauxMayhem in Margaux

(cozy mystery)

Release date: May 14, 2015
at Le French Book

153 pages

ISBN: 978-1939474384

Website | Goodreads

Having an intimate glimpse into the Cooker clan was wonderful. Peeling the many layers of Benjamin Cooker has been an adventure with every book, but seeing his tender fatherly side in this particular installment was a sweet surprise. A fabulous portrait of a family filled with love, Elizabeth and Margaux come to life as we finally become personable with both as opposed to snippets as in previous narratives. Cooker’s edges soften as we discover the family dynamics up close and personal.

Alaux and Balen provide another original mystery filled narrative. Every book in the series is inventive, never formulaic, never predictable, always keeping the reader engaged in true whodunnit tradition until the very end. The sensual descriptions of wine and food hook the reader further, a very welcomed treat, one this peruser appreciates.

Satisfying ending, the core and motivation of the mayhem understandable given the harshness unveiled.

Another clever and highly entertaining mystery by an incredibly creative writing duo, never disappointing, always marvelously atypical.



Itís summer in Bordeaux. Thereís 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 Bordeauxís finest grand cru classÈ wines from Margaux. [provided by the publisher]


An episode in a long successful French mysteries series
that is a hit television series now in its fourth season
and attracting an audience of over 4 million.
The series is a huge success in France, Belgium and Switzerland.





Jean-Pierre Alaux
and Nöel 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 Ch‚teau Gaudou 1996,
a red wine from Cahors
with smooth tannins and a balanced nose.


Translator 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. She has translated several titles in this series.
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