Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cognac Conspiracies by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen Giveaway & Review

Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN on Tour February 1-20 with

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Cognac Conspiracies

(cozy wine mystery) Release date: February 18, 2015 at Le French Book 140 pages ISBN: 978-1939474322 Website | Goodreads ***


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. [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. ***



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.


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 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 Colorado University 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. 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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My Review:
This book was translated great and I really liked the French flair to the characters. The setting was great, who doesn't love a mystery in an old estate? I was waiting for the characters to be locked in the wine cellar! With a huge buyout looming over head the stakes are bigger than ever. Who will succeed? This book also has money disappearing and first loves reacquainted. Will their love survive? Will they? I really liked this book. It was short, but definitely kept me hooked! I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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  1. thanks for your nice words on this book. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Thanks for the post. I can't wait to read it. It's definitely on my TRL.
    Carol L
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