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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Treachery in Bordeaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen

Treachery in Bordeaux  (trans. Anne Trager)

From the book description:  In modern-day Bordeaux, there are few wine estates still within the city limits. The prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion is one of them. When some barrels turn, world-renowned winemaker turned gentleman detective Benjamin Cooker starts asking questions. Is it negligence or sabotage? Who would want to target this esteemed vintner? Cooker and his assistant Virgile Lanssien search the city and the vineyards for answers, giving readers and inside view of this famous wine region. 

Treachery in Bordeaux is more of a novella than a novel, and it is definitely a cozy mystery.

If you are interested in the Bordeaux region of France and/or interested in the world of wine, you will appreciate the details included.  

The mystery portion of the book is light-weight and there is little suspense.  The books inspired a popular television series in France, and I can see that these little novellas would translate well to the visual medium.

Overall, unless you have a special interest in the region or the wine industry, you might find this short narrative slow and less than gripping.  

NetGalley/LeFrench Book

Mystery. 2012; 2014.  Print length:  144 pages.


  1. I am not sure this one is for me.

  2. It is like reading something between a short story and a travel guide/wine article. :)