Review & Giveaway: Backstabbing in Beaujolais by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

Backstabbing in Beaujolais

Release date: November 19, 2015
at Le French Book
140 pages
ISBN: 9781939474537

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About Backstabbing in Beaujolais

A business magnate calls on wine expert Benjamin Cooker to kickstart his new wine business in Beaujolais, sparking bitter rivalries. Can the Winemaker Detective and his assistant keep calculating real estate agents, taciturn winegrowers, dubious wine merchants and suspicious deaths from delaying delivery of the world-famous Beaujolais Nouveau?

My Review

The numerous players with their severely flawed characters mixed with their unscrupulous entanglements made for a riveting backdrop to an exuberant mystery.

Cooker showed his savvy side by not allowing Guillaume Périthiard to control or manipulate him due to their professional arrangement. I like the control/power struggle hanging in the air between these two accomplished and intelligent men. The vast personalities and circumstances of the characters really made the narrative. Quillebaud’s death provided a stealth twist, throwing this amateur sleuth off course, well done.

Cooker and Virgile’s witty banter always entertain. Food, wine, literature and art served with a clever mystery always leave me craving more from the twosome of Alaux and Balen. As always I enjoy receiving a delicious education in food and wine, in this instance specifically the regional cuisine of Lyon and Beaujolais wine.

Riveting from the first page as the mystery simmers until it is smartly deduced. Alaux and Balen provide yet another well crafted mystery with renaissance man Cooker and his trusted charming acolyte Virgile.



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.


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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6 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Backstabbing in Beaujolais by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

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  3. Thanks for your beautiful review. Suggestion, maybe it would be better to add a REVIEW subtitle, or something similar, so that your readers can see quickly where your own review begins. Emma at FBT


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