Review & Giveaway: Late Harvest Havoc by Jean-Pierre Alaux And Noël Balen


Release date: December 15, 2015
at Le French Book
169 pages
ISBN: 9781939474599

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About Late Harvest Havoc

Vineyard revenge.

Winter is in the air in Alsace and local customs are sowing trouble, piquing the curiosity of the famous winemaker from Bordeaux, Benjamin Cooker. While the wine expert and his assistant Virgile settle into their hotel in the old city of Colmar, distinguished vineyards are attacked. Is it revenge?

The plot thickens when estates with no apparent connection to one another suffer the same sabotage just days prior to the late harvest. All of Alsace is in turmoil, plunged in the grip of suspicion that traces its roots back to the darkest hours of the German occupation. As he crosses back and forth into Germany from the Alsace he thought he knew so well, Cooker discovers a land of superstition, rivalry, and jealousy. Between tastings of the celebrated wines, he is drawn into the lives and intrigues of the inhabitants.

My Review

Another interesting and educational installment in this enjoyable series.

Traipsing the Alsace region was exciting. A region superstitious and suspicious. Once again I lavished in the areas cuisine, wine, hotels and history as well as residents. Cooker’s gift of quotations and historical facts are always welcomed along with witty repartee with Virgile. The mystery aspect was a quiet unveiling, a slow process as “the Alsatian chainsaw massacres” is solved.

A wonderful addition to an already fabulous series. Each installment is unique, never formulaic, boring or predictable. Always entertaining, full of history and facts matched with cuisine, wine and residents of the specific region. Truly a reading adventure on all levels, the mystery element nothing less than sophisticated and smart.

About Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen


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.

About the 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 University of Colorado 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, along with a number of titles in the Winemaker Detective series. 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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