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Flambe in Armagnac
by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen and Sally Pane


Overview - In the heart of Gascony, a fire ravages the warehouse of one of Armagnac s top estates, killing the master distiller. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses. But Cooker and his assistant Virgile want to know more.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In the heart of Gascony, a fire ravages the warehouse of one of Armagnac s top estates, killing the master distiller. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses. But Cooker and his assistant Virgile want to know more. Did the old alembic explode? Was it really an accident? Why is the estate owner Baron de Castayrac penniless? How legal are his dealings?"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781939474414
  • ISBN-10: 1939474418
  • Publisher: Le French Book (NY)
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 147
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds

Series: Winemaker Detective #4

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Alaux and Balen's seventh Winemaker Detective novel (after Mayhem in Margaux) will appeal to wine buffs and those who dream of visiting a French countryside that is filled with chateaux and rascally nobility, and where all the womenand most menare superb chefs. It's dotted with history and sprinkled with quotes from French philosophers. It's also a pithy primer on how and where the brandy is made. The mystery? Oh yes, there is one. However, detection is really not the point; the pleasure lies in wallowing in the ambience. Series lead Benjamin Cooker, "the most famous winemaker in France," and his able young assistant, Virgile Lanssien, have come to the Armagnac region of Gascony to assess the value of Armagnac stocks that have been destroyed by a fire at Château Blanzac; they wind up investigating a murder, among other crimes. Readers will look forward to The Winemaker Detective, an omnibus volume that collects the first three Winemaker novels, later in 2015. (Aug.)

 
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