This first book was published in February 2012 as Mission Pessac. Benjamin Cooker is a renowned winemaker and critic turned gentleman detective who sets out to find who is trying to take down the prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion. 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 listeners and inside view of this famous wine region. Treachery in Bordeaux is the first of the 20-book Winemaker Detective series. which delves into the underworld of a global luxury industry.
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"NOT WHAT I THOUGHT"
Absolutely not what I thought this book would be like. To me it was as if I was taking a lesson on how to pronounce French names, cities or villages. Also similar to a course on different wines. I thought the mystery was lost in the muddle or I just didn't care anymore. If you are not a total wine aficionado then skip this book. I will not be returning to this series. The narrator is excellent and I have heard him many times. Without this narrator I would not have gotten past chapter one.
The stories in this series, starting with this first book, are beautifully told and narrated. The descriptions are vivid and the characters well-developed. So glad there are 20 of these!
"Good first in series about French t wine-making."
I liked the background of characters and the region. Sometimes confused by characters. But enjoyed very much. I'll probably buy the next book in this long series that looks promising!!
"Great for the wine lover"
Yes, the writing and narration was compelling. It dragged a bit in places but the characters were fascinating and the detail helped bring the book to life. I could picture myself in the places spoken about.
A laid back style of reading that is enjoyable to listen to on cool Autumn days.
France. Mystery. Wine.
Great book, I look forward to reading / listening to the rest of the series.
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