The Winemaker Detective

5 books in series
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Treachery in Bordeaux (Mission à Haut-Brion) Summary

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.

©2004 Librairie Artheme Fayard, English Translation 2012 Anne Trager (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Treachery in Bordeaux (Mission à Haut-Brion)

    • By: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen, Anne Trager (translator)
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 3

    • Nightmare in Burgundy (Cauchemar dans les Côtes de Nuits)

    • By: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen, Sally Pane (translator)
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    After Treachery in Bordeaux, and Grand Cru Heist, our Winemaker Detective leaves his native Bordeaux to go to Burgundy for a dream wine tasting trip to France's other key wine-making region. Between Beaune, Dijon and Nuits-Saint-Georges, it turns into a troubling nightmare when he stumbles upon a mystery revolving around messages from another era. What do they mean? What dark secrets from the deep past are haunting the Clos de Vougeot? Does blood need to be shed to sharpen people's memory?

    Regular price: £13.79

  • Book 10

    • Late Harvest Havoc [Vengeances tardives en Alsace]

    • By: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen, Sally Pane - translator
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
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    Disaster strikes the vineyards in Alsace. Vintners are tense and old grudges surface. The Winemaker Detective's reputation is on the line as he must find the cause before the late harvest starts. 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?

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  • Book 11

    • Tainted Tokay (Buveurs en Serie)

    • By: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen, Sally Pane - translator
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
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    France's top wine expert Benjamin Cooker sets off to enjoy the delights of Vienna, a romantic ride down the Danube, a gourmand's visit to Budapest, and a luxury train through the enchanting Hungarian countryside. All too soon, stolen wallets, disappearing passports, guides who are a bit too obliging, and murder mar the trip. Meanwhile, in Bordeaux, Cooker's handsome assistant Virgile faces an annoying rival and a mildew crisis in the vineyards just as Cooker's lab technician is the victim of a mugging.

    Regular price: £11.29

  • Book 12

    • Red-handed in Romanée-Conti (Flagrant Délit à la Romanée-Conti)

    • By: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noel Balen, Sally Pane - translator
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
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    When world-renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker's elderly father needs him most, the erudite consultant and his dashing assistant Virgile Lanssien are called away to Burgundy to orchestrate the harvest. More than just picking grapes, the Winemaker Detective must keep a delicate balance between an old-time vintner and his heir as a catastrophic hailstorm endangers some of France's most celebrated wines. Adding insult to injury, the brutal and mysterious murder of a grape picker sends shock waves through the winemaking world.

    Regular price: £14.09