Requiem in Yquem

Requiem in Yquem


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943998111
Publisher: Le French Book
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: Winemaker Detective Series , #13
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

The authors of the Winemaker Detective series are epicures. Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and TV journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. He is the grandson of a winemaker and exhibits a real passion for wine and winemaking. For him, there is no greater common denominator than wine. He gets a sparkle in his eye when he talks about the Winemaker Detective mystery series, which he coauthors with Noël Balen. Noël lives in Paris, where he shares his time between writing, making records, and lecturing on music. He plays bass, is a music critic, and has authored a number of books about musicians in addition to his prolific novel and short-story writing.

Noël lives in Paris, where he shares his time between writing, making records, and lecturing on music. He plays bass, is a music critic, and has authored a number of books about musicians in addition to his prolific novel and short-story writing.

Sally Pane studied French at State University of New York Oswego and the Sorbonne before receiving her Master’s Degree in French Literature from the University of Colorado. Her career includes more than twenty years of translating and teaching French and Italian at Berlitz and at University of Colorado Boulder. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband. She has translated several titles in the Winemaker Detective series.


In France, there are twenty-six books in the series so far (12 published to date in the U.S.), as the series grows and evolves, do you find it easier or more difficult to fall into the story and discover new and exciting plots?
Each book is an adventure in and of itself. It is hard to describe the process in terms of ease or difficulty. It is true that our characters are more familiar to us, and their personalities more present, and even more complex. At the same time, each plot requires us to explore a whole new lay of the land, which in the case of this series begins with the wine region where the story takes place. It is important that we invent new stories and new approaches, that we continue to find original ideas.

You have written together now for many years, as well as writing separately. Who does what in the partnership? What are the advantages?
Yes, it's been fourteen years now that we have written together, and both of us have our own approaches. Jean-Pierre also works as a reporter, and spends a lot of time out in the vineyards, tasting, and meeting people involved in winemaking, for whom it is a passion. Noël is good at refining the story, and the two of us together have learned what their respective qualities are, and where their weak spots lie. Working together in this way, striving for high standards, we advance without looking back, knowing that the world of winemaking has a wealth of stories to be told.

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Requiem in Yquem 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
Thanks to this series I spent some nice hours discovering great wines and visiting some beautiful French locations, increasing my list of places to visit absolutely. Husband and wife are killed in their double bed hand in hand. They did not notice anything. In their house there were no signs of eviction, nothing was stolen and they were not so rich to justify such a crime. The region where they lived was famous for Yquem, a very expensive dessert wine. Benjamin Cooker is France's preeminent wine expert but also an excellent amateur detective. Along with his assistant Virgile has solved many intricate cases. Will they also solve this one? In this episode, Virgile's role is very important, it was very nice to know him better. He's a nice, funny, not very loyal man, especially if his girlfriend lives in New York. It was a fast, easy, engaging, fast-paced reading. Descriptions of landscapes are really fascinating. The notions about Yquem's characteristics and its production are added here and there enriching the story without annoying the reader. You do not have to read the series in order but once you discover Benjamin and Virgile you want to read all their adventures. This series is perfect for lovers of cozy mystery genre but especially for those who love a good glass of French wine. I received a copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
[I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.] "What through youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine. —Thomas Moore" This quote opens Requiem in Yquem, the thirteenth and newest in the Wine Detective series by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen. I have had the pleasure of reading the greater part of this set of well written books and have enjoyed every one. I am particularly pleased with this one, as I am a fan of back story, and this one gives us a look into Virgile's family growing up, and another look at pages in Benjamin's life, both past and present. However, it is a book that can "stand alone" without familiarity of the rest of the series. In this selection, an older couple meets death during a burglary in their home. This means little to Cooker and Company until Virgile reconnects with his viniculture classmate and finds that he may be involved and turns to him for help. With the request comes memories and gossip from the time they were both schoolmates at La Tour Blanche, where they studied for their vocational training certificates in enology ( the study of wine). Can Virgile help Jeremy? Does he need Benjamin to figure things out, or does his own past hold the answers? Read this beautifully written story, and find out why. Highly recommended.
wordsandpeace More than 1 year ago
An intriguing mystery offering you a delicious way of visiting one of France’s famous regions and a taste of its most exquisite wine. Welcome back on Words And Peace, for the 8th time, for the latest book in the wonderful Winemaker Detective Series! This time, in Requiem in Yquem, we will be traveling to the Sauternes region to taste the amazing Yquem wine. The book opens on an intriguing scene: an old couple is found dead in bed in the small village of Bommes. The killer doesn’t seem to have taken much, and anyway Eléonore and René seem rather poor. So why would someone do such a thing? Now, Bommes is one of the five villages making up the prestigious Sauternes wine appellation. And it is precisely in that village that Virgile went to school to study wines. So when his boss Benjamin Cooker, wine specialist and detective on the side, thinks the police is totally wrong, Virgile is in a good position to try to understand what’s going on. It’s also a great opportunity for him to reconnect with a former school friend. Will his friend Jeremy be able to help the investigation? I really enjoyed a lot this mystery. The plot is very well constructed, with satisfying red herrings and enough shady characters and neighbors to have a nice collection of suspects. But the books in that series have so much more to offer than a great plot. They are full of amazing scenes and descriptions on wine (I learned a lot about the “noble rot”, which I knew nothing about), food (don’t read them on an empty stomach, you are going to starve!), and landscape and French settings. The background related to Benjamin’s family and Virgile’s school friends added an extra layer.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Requiem in Yquem is the thirteenth installment from the Winemaker Detective series. It is my first introduction to the Winemaker Detective series, as well as, to the writings of Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen. This book is not very long at just a little over 200 pages long. But do not let that fool you, because it is packed full of suspense and mystery. I was hooked from page one and I did not want to put the book down until I read all the way to the last page. The "who done it" was not obvious to me and I was completely surprised at how it all played out in the end. I found the book to be a delightful and compelling read. I can not wait to get my hands on more of these stories and look forward to reading more of the Winemaker Detective series. I recommend this book for those who love good, suspense-filled mysteries. 4 1/2 stars. I received this book from France Book Tours. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
I said this in one of my earliest Winemaker Detective reviews, and it still holds true: Don’t read these books while you’re hungry! The food, the wine, the landscapes, the people. The authors of the Winemaker Detective series have an almost unreal ability to bring their books to life, to pull on all of the reader’s senses and plunge them deep into the story. It’s simply amazing. Requiem is an amazing Winemaker Detective book. Granted, they all are, but this one stands out. It feels like the very first of the series – the banter, the emphasis on the food, the wine, and just the fun of reading. I loved seeing Paul William again, and many other characters from previous works. There were many subtle references to previous adventures, to whet the appetite of those who may just be joining the series, and it all tied the work together well. Add in a plot that keeps twisting on the reader, just when they think they’ve figured it out, Benjamin’s always trusty one-liners (“Don’t forget your wife’s birthday”), and the relationships that make this group so much fun, and it all creates a book I can’t wait for everyone to pick up! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher
Constant2m More than 1 year ago
Another solid mystery in the Winemaker Detective series. Benjamin Cooker is awaiting the final prepublication copy of his guide to wine, when he hears that an elderly couple associated with one of the vineyards has been murdered. The book forgotten, Cooker goes in pursuit of the criminal with the help of his fearless assistant, Virgile. Much of the unfolding mystery is seen through Virgile’s perspective as he revisits old friends and is brought into contact with others from his past. There are questions of morality and friendship that weave in and out of the mystery. Should someone return to an old flame after discovering their spouse has cheated on them? When is suicide an option? And what would you go through in order to be there for a friend? There is surprising depth found in these pages. While I don’t agree with all of the sentiments expressed in these pages, they made me think. And, from any book, that is a gift. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good story and good people. Benjamin and Virgile are some of the good ones and we need more books with people like that. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.