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Reading ListFiction Set in France or By French Authors

Nightmare in Burgundy (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 3): Jean-Pierre Alaux (Author), Noël Balen (Author), Sally Pane (Translator): 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?

Cognac Conspiracies (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 5): Jean-Pierre Alaux (Author), Noël Balen (Author), Sally Pane (Translator): The heirs to one of the oldest Cognac estates in France face a hostile takeover by foreign investors. Renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to audit the books. In what he thought was a sleepy provincial town, he is stonewalled, crosses paths with his first love, and stands up to high-level state officials keen on controlling the buyout. Meanwhile, irresistible Virgile mingles with the local population until a drowning changes the stakes.

Paris High Noon: Trent Edward Tano (Author): William "Catfish" Hancock rode with Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch back in the 1890's, before retiring to Paris in the late 1930's. When the Nazis invade, he straps on the old six gun for one last show down. With the help of cafe garcon Jean Mahluer, Catfish gathers a gang of French outlaws to take the fight to the Nazis, Wild West style.

Grand Cru Heist (The Winemaker Detective Series): Jean-Pierre Alaux (Author), Noël Balen (Author), Anne Trager (Translator): One winter day in Paris, renowned wine critic Benjamin Cooker’s world gets turned upside down when his car gets highjacked. He loses his treasured tasting notebook and his feeling of safety. To recover, he retreats to the region around Tours, sure that the wine and off-season calm will restore is sense of self.

The Greenland Breach: By Bernard Besson (Author), Julie Rose (Translator): A cli-fi spy novel by a prizewinning novelist and former top-level French intelligence officer.

The Bleiberg Project: By David Khara (Author), Simon John (Translator): An adrenaline-packed ride to save the world from a horrific conspiracy straight out of the darkest hours of history.

The 7th Woman by Frédérique Molay - Anne Trager (Translator): By the French "the French Michael Connelly." This edge-of-your-seat police procedural has all the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details, set in Paris. It won France's most prestigious crime fiction award, was named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year, and is already an international bestseller.

The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier - Anne Trager (Translator): As a child, Catherine Monsigny was the only witness to a heinous crime. Now, she is an ambitious rookie attorney in sophisticated modern-day Paris. On the side, she does pro bono work and hits the jackpot: a major felony case that could boost her career.

Treachery in Bordeaux (The Winemaker Detective Series) by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen - Anne Trager (Translator): 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?

Rocambole: Volume 1 - The Dark Side by Basil Balian: Rocambole is a mystery adventure epic by the French author, Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail (1829 - 1871). It is the story of an adventurer and criminal who started life on the wrong side of the law, redeemed himself, and then devoted his life to doing good.

Treasure of Saint-Lazare by John Pearce: Eddie Grant was once a happy man. He was rich and respected, he had a beautiful wife and a handsome young son, and he was an American in Paris. But his happiness ended brutally in the very bad year of 2001, when his wife and son were murdered and his father died mysteriously in an auto crash. Since then nothing has gone right...

Thirty-five minutes from St Tropez by Jane Dunning: On a vineyard in sunny Provence, Richard and Helen make plans to celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, romance is in the air for Joanna, Helen’s recently widowed sister and for their teenage grandchildren. Grandson, Joseph, is enjoying life as bosun on a huge superyacht while his twin sister, Danielle, continues her language studies at university in Aix-en-Provence.

Almodis the Peaceweaver by Tracey Warr: Based on the extraordinary life of a real medieval female lord who ruled substantial parts of southern France and northern Spain in the 11th century. Tracey Warr is a writer and art history lecturer based in Laguepie, France and Oxford, UK. Her research included works by medieval writers and historians, inspiration from medieval objects, poetry, manuscripts and cooking recipes, as well as visits to many of the sites she writes about in and around Limoges, Toulouse and Barcelona.
Mademoiselle Benoir: A Novel by Christine Conrad: Tim Reinhart enters a wondrous new world the moment he buys a farmhouse in the country of France, region of Quercy, department of Lot. Or, in his marvelous words, “From the moment I saw this property, I had a bead on it. I can’t completely explain why, but I had an intense feeling of belonging.” He has given up his teaching life in New York and begun working as the artist he’s always wanted to be.

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