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Late Harvest Havoc by Jean-Pierre Alaux
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Late Harvest Havoc by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen is another gem with the Winemaker Detectives. Benjamin Cooker and his irrepressible assistant Virgile are traveling on wine business and in Alsace. The reader tours the region with them in France and find that grudges have long lives in the region.. There's even someone so angry that they are destroying vines in famous vineyards. It takes the cleverness of Benjamin and Cooker to cut through the suspects and arrive at the truth. The whole story is very thought provoking and making you think, I need to go to France! All in all, it's a great addition to the series and puts you in a mind to find the next one to read. This identical review is on www.netgalley.com
  jeshakespeare | Jul 31, 2016 |
Benjamin and Virgile head to the Asace the northeastern French region of the Rhine River. There to introduce Virgile to that wine region, they are caught up in an investigation of vine cutters and a tour guide in a historical chapel who drops dead in the middle of the tour. This is one of the best one in the series,I want more.

****I received this book in exchange for an honest review.**** ( )
  druidgirl | Jun 8, 2016 |
A lover of good food and sweet wine, I was more than happy to get a chance to read and review Late Harvest Havoc, the tenth (10th) book in The Winemaker Detective series by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen. Set in Alsace, the northeastern French region of the Rhine River, wine experts and amateur detectives Benjamin Cooker and his assistant Virgile find themselves embroiled in solving another murder and dealing with suspicious wine growers all while traveling back and forth between Germany and France. Filled with the history of the region, colorful descriptions of the region’s food and local people, Late Harvest Havoc is a fine addition to an already established series.

Deciding to introduce his assistant/apprentice to the Northeast countryside of France and its regional wines, Benjamin Cooker and Virgile Lanssien head to the Alsace region in Benjamin’s vintage Mercedes with plans to eat, drink and conduct more research for the “Cooker” guidebook. They didn’t plan one of the local guides dropping dead during a historical chapel tour or on becoming suspects in a local police investigation of “vine vandalism”. A suspicion Benjamin doesn’t take well, especially since his beloved car is also vandalized.

Already a fan of this series, I could not wait to see what Mr. Alaux and Mr. Balen had in store for Benjamin and Virgile in this installment and I was not disappointed. As this series continues to progress, Benjamin and Virgile become more like a father and son; they understand each other’s mood swings and truly care for one another. Their dialogue is witty, occasionally sarcastic and they have a lot of fun traveling the countryside tasting wine. Especially since it is often accompanied by great food. While they can’t seem to help getting involved in solving murders, murder literally seems to follow them around, they enjoy the challenge solving a crime gives them and Benjamin is becoming quite proud of how much better they are at it than some of the local police.

The authors do a wonderful job educating the reader about the Alsace region while solving a mystery. A region steeped in both French and German history, Alsace is clearly filled with natural beauty, great wines and good food. I personally have always wanted to visit this region of France because of how it has gone back and forth between France and Germany since the end of the Roman Empire. The two mysteries (the murder and the vandalism) are well written and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader entertained and guessing. I especially enjoyed reading the back and forth between Benjamin and Virgile when they were both tired and a little stressed out.

Will Benjamin and Virgile discover who is behind the “vine vandalism” in the region? Will Benjamin’s beloved car suffer as a result of Benjamin’s investigation? And will they discover who killed the chapel tour guide and why she had to die? You’ll have to read Late Harvest Havoc to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books in this series. ( )
  MariaD. | Mar 16, 2016 |
Another delicious Winemaker Detective Mystery. Well up to standard!
Great storylines set in the world of winemaking.
Not a lover of wines from Alsace, but the description of the area more than made up for it.
This is another well written story and should be read whilst partaking in a glass or two of something tasty!
Can't wait to read more from this excellent series.
I was given a digital copy of this novel by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review, which I am very happy to do. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Jan 23, 2016 |
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