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She screamed as her eyes followed the hand deeper into the bushes. There was the body of a man with thick grape vines pulled tautly around his neck, his brown eyes bulging out of his purplish face He wore a green shirt, and across the right side of his chest on the shirt was his name — Gabriel Asanti. With a flash of recognition, Nikki knew she just met the winemaker. Asanti's death is followed in later books by that of a patron, then a chef, and so on. A true Californian, even with bodies slowly stacking up all around her our heroine Nikki has time to be thoughtful about her matchings.

Treachery in Bordeaux (Mission a Haut-Brion)

Setting aside real-world scandals, any wine lover knows that to really appreciate a complex wine you must use your senses and pay a great deal of attention to small details. In this way, tasting wine is really not so different from the kind of evidence-gathering involved in sleuthing. Perhaps for this reason, several authors have imagined winemakers or critics who bring their talent and knowledge to bear on solving murders. Canadian wine writer Tony Aspler has published three mystery novels — set in Beaujolais, Barbaresco and the Douro — in which wine writer Ezra Brant must bring all his critical faculties to bear to sniff out a killer.

For example, on entering a Haut St Antoine police station to report a murder in "Blood is Thicker than Beaujolais," Brant finds that " his acute sense of smell, honed over twenty-two years of detecting wines' elusive fragrances, picked up the chalky smell of dampness and the more pungent scent of stale tobacco. Brant has traveled to the region to report on the release of the latest Beaujolais Nouveau, but naturally the plot thickens.


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He is pleased to find that the local police chief is named after a grape variety: Inspector Chasselas. The first in the series, "Treachery in Bordeaux," is concerned with a fictional contamination scandal at Haut-Brion a bottle from the vintage is served with an eel casserole early on in the book. In the same way that TV's "CSI" inculcated viewers into the world of forensic science, she says, this series teaches readers about winemaking.

Aspler, a former Toronto Star wine columnist and Canadian wine expert, has just completed the first draft of his fourth wine crime novel, "Nightmare in Napa," and next plans to write "One Foot in the Graves. This information helps us design a better experience for all users. To learn more about cookies, please see our cookie policy.

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Anne Trager Translator The translator, Anne Trager has lived in France for over 26 years, working in translation, publishing and communications. More about Anne Trager. Jean-Pierre Alaux Author Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and television journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. More about Jean-Pierre Alaux. Treachery in Bordeaux Embed.

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Performance and reliability cookies These cookies allow us to monitor OverDrive's performance and reliability. It finds him. The series begins with Treachery in Bordeaux , in which wine in three vats of one of his longest friends has gone bad. Since the distraught man owns one of the last wine estates remaining within the city limits of Bordeaux, its prestige needs to be protected. He needs someone to look into things quietly, not with a splash. And that's just what Cooker does. Along the way, he acquires an assistant, indulges his love of art and local lore, and discovers what happened to the wine and why.

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As a series introduction, it's a breezy read with a very interesting motive behind the crimes that occur. Nightmare in Burgundy , published in trade paperback on July 31, finds Cooker and assistant Virgile travel to that other renowned French winemaking region. Our hero is inducted into a highly honorable organization that celebrates the fruits of the grape. Odd graffiti is discovered in various places around town.

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Cooker realizes the writing is in Latin. An old friend, an aging monk, helps him find the Biblical verses that correspond.



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