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Montmartre Mysteries

(Winemaker Detective Mysteries #8)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Wine expert Benjamin Cooker travels to the French capital, where his is called to help care for some vineyards in Montmartre, a neighborhood full of memories for him. He stops in on an old friend. Arthur Solacroup left the Foreign Legion to open a wine shop good enough to be in the Cooker Guide. But an attempted murder brings the past back into the present. But which past? ...more
Published September 3rd 2015 by Le French Book (first published May 11th 2005)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Arthur Solacroup, a wine shop over and friend of Benjamin Cooker is attacked in his shop. Has the attack something to do with Solacroups past in theForeign Legion or something to do with a jealous husband/boyfriend? And, will Virgile be able to stay away fromSolacroup sexy girlfriend?

Montmartre Mysteries is one of the best books in this series, sure it was a quick read like it always is since the books aren't thick, but this time I really felt that the story was quite good and less predictable.
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

I have a confession to make. I read part of this while drinking a beer, a Guinness in fact, not wine.

I’m really sorry.

This installment of the Winemaker Detective series finds our heroes, Benjamin and that lovable slut Virigile in Paris, supposedly to help a hospital with its grapes but in reality, to solve a mystery involving a friend of Benjamin’s.

In some ways, this book refers more to previous books in the series, though not to the degree that a first time
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Excellent ! Cooker and Virgile are back .
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *

And the winemaker detective and his assistant are back! This time they travel to Paris, Benjamin to visit an old friend and Virgil to attend a marathon. But the visit to the favorite wine shop in Paris goes far away from expected. Benjamin is witnessing an attempted murder, his friend has been attacked, and possibly killed, if Benjamin hasn't show up. His old friend, a former member of The Foreign Legion, now is helpless in bed in
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a gem of a novella and my first read of the winemakers series. Benjamin and Virgile are in Paris. On visiting an old friend, Benjamin prevents his murder and sets out to investigate what happened by delving into his past.

So the Foreign Legion comes under scrutiny as Arthur, Benjamin's friend, was a former member. The mystery is solved as normal life continues. We encounter French history, culture and education on wine. The relationships between the colourful characters are exquisite. The
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, kindle, n, 2015
Monmartre is my favourite district of Paris- so that drew me instantly to this book along with the striking cover. It’s the 8th book in the Winemaker Detective series and although I am new to the series it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book.
The strands of humour running through the book lighten the mood and the characters are a real delight.
Benjamin Cooker is a wine expert and receives a request to help. I love the style of investigation- it’s a lovely cosy read. There are references to the
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read several books in this series and you always get a lesson in wine making and a travel/history of France. As Benjamin decides to help a small nursing home with their dying grapes, he visits a wine shop run by an old friend. When the shop owner ends up dead a few days later, Benjamin and Virgle must find the killer. Not too long, almost a novella.
VERDICT: Short and suspenseful cozy mystery focusing on Montmartre, a unique neighborhood of Paris, with its special ambiance and its own vineyard!

see my full review:
DelAnne Frazee
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Montmarte Mysteries - Winemaker Detective Mystery 8
Author: Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balen
Translator: Sally Pane
Published: 9-3-2015
Publisher: Le French Book
Pages: 146
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine;
ISBN: 9781939474476
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Benjamin Cooker and Virgil travel to Paris where Benjamin will be participating in a wine tasting expo. While there he plans to visit
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

A touch darker in nature than the previous books in the Winemaker Detective Mystery series, Montmartre Mysteries, the eighth entry, takes the reader to Paris, the heart of France where a wine merchant’s murder draws expert Benjamin Cooker and his apprentice Virgile into solving another mystery. Continuing to develop the relationship between Benjamin and Virgile, the authors continue
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Note: This Review has been published on my blog - Book and Ink

Exotic location from France, Wine brewing and a good mystery – the perfectly intoxicating combination for a mystery lover like me. The book proved to be just like Wine, the mystery brewed slowly and ended in a bang when tasted.

Wine expert Cooker travels to the capital of France to provide his expertise to revive a dying vineyard. Paris holds a lot of fond memories for Cooker. He visits his old friend Arthur Solacroup, a strange Wine
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an egalley for review through NetGalley. While this book is number 8 in the series, I had no trouble understanding the characters or their relationships. They were simple and straightforward. The references to past events added depth, but weren't required for the story.

This book follows wine expert Benjamin Cooker during a week in winter. He is planning a trip to Paris for a conference, and receives a request for help regarding a small vineyard in Montmartre. As he's on his way to
Andrea Stoeckel
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
[I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

“You can’t really escape the past, can you? ‘What is past is prologue.’”“Who said that?”“William Shakespeare, my boy.”“Uh
Linda Baker
Number 8 in the Winemaker Detective Mysteries, Montmartre Mysteries, takes winemaker extraordinaire Benjamin Cooker and his assistant, Virgile, to the Montmartre District of Paris. Paris holds many memories for Benjamin and he is looking forward to introducing Virgile to the less well-known sights of the City of Lights. One of his first stops in Paris is to the shop of an old friend, Arthur Solacroup. Arthur is a former Legionnaire that Benjamin helped to make a success by including his shop in ...more
Dawn Thomas
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Solacroup is a wine merchant with a history in the French Foreign Legion. He is attacked in his wine shop. Benjamin Cooker arrived shortly after and saw the attacker as he was running away. One of Arthur’s friends, Karim, also saw the attacker. Since he was wearing a ski mask, neither man can identify him.

Benjamin receives a letter in the mail asking him to visit a hospital in Paris that needs help with their vineyard. He visits the hospital and arranges for vines and training. He takes
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
A potent mystery is delivered, a slow unbraiding reveals an affecting motive along with an equally morose ending.

Cooker returns igniting your senses as he conducts business from Paris. Food, wine, art, historical sites deliver a rich atmosphere. As always Cooker includes his wife, Elisabeth only adding to his three-dimensionality. Cooker and Virgile ferret clues and suspects and as always engage in witty banter providing plenty of laughs and smiles. Solving the shooting of Cooker’s acquaintance
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Isn’t time you were in Paris once again? Never been? Now’s your chance – and your guides? One of the foremost wine experts in France
and his young assistant – you’re in luck!

And your trip is almost free! Pick up this latest wine mystery and walk some of the most famous and not so famous streets in the City of Light with your knowledgeable guides – you may know them already – and know you’re in for gourmet meals, chats in Paris cafes, and tastes of some of the best French wines imaginable.

Wayne McCoy
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Montmartre Mysteries' by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen with translation is the 8th book in the Winemaker Detective Mystery series. If you've read all the books up to this point, you know what to expect, and it's a pleasant diversion.

Benjamin Cooker is called in to take care of some vineyards in Montmartre for a charity. They are in pretty bad shape, and he has just the person to help out. While he's in the area, he visits a Arthur Solacroup, who owns a wine shop, only to find that Arthur was
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another fun and interesting adventure of wine expert and detective Benjamin Cooker and his reliable assistant Virgil. This time they visit the beautiful French capital. The Bretonneau Hospital enlists the help of Benjamin to control a sick vine sick do not have the money to pay his advice. The wine maker is too curious and agrees to free her diagnosis. Return to Paris he awakens old memories including one of his first loves Sheila. He also visits an old friend and finds him just been attacked. ...more
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so in need of a short read after getting mired in too many huge books. This is short and fitted my needs really well. Although I have scored this a 3 star book, I would award 3.5 if this had been possible.

As a mystery, there was no real way that a reader could solve the crime without being presented with more of the victim's past. This provided suspense and I enjoyed this as well as the bits and pieces we pick up along the way about French wine and France in general.

At the start of the
Susan Johnston
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I have truly enjoyed this series and look forward to each new book. I love the combination of information about wines and spirits, travelogue of France and an interesting and appealing lead character in Bejamin Cooker.
This book started out like gangbusters with the attempted murder of a wine merchant in Paris. The victim is badly injured and Benjamin feels compelled to look into the crime partly because he almost witnessed the event and partly because he likes and respects the victim.
As usual,
Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
The mystery was so slight as if not to be noticed at all. Yes, the technicalities of wine appreciation held some interest, but not enough to hold this reader. I was particularly troubled by what I believe is the English translation. For example, Virgile's characterization:

"Virgile's southwestern French accent had an agreeable ring.
'Geez, boss...'"

He speaks like a sidekick to some 1940s Chicago gangster! Also, many references to American pop culture (e.g., Die Hard) are mystifying. Are they
Eileen Hall
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another gem of a story by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen.

A fine mystery involving yet again wine, women, food and this time the Foreign Legion!
These Winemaker stories bring to life the areas written about vividly.
Although I have not visited this part of Paris before, I feel I know every road and building mentioned.

Benjamin and Virgile ( who seems to have got over Benjamin's daughter - see Mayhem in Margaux ), investigate the vicious attack on Arthur, an old friend
who runs a wine shop.
So begins
Anne Martin
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
To my greatest shame, I did not know there was any wine making in Paris. It even feels amazing, as the pollution certainly does not help, and I would not have thought the weather, so often gray was adequate. I certainly have learned something here!
Benjamin Cooker and Virgile are here to help improve the only vineyard in the French capital, when an old friend of Benjamin is assaulted.
But Mr Cooker won't stay in Paris. He returns to Bordeaux and then spends a long week end at Rochegude, where he
Donna Maguire
This is the fourth book that I have read in the Winemaker Detective Mystery series. The main character in the series is renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker and he is supported by his Assistant, Virgile, who himself is a great character. The book is well paced and a very easy page turner and it does leave you guessing until very near the end – just what I like in these kind of books! I have enjoyed all of the books in the series and they are all really well written. Cooker and Virgile are a ...more
Terry Gibson
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Montmartre Mysteries - by Jean-Pierre Alaux, Nol Balen

What a delightful little story; only 101 pages, but captivating. I loved the main characters, Benjamin Cooker, his assistant, Virgile and the description of the various wines, which really was what it was all about; the mystery was incidental! The authors love of France and, in particular, Paris, was also very apparent and captivating. Maybe not a great piece of literature, but who cares; very readable and most enjoyable. I would certainly
A Holland Reads
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite series. I like how there is always a vineyard and/or wine incorporated into the story. An added bonus for me is that this book takes place in Paris - I love all things Paris. Each of the books in this series give us a lesson in winemaking and history of France, which is fun. As always I enjoy how Benjamin and Virgile play off of eah other. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep this book moving along. Even though this is book eight in the series you are able to ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this eBook via Netgalley for personal review.

Once again Benjamin Cooker is in the thick of a mystery. This starts off with a wiz bang, but slowly falls short in the end. The ever lovable Virgile in between his "hound dogging" women is helpful with solving the puzzle. Elizabeth is along for part of the ride, embraced in a sweet tryst with Benjamin. The hints and clues are never really fleshed out, they just seem to appear, far too easily. This didn't have the build of story and
Nicola Mansfield
What I like about this series is that it 's always something a little different, you never know what kind of case you'll have. While at the same time every book places you in familiar territory with beloved characters who wine and dine while amateur detecting. I loved this entry in the series! It was a much darker story than the others, even though no murder was committed, per se. It is a tale of human imperfection, seeking atonement and redemption, with a bittersweet ending. This one actually ...more
Diane Hernandez
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed entering the world of a wine expert within France. However, I think there are rules for mysteries that this book broke. There was no way for the reader to solve the mystery as crucial information was not given until the last pages. There were some suspects shown in the book but by the end all were ruled out. Overall, as a mystery it was extremely disappointing. As a slice of French life, it was interesting so I'm giving it 2 stars.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has
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