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Requiem in Yquem

(Winemaker Detective Mysteries #13)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  25 reviews
One of those rare breaks in the daily hubbub, offering a relaxing journey through French wine country peppered with reflexions on greed, remorse, and friendship.

In the mist-covered hills of Sauternes, where the wine is luscious and the landscape beguiling, the brutal murder of an elderly couple intrigues the wine expert Benjamin Cooker and awakens memories for his dashing
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Le French Book
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This delightful mystery series keeps getting better and better. This time around, the action evolves around wine expert, Benjamin Cooker's assistant, Virgile. When an elderly couple turn up brutally murdered in their bed, Virgile, with the help of his employer are determined to find out why they were murdered and who did it. En route to this wine region, Virgile encounters a mystery woman and old school chums. Why does this beautiful stranger lie to Virgile?
What I especially liked about this ent
Elite Group
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Just a bit dull

Apparently, the Winemaker Detective series has quite a following, although I have never come across it before. If they are all of a similar standard to this novel I shall not be rushing to read any more of them. Each is based in a famous French wine region.

It had all the makings of a good read. I love wine and good food and find myself on holiday in the heart of the Bourgogne. What better place to read a crime mystery centring around Chateau Yquem? Well, I guess the answer to that
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Requiem in Yquem has me planning a wine-tasting tour through the South of France for my next vacation and I just returned from vacation a week ago. It is the latest in the WineMaker Detective Series and the series really gets better and better. Admittedly, I have missed a few in between Treachery in Bordeaux and Requiem in Yquem, but, this book has me eager to go back and pick up the ones I missed. I received a copy from Le French in exchange for an honest review. Requiem in Yquem follows Benjam ...more
Linda Baker
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The latest case of the Winemaker Detective takes us into the Sauternais region in Bordeaux, where the legendary sweet wine, Sauternes, is produced. Benjamin Cooker should be busy revising his most current wine guide, but when he reads of the murder of a seemingly blameless retired couple in their bed, he decides that autumn is just the time to visit the region. Luckily Benjamin and his assistant, charming Virgile Lanissen, have many connections there. The more they learn, the more they want to u ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Note - I thank France Book Tours and the publishers for this review copy via Net Galley.

The Story Line - A double Homicide. An old couple in a quaint little wine making village are murdered. At the outset, there are no pointers leading to the motive or the culprit. However, all eyes are trained on their only grand daughter Cecile due to her hippy life style and shady boy friends. Enter our amateur detectives - Benjamin Cooker and his assistant Virgile. They end up uncovering the mystery and he
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, cozy-mistery
4.5 stars
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 preemin
Andrea Stoeckel
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
[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 Virgi
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Reading this novel was a pleasant change for me. It is a different kind of mystery, almost like taking a tour of the French wine country. The setting is Sauternes, home of one of the finest sweet wines, Yquem. An old couple is found murdered in their bed. Amateur sleuth and wine expert, Benjamin Cooker is intrigued by the seemingly senseless crime. His assistant, Virgile Lanssien, helps with the discoveries.

I liked how the authors described the French countryside. At times I felt like I was look
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Winemaker Detective, is a substantial series of cosy mysteries, by the writing team of Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen. M. Alaux, is a journalist, grandson of a winemaker and a passionate food enthusiast who won the Prix Antonin Carme for a cookbook. His co-author is Paris based musician, who, as well as this series, also writes novels and short stories about music.

From their auspicious beginnings over a bottle of Château Gaudou, 1996 a red wine from Cahors with smooth tannins and a balanc
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Requiem in Yquem, by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Nδel Balen, translated by Sally Pane. This novel is not only a great murder mystery, but a virtual catalogue of French wine, winemakers, and vineyards. There is so much knowledge of French wine packed into this little book that you can virtually taste the vintages as you read.

To North American readers it must seem more like a gastronomic tour of the Sauternes region, where the classic wine has been produced for centuries. That is because the authors of
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Double Murder in the French Wine Country

An old couple is found shot to death in their cottage near the famous Chateau Yquem. Benjamin Cooker, wine expert and amateur detective, is intrigued by the double homicide, particularly because it reminds him of the famous sauternes produced by the Chateau.

Virgilie, Cooker’s assistant, has a long term friend managing his wife’s family vineyards in the area. Cooker has him contact the friend to learn more about the tragedy. With the scent of a mystery a
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 f
Denice Barker
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t quite sure about this book as I started to read it. It’s not like the mysteries I’m used to. It’s quiet, delicious, informative, historical, thoughtful. Now, that’s not a good take on “normal” mysteries, the kind we in the States think of when we say we read a good mystery. But in the end I liked what this was.
Wine expert Benjamin Cooker, author of Cooker guides to wine in France, and his assistant Virgile Lanssien are in the Sauterne countryside and involved in solving the murder of a
Sara Lawson
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 qu
Jean Kolinofsky
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the latest entry in the Winemaker Detective series by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen, who will transport you to the Sauternes wine region for a story of greed, murder and renewed friendships.

When an elderly couple is murdered, it arouses the curiosity of wine expert Benjamin Cooper. His assistant, Virgile, went to school in the area and contacts an old friend to learn more about the couple. They were respected by their neighbors, lived a simple life and helped out their granddaughter,
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 obviou ...more
Stephanie Dagg
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Requiem in Yquem sees Benjamin Cooker and assistant Virgile back in action in this newest wine-centred cozy mystery. This time we are in Sauternes region, where a brutal murder of an elderly couple has shattered the locality. Virgile has some history in the area, which comes in handy, and this together with a wine connection and Benjamin’s tenacity soon has them on the trail of the killer.

As always with this series, there is plenty of good food and wine to relieve the dramatic tension, and also
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
This is a fascinating book combining a very well penned mystery with believable quirky characters and lots of fascinating wine making background information. It has a real French feel to it which makes it stand out and gives it very much it's own character, and lots of Gallic reflections on life, ageing, honesty and friendship.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this book as a relaxing, easy, read which can provide an escape from busy life.
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers and v
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The language, oh, my god, the language! It's so beautiful! The descriptions are vivid and evocative, and you can almost smell the grapes ... For that only, this would be a book worthy of being read.

But then, of course, we have the mystery... a very well thought mystery, in which even more intriguing than the who, is the why. The characters are interesting, which is in itself surprising in a book that is not really that long.

This is a must-read for those who love a beautifully written mystery.
Jay Williams
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The winemaker detective sends Virgile back to an old friend for information on a crime and a variety of problems emerge before they discover a hidden collection of rare sauterne was the trigger for a double murder. Cooker continues his indulgence in fine food, cigars, and wine while the reader is educated on the secrets of the sauternes. The crime and its solution are a little contrived, but the meat of the story is the issues Virgile and his old friend are dealing with. This series is never dis ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is such fun to read. There is just enough suspense to keep you interested without making you crazy. I feel like I am traveling around France with Cooker and Co. as well. It would be great if this book came with the wine and food to taste along with Mr. Cooker. The character development of Virgil has been interesting throughout the series and it is nice to see that he is taking a more central role in this book. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Sherry McWilliams
Received a free copy for a review. Interesting and enjoyable story. I am enjoying Jean-Pierre's characters and series of stories.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wine, food, and murder combine in an entertaining read. Great way to spend an afternoon.
Louis Deegan
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a good read with interesting wine information.
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