Requiem in Yquem A Winemaker Detective Mystery

Offer yourself one of those rare breaks in the daily hubbub with a relaxing journey through French wine country peppered with reflexions on greed, remorse, and friendship.

This light, fun, wine-infused mystery combines amateur sleuths, food, and wine in a wonderfully French mystery novel that doubles as a travel guide. 

Requiem in Yquem

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 assistant Virgile Lanssien. Drawn into the investigation, the two journey through the storied Sauternes countryside, where the Château d’Yquem has reigned for centuries. Will the murder go unexplained and the killer remain free? The Winemaker Detective’s discernment and incessant curiosity push investigators to look deeper, while Virgile rekindles memories of his days at school and questions the meaning of his life.  

In another satisfying wine novel with a French flair, authors Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen give readers a perfectly intoxicating combination of French wine, gourmet meals, and mystery in the gloriously described Sauternes wine region with all the scenery, scents, and sounds of France. 

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Jean-Pierre Alaux

Jean-Pierre Alaux Co-author

Noel Balen

Noël Balen Co-author

Sally Pane Translator

Amy Richards

Amy Richards Editor

Anne Trager

Anne Trager Publisher


Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, wine lover and music lover respectively, came up with the idea for the Winemaker Detective series while sharing a meal, with a bottle of Château Gaudou 1996, a red wine from Cahors with smooth tannins and a balanced nose. They are both prolific writers, with several series to their name, including the Winemaker Detecive series, which has been adapted to television.

Sally Pane studied French at State University of New York Oswego and the Sorbonne before receiving her Masters Degree in French Literature from the University of Colorado. She has translated several titles in this series. Long-time editor Amy Richards and publisher and founder of Le French Book Anne Trager both contributed to the adaptation. 


“The perfect mysteries to read with a glass of vino in hand.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review  

“Light and enjoyable... If you feel like taking an armchair tour of France, they hit just the right spot.” —Mystery Scene Magazine  

“Masterful.“ —Star Tribune  

“Beautifully done.” —Bookloons  

“Decadent, delicious, and delightful, the Winemaker Detective series blends an immersion in French countryside, winemaking, and gourmet attitude with mystery and intrigue.” —Wine Industry Network Advisor  

“A fun and informative take on the cozy crime mystery, French style.” —Eurocrime  

“It is easy to see why this series has a following. The descriptive language is captivating... crackling, interesting dialogue, and persona.” —Foreword Reviews  

“Francophiles, history buffs, mystery fans, oenophiles will want to add the entire series to their reading shelf.” —The Discerning Reader 

“Intrigue and plenty of good eating and drinking... will whet appetites of fans of both Iron Chef and Murder, She Wrote.” —Booklist

“A quick, entertaining read. It reminds me a bit of a good old English Murder Mystery such as anything by Agatha Christie.” —New Paper Adventures  

“I love good mysteries. I love good wine. So imagine my joy at nding a great mystery about wine, and winemaking, and the whole culture of that fascinating world.” —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author  

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