Treachery in Bordeaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel BalenMy rating: Mystery
Treachery in Bordeaux is a short mystery set in France's wine country. In contrast to the typical British mystery, where the backdrop is somewhat incidental to the plot, for accidental detective Benjamin Cooker it is his wine expertise which puts him in a good position to investigate. Another sharp contrast: the matter under investigation is a spoiled batch of wine, not the more typical murder. For these winemakers, though, the matter seems as serious as life and death, and the technical details added a great deal of depth to the story.
Even in such a short book, there were various diversions into Benjamin's private life and antique obsession, as well as the gradual building of a new relationship with his young sidekick, who is hired only in the first few pages. An enjoyable, quick read with the potential for developing into a really unique series.