My review of Flambe in Armagnac by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

This is the third book that I have read in the Winemaker Detective Mystery series, this is the seventh book published and it is fine to read as a stand alone.  The main character in the books is renowned wine expert Benjamin Cooker.  In this installment in the heart of Gascony, a fire has ravaged the warehouse of one of Armagnac’s top estates, killing the master distiller. Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses but immediately, he and his assistant Virgile want to know more as there are too many unanswered questions – Did the old alembic explode? Was it really an accident? Why is the estate owner Baron de Castayrac penniless? How legal are his dealings?  The book is well paced and a very easy page turner and it does leave you guessing who dunnit 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 lovely double-act and support each other as the books progress, Virgile in this one does have more of a lead which is nice.  I am already looking forward to the next in the series – 4 stars from me.