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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Winemaker Detective series: wine plus crime in French vineyards

From Le French Book
First of all, I’d like to tell you more about Le French Book. To borrow from the Small-Press Lineup mugshot that appeared in Booklist: I am Anne Trager, aka The Translator, infamous trafficker of French mysteries and thrillers in English. Among my accomplices are co-conspirator Fabrice Neuman, aka The French Connection; Amy “Red-line” Richards, translation editor sometimes known as The Slasher; and Jeroen “Bleeding in the Gutter” ten Berge, cover artist. Known associates include translators Sally Pane, Sophie Weiner, Julie Rose, Simon John, and Jeffrey Zuckerman.

Le French Book is my very own crime of passion. I am known to be obsessed with mysteries and thrillers and have a weakness for France. I grew up between Ohio and the southwest of the US, and as far back as I can remember I dreamed about traveling overseas. Maybe it’s because my parents were linguists, or maybe it’s because they spelled my first names à la française: Anne, with an e, and Valerie, with ie. As a teenager, I dreamed about going to France, read Gourmet Magazine religiously, and experimented with Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I ended up studying French and going to Paris as soon as I could. There I trained as a chef before starting my translation and editorial career there. Now I guess you understand why I’m so fond of the Winemaker Detective series.

Jumping ahead, in 2012, I woke up one morning, compelled to drop everything and bring my vices—an obsession with crime fiction equal to my love of France—home by translating mysteries and thrillers by French writers. Think serial killer in Paris, deceit and treachery in vineyards, rolling countryside filled with hidden secrets. Think also wine-sipping freelance spies based in the French capital, and intrigue straight out of World War II, along with much more: noir, cozies, police procedurals, detective stories, suspense, espionage, action, and adventure. 

The operation started off digital-first, but from the beginning, we wanted to expand to other formats, and now we have widespread print distribution and a number of titles in audiobook format.

So, that is a little something about us. I hope to get to know more about you. Are you one of those people who reads mysteries like you eat chocolate? Are you on the lookout for exciting new international thrillers? Do you want to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in European writing? Do you simply have a fascination with, or just a passing interest in, France or wine? Why don’t you drop me an email right now and tell me what brings you here. Just hit reply.
As a thank you for taking the time to read our advance review copies and posting reviews, I wanted to share a free gift: a Dummies Guide to French Mysteries and Thrillers. Click here to download it.

I’d love to read your thoughts and comments on our Facebook page, and I’m always reachable by e-mail if you’d like to get in touch personally.

Keep a look out for the next email from me a few days from now. It will have your third Winemaker Detective mystery.

Good reading,
Anne & Le Team

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