Sunday, July 27, 2014

Final Poirot Episodes only available on Acorn TV

Although two more episodes of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot starring David Suchet will be on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! tonight and next Sunday, (The Big Four and Dead Man's Folly), the final three episodes will only be available in August on Acorn TVThose episodes include Elephants Can Remember (Aug. 11) and Labours of Hercules (Aug. 18) and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case on Aug. 25.

Hercule Poirot: The Big Four tonight!

David Suchet returns as Hercule Poirot tonight on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! Episode: The Big Four.

The Big Four plunges Poirot into a world of global espionage, set against the backdrop of the impending WWII. The public is in a panic after the shocking death of a Russian chess grandmaster at the climax of a high-profile international Peace Party reception. With the help of old friends Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon, Poirot must make a dramatic move that only a chess champion could love, while navigating international figures and intrigues in order to identify the culprit. Adapted by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), The Big Four reunites David Suchet with Hugh Fraser as sidekick Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as secretary Miss Lemon.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Winemaker Detective Series: 5 more titles!

Le French Book Mystery and Thriller publisher just signed on five more books in the Winemaker Detective Series of whodunits set in French wine country. Read an interview with the authors -- 'Partners in Crime' HERE.

The Winemaker Detective Series, by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, offers an immersion in French countryside and gourmet attitude, with two wine-loving amateur detectives. This cozy mysteries series will "whet the appetite of lovers of both Iron Chef and Murder, She Wrote."

Already a popular television series in France, the Winemaker Detective series is being translated into English by mystery and thriller publisher Le French Book, which just signed the rights for five more titles. With these new titles, the Winemaker Detective will travel to Montmartre, in Paris, Beaujolais, Alsace, Romanée-Conti (Burgundy) and all the way to Hungary's Tokay region.

Publisher Anne Trager says, "These are entertaining cozy mysteries full of wine lore and food loving zeal. As the series goes on, the two main characters grow, and their adventures continue, while readers get to vicariously explore more wine country. They are great fun."

Jean-Pierre Alaux is a magazine, radio and television journalist when he is not writing novels in southwestern France. He is a wine and food lover and the grandson of a winemaker.

Coauthor of the Winemaker Detective series, Noël Balen lives in Paris, where he shares his time between writing, making records, and lecturing on music. He plays bass, is a music critic and has authored a number of books about musicians in addition to his novel and short-story writing.

The first in the series, Treachery in Bordeaux, introduces the characters. This journey to Bordeaux takes readers behind the scenes of a grand cru wine estate that has fallen victim to sabotage. World-renowned winemaker Benjamin Cooker sets out to find out what happened and why. Who would want to target this esteemed vintner? Grand Cru Heist navigates from the Loire Valley to Bordeaux. In between a glass of Vouvray and a bottle of Saint-Émilion, the Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile turn PI to solve two murders and very peculiar heist. Who stole those bottles of grand cru classé? In Nightmare in Burgundy, the Winemaker Detective leaves his native Bordeaux for a dream wine-tasting trip in Burgundy, France's other key wine region. His stay turns into a troubling nightmare when he stumbles upon a mystery revolving around messages from another era. In Deadly Tasting, a serial killer stalks Bordeaux, signing his crimes with a strange ritual. To understand the wine-related symbolism, the local police call on the famous wine critic Benjamin Cooker. The investigation leads them to the dark hours of France’s history, as the mystery thickens among the once-peaceful vineyards of Pomerol.

Le French Book (http://www.lefrenchbook.com) is a New York-based publisher specialized in great reads from France, with a growing catalog of top contemporary mysteries and thrillers with a French touch.