Short, Sharp Interview: Sally Pane, translator of Red-handed in Romanée-Conti, by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen.

red-handed-in-romanee-contiPDB: Can you pitch Red-Handed in Romanée-Conti in 25 words or less?

Amid blackmail and betrayal, a murder victim is discovered in the ruins of an abbey as a catastrophic hailstorm threatens Burgundy’s prized vineyards.

PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written?

Daphne du Maurier’s “Don’t Look Now, or Nicholas Roeg’s film adaptation of it. I recently sleuthed around Venice to find the filming locations for the movie and still get chills down my spine from this compelling psychological thriller.

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make good films or TV series?

Actually, the Winemaker Detective series, including Red-Handed in Romanée-Conti, has been adapted for a TV series in France. The French TV versions differ sometimes in plot, but it’s delightful to see scenery of the myriad vineyards and wine-growing areas of France on display.winemaker-detective

PDB: Who are your favourite writers?

Iris Murdoch, Nabokov, Thomas Hardy, Patricia Highsmith, Geoff Dyer

PDB: What’s your favourite joke?

My own: I must admit, I tend to blame my mistakes on other people, but I get that from my mother.

PDB: What’s your favourite song?

Starman [David Bowie], Beeswing [Richard Thompson], It’s been a long time coming [Sam Cooke]

PDB: What’s on the cards?

Now that Red-Handed in Romanée-Conti has been released, I’m working on translating another Winemaker Detective mystery about Chateau d’Yquem. Believe it or not, it isn’t based on the LVHM take-over, although you’ll definitely understand how these things can happen the more you read these mysteries. After that, I am translating an intriguing story involving a famous French actor who, while trying to create a great vintage, faces a heart-breaking tragedy.sally-pane

 PDB: Anything else?

Thank you, Paul!

Bio: Sally Pane has translated several books in the Winemaker Detective series [written by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen] for Le French Book, including Nightmare in Burgundy, Deadly Tasting, Cognac Conspiracies, Mayhem in Margaux, Flambé in Armagnac, Montmartre Mysteries, Late Harvest Havoc and Tainted Tokay.