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“A delight to read. . . . [A] romp exhorting the pleasures of the French countryside. . . . Bon appetit!” —The Post and Courier

“There is a way to enjoy delicious meals in the south of France amid gorgeous scenery with many bottles of wine (particularly rose) but no calories. You can enjoy it all vicariously through Peter Mayle’s [The Corsican Caper]. . . . You’re in good company with Mayle’s cast of characters.” —The Columbus Dispatch

“Filled with fascinating characters and punctuated with culinary delights,” —Palm Beach Daily News

Kurzbeschreibung

Here is Peter Mayle at his effervescent best—his master sleuth, Sam Levitt, eating, drinking, and romancing his way through the South of France even as he investigates a case of deadly intrigue among the Riviera’s jet set.

Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul’s villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky’s methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it’s up to Sam—he’s saved Reboul’s neck before—to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men, not to mention the Corsican mafia, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of Vronsky’s “Russian diplomacy.”

The dire situation doesn’t stop Sam and Elena from attending glamorous fêtes where the wines and starlets alike sparkle, and enjoying sumptuous meals—from multicourse revelations to understated delights like the first asparagus of the season, on which one must make a wish. But as Sam’s sleuthing draws him closer to the truth of Vronsky’s schemes, he realizes Reboul might not be the only one unable to enjoy the good life for long.

Brimming with entertaining twists, sparkling scenery, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them, The Corsican Caper is a one-way ticket to pleasure, Provençal style.


This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3364 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 178 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage (13. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GQA9CAW
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen 2 Kundenrezensionen
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Opening a new book by premier raconteur Peter Mayle is very much like returning to your favorite restaurant - you know dinner will be delicious and you cannot wait to taste it. So it was for me upon beginning The Corsican Caper - eager to meet the intriguing characters, to vicariously enjoy gourmet meals, well chosen wines, and visit luxurious only to be dreamed of places. (In this case, one of the places is a yacht, The Caspian Sea. Or as Mayle puts it “the mother of all yachts” - three hundred feet of dark blue with four decks, radar, helicopter pad and two speedboats behind. Plus, of course, an interior so luxe it would put a Park Avenue penthouse to shame.)

Mayle’s characters always travel First Class and eat in 5 star restaurants - what a joy it is to join them! Once again we’re in the company of Sam Levitt who well knows how to solve a crime without missing a meal or a glass of wine. He and the beautiful Elena Morales are coming from California for an extended visit with their dear friend, Francis Reboul..As it happens (and you knew it would) Reboul lives in a palatial Corsican estate, El Pharo, one of the most prime properties in all of the Mediterranean.

While awaiting his guests Reboul notices the mega yacht just several hundred yards offshore. It slows, comes to a stop and several figures appear on the top deck - they all appear to be looking directly at him. Of course, Reboul finds this a bit disconcerting, and he would be more than disconcerted if he knew that the owner of the yacht was an unscrupulous billionaire Russian, Oleg Vronsky.

Vronsky has been checking out the coast for a suitable home, and he wants El Pharo. Problem is the Russian always gets what he wants, sometimes leaving a dead body or two behind.
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Nicht ganz so gut wie die beiden Vorgänger, aber doch unterhaltsam. Wirkte etwas sehr konstruiert und vorhersehbar, der "Corsican Caper" kam etwas unvorbereitet plötzlich und ich fand ihn zu kurz. Hätte insgesamt gerne ein bisschen länger sein können, dann wäre die Handlung vielleicht auch plausibler geworden.
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HASH(0x9232fa80) von 5 Sternen disappointed 25. Juni 2014
Von James - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very linear plot with no side stories, or surprises. It is by far my least favorite Peter Mayle book, and I have read and enjoyed most of his works.

Mayle was definitely phoning this one in. Giving fine descriptions of meals and wine is no substitute for plot development.
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HASH(0x9232fccc) von 5 Sternen Easy to like, but leaves you wanting more 6. April 2014
Von Gary K. McCormick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Peter Mayle’s “The Corsican Caper” left me with much the same feeling I got from “The Vintage Caper”, the first book in Mr Mayle’s Sam Levitt “Caper” series – is that all there is?

This tale of latest adventure of the roguish PI Sam Levitt is a delightful short read, but it is, like the previous two books in the series, wrapped up too soon, and too conveniently, to be fully satisfying. How wonderful it would be to see Mr Mayle stretch out a bit more, returning to the touch he showed in his earlier books, such as “Hotel Pastis”, or “A Good Year”!
7 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
HASH(0x9233381c) von 5 Sternen who has detailed wonderful characters in the past 7. Juli 2014
Von bentmax - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Thin, thin, thin. Had I submitted this to my high school writing teacher, her comment would have been, "Good outline, now write the story." Mayle, who has detailed wonderful characters in the past, didn't bother this time, almost no physical description. Had the reader not been familiar with Mayle's previous "Caper" books, he/she would have been lost. Nor did Mayle develop much of a sense of place other than insert names without detail. Great meals were merely listed without the reader savoring each morsel. The plot was simplistic with no unexpected twists, no subplots, no meat on the bones at all of this anorexic effort.
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HASH(0x923338a0) von 5 Sternen Corsican cAper review 22. Mai 2014
Von Lynda - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I love this author and keep all of his novels. This one just missed the mark for me. A little too predictable and the ending was too pat. But ill line up to get the next one cause I love the voice he writes in
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As one who has read some of Peter Mayle's previous books including his very first and well known non-fiction "A Year in Provence" that made him famous, you might say, he's the Frances Mayes of Provence, I was somewhat disappointed. Having said that, I didn't expect to be blown away by "The Corsican Caper". And the reason why I say this is because I had previously read a couple of Mr Mayles' other fiction books and I was just not impressed with them. I feel that his non-fiction books are much more interesting where he wittingly writes about his day to day life and the Provencal locals he comes across and some of their quirky customs while living the good life in sunny Provence.

The Corsican Caper, one might say is entertaining with descriptions of Marseille and Nice and some other towns along the French Riviera sprinkled here and there, but it hardly had any suspense and certainly no surprises. I can't say that I highly recommend it, it was just okay.
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