The Marseille Caper
By Peter Mayle
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307740953, 224pp.)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
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When lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt’s last adventure in France ended, he thought it’d be a while before he was back, especially with the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles. But a job offer from the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul soon has Sam and Elena in sunny Marseille, on a quest for further excitement . . . and delectable dining. Yet as competition over the valuable local waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real estate grab.
Will Sam survive to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed in the wonderfully satisfying climax to this as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the south of France.
Peter Mayle is the author of twelve previous books, six of them novels. A recipient of the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for twenty years.
“Peter Mayle . . . whisk[s] you away on another wine-splashed, sun-kissed Provencal escapade in his delightful new Sam Levitt novel.”
—The Washington Post
“Oh, what a delicious little book this is. . . . [A] luxurious tale of clever deception, byzantine civic politics and, of course, lush and languid passages devoted to food. . . . Like an excellent meal at a beloved restaurant, you’ll savor every morsel, and you’ll be sorry to see it end. A charmer.”
—The Denver Post
“Totally fun. . . . This is sophisticated writing without a snobby tone.”
“Sends readers on a breezy excursion to southern France’s least appreciated city in this entertaining crime novel filled with amiable digressions into the history, cuisine, and local culture of Marseille.”