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The Marseille Caper Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849163553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849163552
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'the perfect fantasy read if you're planning a trip to the South of France, or a rose-tinted souvenir if you've already been here' Marseille - Provence.

'As light and airy as a French soufflé ... a thoroughly enjoyable romp that happily doubles as a tourist guide to the best bars, restaurants and Bouillabaisse in Provence' Irish Independent.

'With appealing characters and a breezy plot, Mayle's seductive digressions into the sensory delights of Marseille will please his fans and new readers' France magazine.

'You won't be disappointed' French Property News.

'written beautifully by a master of his subject. Very enjoyable!' Destination France.

'A real page-turner' Daily Express.

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Lawyer and wine connoisseur, Sam Levitt's last adventure sent him to the South of France in search of a missing wine collection. He thought it would be a while before he was back, especially with the charms of the fiery Elena Morales to keep him settled in Los Angeles. But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul asks him to take a job in Marseille, it's impossible for Sam and Elena to resist. The lure of further excitement and the pleasures of the region beckon them back to France. Quelle joie! Yet as competition over Marseille's valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself right in the middle, with intrigue and danger following closely behind.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rhinopops on 2 April 2013
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I started reading this book on a sunny day, imagining myself in the South of France. The 'caper' is an excellent page turner, hard to put down. Food and wine lovers will love the gastronomic references throughout the book. The book is not serious literature, but a very enjoyable story, full of excellent characters. Highly recommended in a sunny spot with a glass of Rose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Farmer on 18 Mar. 2013
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Another very readable tale. I thoroughly recommend it. Do read The vintage Caper first as it will fill in a few gaps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Natural on 27 Aug. 2013
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Delightfully written, evocative of that elysian region, a laid-back soft-core crime caper. Gentle, affable and charming, it's not going to set your adrenals alight, and may be too easy-going for some. Non addictive literary opium to nod off to and dream of fragrant sunny hillsides in the south of France? I don't mind a bit of that, now and again. Enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mac Fletcher on 26 July 2013
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I only gave this book one star so that I could comment on it. I've not read anything by this author before, and doubt that I will again. As a writer myself, I hate to criticise fellow authors; I know the work that goes into writing a novel, and how much it hurts to see one's work pulled apart, but I only managed 45% of the book before giving up.
I admit that an American's activities in France is an unlikely combination to be a hit with me, but I gave up because I simply didn't give a toss what happened : the characters and narrative are so 2 dimensional I found no empathy with the story at all.
Caper implies a bit of a lark, or an adventure of sorts; not a good title, but not even honest. And the interminable waffle about food and wine.....It's a plot readers want, not a menu on every page.
Sorry, but even if they're giving it away, don't waste your time. On the plus side, the writing itself is what I would expect from an accomplished author.
Mac Fletcher
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By frenchie on 26 Dec. 2012
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I have been a fan of Peter mayle for many years, going back to "A year in Provence" all these years ago. In fact, I have bought every single book from him written since. After the "Vintage Caper", I began to have doubts... The "Marseille caper" has confirmed these doubts. A boring piece of writing with bland characters, a very thin plot and a predictable outcome! Peter, in my opinion, has reached the end of his road on the fictional side of his writing and should stick to the non-fictional side where he excels. Do not buy this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Aug. 2013
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Excellent light read. Good story in a beautiful setting. Peter Mayle keeps the reader engaged with the plot and colourful descriptions of France and the French.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By magoo101 on 19 July 2013
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I normally love Peter Mayle, but this book is very disappointing. The characters are not believable, having no credible background. The plotting is very lazy and predictable, even in its unbelievability. There are far too many references to food, I'm amazed that the women in it (with one exception slim and beautiful) haven't put on a stone over the course of the week covered by the plot. I hesitate to mention the stereotyping but really! Does Peter have a nanny complex? It's the only reason to introduce Perkins. Sorry, I've gone on too much....it's not good, but if you're looking for an easy read by the pool then you might be OK with it. I think Peter Mayle should stick to non fiction, he's much better at that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Gibbs on 28 July 2013
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Having enjoyed the film of Mayle's 'A Good Year', I hoped I'd found a new author to enjoy. Sadly, this - my first foray - just didn't live up to the sheer fun of my expectations. A light read, but nothing more. Another reviewer commented on the 'interminable waffle about food and drink' - having ploughed through the first detailed recipe, I've decided it's just not worth plodding on. Even if the plot improves, I can see how off-putting the foodie side of things is going to be.
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