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The Vintage Caper [Kindle Edition]

Peter Mayle
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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'Mayle peppers the narrative with wry observations, often in the form of his trademark one-liners... a twist at the end sends the characters on an unexpected mission that throws the whole sense of right and wrong, good guys and bad guys, into question - and suggest the possibility of a sequel' New York Times.

'The star of this caper is the vineyard-veined, lavender-scented, sun-showered, garlic-seasoned setting itself: pure Provence' National Geographic Traveler.

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'Mayle peppers the narrative with wry observations, often in the form of his trademark one-liners... a twist at the end sends the characters on an unexpected mission that throws the whole sense of right and wrong, good guys and bad guys, into question - and suggest the possibility of a sequel' New York Times. 'The star of this caper is the vineyard-veined, lavender-scented, sun-showered, garlic-seasoned setting itself: pure Provence' National Geographic Traveler.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2052 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DKRSC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VIN ORDINAIRE 26 Aug. 2010
By Diacha
Format:Hardcover
" The Vintage Caper" is a delightful entertainment turned out with Peter Mayle's customary charm and competence (and some technical guidance from Anthony Barton, Hiberno-French scion of Chateau Leoville Barton), but no more than that.

Sam Levitt is a bon vivant poacher-turned-gamekeeper hired by a gorgeous insurance investigator to track down a massively valuable collection of vintage Bordeaux wines snatched from an obnoxious Hollywood lawyer's trophy cellar. He follows the trail to Marseilles and manages to solve his dilemma of having to recover the wine without landing the thieves - for whom he develops considerable affinity - in too much trouble in a creative way. Naturally, he encounters all sorts of charming French characters en route, at least one of them female, and finds time to partake of fine cuisine and superior wine and to get fitted for custom shirts at Charvet in Paris. Sam, despite being American, sounds in other words just like Peter Mayle.

The plotting is undemanding and the whole thing is infinitely forgettable once read. But if one is in the mood for an easy but reasonably intelligent and cheerful read, "The Vintage Caper" is just the thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Mayle 4 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book and forced myself to read it slowly to avoid getting to the end.
The characters were likeable and, as always, Peter Mayle's descriptions are spot on. I was there in France! A light read but no less enjoyable for that. As soon as I finished it I ordered his next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting international wine theft plot set largely in southern France with Peter Mayle's well crafted descriptions of the country & characterisations of its inhabitants.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars capricious caper indeed! 11 Aug. 2013
By IBart
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I have only read one Peter Mayle
Le prior to this and it did not set off any fireworks. This was a well crafted piece of writing that held one's attention till the very last page. I would thoroughly recommend it ... especially if you enjoy a decent glass of Lafite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a let down 5 July 2013
By jag1808
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't expecting a literary masterpiece but as I progressed I was hoping there would be a sting in the tale as it all seemed so obvious otherwise - there wasn't; thankfully it only cost £2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 23 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Starts off well. I read the free Kindle sample and thought "I'll have this". But it quickly runs out of steam. The plot is thin and, unlike previous Mayle novels, the characters are not in any way interesting or charming. The ending is hurried and ill-thought out and the twist on the final page really makes no sense at all. I found myself struggling to finish it and have deleted it from my Kindle as I'm sure I won't ever be reading it again. Such a shame as I have really enjoyed Peter Mayle's earlier novels.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but just 3 Jan. 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have read and enjoyed all his books until now but this one is OK but just. Only just over 200 pages and it seems he got bored with the plot!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak 11 July 2010
By Phil
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a major disappointment from a writer whose work I have previously enjoyed, Characterisation is poor - stereotypes abound and there is no depth to any of them. The beauty of Provence isn't adequately explored and the constant references to food / drink details are mind-numbingly dull. And the ending? I turned the page thinking there was more to come - it feels as if Mayle was as bored as this reader.
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