The Vintage Caper Paperback – 26 May 2011
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'An evocative blending of wine and crime and a book that is sure to please Mayle fans and newcomers alike' City AM. (City AM)
'It's a breeze of a read - light and fun, and written with the ease and assurance of an expert' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
'This book left me feeling thirsty for a glass of Bordeaux and hungry for beef cheeks with foie gras, followed by a fondant au chocolat' Irish Examiner. (Irish Examiner)
'Mayle peppers the narrative with wry observations, often in the form of his trademark one-liners' New York Times. (New York Times)
'This is a feel-good book for the summer, best savoured over a glass of vintage rosé' Sunday Express. (Sunday Express)
A diverting and witty crime novel by the renowned author of A Year in Provence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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This story The Vintage Caper is another of his highly readable tales. I enjoyed it and am now looking to read more of his later books.
They are always very easy to read with his flowing style that makes you want to keep going back for more.
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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