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The Corsican Caper

by Peter Mayle

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This latest novel from Peter Mayle, the author of A Year in Provence, is a light frolic of suspense with the local billionaires along the Mediterranean coast near Marseilles. The author tells the readers from the onset who the victim is and who wants to kill him, but this knowledge doesn't lessen the tension.
Billionaire Francis Reboul is enjoying his palatial coastal estate, Le Pharo, and entertaining his guests, Sam Levitt and Elena Morales from Los Angeles. The tranquility of their quiet lunch and pleasure in Reboul's fine wine cellar is interrupted when a helicopter flies overhead and swoops low enough for them to see the binoculars that are trained on the estate and its occupants. Reboul soon discovers through his contacts in the Marseilles police that a Russian billionaire with a less than savory past has sailed into harbor on his yacht The Caspian Queen, and has his eye on Le Pharo. He has made up his mind to own Reboul's estate, whether Reboul wants to sell or not.
When Reboul refuses the offer to sell at any price, Oleg Vronsky makes plans to eliminate Reboul, as he has down before when some person stood in the way of something he wanted. Sam and Elena discover that Vronsky is smart as well as ruthless. He always manages to be far away when a rival is killed.
The action moves to the island of Corsica, where loyalties are strong and people know who their friends and enemies are. While Vronsky has taken off to Paris, he has left behind a couple of Russian thugs, but they are no match for a the Corsican mafia types who protect their own.
I read this novel in a day and a half, and enjoyed every moment of an escape into the world of champagne for lunch and a snack of escargot and caviar. It was a very pleasant diversion from reality. (As published in Suspense Magazine) ( )
  kathleen.heady | Nov 8, 2014 |
As an addition to Mayle's work, this one was utterly phoned in. Don't bother. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 15, 2014 |
The Corsican Caper is more in line with being a short novella than a true novel. Peter Mayle's super sleuth, Sam Levitt and his friend ( Reboul ) are somewhat interesting but, I only gave it a 3 star rating. This would be a good quick beach afternoons read, but, not for a long winter's night reading entertainment ......... ( )
  JaneAustenNut | May 25, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307962865, Hardcover)

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.

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"The beloved author 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, unscrupulous Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who's decided he'll stop at nothing to obtain Reboul's villa. And 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 hitmen, not to mention the Corsican mafia, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of Vronsky's 'Russian diplomacy.' Brimming with head-turning twists, sparkling scenery, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them, The Corsican Caper is a one-way ticket to pleasure, Provence style"--… (more)

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