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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mayle Narrator: Robin Sach Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sam Levitt Series Release Date:
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At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure, and the threat of some very powerful enemies, Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles.

But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul, the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees it, asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement, to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and shark-like developers on the other.

Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed, with luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam’s friends, in the novel’s wonderfully satisfying climax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peter Mayle…whisks you away on another wine-splashed, sun-kissed Provençal escapade in his delightful new Sam Levitt novel, The Marseille Caper.”

    Washington Post

  • “Oh, what a delicious little book this is…Like an excellent meal at a beloved restaurant, you’ll savor every morsel, and you’ll be sorry to see it end.”

    Denver Post

  • “Totally fun…This is sophisticated writing without a snobby tone.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/20/2014

    " This latest little story is not up to Mayle's usual charming dialogue. Mayle's best work is still writing travel books (A Year in Provence is in my top 10 books of all time). But if you're looking for a little escape from the winter and want to read about life in Marseile when the sun is shining and the people are beautiful, this might be your kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heidi | 2/19/2014

    " pure escapism. the plot is silly and unlikely. it is mayle's descriptions of the food and france that I really enjoy. he writes abut food that I would never eat and makes it sound mouth watering delicious. I want to go to the south of france to feel the sun, to smell the flowers and food, to just experience a little of what mayle writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marilyn | 2/18/2014

    " I haven't read Peter Mayle for many years -- since he first wrote "A Year in Provence" and "Toujours Provence." This was a sample of his French mysteries - light, fun, filled with food, romance, and travel. I loved it -- it was straight forward, predictable, funny, filled with colorful characters, and a swift, imaginative, travel to France. A lovely afternoon read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mike Barker | 2/12/2014

    " I was prepared for this foray into "suspense" writing by Peter Mayle to be fairly light-weight. I enjoyed his Provence cycle of books, and knew intuitively that this break in form was risky. The story lived up to my expectations. The book came off as if Jan Karon of "the Mitford tales" series fame tried to write a book of intrigue, without the dramatic or criminal suspense. The present book came off as a lame attempt to couch a cook's tour of Marseille culture and cuisine in mystery guise. Mayle should probably stick to the genre he does so much better, or at least to the region of France to which he has devoted himself. The characters were typical, if totally fictional, personas with whom we have become familiar in his previous work. Even his thugs come off as affable, as though they had day jobs in the cast of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," without the cunning of 'toons. The book progressed like French cinema, with just enough interest to keep the pages turning, but with the assured happy ending always in sight. Fantastic meals, extravagant architecture and accommodations and cutesy, out-of-the-way bistros litter the story, sadly without the attention to why these should be of interest that made the Provence books entertaining. "

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