Amateur Sleuth

I was searching for some light reading when I discovered Peter Mayle’s detective series. I have read two of the books now and can’t say either one tickled my fancy.

The stories, The Diamond Caper and The Corsican Caper are short in volume. The main characters are Americans, Sam Levitt and Elena Morales who love France, the country, the food, the people. Their escapades occur during their holidays in France.

Although the concept is clever, I thought the storylines were weak. I have enjoyed Mayle’s memoirs, but his capers have left me cold as a bowl of vichyssoise. Food and wine descriptions are plentiful and certain to stimulate your gastric juices. Mayle’s good in that regard as well as providing scenic descriptions of French cities and citizens.

I have a couple more books in the series yet to listen to. I will hope for the best!

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Amateur Sleuth

  1. alison41 says:

    I agree with your comments on his sleuthing series, but he writes so engagingly about France the food & the people, that I continue reading him and forgive him for his plots, and continue enjoying him.

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