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Review: Mayle’s sleuth tries to prevent a murder

This book cover image released by Alfred A. Knopf shows "The Corsican Caper," by Peter Mayle. (AP Photo/Alfred A. Knopf)

This book cover image released by Alfred A. Knopf shows "The Corsican Caper," by Peter Mayle. (AP Photo/Alfred A. Knopf)

Want to enjoy delicious meals in the south of France amid gorgeous scenery with many bottles of wine, particularly rose, which is favored by Peter Mayle’s characters? And with zero calories?

Then read Mayle’s newest novel, The Corsican Caper, a breezy account of an evil Russian tycoon and his plot to murder a buddy of Sam Levitt – Mayle’s “master sleuth” – and Levitt’s efforts to foil the plot. A lot of drinking and dining goes on while all this is played out.

The Corsican Caper goes for locale – most of it being Provence with some scenes in Corsica, which seems wonderfully stuck in a time warp – at least as much as plot. Don’t expect riveting suspense. The way the tycoon and the statuesque first mate on his yacht are introduced reminded me of Boris and Natasha from The Bullwinkle Show cartoon.

The novel is pleasant escapism, and you’re in good company with Mayle’s cast of characters.

Associated Press

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