The Diamond Caper Sam Levitt Capers

Vintage - When a riviera socialite’s diamonds are stolen—the latest in a string of seemingly unconnected but increasingly audacious jewelry heists across France—Peter Mayle’s bon vivant and master sleuth, Sam Levitt, and his partner, Elena Morales, are soon on the case. In the midst of all the excitement, rosé to share, there’s a house to renovate, and feasts of the Provençal summer bounty to enjoy—giving The Diamond Caper all the hallmarks of another delightfully sun-splashed Peter Mayle adventure.

Vintage. In these “perfect crimes, ” sam sees the hand of a master criminal, but as he and Elena dig deeper, they begin to realize just how dangerous it may be to pursue the truth.





The Corsican Caper

Vintage - When billionaire francis reboul finds himself on the wrong side of a Russian tycoon, he’s fortunate to have vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales on hand to help him out. Vintage. Rich with clever twists, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them, sparkling scenery, The Corsican Caper is an adventure par excellence.

Now it’s up to sam—who’s saved reboul’s neck before—to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries, and Mafioso, hit men, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of “Russian diplomacy. As usual, sam and elena still find time to enjoy the good life, but as Sam’s sleuthing draws him closer to the truth, he realizes Reboul might not be the only one in trouble.





The Marseille Caper

Vintage - When lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire sam levitt’s last adventure in France ended, he thought it’d be a while before he was back, especially with the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles. But a job offer from the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul soon has Sam and Elena in sunny Marseille, on a quest for further excitement.

And delectable dining. Will sam survive to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed in the wonderfully satisfying climax to this as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the south of France. Vintage. Yet as competition over the valuable local waterfront grows more hotly disputed, representing Reboul, Sam, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real estate grab.





The Vintage Caper

Vintage - Vintage. The vintage caper begins high above Los Angeles with a world-class heist at the impressive wine cellar of lawyer Danny Roth. Enter sam levitt, former lawyer and wine connoisseur, who follows leads to Bordeaux and Provence. The unraveling of the ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayle’s seductive renderings of France’s sensory delights—from a fine Lynch-Bages to the bouillabaisse of Marseille—guaranteed to charm and inform even the most sophisticated palates.

A globetrotting detective story, filled with the culinary delights and entertaining characters that have made Peter Mayle our most treasured chronicler of French life.





My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now

Knopf - This thoughtful, vivid exploration of life well-lived, à la Provence, will charm longtime fans and a new generation of readers alike. The beloved author peter mayle, offers vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France--lessons learned, champion of all things Provence, culinary delights enjoyed, here in a final volume of all new writing, and changes observed.

Twenty-five years ago, jennie, peter Mayle and his wife, were rained out of a planned two weeks on the Côte d'Azur. Modern life may have seeped into sleepy Provence, but its magic remains. With his signature warmth, wit, and humor--and twenty-five years of experience--Peter Mayle is a one-of-a-kind guide to the continuing appeal of Provence.

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now - After the coffee, you might drive to see a lavender field that has bloomed every year for centuries, or stroll through the ancient history that coexists alongside Marseille's metropolitan bustle. They have never looked back. As mayle tells us, a cup of café might now cost three euros--but that price still buys you a front-row seat to the charming and indelible parade of village life.

Vintage. In search of sunlight, they set off for Aix-en-Provence; enchanted by the world and life they found there, they soon decided to uproot their lives in England and settle in Provence.





Chasing Cezanne: A Novel

Vintage - Camilla has recently broken new ground in the world of power lunches by booking two tables on the same day, and shuttling between them, at the city's trendiest restaurant. It is camilla who has sent our hero, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photo-graphs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, Andre Kelly, and fatuous.

He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cézanne being loaded onto a plumber's truck near the home of an absent collector. Vintage. And in no time he's on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cézanne. It's a joy to follow him and the crowds intent on speeding or foiling his quest--including a beautiful agent; a super-savvy art dealer attracted to the finer things in life, especially if they promise the payoff of a lifetime; an awesome Dutch forger; some outstandingly greedy New York sophisticates; and, invisible in the background, the parade of remarkable chefs whose mouthwatering culinary masterpieces periodically soothe the hero and tantalize the reader of Chasing Cézanne.

Chasing Cezanne: A Novel - . Odd, thinks Andre. He flies us back to the south of france a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented, on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors, and wickedly delectable restaurants. Hanky-panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle's new novel.

There are stopovers in the bahamas and england, reflects the cutting-edge trendiness of its editor, Decorating Quarterly, and in New York, where that glossiest of magazines, Camilla Jameson Porter.





Hotel Pastis: A Novel of Provence

Vintage - But he hasn’t counted on the malignant local journalist—or on the mauvaise types who have chosen the neighboring village as the site of their latest bank robbery. Simon shaw, has decided to leave it all behind, fortyish English advertising executive, a rumpled, and heads of to France to transform an abandoned police station in the Lubéron into a small but world-class hotel.

Vintage. A beguiling novel of romance, adventure, and tongue-in-cheek suspense set in the South of France, from the beloved, best-selling author of A Year in Provence. On his side, simon has a loyal majordomo and a French business partner who is as practical as she is ravishing. Slyly funny and overflowing with sensuous descriptions of the good life,  Hotel Pastis is the literacy equivalent of a four-star restaurant.





A Good Year

Vintage - Vintage. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does—and may have a better claim to the estate. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing.

Fizzy with intrigue,  a good year is peter Mayle, bursting with local color and savor, beloved author of A Year in Provence, at his most entertaining. Max skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence.

A Good Year - A delightful, best-selling tale about the business and pleasure of wine, adapted into a Ridley Scott movie starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.





Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France

Vintage - Lyric, insightful, sparkling with detail, Encore Provence brings us a land where the smell of thyme in the fields or the glory of a leisurely lunch is no less than inspiring. Here, are mayle's latest tips on where to find the best honey, cheese, too, or chambre d'hìte the region has to offer. Vintage. In his most delightful foray into the wonders of provençal life, California wines, shopping by phone, Peter Mayle returns to France and puts behind him cholesterol worries, and other concerns that plagued him after too much time away.

In encore provence, 000 years of foie gras, a parfumerie lesson on the delicacies of scent, an exploration of the genetic effects of 2, Mayle gives us a glimpse into the secrets of the truffle trade, and a small-town murder mystery that reads like the best fiction.





Anything Considered: A Novel

Vintage - Peter mayle’s delicious new fictional confection is set, bien entendu, in Provence, where a suave if slightly threadbare English expat named Bennett is reaching the end of his credit. Vintage. Unfortunately, there are certain complications … involving Sicilian and Corsican Mafiosi, the loveliest woman ever to drive a tank, and a formula for domesticating the notoriously unpredictable black truffle.

This entails occupying poe’s palatial flat in Monte Carlo, whizzing around in his Mercedes, and charging meals at the Côte d'Azur’s better restaurants. Anything considered except marriage. In no time at all bennett is being paid handsomely to impersonate the mysterious and very wealthy Julian Poe. As orchestrated by mayle, these elements make Anything Considered a novel of nail-biting suspense and champagne-dry wit, whose evocations of the good life are so convincing that you’ll come away with a suntan.

Anything Considered: A Novel - In desperation he places an ad in The International Herald Tribune: “Unattached Englishman … seeks interesting and unusual work.





French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

Vintage - A delightful, delicious, and best-selling account of the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France, from the beloved author of A Year in Provence. With mayle as our charming guide, we come away satisfied if a little hungry, and with a sudden desire to book a flight to France at once. The french celebrate food and drink more than any other people, and Peter Mayle shows us just how contagious their enthusiasm can be.

We visit the Foire aux Escargots. We even attend a catholic mass in the village of Richerenches, mysterious, a sacred event at which thanks are given for the aromatic, and breathtakingly expensive black truffle. We search out the most pungent cheese in France, and eavesdrop on a heated debate on the perfect way to prepare an omelet.

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew - We attend a truly french marathon, where the beverage of choice is Château Lafite-Rothschild rather than Gatorade. Vintage.