Search Results: "M.M. Mayle"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A somewhat unwieldy novel that nonetheless delivers fast-paced, dramatic action and engaging, lively characters."
Sparks fly when a rock star teams up with a brilliant attorney in this sprawling tale of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll—and revenge. Read full book review >

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THE CORSICAN CAPER by Peter Mayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"Smooth as the most decadent dessert, with just as many empty calories."
A third volume in the light-as-a-bon-bon adventures of expatriate gumshoe Sam Levitt, his partner in all manners, Elena Morales, and the billionaire friend who cares more about their company and the quality of the wine than protecting his wealth. Read full book review >

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THE BURIAL BROTHERS by Simon Mayle
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A grade B movie on wheels, indelicate and noir. (Author tour- -with hearse)"
A darkly entertaining, raunchy road trip—New York City to Brazil—by hearse, from newcomer Mayle. Read full book review >

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ANYTHING CONSIDERED by Peter Mayle
Released: June 5, 1996

"Stylish and amusing as ever. (First printing of 150,000; Book- of-the-Month/QPB selection)"
A sinister plot to corner the truffles market provides the backdrop for another delightful trek through the French countryside in this third novel from the ever-popular Mayle (Hotel Pastis, 1993; A Dog's Life, 1995, not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIX by M.M. Vaughan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Inventive, entertaining and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Three kids, a pet pig and a helpful chauffeur must unravel a mystery of cosmic proportions. Read full book review >

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WATERMIND by M.M.  Buckner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Churning furiously, packed with local color, but has no real plot and few sympathetic characters."
Swamp Thing meets the Toxic Avenger: The hardcover debut by the author of War Surf (2005, etc.) takes a bewildering slog through mud and mosquitoes. Read full book review >

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THE MARSEILLE CAPER by Peter Mayle
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"To compensate for the absence of plot complications, realistic dialogue or suspense, the meals sound great, the ebullient badinage is genuinely witty and Mayle wears his considerable knowledge of the area lightly."
Now that Sam Levitt has recovered entertainment lawyer Danny Roth's stolen wine from dodgy millionaire Francis Reboul (The Vintage Caper, 2009), his quarry wants to hire him for a job of his own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GOOD YEAR by Peter Mayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2004

"Uncorks as a bottle without much nose, leaving but brief bloom on the palate: it needed perhaps a little more breathing time when decanted."
A Good Year (as in wines) finds Mayle back in Provence, the region that inspired his famous nonfiction debut, A Year in Provence (1990), and his first novel, Hotel Pastis (1993). Read full book review >

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ACQUIRED TASTES by Peter Mayle
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1992

"Much, much fun—and best read with a magnum of Dom Perignon and a four-pound tin of Beluga caviar."
Consumer catalogue of the world's finest luxuries, entries first published in GQ and Esquire, by Mayle (Toujours Provence, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE ABILITY by M.M. Vaughan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Chris' unresolved home life and an equally open-ended, anticlimactic ending suggest a sequel; readers not yet burned out on paranormal boarding schools may look forward to it. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Recruited to MI18, a top-secret British agency that employs children to gather intelligence, six preteens use their minds over high-tech gadgets to fight crime in this imported debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Should hit big among Madison Avenue masochists, less big elsewhere."
Generalities about advertising by the tireless Mayle, whose first novel, Hotel Pastis, is reviewed above. Read full book review >