Search Results: "Peter Mayle"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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PETER by Kate Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"David, a wiser head, comfortable with his preference, one who can offer physical affection without sexual overtones; and, in Peter, a realistically distressed teenager who is finally able to muster enough perspective to weather his crisis. (Fiction. YA)"
When he finds himself attracted to his older brother's gay friend David, Peter is plunged into the kind of sexual uncertainty many young men feel. Read full book review >

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PROVENCE by Peter Mayle
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The photo that accompanies this tribute to Gallic gall is quite spectacular, for, by a trick of perspective, the tomatoes, in varying stages of ripeness and color, look like a carnival of fungus climbing a rock."
Poor Provence. Read full book review >

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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 >

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TOUJOURS PROVENCE by Peter Mayle
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 1991

"Very winish, dinerish—and absolutely gustatory."
Second installment by GQ columnist Mayle of his country life in the Provencal region of southern France, following the delightful A Year in Provence (1990). 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 VINTAGE CAPER by Peter Mayle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 2009

"The term 'easy read' was surely invented for this amiable but scorchingly efficient amusement that comes with the added benefit of menu and wine-list recommendations."
The celebrated author (A Good Year, 2004, etc.) introduces a wine-savvy sleuth who traces an L.A. cellar heist back to France. Read full book review >

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CHASING CêZANNE by Peter Mayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 1997

"Mayle's trademark wit, energy, or attention to detail in evidence here. (First printing of 125,000)"
The theft and black-market sale of million-dollar Impressionist artworks fails to animate this slapdash and unrewarding fourth novel from Provence-meister Mayle (Anything Considered, 1996, etc.) Read full book review >

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HOTEL PASTIS by Peter Mayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 1993

"A cedar box of Havana Churchills, a pint of white diamonds— the gift novel par excellence, its smart dialogue at full glitter throughout. (First printing of 100,000 is just frog jelly before the tads pop.)"
Consumer glories rendered by a master (the velvety Acquired Tastes, 1992) in a richly amusing first novel set in London and Provence, even more stylish than Mayle's travel hits (Toujours Provence, 1991, etc.). 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 >

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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 >