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The Corsican Caper (Sam Levitt #3)

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  474 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Here is Peter Mayle at his effervescent best—his master sleuth, Sam Levitt, eating, drinking, and romancing his way through the South of France even as he investigates a case of deadly intrigue among the Riviera’s jet set.

Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when h
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2014)
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Betty
Although it's written in Peter Mayle's light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek style and chock full of good food and excellent wines, there's really not much to this book. I'd call it a novella rather than a novel. Even though it's a mystery, there's very little in the way of suspense or cliff hanging moments. Just enough of a plot to whet your appetite for a substantial meal.
Jaci
This is definitely summer reading, light and single minded in plot. Despite pesky Russians everywhere, I was never concerned for Francis Reboul's safety, given his crew of friends. There is always an open bottle of champagne (that's fine) and I would have even appreciated more foody conversation.
It was read by Erik Davies who is probably wondering how he did French, American, Corsican and Russian accents, male and female protagonists, without losing his mind.
Made my drive drivable.
Kathleen
This latest novel from Peter Mayle, the author of A Year in Provence, is a light frolic of suspense with the local billionaires along the Mediterranean coast near Marseilles. The author tells the readers from the onset who the victim is and who wants to kill him, but this knowledge doesn't lessen the tension.
Billionaire Francis Reboul is enjoying his palatial coastal estate, Le Pharo, and entertaining his guests, Sam Levitt and Elena Morales from Los Angeles. The tranquility of their quiet lun
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Nancy
Okay, this is getting a little ridiculous. I wouldn't have thought it possible for this book to be even slighter than The Marseille Caper but it is. This was pretty close to a novella, with poorer characterization.

Really, the last 3 books should be edited into a single volume - and large sections re-written. Quite disappointing and pointless. The trifling storyline gave short shrift to characters that, several books ago, would have been mined for depth and amusement. I have to assume the author
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Darlene
I received an ARC of "The Corsican Caper: a novel" by Peter Mayle from Goodreads as part of their first-reads program. This book was a delight to read, a foodie excursion to the South of France. Award winning author, Peter Mayle has captured the essence of the region and expounds on the food, culture and decadence of the area. Billionaire Francis Reboul and friend Sam Levitt are the main characters in this cozy mystery. I guess you could call it one...must clarify that point. The villain is a na ...more
Chris Lytle
I've been a Peter Mayle fan for years. He's given us an insight and appreciation of France and the French, especially life in Provence, like no one else. Wether it's a case of trying to stretch his writing legs a little too much or perhaps the pressure of an eager publisher, Mayle's foray into fiction, specifically mysteries, is a farce. His earlier entry into this genre, The Vintage Caper, was acceptable, although guilty of overacting and a plot that would make an emmental blush. In this Corsic ...more
Gail Cooke


Opening a new book by premier raconteur Peter Mayle is very much like returning to your favorite restaurant - you know dinner will be delicious and you cannot wait to taste it. So it was for me upon beginning The Corsican Caper - eager to meet the intriguing characters, to vicariously enjoy gourmet meals, well chosen wines, and visit luxurious only to be dreamed of places. (In this case, one of the places is a yacht, The Caspian Sea. Or as Mayle puts it “the mother of all yachts” - three hundre
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Francine
This is a sweet and short book; part travel (Provence, France) and part mystery. It really made for enjoyable afternoon reading. It would be great for the beach, put it on your list to read this summer.
Tim
The best thing about this disconnected novel is its length. 2 of 10 stars
Bev Hankins
Billionaire Francis Reboul has a gorgeous coastal estate that is just perfect for hosting vacationing friends like private investigator Sam Levitt and his lovely lady Elena Morales--as well as hosting an auction benefit for the lovely city of Marseilles. But Reboul isn't the only one who thinks his estate is perfect. Oleg Vronsky, a Russian tycoon, has been cruising up and down the French coastline looking for the villa of his dreams. When his binoculars fill up with the wonders of Le Palais du ...more
Melissa
Super quick read-fun, light reading for summer, but definitely not an in-depth or believable mystery. Should be billed as a tongue-in-cheek novella.

"master sleuth, Sam Levitt, eating, drinking, and romancing his way through the South of France even as he investigates a case of deadly intrigue among the Riviera’s jet set.Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht wh
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Barbara
Quite simply this book would not have been published had the author not had a bestseller previously. The devices that work so well in a travel memoir i.e. sumptuous descriptions of food, quirky characters and knowledge of exotic places are not enough to create a compelling mystery. It is billed as "...brimming with entertaining twists." Try as I might I cannot even name one. Truthfully there was no mystery. You know who the culprit is from the start and there is no doubt about how it will unfold ...more
Kwoomac
Three stars for atmosphere. It was so much fun reading about The underbelly of Corsica, far from the beautiful images I have of a wonderful trip there. Now wishing I spent time in the seedier bars. I think I missed the true heart if the place.
Two stars for story. I forgot that Mayle's novels read much like his nonfiction. Anecdotal with a little bit of plot thrown in.
Paula
If I could I guess I would have given this book 3.5 stars. It didn't quite come up to the level of 4 stars, though. I love Peter Mayle's books and have read all of them and enjoyed them immensely. This story was interesting, but I don't think it measured up to the level of the 2 other previous stories in this series. The descriptions of the locations and food were up to par, but I didn't feel there was much of a plot line here, and as a result, not much of a mystery to be mulled over or solved o ...more
Linda
Jul 21, 2014 Linda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This is the latest escapade of Sam Levitt, Elena Morales and their friend Francis Reboul set in the South of France. Francis is plagued by a wealthy Russian who wants to buy his villa and won't take no for an answer. The situation takes a sinister turn and Sam has to devise a plan to save Reboul yet again. Mercenaries, the Corsican mafia and various friends and relatives aid Sam in out foxing Vronsky. Delightful galas, mouth-watering food and wine and lovely sights are interspersed with the unsa ...more
Claire
I received The Corsican Caper as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

When billionaire Francis Reboul is threatened by a Russian gangster Oleg Vronsky, it's up to his friends and travelling companions Sam and Elena to save the day while experiencing the colorful, vivid characters and scenery of the south of France.

This is a very quick read, a bit light on plot and character development, more of a novella-sized romp than a serious read, but it's entertaining nonetheless. Where Mayle really shines is, uns
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Almira
In the past, I have really enjoyed Peter's writing. So when I saw this new title, I placed a hold on it. When I received it, it had a Mystery Label on it, I DO NOT read mysteries, there is enough violence in the real world that I find no need to read fictional stuff. That being said, it is a small book (162 pages), so I thought what the heck......

This was a disappointment from beginning to end. Character development, plot were just not there. Food, wine and location development were by far much
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Susan
The Corsican Caper / Peter Mayle

Russian billionaire Oleg Vronsky admires French billionaire Francis Reboul’s home (built for Napoleon III and the largest private residence in Marseille).

Vronsky wants the house. He needs the house. He would kill for that house.

However, Reboul has no inclination to sell.

Let the games begin.

Vronsky’s allies include a smarmy realtor, a practical - and brutal - bodyguard, and some unreliable Corsicans.

Reboul has the help of the local police, his own Corsican friends
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Monica
So the nice French billionaire is enjoying his summer in his fabulous seaside mansion. Then a nasty Russian oligarch becomes obsessed with acquiring the mansion, which the nice billionaire doesn't want to sell. So the oligarch decides to have the billionaire killed. Of course. Then the billionaire and his American detective friend, the detective's sexy girlfriend and a couple of Corsican rascals foil the plot. It's all extremely silly - lighter than a soufflé. But the menus and the travelogue ar ...more
Amy Tabler-Yingling
Sam Levitt, master sleuth, is on vacation but like all great sleuths the mysteries and spy-like adventures don't stop just because your on vacation.

Sam and his girlfriend Elena are staying at the home of billionaire friend, Francis Reboul, when it becomes crystal clear that the Russian mobster, Oleg Vronsky, would do anything to get what he wants and what he wants is Reboul's villa.

Who would kill for a villa he has his eyes on? Well Vronsky would, but he wouldn't do it himself their are other wa
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Julie
This novel is so light it could float away - the perfect thing to while away a summer afternoon. Sam Levitt, private eye, and his girlfriend, the lovely Elena, are vacationing in the south of France. One of their (millionaire, of course)friends is threatened by a bad guy who has his heart set on their friend's grand villa. They foil the villain in between leisurely lunches, cocktails on lovely verandas, and cruises on a grand yachts. Just the thing for the hammock and an iced tea, or glass of ch ...more
Dana Jennings
After that horrid history, this was my palate cleanser. I have read at least three of Mayle's offerings - A Year in Provence, Toujours Provence, A Good Year - and know he is a competent writer. The book is short, able to be read in an evening which is really all it is worth. The best aspects of the novel were the descriptions of what the characters ate and drank. Much champagne is consumed. It is a lesson in French wines and fine dining. The mystery unfolding is transparent to the reader.
Val
Sep 01, 2014 Val rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
I've read Peter Mayle's book, "A Year in Provence" and enjoyed it. I had never read one of his mysteries. I have missed some good reading. I enjoyed the locale (Marseille), never having been there. Reading about a place is the next best thing to being there. The Russian mobster and his greediness was entertaining and the way that Sam, the sleuth of the story, solves the case was very well done. I shall have to read some more of these French mysteries.
Teri Anderson
I love just about anything by Peter Mayle - his books are always a quick but satisfying read. This one, however, felt a little "phoned in". It was a bit predictable and a bit, well, meh. It's as if he took bits from stuff he's already done and strung them together without giving it too much thought. Not much depth, not much effort. I was a little disappointed, to me honest, which pains me to say.
Rachel Rogers
Reboul, Sam and Elena reunite for more Marsailles fun. Also included are Phillipe, Mimi and Flo and Jo, the Corsican brothers from the last in this series. It feels a little like Mayle is pumping these out having found a formula that works for him (and for publishers); but by the same token, these are fun literary trips to the south of France with likable characters and wonderful food to read.
Kathryn
I thought I would like this book quite a lot more than I did. I was expecting, given the title, more of a caper or perhaps some mystery and suspense, but the plot felt thin to me. In brief, Francis Reboul has a fabulous mansion in the south of France; a Russian oligarch wants to buy the mansion and will stop at nothing to get it; Francis's friends from Los Angeles and Corsica come up with a way to thwart the oligarch. In between there's lots of talk about food and wine and other aspects of being ...more
Judy LeBlanc
A fun little romp through Marseille and Corsica. Don't know why I haven't picked up one his books before, I own a couple just hadn't read them...a great read for late winter early spring, especially when I just want to be outdoors, enough winter already! The characters interact so well, the descriptions of the scenery were wonderful, a story with a satisfying end. Will read him again.
Linda Smatzny
This is the latest novel to feature Sam Levitt. Sam and Elena are visiting their friend, Francis Reboul in Marseille. Francis is being pressured to sell his house to a Russian billionaire. This billionaire gets rid of people who don't do what he wants. Sam comes up an idea to catch the Russian and make him pay for his crimes. It is a short book so a quick easy read.
Florence Primrose
Once again Sam, the master sleuth, is investigating a deadly intrigue among the Riviera's jet set.

Billionaire, Francis Reboul is awaiting his friends, Sam and Elena, when a massive yacht appears which appears to be studying Francis' home. It seems the yacht's owner will stop at nothing to acquire the home.
Sallee
This the fist Peter Mayle mystery I've read and I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were chic and likeable (the good guys) and dislikeable, (the bad guys) in a good way. The story moved along at a brisk pace and the descriptions of the French food and wine made my mouth water. I certainly will check out his other capers.
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Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939 in Brighton) is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in advertising before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. In 1989, A Year in Provence was published and became an international bestseller. His books have be ...more
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