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The Corsican Caper (Sam Levitt #3)

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,090 Ratings  ·  203 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
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jun 01, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok
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
Apr 21, 2014 Betty rated it liked it
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.
Chris Lytle
Sep 24, 2014 Chris Lytle rated it it was ok
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
Jul 11, 2014 Barbara rated it did not like it
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
Aug 03, 2014 Jaci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 23, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it
The best thing about this disconnected novel is its length. 2 of 10 stars
Jul 10, 2014 Kathleen rated it did not like it
truly stupid
Oct 30, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oy! The Sam Levitt canon are not the best of Mayle by a long shot - and each addition is more vapid than the last. What started as a charming though slight series has devolved to a wisp of empty frivolity. I was going to say The Corsican Caper smacked of The Hardy Boys, but with French cooking and wine. However, the Boys may actually beat this one for nuance and depth. Time to lay this series to rest, Mr. Mayle.
Jun 01, 2017 Jeanne rated it liked it
Have not read Mayle in awhile, but felt like something light and fun. And that's exactly what I got, a mini sojourn to the south of France, but without the hassle of actually traveling. Nice to know he still entertains, with his knowledgeable flare for food and wine. A delicious caper.
Gail Cooke
Apr 02, 2014 Gail Cooke rated it it was amazing

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
Oct 12, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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
Feb 06, 2015 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
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#3 Sam Leavitt - Cozy Mystery

Delightful mystery set in France. Sam Leavitt and his wife Elena arrive from Los Angeles for an extended visit with various friends in France.

Their host and good friend, Francis Reboul's magnificent coastal estate is their first stop. Francis is troubled when a massive yacht is obviously focused on his property, including the yacht's helicopter flying overhead.

The yacht owner, wealthy and dangerous Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky has decided he badly wants Francis's exqu
Jason Stanley
Aug 09, 2016 Jason Stanley rated it liked it
Peter Mayle is one of the reasons I want to visit the south of France. His book "A Year in Provence" is the source of that inspiration. Much as he did there, in "The Corsican Caper" he details in the delightful way only he can about the food, the wine, and the culture. You almost feel apart of it. However, it leaves the rest of this short novel light on the caper.
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.
May 29, 2014 Francine rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 14, 2015 Lorraine rated it it was ok
Not my favorite book by Mayle. Easy read, but felt like a book produced to meet a deadline or a contract obligation.
Jun 08, 2014 Cmw rated it did not like it
Thriller lite with a foodie 's bent. Objectifies females (lingerie scene and others ... Really? ) Won't read another Mayle again.
Mar 06, 2017 Garfield rated it really liked it
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Mayle's adventures in the south of France. The food, the atmosphere and in this case a good deal of mystery, crime and madcap adventure all leading up to hot pursuit of the bad guys and the grand finale. I have most all of his books on the shelf, found this one for a few dollars as a bargain and was once again transported to the south of France. Delectable reading as his books are always filled with culinary delights. Nothing as satisfying as armchair travel ...more
Jun 18, 2017 Mary rated it it was amazing
Another joyful romp. A quick and relaxing read! Fun!
Josh Hamacher
Very quick read. A fun book with almost no substance, but worth it for the descriptions of southern France and Corsica.
Jun 24, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing
As always, Peter Mayle provides a fun, light-hearted read - perfect for summer/vacation reading.
Mar 10, 2017 Joann rated it it was amazing
cute...easy read...
The French accents put me off. And the villain was incredibly stupid and easy to defeat, even for our not too bright heros.
David Gill
Mar 01, 2017 David Gill rated it liked it
A fun caper around the south of France with some very nice rich people and some dangerous rich people.
Jun 10, 2014 Bev rated it liked it
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
Jillian Getting
Feb 16, 2015 Jillian Getting rated it liked it
I’ve read Peter Mayle’s other two books starring Sam Levitt – The Vintage Caper and The Marseilles Caper – and looked forward to Sam’s next adventure in sunny Southern France. Unfortunately, The Corsican Caper felt very slight, both in length and premise.

Sam and his girlfriend Elena returning to Marseilles to visit their friend Francis Reboul, a wealthy businessman with a large wine cellar. Everything begins as an idyllic vacation until a ridiculously large yacht appears off the coast. From its
Erik Moloney
Jul 15, 2015 Erik Moloney rated it liked it
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 he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian
Jelly Fish
the premise of the corsican caper is mysterious and romantic—evil rich russians vs. classily-dressed american heroes, set against the backdrop of lovely french and corsican landscapes—i'm a sucker for that kind of stuff. the story itself was executed very poorly, despite all that. the plot is shallow, the writing style highly repetitive (has anybody noticed that all the various renaults mentioned in this book are "elderly"? they can't just be renaults, or even "old renaults" once in a while, the ...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
Hannah Sillars
Apr 15, 2016 Hannah Sillars rated it did not like it
In a word? Blah. This book aims to be light, juicy beachside fare--the kind filled with dapper society-types, vintage wines, and superyachts. It didn't even hit that mark. The book wasn't character-driven or plot-driven. It was meal-driven, with some dull dialogue thrown in between the escargot and duck confit. I love food, and yet if I wanted to read about it, I wouldn't pick up a book promising a caper.

The lead? Utterly dull.

The female lead? An overly sexualized Bond-girl with none of the Bond
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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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Other Books in the Series

Sam Levitt (4 books)
  • The Vintage Caper
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  • The Diamond Caper

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