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Chasing Cezanne

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  2,855 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
Our hero, glamorous art photographer Andre Kelly, is on assignment for glamorous DQ Magazine--run by the glamorous Camilla Porter--in Cape Ferrat on the (you guessed it) glamorous Côte d'Azur. Snooping around an ancestral pile for some snaps, by chance he spies Old Claude, the ancient retainer of the immensely wealthy Denoyer family, packing the family Cezanne into a plumb ...more
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Published June 4th 1998 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published December 1991)
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Hannah
Feb 26, 2017 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Stars - Good book.

I've read three books by Peter Mayle as of right now. He sure knows how to write easy-to-read, enjoyable books. Though I will say that this is the lowest-rating book I've given one of his books. (I gave both A Year in Provence and Anything Considered 4 stars).

The premise is easy enough to understand: photographer Andre Kelly discovers something fishy going on with some important (and pricey) paintings while on a job in France. As readers, we see both the work of the so-calle
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Anja
I did not have any expectations for this book, and good thing I didnt. I think I might have been disappointed, but since I entered with an open mind and having not read the summary or reviews, I think the three stars are well spend.

I think it is supposed to be a crime or thriller-ish novel, but romance, a slow pace and a lot of description of the scenery is such a big part of this book, that I find it hard to add a genre - so I decided on crime, since they were chasing a painting!

I am not a fan
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Matt Kuhns
Another slow read, mostly as a result of frequent over-cuteness and plain old annoyance.

On the surface, this one should have been very well-suited to my tastes. I love caper stories. It seems that much of the appeal is ruined, however, when all of the lead characters in the caper story are already well-to-do, fashionable and near-insufferably smug with their own fabulousness. Toward the end of the story, when one of these smirking, sophisticated Manhattanites is suddenly and unconvincingly tran
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Andre Kelly is a free-lance photographer who has been making a good living documenting the homes of the rich and famous for DQ, a decorating / architectural magazine whose editor, Camilla, is a fierce as she is fabulous. On assignment in the south of France, Andre decides to take a little break to visit the daughter of a former photo shoot subject. When he arrives at their villa, it’s clear the family is not in residence, but he notices two men loading a Cezanne into a plumber’s van. He knows th ...more
Anne
Jun 25, 2012 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried reading this book years ago and just couldn't get into it - this surprised me because I am a big fan of Peter Mayle's non-fiction writing about his life in France, and in general I like a good art heist story. So, I decided to try again. I had a little more luck this second time around, but still found that the story failed to really hold my attention. The basic story line is that a magazine photographer who takes pictures of the homes and art of the rich and famous, finds himself photog ...more
Michael Dixon
It's nicely written, like all his books. The language doesn't get in the way and you can see Mayle's advertising background in some great one-liners. His love of France shows through continually, which is great if you like France (which I do). But he can't resist having a pop at the corporate lifestyle on every other page (presumably the same lifestyle that made him enough money to retire to Provence in the first place...?) which gets a bit wearisome.
And the plot is dreadful!
Lana
Mar 06, 2017 Lana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Judi
Nov 03, 2012 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-1999
Chasing Cézanne is a lighthearted, quick read novel that takes us from New York City, Bahamas, England, Paris and the south of France. Professional photographer Andre Kelly has just completed an assignment in the south of France. Rather than heading straight back to wintry NYC, he decides to drop in on some people he met on another assignment. He soon realizes that no one is home, but then notices that the Denoyer's handy man "Old Claude" is helping to load a Cézanne in a plumber's truck. Someth ...more
Suanne Laqueur
Sep 24, 2014 Suanne Laqueur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-nook-news
I think I’ve figured out Peter Mayle’s style: Start with England or America. Add one out-of-luck or down-at-heart bachelor with a heart of gold and cosmopolitan tastes. Add a believable reason to go to the south of France, throw in a girl and some lunch and some sort of scam. Let the adventure begin.

Both Chasing Cezanne and Anything Considered follow this pattern (in Cezanne the scam involves a stolen painting; in Anything it’s the truffle industry at stake), but Mayle writes so wonderfully, so
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Rachel
Nov 11, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Andre Kelly is a freelance photographer who does a lot of work for a decorating magazine. While in France he stops by a house where he shot pictures in the past and sees a Cezanne being loaded into a plumbers truck. Andre then becomes obsessed, for no apparent reason, with finding out why this happened. Even after getting a perfectly valid explanation from the paintings owner he is still obsessed with it.
I wouldn't classify this book as a thriller. It's mostly Andre travelling around wondering
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Rachel
Nov 14, 2007 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, it was silly. I expected better of the renowned travel writer.

Typical elements involved: Fashionable New York living, trips to Paris, fancy meals and drinks, falling in love with a beautiful woman, rich & sympathetic patron, nasty bad guys, somehow invincible good guys, art theft using a local delivery van.

Unusual elements: The narrative switched viewpoints among nearly all the characters involved, so we know what's going on in everyone's heads. ... and that's all I can come up wi
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Evelyn
Jul 09, 2015 Evelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the very beginning. I love how Mayle changed up a little bit from his other books and Made the Cezanne painting the other character in the book. Typically it is wine or food, but this one took a different turn. The painting became this forbidden woman that everyone wanted and could not have. This one by far is by favorite Mayle book, or until I find the next one that is just as good.
Amy
Mildly amusing book- I still think that Mayle was at his best with A Year in Provence. It was interesting to see him take a stab at another genre. There were moments that reminded me too much of the magazine industry as portrayed in The Devil Wears Prada but on the whole, the spoof pulls off just fine.
Bachyboy
Jan 14, 2009 Bachyboy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realise Mayle wrote novels as well. I picked this up at the Naseby book sale and it was an ok holiday read without getting too cerebral!! I had to laugh that half way through the book the central character Andre suffered a typo and became Andrew for a minute!! I dutifully scribbled out the w. How could that happen!!!
Sharon
Feb 04, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light entertainment, some nice descriptions of art. The ending was abrupt and left a lot of questions unanswered. The most enjoyable part of the book was the description of Paris and the French countryside--and the food!
Annetteb
Dec 09, 2016 Annetteb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tried so hard but just couldn't get into this book despite the author's intent to create suspense to hold the reader's attention. For me, the suspense never occurred. So much less interesting than Mayle's other books.
Duncan
Apr 11, 2015 Duncan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful but this author is very samey across all his work
Pat
Feb 05, 2014 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK story of art forger.
Photographer.
What happens when a Cezanne is forged twice.
Fairly uninspired.
Nudge-Edge
Whilst reading Chasing Cezanne, I got Hotel Pastis (another of Peter Mayle's novels) vibes because: (1) the protagonist works for a high-salaried, but life-sucking corporation/company, (2)traversing into France with a funny but tasteful partner and a "sexy" girlfriend, and (3) predictable ending with predictable convenience to shut out the antagonists. However, despite all those stereotypical elements, it was a charming read due to the comical dialogue and the descriptions of the food (which is ...more
Joy Norman
May 12, 2017 Joy Norman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Easy to read and moves along at a nice pace. The characters are well written and I ended up thinking what could be a nice ending. I enjoyed reading it. Nothing too taxing mentally.
Susanne Helmer
May 10, 2017 Susanne Helmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite - just love this book ❤ ...more
Linda
Mar 08, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Peter Mayle sets me heart on fire.
Meg
Sep 15, 2015 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-about-france
I grabbed this book for free at The Book Thing (haven't heard of it? GOOGLE)...because it took place in France and it was written by "the GREAT" Peter Mayle...I have never been a fan of this writer, but he seems to be adored, so a book of his for free? I thought I'd grab it and try to figure out why he is soooooo popular. Flash forward a year and a half....I am stuck at my Dad's house in the middle of nowhere with nothing to read....so I go into my boxes of stuff and located my box of "books to ...more
Patti
Apr 02, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Peter Mayle is a delicious writer, whose love for food and wine and all things French provokes your palate for a nicely told story. I suggest reading Chasing Cezanne while sipping a French wine.

While on assignment in Cap Ferrat, professional photographer Andre Kelly notices and photographs a priceless Cezanne being cavalierly loaded into the back of a plumber's van.

Back in NYC, Andre ' s apartment is burgled and vandalized, yet the only things missing are Andre ' s cameras, photography equipmen
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Stacey
Oct 08, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
I really did enjoy this book and would have given it a 3.5 had I been able. This is the first book of Peter Mayle's that I have read, and I will definitely read him again. This is the story of Andre Kelley, a photographer that shoots interiors for a decorating magazine. While on assignment in Nice, he decides to go visit some friends on Cap Ferrat. When he arrives there he finds them not at home, but sees their famous Cezanne painting being loaded into a plumbers van. He finds this highly suspic ...more
Sabine
Mar 15, 2013 Sabine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Per Zufall wird der Fotograf Kelly Zeuge, dass ein berühmtes Bild aus einer exklusiven Villa abtransportiert wird. Dies lässt ihm keine Ruhe, er vermutet einen Diebstahl und versucht, der Sache auf den Grund zu gehen. Doch dies ist nicht ganz ungefährlich.
Das Buch lebt vor allem von den Beschreibungen der Landschaften, den idyllischen Umgebungen und zuletzt auch von den exquisiten, schmackhaften Mahlzeiten, die immer wieder aufgetischt werden. Dabei ist der Schreibstil locker und leicht, manchma
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Lauren
Sep 17, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A professional photographer accidentally stumbles upon the heist of a Cézanne, spurring a country-hopping caper. Like all of Mayle’s books, this is a meandering foray of a story with little in the way of excitement. Admittedly, the more I read his books, the less charming I find them: they are a bit too relaxed and a bit too repetitive. As I read this book, I kept thinking of cotton candy: how the first bite is wonderful but subsequent bites are little more than sickeningly sweet fluff. I like g ...more
Manish
Aug 22, 2013 Manish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2013
Had Sidney Sheldon handled this, "Chasing Cezanne" would have been one of those typical crime capers spread across two continents with the ample doses of gunshots, sex and intrigue. But with Mayle's handling, what we get is a languid piece of work which focuses less on the plot and more on the art of 'high living'.

A photographer whose job it is to snap up the interiors of the rich and mighty for a glossy magazine chances upon a Cezanne being secretly shifted from a house in France. Realization s
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heidipj
Aug 15, 2010 heidipj rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I had high hopes for this one as I was definitely in the mood for a light and entertaining romp about a jet setting photographer who gets mixed up with the theft of a Cezanne. I guess the one thing going for it is that it's short. It was over quickly but not before I wondered if I could be bothered following through with the farcical plot and caricatures. Unless you're stuck on a plane for a few hours with nothing else handy I wouldn't bother with. Life's too short.

I've just noticed that Peter
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Ryan Chapman
Mar 05, 2007 Ryan Chapman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots in grocery stores
After reading only literary fiction, it is nice to get some contrast with something more mainstream like this book. I would go into the numerous faults in this novel, which cares more about the meals its characters eat than their psychology, but that would be like picking apart the mise-en-scène in the Jackass films: this is a book that's never meant to be read in such a harsh light. I also have a hard time deciding whether it's heartening or depressing that such trash is so successful in our cu ...more
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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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