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Monsieur Pamplemousse

(Monsieur Pamplemousse #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  61 reviews

Monsieur Pamplemousse, inspector of food and detective extraordinaire, is delighted to have the chance to dine once more at the famed La Langoustine, a restaurant nestling in the hills of Provence. Life as an undercover researcher for a top-class culinary guide can be lonely, and Monsieur Pamplemousse is ever grateful for the companionship of his friend and helper, Pommes

Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 12th 1986 by Fawcett (first published 1983)
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is for adults and that is a treat. I ended reading the entire book aloud to my hubby as tears of laughter flowed down our faces. It had such a rapid pace going that I even forgot there was a crime.

The book was written from the perspective of Monsieur Pamplemousse, and Pommes Frittes, his beloved fellow foodie reviewer, whom happens to be a Blood Hound.

It is amazingly ribald, and witty. The food descriptions delectable, and the crimes abound! Inflatable dolls with a twist and policemen
John Frankham
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-detective
Haven't laughed so much at a book since reading The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin. Also reminiscent of Tom Sharpe. This is the first of the Pamplemousse series about a French food guide inspector, Monsieur Pamplemousse, and his dog Pommefrites as they stumble across crime - in this case murder attempts on Pamplemousse as he insisted on dining at his usual seat, previously chosen to be the site of an assassination. Fake wooden legs, blow up dolls, promiscuous restaurateurs, and miracles abound ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars | Pure joy! Another series I waited far too long to begin. Better known for writing the Paddington Bear children's books, Michael Bond (1926–2017) also wrote a series of adult mysteries, and I do mean adult. Not offensive, just be prepared for some bawdy and, at times, slapstick humor. I found myself laughing throughout at the antics of restaurant reviewer Monsieur Pamplemousse (translated, grapefruit) and his loyal bloodhound Pomme Frites (French Fries). In his first case he is preparin ...more
Austen to Zafón
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, mystery
If you've read Paddington, these books will really surprise you. Michael Bond, the author of the wildly successful Paddington series write a series that's definitely for grown-ups, although it still has some of the same kind of physical comedy that's so funny in Paddington. M. Pamplemousse (grapefruit) takes his dog Pommes Frites (french fries) to French restaurants to critique the food. But somehow, wherever he goes, there's a mystery to be solved. For me, finding these books was as pleasurable ...more
Stephanie Dollinger
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful series. I had read them all but the first. Found it at great used book store in Rolla, MO. Great treat!
Jack Heath
Synopsis: our sleuth and his dog Pommes Frites await the delicacy of the house but then the unexpected happens.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Monsieur Pamplemousse is an ex-police officer who has found a new career as a restaurant reviewer. While on an annual holiday to the Hotel La Langoustine, he is also combining business by deciding whether they deserve the coveted third Stock Pot. While there, he sees an unusual couple, a striking blonde with a young man with claws for hands, and they aren't very nice to each other.

The woman is extremely upset that Pamplemousse won't give up his usual table to her, but he stands firm. When he is
Timothy VanderWall
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, catalogued
I was really excited to get into this story, my first Monsieur Pamplemousse mystery. The concept sounded like much could be made of it -- an incognito food critic for a major European guide book, who was also recently retired from the Sûreté. Unfortunately, my expectations were far from fulfilled. The first time that the tale went inside the mind of Pamplemousse's blood hound, Pommes Frites, as if he were a fully-reasoning, intelligent individual, the story lost me. Aside from that, the humor wa ...more
Selah Pike
That was . . . odd, to say the least. I was expecting an amalgamation of Paddington and Poirot, which this is, to a point, but the sex comedy elements bewildered me.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Light but entertaining. The author also wrote Paddington Bear series.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle-ebook
Pure silliness, which was a nice distraction.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Very silly but well written. Has the same sense of whimsy as Paddington but with more grown-up themes.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Somewhat twee and silly and I wanted to savour this so much more.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me very hungry while reading. Oh my about Madame Sophie. Pommes Frites is a great character.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny book!

Monsieur Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites are the nicest detective team I've encountered in awhile. I'm reminded a bit of Inspector Clouseau, although Monsieur Pamplemousse is brighter and more efficient, but he has a way of stumbling into dangerous and hilarious situations. I love Bloodhounds, so being privy to Pommes Frites' thoughts is a treat. The dry humor is spot-on and reading about the many dishes they sample in their travels will make your mouth water. I'm glad to find a new se
Chris Gager
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I decided it was time for a mystery and picked this one off the shelves. I got about about half-way through before giving up. I hate to do that but I've got lots of better mystery options on my shelves. I probably rescued from the transfer station and that's where it'll wind up. When I don't finish a book that usually means a 1* rating but I'll give this a 1.75 for the decent writing chops of M. Bond, the author of the Paddington bear stuff. This was his first book for adults and as far as I'm c ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ambivalent about this one. I loved the main characters - Monsieur Pamplemousse and his dog Pommes-Frites - and the idea of a retired policeman who solves crime while reviewing restaurants for a well known guidebook has potential. So far, so great, but there's a lot of pretty unlikely comedy of the Tom Sharpe variety, or perhaps the Carry On Variety, involving inflatable sex dolls and the like, and it's all just a bit hard to digest. At one point, an inflatable (male) sex doll in a bed gets s ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very charming a d funny

What a lovely discovery this little book turned out to be! Monsieur Pamplemousse is Part Hercule Poirot, part Inspector Clousseau. His sidekick Pommes Frites is part Jeeves, part Marmaduke. The sense of place, with its atmospheric descriptions of French countryside village life makes you long for a walk in the square surrounded by wafting scents from the boulangerie. The descriptions of the dishes tantalize, make you hungry, and inspire great envy of Monsieur Pamplemousse'
Tara Carpenter
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: culinary-mystery
I read this whole series in the past, before Goodreads, but wanted to read them again. And while I do recommend it, you have to have the right frame of mind and know what to expect. Monsieur Pamplemousse is written by Michael Bond, author of the Paddington Bear series. But this is soooo completely different. Definitely PG-13, with some allusions to R stuff. Except hilarious rather than erotic. The whole thing is very tongue-in-cheek and silly/preposterous. And some of it is from the POV of Pomme ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Monsieur Pamplemousse and his bloodhound, Pommes-Frites - combine crime solving with restaurant reviewing for a well-known guidebook. I read this book shortly after it came out, thought that it was fall-on-the-floor funny and have read just about all of them since. Other reviewers have compared this book to The Pink Panther. I hated the Peter Sellers movies and consequently avoided the books so I fail to see the comparison. I would have compared it to Rumpole of the Bailey.

I was also very surpr
Mar 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Disappointing. a mystery farce that just doesn't strike the right tone. I'm not quite sure why I finished it. I can't believe there's 18 more books in this series. ugh. Maybe he gets better, but i'm not going to find out. I think he should have stuck with the Paddington books. (and speaking of Paddington, why is it so easy to find the picture books for toddlers but not the original chapter books???? i loved these as a kid, and they're just not in the stores. i would think they classify as classi ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, detective, humour
The first of a series about Monsieur Pamplemousse - late of the Paris sureté - and his side-kick, Pommes Frites - ex-police bloodhound. M. Pamplemousse now works for France's premier culinary review, like the Gault Milleau, and is inspecting a restaurant to determine if it will keep its two "stock pots" or, indeed, be awarded another.

But instead of getting the chef's signature dish, M. Pamplemousse is served up with what appears at first glance to be a man's head. Much hilarity and ridiculousnes
Kristen Smith
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
OK, there were some hilarious bits, but I wouldn't recommend it. My husband picked it up at a library sale, noting that it was by he who penned Paddington and a culinary mystery, so I gave it the once-over, which is all it deserved. Some illicit midnight meetings (of the Pink Panther level) and I admit--I laughed until I cried. The mystery--someone put it: a by-product of the writing. I don't remember the ending or the plot, frankly. The cuisine and a dog called Pommes Frites--ah, well, if you m ...more
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Suzanne by: CM Around the World Challenge
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I think I'll even go with 3.5 stars. On the one hand, this book is very light and gentle. On the other hand, it's sort of profound and subtle with its humor. It would hit me a few sentences later how funny something was. As far as the mystery went, it was very scant, almost just a by-product of the text. What really makes the book is the dog Pommes Frites. The parts of the story that are the funniest are told from the dog's perspective. It was fun reading about the haute cuisine and the French c ...more
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
The PADDINGTON BEAR author really branched out with this mystery, the first of a series published in the 1980s. Monsieur Pamplemousse,a retired police officer who now works as a food critic, and his loyal and possibly brilliant dog, Pommes Frites, become involved in a mystery that is more Inspector Clouseau than Sherlock Holmes. Omnipresent humor of a certain European era and outlook make for an enjoyable, if not memorable, book.
Tammy Mannarino
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay, I picked this up at the library because the author wrote the Paddington series for children. I had never heard that he wrote a series for adults. The humor is very much like P.G. Woodhouse. I have to admit that I was picturing Mr. Bean as the protagonist as I was reading. I think I just enjoyed that his dog's name is Pomme Frites.
Jennifer B.
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this, but I didn't love it, as I was sure I would. Definitely has its funny moments, (many), but I guess I was expecting a bit more P.G. Wodehouse. Perhaps the fact that the copy I had was in large print didn't help, had to read it from across the room. I would be curious to read more in this series, if only for Pommes Frites, but I'm not in a huge hurry.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Picked up this paperback in the late 80's to read on a driving vacation to Maine. Loved it. Read it in the car and did not even get carsick!! Loved his French sloofness and his dog Pommes Frites as they get into all kinds of trouble when the Monsieur is supposed to be writing restaurant reviews.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers, Francophiles
Shelves: pamplemousse
Wonderful fun. Written by the author of Paddington Bear. A former detective for the Paris Surete who now works for a food review guide (like Michelin) and inevitably gets caught up in strange and yet funny mystery cases. There is ample French food snobbery in the stories and hilarious twists and turns. Lightweight fun.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh, how I love Monsieur Pamplemousse! I've been a fan for years and have several of this series on my bookshelf that I pick up from time to time when I want an easy-going read and smiles. The character that Bond created in Pamplemousse, as well as that of his wife and pooch, Pommes Frites are sure to charm you, too.
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Michael Bond, CBE was an English children's author. He was the creator of Paddington Bear and wrote about the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. Bond also wrote culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.

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Monsieur Pamplemousse (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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