The Marseille Caper: book review. I love France #64



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The Marseille Caper

(Sam Levitt #2)



Published in 2012, by Knopf
and Random House Audio

224 pages / 5:54 hours

Narrated by:Robin SACHS

Marseille Caper

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     Books on France 2013 Audio Book Challenge


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I had this book on my TBR for a while, or rather TBL – to-be-listened to list. But I could not find the audiobook within my public library network. I happened to hit the jackpot recently and win an audio player at a book blog. With it came credits for a free audiobook, so I got this one.

I had read A Year in Provence, but had no idea Peter Mayle had written things akin to mysteries. The Marseille Caper is the 2nd in the series, but it can really be read/listened to as a stand alone.

This is not a complicated mystery at all, not even sure it can be classified as such, but there are definitely mystery elements to it.
Sam is invited on a special job in the South of France. How could he resist with such a location? He thinks this is going to be an easy trip with plenty of time for sun bathing and good wine. Well, things become quickly rather messy, when he has to face very rich adversaries, who won;’t hesitate on any means to get rid of the competition and win what is at stake.

I loved the adventure, the humor, there’s quite a bit, especially with the local characters. They are well defined and quite entertaining.

It was really fun reading Peter Mayle with that genre, combining thus his knowledge and appreciation of the South of France with a fun light adventure in that setting. I will definitely try volume one.


I had never heard the narrator Robin SACHS before, but I enjoyed his voice very much. His tone conveyed perfectly the lightness of the story and the suspense when needed. He was also very good at imitating the accents, especially English speakers speaking French.


 Lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back in another beguiling, as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the South of France.

At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure—and the threat of some very powerful enemies!—Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles.

But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul—the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees it—asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement . . . to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and sharklike developers on the other.

Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed—with luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam’s friends—in the novel’s wonderfully satisfying climax [Goodreads]


Peter Mayle

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 been translated to more than twenty languages, and he is a contributing writer to magazines and newspapers. Indeed, his seventh book A Year in Provence, chronicles a year in the life of a British expatriate who settled in the village of Ménerbes. His book A Good Year was the basis for the eponymous 2006 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring actor Russell Crowe. Peter Mayle currently lives in Lourmarin, situated in Luberon, in Provence, France.




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2 thoughts on “The Marseille Caper: book review. I love France #64

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