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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307962865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307962867
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming! could be an alternate title for this third in Mayle’s Provence caper series. An uncouth Russian capitalist, Oleg Vronsky has a history of getting what he wants, which often requires those standing in his way disappearing in the process. But Vronsky can’t obtain what he wants most: the ocean villa of Francis Reboul, the refined billionaire who has figured in other Caper mysteries. Fortunately, Reboul’s friend Sam Levitt arrives for a visit just in time to set in motion his own investigation into Vronsky. What floats this novel are the bubbles from the champagne that always seems to be chilled and waiting, along with Mayle’s usual airy descriptions of French wines and meals. The caper is a little light on plot, and Mayle doesn’t brief new readers about Sam Levitt (a former lawyer, wine connoisseur, and sleuth). Also, for Mayle, the meal and scenery descriptions are fairly thin this time. Still, fans of the series will stick around for the ambience, even though much of it comes from Levitt’s girlfriend reading aloud from a guidebook. --Connie Fletcher

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“What floats in this novel are the bubbles from the champagne that always seems to be chilled and waiting, along with Mayle’s usual airy descriptions of French wines and meals.”
Booklist

“Readers who want to engage by proxy in the lives of Europe’s mega-wealthy will…appreciate this frothy bit of fun from bestseller Mayle.”
Publishers Weekly

“Richly descriptive…smooth as the most decadent dessert.”
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary K. McCormick VINE VOICE on April 6, 2014
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Peter Mayle’s “The Corsican Caper” left me with much the same feeling I got from “The Vintage Caper”, the first book in Mr Mayle’s Sam Levitt “Caper” series – is that all there is?

This tale of latest adventure of the roguish PI Sam Levitt is a delightful short read, but it is, like the previous two books in the series, wrapped up too soon, and too conveniently, to be fully satisfying. How wonderful it would be to see Mr Mayle stretch out a bit more, returning to the touch he showed in his earlier books, such as “Hotel Pastis”, or “A Good Year”!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynda on May 22, 2014
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I love this author and keep all of his novels. This one just missed the mark for me. A little too predictable and the ending was too pat. But ill line up to get the next one cause I love the voice he writes in
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Isch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2014
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I greatly enjoyed Peter Mayle's "Provence" novels of the 1990s, but this third novel in his more recent "Caper" series is a first for me. A smallish book of 160 pages with lots of white space, to me it reads more like a novella than a novel. Except for the ending, the story is pretty straightforward. A wealthy Russian named Vronsky, who's been known to have people killed who stand in the way of what he wants (and never gets caught, because he's always far away when these murders happen.) is now determined he must have for himself an impressive Riviera mansion owned by Francis Reboul, who refuses to sell, and therefore must be killed.

Fortunately for Reboul, Sam Levitt--whom the author fails to mention here as being the "master sleuth" of his previous "caper" books and not just the old friend I took him to be--just happens to be vacationing with his wife at Reboul's mansion at the time and promptly concocts a complex, character-packed one-upsmanship caper designed to save Reboul and his mansion and get Vronsky thrown into the slammer at long last. Clever to be sure, but also frequently confusing--especially keeping up with all the who's who of the tough guy roles and whose side they're on--maybe more my fault than the author's, as I never seemed to be able to get fully involved with this book and put it down a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on June 24, 2014
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A very linear plot with no side stories, or surprises. It is by far my least favorite Peter Mayle book, and I have read and enjoyed most of his works.

Mayle was definitely phoning this one in. Giving fine descriptions of meals and wine is no substitute for plot development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Kelley on June 10, 2014
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I so love Peter Mayle and his "Caper" books. When I found out they were available on Audible I was so excited. Good thing I listened to a sample first. The narration is so poor. There is no emotion, not even any inflection in the narrators voice. The voice is flat which makes the story flat...which it is not. Who wants to listen to this? Not me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Strumpf on June 7, 2014
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No significant plot in this Mayle caper. This was a big disappointment, we have read most of his books and this one just did not measure up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie Antoinette VINE VOICE on May 1, 2014
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As one who has read some of Peter Mayle's previous books including his very first and well known non-fiction "A Year in Provence" that made him famous, you might say, he's the Frances Mayes of Provence, I was somewhat disappointed. Having said that, I didn't expect to be blown away by "The Corsican Caper". And the reason why I say this is because I had previously read a couple of Mr Mayles' other fiction books and I was just not impressed with them. I feel that his non-fiction books are much more interesting where he wittingly writes about his day to day life and the Provencal locals he comes across and some of their quirky customs while living the good life in sunny Provence.

The Corsican Caper, one might say is entertaining with descriptions of Marseille and Nice and some other towns along the French Riviera sprinkled here and there, but it hardly had any suspense and certainly no surprises. I can't say that I highly recommend it, it was just okay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Lane on July 8, 2014
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Completely enjoyed the previous two books featuring Sam & Elena. However, this latest book is very thin on plot, the resolution is anti-climatic (boring) and the fun (traveling) is lacking. I hope this is the weak "middle" book in the series and Mr. Mayle has more exciting things in store for his next two books with these characters.
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