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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, PommesMonsieur 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 Frites, a bloodhound with a finely-tuned nose.Will La Langoustine win the longed-for jewel in the chef’s crown, a third Red Stockpot? The signs are promising as Monsieur Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites await the delicacy of the house, chicken wrapped in a pig’s bladder and stuffed with truffles and foie gras, and the room is filled with a mouth-watering aroma of herbs, wine and spices. As Monsieur Pamplemousse stands to make his first cut with a characteristically deft movement, the outer casing collapses to reveal not the expected treat but a dish of far more grisly proportions. Clearly someone wants Monsieur Pamplemousse out of the way, but nothing delights the detective more than the chance to practise the skills he learnt in his sleuthing days at the Sûreté…...

Title : Monsieur Pamplemousse
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ISBN : 9780449209561
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Monsieur Pamplemousse Reviews

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-04-24 20:06

    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 that are struggling...I could go on but I do remind you it is an adult novel but not tasteless.I shall find the others in the series. I feel I must in honor of my French Husband!It is terrific oh, by the way, Michael Bond also pens "Paddington Bear" series.

  • John Frankham
    2019-05-22 12:51

    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. I hope no children read this thinking it's a Mr Men book!

  • Jazz
    2019-05-02 18:04

    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 preparing to award one of his favorite restaurants the ultimate "Third Stockpot" in Le Guide, when the chef brings out the main course—revealed to everyone's shock when uncovered to be a horribly accurate model of a human head on a platter. I never minded that the mystery was overshadowed by the humor, because it was such a fun read. I will certainly be reading the other novels in this hilarious series, but like a food connoisseur, I imagine these are best read in moderation, sprinkled among other books and not all at once.

  • Austen to Zafón
    2019-05-08 15:03

    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 as finding the essays, satires, and plays of A. A. Milne. I wouldn't say that Bond is on the level of Milne as a writer, but I did enjoy these stories.

  • Stephanie Dollinger
    2019-04-30 18:58

    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!

  • Heidi
    2019-04-30 12:06

    Pure silliness, which was a nice distraction.

  • David
    2019-05-15 14:59

    Very silly but well written. Has the same sense of whimsy as Paddington but with more grown-up themes.

  • Susan
    2019-05-09 17:01

    Made me very hungry while reading. Oh my about Madame Sophie. Pommes Frites is a great character.

  • Sheuringd1988
    2019-04-30 13:15

    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 series that's so enjoyable.

  • Chris Gager
    2019-05-20 17:13

    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 concerned, as an adult and a semi-fan of mysteries, it's a dud. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a satire or what but it's not funny, just weird and off-putting. It reminds me of Ron Hansen's "Isn't It Romantic: an Entertainment", which was neither funny nor entertaining. I'm baffled at the high ratings but... who knows what foolishness lurks in the hearts of book reviewers?- The head-in-the-chicken thing isn't funny. It MIGHT have at least been pithy if it'd been a real head.- The two-gone-hands guy's story isn't funny either. I suspect his hands might re-appear(still attached) later in the story but I'm not going to find out.- The sex "scene" was not funny. A horny woman pleasuring herself with a candle holder she thought was M. Pamplemousse's boner isn't funny. Can't she tell the difference?- The interior life of the dog - WHO names their dog "Pommes Frites"(French Fries) anyway - was fitfully amusing I suppose. - The inspector's running about the hotel in a woman's garment isn't funny. The whole thing is borderline offensive to me. Even if it's a spoof - it MUST be?!?! - it stinks!- The book's half gone by and the mystery stuff is just random and confusing. What's the point?- The author's food and wine knowledge is impressive, though!

  • Colin
    2019-05-05 12:17

    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 shot about 70 times by a mafia hit man who looks at the corpse for a minute or so without apparently realising that it is as flat as a pancake and there is no blood. He leaves, thinking his job is done. Minutes later, a policeman arrives. Despite the smell of cordite, the bullet holes, and the loss of air, he notices nothing amiss, and addresses the doll as if it were Monsieur Pamplemousse. I mean... What? So, if you're a fan of French farce you might like it, but if you're anything like me, you'll want to skip all that stuff and get ahead to the bits with Pommes-Frites in them, because they're the best.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-06 20:19

    Very charming a d funnyWhat 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's second career as a travelling food critic. Most surprising of all, given that my only previous experience with Michael Bond's writing was through the Paddington Bear children's books, was the amount of hilarious and sophisticated sexual farce that had me laughing out loud! I so look forward to savoring all the future books in this series!

  • Tara Carpenter
    2019-05-17 13:57

    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 Frittes, the basset hound, who appreciates fine cuisine just as much as Pamplemousse. If you appreciate French cuisine and settings, and some playful, nonsensical mysteries, you should try these. Pretty fun!

  • Roberta
    2019-05-03 20:07

    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 surprised to see a number of 1-star reviews.

  • Maura
    2019-04-29 12:08

    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 classics, but then again, my parents brought me the books from England, so maybe it wasn't so big in America as I thought?)

  • Sho
    2019-05-20 12:13

    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 ridiculousness follows until the case is solved.A most excellent start to a series by the creator of Paddington Bear.

  • Kristen Smith
    2019-05-04 19:11

    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 must indulge, here is a strange dish for a long summer day with nothing else to do.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-02 13:11

    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 countryside. I may or may not read more in the series. I guess it's a matter of mood.

  • Ann
    2019-04-25 16:13

    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
    2019-04-22 13:58

    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.
    2019-05-10 16:01

    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.

  • Susanrgrimes
    2019-05-02 13:16

    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.

  • Rickeclectic
    2019-05-20 15:54

    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.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-20 16:12

    OK, a mystery that is partially told from a dog's point of view should be over-the-top twee, but Pamplemousse and his canine partner Pommes Frite are completely charming. Bond injects the right amount of darkness and danger into the story to keep you turning the pages, but Pommes Frites adds a level of whimsy that makes this a unique story. Probably not for every taste, but worth a try.

  • Cody
    2019-05-07 20:18

    Michael Bond, of Paddington Bear fame, wrote a book for adults. This book. It is a charming romp through some light mystery and peril. I quite enjoyed it as what I call "popcorn" reading, being that it requires no real investment, you can pick it up and put it down and go on about your life. I enjoyed it as such. A fun little mystery romp through an idyllic French country town.

  • Beth
    2019-05-05 15:09

    I'm torn between two and three stars. This is really a 2.5 star book so I'm rounding up. While not fabulous, and lacking a truly satisfying ending, it was okay. Just okay though. I don't feel inclined to rush to and get the others to read, but it was a nice, light change from the usual mystery and if I do happen across the others I will probably read them.

  • Laura
    2019-05-14 14:51

    I recently remembered this fun series. This is the first one and it was just as funny and silly as I remembered. I seem to be into re-reading lighter books lately so this series will help with that.

  • Mark
    2019-04-24 19:15

    All of Michael Bond's Monsieur Pamplemousse books are fun to read. I just love that he has a dog named Pommes Frites. I have listened to many of these as audio books. My favorites are those voiced by the masterful George Guidall.

  • Ellen Gemmill
    2019-05-14 15:59

    OK - I'm now rating this book but I actually read it about 2 years ago. But I liked it so much I felt obligated to write something about it. It was so much fun! I highly recommend it, and I intend to read more in the series.

  • Paul Houser
    2019-05-08 12:14

    I listened to this book a few years ago. I was fascinated and intrigued by the French cuisine. I recommend you read it while hungry. That's beside the point, however. I have rarely laughed more while reading a book.