The acclaimed creator of Paddington Bear dishes up a dastardly plot for Monsieur Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites to unravel.
It isn’t every day that a coffin explodes during a funeral ceremony. Barely escaping with his life, thanks to a warning howl from his faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites, Monsieur Pamplemousse can only wonder who was behind the explosion . . . and if they were also responsible for the demise of the coffin’s inhabitant.
But then another urgent matter comes to his attention: a terrorist group is planning to poison the food chain. Monsieur Pamplemousse, together with Pommes Frites and a rather strange ally, must spearhead an elite group to stop the catastrophe . . .
About the Author
Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1926 and started writing whilst serving in the army during the Second World War. In 1958 the first book featuring his most famous creation, Paddington Bear, was published and many stories of his adventures followed. In 1983 he turned his hand to adult fiction and the detective cum gastronome par excellence Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites were born. Michael Bond was awarded the OBE in 1997 and in 2007 was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Reading University. He passed away in 2017.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful companion Pom Frites find themselves in the most bizarre situations. Their antics will have you laughing out loud and the description of the local cusine will make you wish you were there.
It's uncomfortable to say something less than positive about the creator of one of my favorite bears, but I think the series has run its course for me. As another review said, it started out okay but then sort of fizzled into an obvious bad guy and a whole lot of plot surrounding him that neither made much sense nor caused me to care in the slightest. The novelty of M. Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites can no longer carry what have become formulaic light stories.
Despite a good start with an exploding coffin,this just didn't get off the ground for me. The central premise of an ex-detective who is now an Inspector for France's premier food guide and his bloodhound,is a good one. In some books in this series it works quite well,but this one flops like a poorly made soufflé.