During his time as an inspector with the Paris Sûreté Monsieur Pamplemousse had been ‘in at the death’ on more than one occasion, but even he had to admit that the phrase took on an entirely new meaning when he was present at the spectacular ending to Cuisine de Chavignol, France’s premier television cookery programme.
Seated in the front row of an invited studio audience, he watched in silent horror as the eponymous host, having downed an oyster in close-up, uttered a strangled cry and slowly but surely sank from view behind a kitchen worktop.
Pommes Frites, sniffer dog extraordinaire, has his own views on the matter: Claude Chavignol was a bad egg if ever he’d seen one. Subsequence events prove him right, and soon he and his master find themselves caught up in a bizarre world of unrequited lust, murder and blackmail in high places.
Colourful, comical and deliciously entertaining, it is no wonder that in this new adventure Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines.
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.
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Better known for his Paddington Bear stories,Michael Bond wrote a series of humorous crime books featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse. Monsieur P. used to be an Inspector for the Surete and is now employed by 'Le Guide',a premier food magazine. Due to these two affiliations,he frequently finds himself in situations similar to those found in this book. He attends a live television show in which a famous and much hated TV chef dies in front of his audience and millions of viewers,in somewhat suspicious circumstances. Death by oyster maybe.Pamplemousse,together with his bloodhound Pommes Frites investigate and come across many suspects,including the chef's wife.Very funny and quite racy at times,with lots of foodie references along the way.