Monsieur Pamplemousse, first-class gastronome and inspector of food, has been recruited to sample the appalling cuisine at the inappropriately named ‘Hotel du Paradis’. Not an easy task, since the hotel is owned by his Director’s formidable aunt, Louise, and the utmost tact is required. But Monsieur Pamplemousse is not one to shirk a challenge and so, with the ever-faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites at his side, he sets forth on his mission.
Once in the vicinity of the hotel, Monsieur Pamplemousse hears curious tales about the extraordinary effects of the hotel’s food on its guests: strangers suddenly become best friends and passionate embraces abound. Then Pommes Frites breaks loose from his bedchamber to ravage the local canine ladies and Monsieur Pamplemousse finds himself on the receiving end of a heavily-loaded baguette. Clearly something is amiss and, donning his investigative hat, Monsieur Pamplemousse embarks on some serious detection…
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.