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Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines
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During his time as an inspector with the Paris Surete, Monsieur Pamplemousse had been "in at the death" on more than one occasion; but the phrase took on an entirely new meaning when he was present at the spectacular ending to Cuisine de Chavignol, France??'s premier television cooking program. Seated in the front row, he watched in silent horror as the host, having downed an oyster in close-up, uttered a strangled cry and slowly but surely disappeared from view behind a kitchen worktop. As screens across France went blank, hands reached for the telephone and the media swung into action. Eyes glued to the Pamplemousses??? television, Pommes Frites, dog extraordinaire, has his own views on the matter. Claude Chavignol was a bad egg if ever he???d seen one, and in his experience villains seldom came out smelling of roses. Subsequent events prove him right as usual, but not before both he and his master find themselves caught up in a bizarre world of unrequited lust, murder and blackmail in high places.
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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 turned gastronome par excellence Monsieur Pamplemousse was born. This is the fourteenth book to feature Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites. Michael Bond was awarded the OBE in 1997. He is married, with two grown up children, and lives in London.

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'Engaging mix of farce, detection and fine cuisine' The Times 'Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful dog Pommes Frites are true and original comic inventions' Guardian

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