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Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probationby Michael Bond
Monsieur Pamplemousse finds himself in deep water when an unfortunate collision with a Mother Superior is caught on camera. To avoid media attention, he is sent to report on Chef André Dulac, currently in line for Le Guide’s top award, and opens a can of worms which threatens the very sanctity of France’s premier gastronomic bible. Being on the verge of haute cuisine takes on a whole new meaning, and his attempt to get at the truth by harnessing a state-of-the-art TV camera to his ever-faithful hound Pommes Frites, ensures that outside broadcasting will never be quite the same again. Beloved worldwide for Paddington Bear, Bond has been busy this past year with the release of Paddington Races Ahead as well as the official Paddington app. Rejacketed into a fresh new style, Michael Bond’s culinary crime capers are a joy to read.
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Meet the Author
MICHAEL BOND was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1926 and started writing while 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 was born. Michael Bond was awarded the OBE in 1997 and in 2007 was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Reading University. He is married, with two grown-up children, and lives in London.
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Anytime Henri LeClercq, the Director of Le Guide, returns from America, the staff expects the adoption of all types of weird business practices. This time Henri brings back the concept of survival courses to maximize the inner self and raise each individual¿s capabilities. This works only in America and now LeClercq insures it will in France too. Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites have successfully avoided the fate of much of their peers until this morning when the media caught him ¿molesting¿ a Mother Superior. Though he explains the unfortunate events that led to his picture (lying on top of the nun alongside a seemingly laughing Pommes Frites) making the paper, Henri decides to exile the twosome until the media frenzy stops. Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites travel to Auvergne to judge whether Chef Dulac is worthy of Le Guide¿s Golden Stock Pot Lid award. However, instead of a quiet escape, Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites become embroiled in a situation that could destroy not only the reputation of Le Guide, but also the international esteem that French cuisine deservedly has. Placing a TV camera on Pommes Frites, Pamplemousse expects to learn the truth behind the efforts to demolish reputations. For fans that enjoy humorous satire, the release of a Monsieur Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites tale is always a time of rejoicing. The latest novel, ON PROBATION, is an extremely amusing story that as usual takes comic shots on anything that accidentally steps in the way of the dauntless, likable lead duo. Michael Bond uses irony to provide his audience with a wild spin through the kitchens of France and will send tourists seeking previous tours conducted by the dynamic duet. Harriet Klausner