Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Tangled Web by Michael Bond is one in a series featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse, who retired as a detective with the Sûreté and is now a restaurant reviewer with a prominent French guidebook publication. The situations he and his faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites find themselves in are always amusing. Fun to read, I'm reading them as I find them.
This one takes place in the spring.
from the back of the book:
Crime Review concludes a positive review with this:The treasured creator of Paddington Bear delivers another witty crime caper
When Monsieur Pamplemousseis summoned into the head office of Le Guide by the director, Henri Leclerq, he is unaware of the chaos about to ensue. Accompanied by his faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites, Pamplemousse sets off to solve Lerclerq's plaintive conundrums -all of which relate back to his mobster uncle-in-law.
The crime-solving duo gallivant around Pars, and find themselves tangled up in increasingly arbitrary problems -a letter about a juicy steak horrifyingly turned into a brisket, a dead restaurant owner, and the imminent arrival of the vivacious Caterina, the mobster's niece. Pamplemousse's attempts to unravel each dilemma quickly prove impossible as they overlap and tangle at every turn.
They’re a delightful cross between whimsy and French farce, with a cast who wouldn’t look amiss in an episode of ‘Allo ‘Allo. The books have charm in abundance, sharp characterisation and gentle wit. It doesn’t matter a jot that this is something like the 21st book in the series. It’s never too late to join this particular party. So pull up a chair, open a glass of good French wine, and get to know Pommes Frites and his eccentric but sharp-witted owner.