Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint, by Michael Bond

Review by Lynley at Nerang Branch Library

For those who enjoy a fast-paced, light-hearted mystery, or who are looking for something quick to read while waiting for their next hold to arrive, and who is not yet familiar with this series, I should like to introduce Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites. Formerly of the Paris Surete the pair are now employed by Le Guide, France’s foremost gastronomic guide. Sleuthing, however, remains central to their adventures, which take them and the reader all over France, solving mysteries aided by the enjoyment of good food.

In this title the Director, anxious about falling North American sales of his publication, sends Pamplemousse off to flex his literary muscle by writing and directing a play. They hope that this, aided by the presence of celebrated American food critic Jay Corby, will turn their fortunes around. But on opening night Corby mysteriously disappears and our intrepid pair are sent on his trail, their initial clue nothing more than a bit of scanty underwear belonging to an exotic dancer.

This is another thoroughly enjoyable adventure from the pen of this prolific author, usually better known for Paddington Bear. It is his 17th Pamplemousse mystery and another will arrive on the shelves soon.