Peter Mayle's delightful bestsellers A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence redefined the phrase great escape. Now he has made that irresistible landscape the setting for a beguiling novel of romance, adventure, and tongue-in-cheek suspense.
Simon Shaw, a rumpled, fortyish English advertising executive, has decided to chuck it all in and transform an abandoned police station in the Luberon into the small but world-class Hotel Pastis. On his side, Simon has a loyal majordomo and a French business partner who is as practical as she is ravishing. But he hasn t counted on the malignant local journalist or on the mauvaise types who have chosen the neighboring village as the site of their latest bank robbery.
Slyly funny and overflowing with sensuous descriptions of the good life, Hotel Pastis is the literacy equivalent of a four-star restaurant.
About the Author
Peter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business, first as a copywriter and then as a reluctant executive, before escaping Madison Avenue in 1975 to write educational books for children.In 1990, Mr. Mayle published A Year in Provence, which became an international bestseller.He is also the author of Encore Provence, Toujours Provence, A Dog's Life, Anything Considered and Chasing Cezanne.In addition to writing books which have been translated into more than twenty languages, Mayle has contributed to the Sunday Times, Financial Times, Independent, GQ and Esquire.He and his wife and two dogs live in the South of France."