Hanky-panky on the international art scene is the source of the hilarity and fizz in Peter Mayle's new novel. He flies us back to the south of France (a region some readers of his irresistible best-sellers believe him to have invented), on a wild chase through galleries, homes of prominent collectors, and wickedly delectable restaurants. There are stopovers in the Bahamas and England, and in New York, where that glossiest of magazines, Decorating Quarterly, reflects the cutting-edge trendiness of its editor, Camilla Jameson Porter. (Camilla has recently broken new ground in the world of power lunches by booking two tables on the same day, and shuttling between them, at the city's trendiest restaurant.)
It is Camilla who has sent our hero, Andre Kelly, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photo-graphs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, and fatuous. He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cézanne being loaded onto a plumber's truck near the home of an absent collector. Odd, thinks Andre. And in no time he's on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cézanne.
It's a joy to follow him and the crowds intent on speeding or foiling his quest--including a beautiful agent; a super-savvy art dealer attracted to the finer things in life, especially if they promise the payoff of a lifetime; an awesome Dutch forger; some outstandingly greedy New York sophisticates; and, invisible in the background, the parade of remarkable chefs whose mouthwatering culinary masterpieces periodically soothe the hero and tantalize the reader of Chasing Cézanne.
About the Author
Peter Mayle is a British author best known for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in the advertising industry before leaving the business to focus on writing. A Year in Provence became an international bestseller. His novel A Good Year was made into a film directed by Ridley Scott and starring actors Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. Peter Mayle lives in Provence, France. He has received numerous awards. British Book Awards named A Year in Provence Best Travel Book of the Year (1989) and Peter Mayle Author of the Year (1992). The French government made him a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) in 2002, for cooperation et francophonie. Arthur Robins is a popular illustrator whose work has appeared in countless advertisements, magazines and animations as well as more than fifty picture books. Peter Mayle described Arthur's work as "witty, surprising and, in its own weird way, charming. They should put up a statue to him in Guildford." He teamed up with Laurence Anholt for the very successful series and collection: Seriously Silly Stories.