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Monsieur Pamplemousse investigates
Bond, Michael.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Fawcett Columbine, [1990]

Physical Description:
175 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published in Great Britain in 1990 by Hodder and Stoughton, a division of Hodder and Stoughton Limited"--T.p. verso.
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Author Notes

Thomas Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England on January 13, 1926. He dropped out of school at the age of 14. During World War II, he served in both the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He sold his first short story in 1945 to the magazine London Opinion. Over the next decade, he had numerous short stories published and radio plays performed. After the war, he joined the BBC Radio and later worked for BBC-TV as a cameraman from 1947 to 1965.

He gave his wife a teddy bear for Christmas in 1956. She it named Paddington after the London train station near their home. His first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. He became a full-time author in 1965. He wrote more than 25 Paddington books including Paddington Here and Now and Paddington's Finest Hour. He chronicled his life with Paddington in his autobiography, Bears and Forebears.

His other works included A Day by the Sea, Something Nasty in the Kitchen, and Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint. He was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1997 and then a commander of the order in 2015, for services to children's literature. He died after a short illness on June 27, 2017 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Fans will relish the return of Bond's gourmand-detective in another delectable adventure. When computer theft and forgery threaten to postpone the publication of the annual edition of Le Guide, a discriminating index of France's premier restaurants, food critic Aristide Pamplemousse undertakes the investigation. With the ever-able assistance of his precocious pup, Pommes Frites, Pamplemousse dons a hilarious disguise and stalks a malevolent chef with a long-term grudge against the esteemed directory. An epicurean blend of comedy and mystery. ~--Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Returning from Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft , the eccentric flatfoot/gourmand and Pommes Frites, his clever dog, team up to sniff out clues when a not-so-merry prankster sabotages Le Guide , ``France's oldest and most respected food guide.'' The fictional food bible's staff finds itself in a stew when a false obituary of the director appears in the local paper on the very day the final manuscript--the first edition produced by computer, with influential new restaurant ratings--is to be unveiled at a company celebration. There the director faints dead away when he finds the manuscript completely botched, riddled with missratings and erroneous reviews. Jovial food maven Aristide Pamplemousse, an Inspector Clousseau-meets-Hercule Poirot type, smells something foul when the company's accountant--the sole employee other than the director with access to the computer password--cannot be found. British writer Bond, also the creator of the Paddington Bear children's series, smartly sidesteps cliches about computer crime, instead devising an old-fashioned puzzle with immensely pleasurable characters and pervasive comic zest. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved