Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft, A Gastronomic Mystery by Michael Bond, 1989 first American edition.


Written by Michael Bond. First American edition, 1989. Fawcett-Columbine, New York.

Chapter I
Something in the Air

"Pommes Frites saw it first; a small object shaped like a sausage and about the size of a double magnum of champagne. Its silver body gleamed in the early morning sun as it emerged from the comparative gloom of the Boulevard e la Tour-Maubourg in the seventh arrondissement of Paris and entered the Place de Santiago-du-Chili. Gliding along roof-top level, it disappeared for a moment or two behind some trees, nosed its way slowly and silently along one side of the Place, eventually reappearing outside the Chilean Embassy on the corner of the Avenue de la Motte-Picquet. There it paused in its travels, gaining height momentarily, as though trying to discover what secrets lay behind the facade of the white stone building..."

Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft by Michael Bond is a humorous and cozy mystery novel featuring France's premier gourmet guide and his faithful canine companion, Pommes Frites. In this book, the ninth in the series, Monsieur Pamplemousse is hired to design a menu for an international dirigible service that aims to celebrate the entente cordiale between France and England. However, he soon finds himself involved in a series of suspicious events involving nuns, circus performers, and old friends. With his wit, charm, and culinary expertise, Monsieur Pamplemousse must solve the mystery and ensure the success of the historic flight. This book is a delightful read for fans of culinary mysteries and light-hearted adventures.

British author Michael Bond (1926-2017) created the beloved character of Paddington Bear, a marmalade-loving bear from "darkest Peru" who arrives in London and is adopted by the Brown family. Bond wrote more than 20 books about Paddington's adventures, which have sold over 35 million copies worldwide and have been adapted into films and television shows. Bond was also a BBC cameraman and served in the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment during World War II. He was awarded an OBE and a CBE for his services to children's literature.
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Condition*: Very Good/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; small damp stain on the inside jacket, with no corresponding staining of the front cover. Quarter-bound blue cloth cover boards: Very small spot in lower right front corner. Light finger print in margin of page 5 else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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