Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles
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Madeleine, neglected by her parents, was sent each summer to work for her uncle, Monsieur Lard. Monsieur Lard ran a restaurant in the centre of Paris called The Squealing Pig. Madeleine would have loved working at The Squealing Pig if she had been allowed to cook. She loved to cook for others, sharing her passion for food. By the time of his first appearance Pamplemousse has been obliged to retire early from the police service. having been found in compromising – though in fact perfectly innocent – circumstances with fifteen chorus girls at the Folies Bergère. Since then he has been an undercover inspector for France's oldest and most prestigious restaurant guide, known simply as Le Guide, a rival of the Michelin and Gault Millau guides. 
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In the Irish Independent Ruth Dudley Edwards felt that Bond had not fully made the leap from children's fiction to its adult counterpart, "much knowledgeable carry-on about food and wine and jolly sex scenes notwithstanding".  The Observer praised "four-star moments among the custard pies".  In The Times Marcel Berlins wrote of an "engaging mix of farce, detection and cuisine", but thought Pommes Frites featured too prominently in Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot: "next time, grapefruit without chips, please".  Adaptations [ edit ]Hello Yellow - 80 Books to Help Children Nurture Good Mental Health and Support With Anxiety and Wellbeing - The hero of this richly-flavoured mystère gastronomlque has the sort of job lots of foodies would love – an inspector for a gourmet guide. But Pamplemousse never lets the case stand in the way of a gourmet experience, resulting in a nicely-cooked comic novel served with some rich sauce. But Monsieur Pamplemousse is no lemon (citrus fruit joke) and has more than a nose for wine. He is a detective of no mean quality. Accompanied by his dog Pommes Frittes – a hound given to raiding gourmet dustbins with spectacular results in canine flatulence – our hero sets off to find a missing chef.  The shelves were all lined with exotic and unbelievable foods, and when Madeleine produced a pate that was something quite special, from this little shop, Monsieur Lard decided to steal it for himself. Is Madeleine able to escape Monsieur Lard's evil plans and discover what is most important?
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The novels include details of the classic French dishes tasted by Pamplemousse, and on occasion by Pommes Frites, whose palate is put to the test in Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution, in which his skills are shown off in a blind tasting where he distinguishes top quality poulet de Bresse, agneau des Pyrénées and Charolais beef from inferior competitors.  Pamplemousse and his dog also sample and opine on wine throughout the series.  Critical response [ edit ] The BBC broadcast a serial reading from Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot in 1986 and a three-part dramatisation of Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates in 1995, starring Gorden Kaye as the title character. This version was rebroadcast in 2004, 2006 and 2007.  The BBC has recorded audio book versions, narrated by Bill Wallis, of Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution, Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives and Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines.  Monsieur Pamplemousse novels [ edit ] YearFor Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Cure, the Director sends Pamplemousse to sample a de luxe health farm. In addition to detesting the spartan regime, Pamplemousse begins to suspect something more sinister behind the establishment, with a hearse in daily attendance, and he exposes a cocaine smuggling operation.  In Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probation, after the hero's unfortunate collision with a Mother Superior is caught on camera he is sent out of the reach of publicity to report on a chef currently in line for Le Guide's top award, and "opens a can of worms which threatens the very sanctity of France's premier gastronomic bible".  The Director's discreet but influential secretary is an important player at Le Guide, but the dominant female figure in the organisation is the formidable Madame Grante, in charge of Le Guide's finances; Pamplemousse is in recurrent conflict with her over the magnitude of his expenses claims.  Despite her forbidding exterior, the widowed Madame Grante is sufficiently susceptible to male charms that in Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates she has to be rescued from a scheming abductor by Pamplemousse and Pommes Frites.