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The second-worst restaurant in France : a Paul Stuart novel / Alexander McCall Smith.

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author. (Author).
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781524748296
  • ISBN: 1524748293
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First United States edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "In a delightful sequel to the best-selling comedic novel My Italian Bulldozer, we are in a French village where the local restaurant's haute cuisine leaves a lot to be desired--and two books into an astounding ninth series from one of our most beloved authors. Renowned cookbook writer Paul Stuart, renewed and refreshed from his time in Tuscany, has returned to Scotland to work on his new book, The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters. Writing, though, is complicated by Paul's changed domestic circumstances. His editor and new girlfriend, Gloria, has moved in with him despite not being specifically invited, and she's brought her two rather demanding Siamese cats. When Paul's cousin, Chloe, suggests Paul visit her in the French countryside, Paul jumps at the chance. However, once he arrives, he finds his fortunes tangled up with the infamous local restaurant that gives the book its title. In this story about a man who prides himself on his taste finding delight in the most unexpected places, we have Alexander McCall Smith at his most witty and charming"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
    *Starred Review* The wildly prolific McCall Smith adds yet another series hero, Paul Stuart, to a list that includes Botswanan Precious Ramotswe, of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; philosopher Isabel Dalhousie, of Edinburgh, who solves friends' problems in the series bearing her name; and Inspector Varg, of Sweden. This is actually the second Paul Stuart book, but the first, My Italian Bulldozer (2017), seemed like a quirky stand-alone about a man who somehow is forced to drive a bulldozer around Tuscany. But Paul, who has a beyond-enviable career as a successful cookbook writer and a unenviable way of getting entangled in perplexing situations, is back, this time in a less gimmicky adventure. Paul lives in Edinburgh, in a home with a view of the castle, but whose interior is ruled by the sociopathic-leaning Siamese cats of his editor/girlfriend. Deliverance from the ferocious felines comes with an invitation from his third cousin Chloe to finish his current book at her home in the French countryside. Chloe, with a slew of ex-husbands and lovers in her wake, is somewhat of a Wife of Bath figure, who keeps breaking into the account of Paul's writing pilgrimage to tell her own wacky stories. A hugely entertaining novel about a man who keeps getting into scrapes yet somehow finds his own way out of them. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and eight other series, including the Paul Stuart series as well as several stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.

Subject: FICTION / Humorous.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Humorous fiction.
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