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The Best Travel Books: 'The Marseille Caper'

What travel books should I put on my holiday gift shopping list?

The Marseille Caper

The Marseille Caper.     Photo: Courtesy of Knopf

A:In his classic book, A Year in Provence, British author Peter Mayle loosely stuck to facts and pissed off half the people in the south of France with his quirky, lighthearted depictions of the folks he met and befriended near his Provencal home. He chooses pure fiction in his second mystery novel The Marseille Caper, which focuses on a roguish, food-loving American named Sam Levitt who becomes entangled in intrigue in France when he stumbles into a shady real estate deal. An easy but fun read.

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