Sam Levitt

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 265 ratings

The Vintage Caper Publisher's Summary

Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, Peter Mayle's newest and most delightful novel is filled with culinary delights, sumptuous wines, and colorful characters. It's also a lot of fun.

The story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist.

Enter Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, cultivated crime expert, and wine connoisseur. Called in by Roth's insurance company, which is now saddled with a multimillion-dollar claim, Sam follows his leads - to Bordeaux and its magnificent vineyards, and to Provence to meet an eccentric billionaire collector who might possibly have an interest in the stolen wines. Along the way, bien sûr, he is joined by a beautiful and erudite French colleague, and together they navigate many a château, pausing frequently to enjoy the countryside's abundant pleasures.

The unraveling of the ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayle's seductive rendering of France's sensory delights - from a fine Lynch-Bages and Léoville Barton to the bouillabaisse of Marseille and the young lamb of Bordeaux. Even the most sophisticated of oenophiles will learn a thing or two from this vintage work by a beloved author.

©2009 Peter Mayle (P)2009 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • The Vintage Caper

    • By: Peter Mayle
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    The story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A bad reader reads cliches

    • By benefit on 11-30-09

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Vintage Caper

    • By: Peter Mayle
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Hollywood lawyer Danny Roth is the victim of a world-class wine heist – and he is devastated. Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur, and expert on cultivated crime, is called in by Roth’s insurance company, now saddled with a multi-million-dollar claim. His leads take him first to Bordeaux’s magnificent vineyards and then to glorious Provence.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • The Marseille Caper

    • By: Peter Mayle
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure. Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles. But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Easy-going, no investment…

    • By Ray on 05-20-15

    Regular price: $21.00

  • Book 3

    • The Corsican Caper

    • A Novel
    • By: Peter Mayle
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul's villa.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not good

    • By Brenda Cantwell on 01-26-16

    Regular price: $21.00

  • Book 4

    • The Diamond Caper

    • By: Peter Mayle
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    When a Riviera socialite's diamonds are stolen - the latest in a string of seemingly unconnected but ever-more-audacious jewelry heists across France - Elena flies in to investigate the insurance claim. It's a trip she's more than happy to make, as it gives her a chance to meet up with old friends in Marseille - and, particularly, with Sam.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A good "caper," atrocious narration

    • By Frederic de Sibert on 12-17-15

    Regular price: $21.00