Published in 2009, The Vintage Caper was the first caper of a series of four capers written by Peter Mayle. This crime involved the stealing of vintage wines. Sam Levitt was engaged by the insurance company to trace the trail of lost vintage wines from Los Angeles to Paris, Bordeaux, Provence and Marseille.
Readers were treated to a gastronomical delight of French food and French wines. Peter Mayle who lives in Provence knows how to take readers to interesting places of France. He is a virtual tour guide on paper without the latest technology, He has a way with the written language to entice readers and for them to feel the people and culture of France.
Despite this being an investigative novel on crime, Peter Mayle wrote this novel in a light-hearted manner with plenty of good humour. As his usual style, he did not want hard criminals with a violent character to be part of the story. You could enjoy reading the ingenious ways for Sam Levitt to crack the mystery of the missing vintage wines that are worth $3 million. The ending of the novel was unexpected.