If you have not yet read anything by Pete Mayle, you need to. Although best known for his book "A Year in Provence," he has also read several pure-fiction little pleasures. My wife and I have devoured all, including the four caper series books and three stand-alones, including "Chasing Cézanne". If you are seeking a well-crafted, easy to read, and entertaining light reading romp, read Peter Mayle. Spoiler alert: Mayle is devoid of obscenities and steamy sex scenes, so if that is what you are seeking, seek elsewhere. For a good plot, intelligent writing, read Mayle. After that paean, "Chasing Cézanne" is a bit more of a thriller than Mayle's other books. A professional photographer passes by a mansion on the Riviera which he has photo'd for a house beautiful magazine and notices a Cézanne being carried out and loaded into a plumber's van. He captures the moment with his camera and sets off to find out why. The result is a bi-continental tale between New York, Paris, and Provence. Midst all the action, the characters take time enjoy sumptuous meals of French cuisine and fine wines. Trust me..you cannot go wrong with Maye.
not exactly gripping, but fun if you love France