Monsieur Pamplemousse is looking forward to a well earned break in the South of France courtesy of his employer - all he has to do is collect an artwork for Le Guide's Director. But when his contact fails to show and a dismembered body is washed up outside the hotel the holiday mood evaporates.
As Pamplemousse struggles with the case (and with modern technology) his ever-faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites is on hand offering proof of why, during his time with the Paris Surete, he was one of their top sniffer dogs.
A production of West Side Story mounted by the mixed infants of a Russian school, undeniably close contact with their teacher's doudounes, serious threats from the Red Mafya...Monsieur Pamplemousse's thirteenth adventure could well prove to be his last. - (Blackwell North Amer)