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The Second Worst Restaurant in France Reader Reviews

The Second Worst Restaurant in France


The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith is a great read with some distinctive characters to enjoy along the way. Based a round a food writer and a French restaurant!

As I have read some Alexander McCall Smith novels before I was delighted to be asked to read The Second Worst Restaurant in France!

The novel is based around a food writer, Paul, who is struggling to write his latest book due to various distractions, including a girlfriend who just moves into Paul's home with her cats. Paul has a cousin called Chloe who invites him to stay with her in France where he becomes embroiled in the goings on both domestically and with a local restaurant. Various larger than life characters drift in and out of Pauls life along with him trying to discover more about Chloe's past life with five ex-husbands and a mysterious career path.

The way the novel is written is down to earth and easy to read, but with twists and turns along the way to keep the reader on their toes. Although this book is a sequel to My Italian Bulldozer it stands as a novel in its own right, however I feel inclined to now read the other novel in the series!

A delightful read, easy to read but kept me engrossed and I read it in two days...

Kat Thack

A great novel, a great author and great characters. I can't wait to read more.

I loved this author when I first read his detective novel and I'm so glad I now get to continue that praise after reading this. The same wit and charm is a feature in this novel as well.

This is the second book in the series and we are back with Paul Stewart  - a great character! He briefly returns home to Scotland after his trip in the first novel but home circumstances mean he wants to escape again. This time we are off to France let the adventure begin.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846974212
Publication date: 9th May 2019
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Humour, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction & related items, Humour,