And when he discovers that M's real target is France's new President - and that he's coming to Elodie's wedding - Paul realises the merde really is about to hit the fan Stephen Clarke. His Merde novels have been bestsellers all over the world, including France.
Research for The French Revolution and What Went Wrong took him deep into French archives in search of the actual words, thoughts and deeds of the revolutionaries and royalists of He has now re-emerged to ask modern Parisians why they have forgotten some of the true democratic heroes of the period, and opted to idolize certain maniacs. Our Lists. View all online retailers. In the South of France, Paul West has a licence to thrill About the Author Stephen Clarke Stephen Clarke lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The Girl on the Train. Englishman Paul West has just received an offer he can't refuse: two weeks in the sun, all expenses paid, with a beautiful blonde called Gloria Monday. M, as Gloria likes to be known, is down south to report on caviar trafficking - but it soon becomes obvious that she's interested in something a lot more fishy than caviar. Meanwhile Paul's best friend Elodie is marrying a Fr Englishman Paul West has just received an offer he can't refuse: two weeks in the sun, all expenses paid, with a beautiful blonde called Gloria Monday.
Meanwhile Paul's best friend Elodie is marrying a French aristocrat, and Paul is asked to do the catering. Cooking for the French is a risky assignment at the best of times, but Paul, who is starting to feel a bit like James Bond, assures her that nothing can go wrong. Or can it? As Paul is sexually harassed by an English hen party, picked on by French commandoes and arrested by excitable gendarmes, he realises that events are spiralling out of control.
And when he discovers that M's real target is France's biggest fish of all - the new President - and that he's coming to Elodie's wedding, Paul knows that the merde really is about to hit the fan Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dial M For Merde , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 05, Babz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoyed this book immensely, as I have enjoyed all of Stephen Clarke's "Merde" novels. This was definitely better than the last one though, which I had to make myself read at times. The wit and cleverness was ever present in this novel, where he daringly used the French President who we know is Nicolas Sarkozy but obviously Stephen couldn't mention for fear of getting sued or worse hunted down by the French government for laughs.
I really hope he brings us more hilarity from Paul West, I'll certainly be queueing up to buy the book when it comes out.
Such is my love for this series. Shelves: travel. A perfect summer read for us francophiles! I wasn't let down by the author in this installment of his Merde series, or his take on French culture. He is still a wry Brit with a taste for les femmes. Following him through southern France in the wake of his girlfriend is lovely with a hint of shaken, not stirred Bonne Maman and her relatives are a riot! Could have should have?
Jul 09, Michelle rated it it was ok. Dissapointing compared to the other books in the Merde series. I felt that Stephen Clarke was a bit half hearted with this attempt. The book was humourous in places and an easy summer read but it lacked the comedy and believable storyline and characters of the other Merde books. I enjoyed this one so much.
The characters are really interesting, the story is really cool, not all fast paced and action filled, which is something i prefer, and i found it really funny. The whole British guy in France making all these faux pas in the French Language is hilarious to me.
Oct 30, Dogsandbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: read-mystery. Very fun.
Snappy pacing, absurd characters, and classic movie French atmosphere. Very enjoyable. DPL e book via Freading. May 04, Jill Elizabeth rated it liked it. Special thanks to Kayla Shaw at Open Road for reaching out and inviting me to review the book. The books are a series of first-person narrative My review copy of Dial M for Merde was graciously provided by the good people at Open Road Media Marketing. The books are a series of first-person narratives that read, like the best fiction, in a style that feels semi-autobiographical the author, Stephen Clarke, is himself a Brit living in Paris.
At least, they feel that way right up until the inevitable bizarre hijinks start. Then, well, they just feel like funny, silly fiction — in the best possible way.
The latest installment has Paul gallivanting off to the South of France with a hottie named Gloria Monday. Sounds wild, no? I absolutely loved the first book, quite enjoyed the second, and was a little less enthusiastic about the third. In each book, Paul blunders his way into some bizarre drama, barely manages to escape with his skin, and somehow always ends up the hero at the end of the day.
There are laugh-out-loud parts to each and every book, whether situational or conversational, and the characters are a great mix of stereotypes and defiantly unique individuals.
I read the first three books in rapid succession. Pace yourself. Aug 13, Nonethousand Oberrhein rated it liked it Shelves: british , humour. A new change of setting from the two first Parisians novels and the third American one, as well as a new narration style that transforms the classical fish-out-of-the-water novel in something while still greatly comical more like a spy-story. Entertaining as usual! Apr 12, Norbert P rated it it was amazing. With "Dial M for Merde" Stephen Clarke not only added another account to his list of linguistic pitfalls prepared for the France-traveling Englishman, but he also wrote a really funny thriller that develops into a real page turner.
Again his friends of the first book, Elodie and Jake are with Paul, and while Elodie, the genuine french woman, unravels to him the almost invisible differences in the french language that turn a dealer into a traitor, Jake seems to loose the grip on his english more With "Dial M for Merde" Stephen Clarke not only added another account to his list of linguistic pitfalls prepared for the France-traveling Englishman, but he also wrote a really funny thriller that develops into a real page turner.
Again his friends of the first book, Elodie and Jake are with Paul, and while Elodie, the genuine french woman, unravels to him the almost invisible differences in the french language that turn a dealer into a traitor, Jake seems to loose the grip on his english more and more, speaking kind of frenglish.