Dial M For Merde

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  • Title: Dial M For Merde
  • Author: Stephen Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780593056301
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 fishy than caviar.Meanwhile Paul s best friend Elodie is marrying a FrEnglishman 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 fishy than caviar.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

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 stirredd his girlfriend from a previous book is trying to get married into a gentille famille. Bonne Maman and her relatives are a riot!

    3. 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.

    4. Very fun. Snappy pacing, absurd characters, and classic movie French atmosphere. Very enjoyable. DPL e book via Freading

    5. My review copy of Dial M for Merde was graciously provided by the good people at Open Road Media Marketing. Special thanks to Kayla Shaw at Open Road for reaching out and inviting me to review the book.If you’re not familiar with the “Merde” books (A Year in the Merde, In the Merde for Love, Merde Happens), you really should be. They’re a very fun collection of quirky, goofy tales about the exploits of Paul West, a British ex-pat living in France. The books are a series of first-person n [...]

    6. “High Noon” in the “Midi”Paul West gets back to France following the events narrated in Merde Happens, but this time he’s out of Paris. Follow him as he gets stuck in a “jamesbond-esque” adventure while trying to organize a marriage party catering in a villa not so far from Marseille; cringe as he finds himself in the only possible position to save le Président A new change of setting from the two first Parisians novels and the third American one, as well as a new narration style [...]

    7. I enjoyed this book starting from the first line. I lived in the past 15 years or so in francophone countries in which the last 3 in Paris. I felt that a lot of things Paul West described were exactly how I felt at various occasions during my life in France. Extremely witty style - I must admit. While reading how he described the status of a public toilet in Marseille or so, I closed the book and laughed for really long! I witnessed something similar while I was vacationing in the Normandie a fe [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. Since I have been a big fan of Merde series, I jumped right in this book. I loved it immensely since it involves characters that I have grown to love. However, saying that, this book is not the strongest one in the series. Some parts were a bit stretched and bit harder to pull through than usual, and the whole feeling was that this instalment was a bit rushed in the production. Having all this in mind, I would still recommend it since it has that typical Franco-British wit and sharpness. It is s [...]

    10. Another funny instalment by Stephen Clarke. I have enjoyed the 'Merde' series but I have to say that none were better than the first one. It wasn't as easy a read as the others either. I felt myself distracted at times and found other things to do. In the end, it still made me giggle here and there but I don't think I would read it again.

    11. Pretty much on an equal level with the other 'Merde' books. Paul West is still likeable, the books normally have three or four real laugh out loud moments and are generally really good fun. They always make me wish I was Poolside or in a cafe in France to be able to sit and read them in one sitting. Roll on the next one whenever that may be,

    12. Paul West, el famoso británico dueño de una sala de té parisino se enfrenta a una aventura al puro estilo de James Bond en la costa mediterránea francesa. El entorno estará marcado por la familia Bonnepoire, una de las grandes familias francesas que se relacionan con el presidente de la República.

    13. Fourth instalment in this comical series about a Brit living in France. Although the storylines are getting more and more far-fetched it was still a nice lifght enjoyable read.Recommend to anyone to needs a chuckle or two.

    14. I thought this book was very funny. At first, it seemed a little slow like I didn't know what the point is, but then it just picked right up and I ended up really liking it. It seemed like a sequel, so I'll look for others (someone gave it to me).

    15. ha. Same old same old from monsieur Clarke, I really liked his previous books but the Englishman in France thing is starting to wear a bit thin. Only bother reading this is you really like him otherwise too much deja vu.

    16. This was exactly the kind of book I was looking to read -- frivolous, with the occasional linguistic pun. I read some of his other Merde books, and was surprised to find this a mystery (I know, the title). Good snow day book.

    17. Humorous with elements of a travelogue to the south of France. I enjoyed reading the book and finished it quickly but I was slightly disappointed with the ending where the plot lost some of its energy. Nonetheless, a worthwhile read and fitting addition to the curious adventures of Paul West.

    18. Brilliant, comic genius, had me laughing out loud with the subtle mix ups of English - French translations of similar words. Please, please don't pronounce bouillabaisse incorrectly!! If you want a laugh, read this.

    19. Really enjoyed this book. Even though I had a pretty good idea of where the book was going it just grabbed me. Maybe cause I can relate to an English speaking person attempting to figure out the nuances of the French language. I would definitely read other books by this author.

    20. This one is simply ridiculous. I have come to the conclusion that the only Paul West book actually worth reading was Merde Happens. Dial M for Merde was silly, unbelievable and not at all funny. I will not be reading book number five. I think I've had enough.

    21. Not as good as the previous Paul West books, but still a lot of fun. Don't look for depth or a believable plot here. What you get instead, is fun, laughs and general 'out there' action.

    22. Just poorly written. Has been 5 hears since I read the first two of this series. This was either written be an average ghost writer or my taste has changed a lot since.

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