Then they're abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insist the crime belongs in someone else's jurisdiction. The french say it's an Irish crime as that's where the money was held. So chris has to solve the crime himself. French fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley's first eight months in France and has been described as 'A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.
Just when chris and shelagh think nothing more could possibly go wrong, they discover that Chris's identity has been stolen and their life savings - all the money from their house sale in England that was going to finance their new life in France - had disappeared. A bank account had been opened in Chris's name in Spain to take the proceeds.
French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief #ad - The irish say it's French as that's where all the correspondence came from. Literally laugh out loud in several places I'm glad I'm the only one home! Librarything "chris dolley's humour reminds me of James Herriot at times, with my husband shushing me in the middle of the night. And now i appear to have finished the book! The best thing about 'French Fried' is it's sense of humour; warm, self-deprecating, and very British.
What Ho, Automaton! Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 1Book View Cafe #ad - Dolley's tone is spot on Wodehouse and the steampunk elements tie into both plot and silliness admirably. Gail carriger, occasionally, an avid reader of detective fiction, knows two things about solving crime: One, the guilty party is always the person - and, author of SoullessReggie, the orang-utan - one least suspects.
I don't think i've actually laughed out loud this much while reading a book in a very long time. Erisaerie"dolley's collection of Wodehousian steampunk is entertaining and often spot-on parody. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. And prevent him from getting engaged. The book contains two stories set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs.
What Ho, Automaton! Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 1 #ad - What ho, automaton! - a 32 page novelette about how the two met. Something rummy this way Comes - a 164 page novel chronicling their first case. And, two, a consulting detective's little grey cells require plenty of fish and frequent lubrication when confronted with a 'three cocktail problem. Reeves needs all his steam-powered cunning and intellect to curb the young master's excessive flights of fancy.
Finalist for the 2012 wsfA Award **"A fun blend of P. G.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in ProvenceDresher Publishing #ad - I knew we were in trouble as soon as Val started. Or maybe they’d been watching old American movies and thought we would show up with cowboy hats and six shooters and do tricks with our lassoes. Oopsevery driver was being pulled over and told to blow into a breathalyzer, which meant Val because she was the one driving.
Like the day the country ran out of gasoline. I think word had gotten out that there were Americans coming over who sort of spoke French and everyone wanted to see this oddity, kind of like a three-headed cat. Bulls go for a swim“the bull has escaped!” Val and I looked up to see a thousand pounds of anger barreling down the street right at us.
Out of gasbetween guests and food and exercise and reading and living a French life, our days are full. But they wondered: can we fit in? and maybe become french ourselves?follow their adventures as they slowly unlock the mysteries of France…- Is it true that French people are like coconuts? - Can you learn to argue like a French person? - What books have changed French lives? - Most important of all, how do you keep your soup from exploding?There’s more to becoming French than just learning the language.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in Provence #ad - I’m nervous, ” she said, “because I’m feeling the wine a little bit. It’s all about the tonguethe first time we had a class with Geneviève, she pulled a book off a shelf and asked us to each read a few paragraphs to test our pronunciation. If you want the inside scoop on la belle france, you won’t want to miss this delightful book!From the BookVive La France!The first clue that this was not going to be a simple apéritif was when we walked into the house and saw that it was full of people.
We ran to safety as the bull thundered past, followed by French cowboys on horseback.
An Unsafe Pair of HandsBook View Cafe #ad - And had there been a third?Shand begins to doubt his ability. This is by far one of the best summer reads of 2011. Jensview"one of the best I've read in years. Laura belgrave"I loved this book. Bookworm"This is a very good read. He's desperate, pursued by an amorous psychic, increasingly unpredictable, and somehow gaining a reputation for arresting livestock.
Which will break first? the case, or Shand?Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author. Reviews"this mystery is so much fun. Shand responds by inventing a lead, and keeps on lying - to the press, his boss, his team - telling himself that he'll solve the case before anyone finds out. And then another murder occurs.
An Unsafe Pair of Hands #ad - On his second day he's thrust into a high-profile murder case. I gave up sleep so that I could read to the surprising and satisfying ending. The humor is delightful and the plot is complex enough to keep you turning pages to the end. I laughed out loud in public in response to the quirky plot twists. Then a local journalist singles out Shand as the reason for the lack of progress, and goads him at a press conference.
The Aunt Paradox Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 3Book View Café #ad - Now she’s rewriting history!reggie worcester, and his automaton valet, Reeves, gentleman’s consulting detective, are hired to retrieve the time machine and put the timeline back together. A murder mystery where facts can be rewritten, and the dead don’t always stay dead. This 100 page novella is the third instalment in the Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries.
The Aunt Paradox Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 3 #ad - Hg wells has a problem. Dolley is a master at capturing and blending all these elements. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. Dead bodies start piling up behind Reggie’s sofa, as he finds himself embroiled in an ever-changing murder mystery. But things get complicated. His aunt charlotte has borrowed his time machine and won’t give it back.
The fourth instalment, a novel - the unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall - which comes out on February 9th 2016, can be pre-ordered now. A fun blend of P. G. More than fascinating, this work is also rip-roaring fun!" - SF Revu.
The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 4Book View Café #ad - I highly recommend this book. Howard Poston. Wodehouse steampunk version of the hound of the Baskervilles!“Jeeves and Wooster meet Holmes and Watson with a touch of steampunk in the hilarious first full-length Reeves and Worcester tale. Luckily the young master has Reeves, his automaton valet, and Emmeline, his suffragette fiancée, on hand to assist.
This stand alone novel is the fifth Reeves & Worcester Steampunk mystery and is set a few months after The Aunt Paradox. Reading reggie's attempts to emulate famous detectives and solve this Baskerville mystery is hilarious. G. Dolley channeled Wodehouse beautifully. Mary R. It perfectly catches the spirit and the humour of the original PG Wodehouse works while adding a whole new dimension.
The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 4 #ad - Hopback"chris dolley does an excellent job of imitating Wodehouse's writing style and pays a bit of homage to Oscar Wilde. There is the small matter that most of the guests aren’t who they say they are, the main suspect has cloven feet, and a strange mist hangs over great Grimdark Mire. Laughs abounded.
And reginald Worcester turning up on the doorstep. Every one was absolutely hilarious and certainly the best parodies of Holmes and Watson that I have come across.
Reggiecide Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 2Book View Cafe #ad - He might be a mere pawn in a plan of diabolical twistiness. Only a detective with a rare brain - and Reggie's is amongst the rarest - could possibly solve this 'five-cocktail problem. With the aid of reeves, a reconstituted dog with an issue with Anglicans, Emmeline, his suffragette fiancée, his automaton valet, and Farquharson, Reggie sets out to save both Queen Victoria and the Empire.
This 19, what ho, 000 word novella is the sequel to the wsfa Small Press Award finalist, Automaton!REVIEWS"I find that a good book is enjoyable by the end of the first chapter. This book was good by the end of the first sentENCE - 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a chap in possession of a suffragette fiancee is in need of a pair of bolt cutters.
Reggiecide Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries Book 2 #ad - As you can guess this story is a treasure trove of homages as well as just a jolly good romp. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of sherlock holmes, " - sF Revu Guy Fawkes is back and this time it's a toss up who's going to be blown up first - Parliament or Reginald Worcester, gentleman consulting detective.
But guy might not be the only regicide to have been dug up and reanimated. A fun blend of P. G. All those words come to mind after reading this little masterpiece. Zjordi"a delightful mix of comedy and conundrums.
In Foreign Fields: How Not To Move To FranceBlackbird Digital Books #ad - Great stuff. Goodreads***** 'there are a handful of authors who will achieve that elusive trick of making you laugh out loud. Susie begins to lose hope of attracting the fabled French philanderer and, far from appreciating their new home, the animals do everything they can to make life as difficult as possible.
With her house literally crumbling around her, the number of odd characters Susie manages to attract are only matched by the assortment of creatures appearing from in and out of the woodwork. Sunflowers smile from their fields. For me it's james herriot, Bill Bryson & Susie Kelly. Frenchentrée Magazine. Another delightful, very funny, memoir from the witty & wise travel author Susie Kelly.
In Foreign Fields: How Not To Move To France #ad - First kindle edition of two Steps Backwards, originally published by Bantam/Transworld as a UK paperback. Sometimes it feels more like taking part in a musical comedy than starting a new life in France. A laugh-out-loud romp through an honest story of moving to France & buying a house that is anything but the French dream who needs water and electricity? lol!
Goodreads***** 'I'm a huge fan. Yes, the countryside is spacious and peaceful.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A MemoirTroubador Publishing #ad - Stories abound featuring idiosyncratic guests, overbearing public bodies, fractured family life and animals of all shapes and sizes. This is a tribute to all the people behind the scenes who helped to make the hard-won transformation into a great success. Accolades for the hotel and its restaurant were won; together they became a well-regarded destination for a number of celebrities – and those that deemed themselves to be celebrities but were not.
John searancke came to the role of hotelkeeper almost accidentally, and most definitely with much reluctance. Not only was it posting an annual loss, but the fabric of the building was crumbling and there was no money left to make improvements. A rescue mission originally thought of as lasting for a year or two turned into a 35 year lifetime love affair with a beautiful old building.
Many were the guests who checked in who really should not have been seen together. Over the years, and with the steepest of learning curves, the grand old building was renovated and transformed to meet the requirements of the modern discerning traveller. There were to be battles royal with neighbours not wanting their status quo to be altered, and with the local fire authority who sought to impose draconian new safety measures.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A Memoir #ad - After his parents’ marriage fell apart, to pick up the pieces of their new venture, he was dragooned in, frankly, at the age of 22, a barely-trading country house hotel that had, seen better days. The local fire station next door was demolished one foggy night, people were frightened by flying dogs and snakes in the long grass, as befits a country house, and there were, strange goings on in the night.
Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling FrenchSea to Sky Books #ad - Uncorked is a well written and diverting book that many readers will treasure. Judge's commentary, 25th annual writer’s digest self-Published Book Awards"Shore's use of the game of Pétanque as a point of entry to address areas of personal alienation is a great literary and narrative choice. This memoir made me laugh; especially Paul's foil Hubert, who is a star.
Laugh while being touched as you fondly reminisce about personal adventures!praise for Uncorked:WINNER of the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Award for Non-Fiction, and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist. Cross-cultural endeavors never go out of style. Like peter mayle a year in provence before him, Paul Shore made the leap and found a cornucopia of delights in his new home.
Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French #ad - Stephen hui, hiking writer and former Georgia Straight editor. Did you ever struggle to fit in with the cool kids in school? or with the aloof locals while you were travelling abroad? Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, and big heart will inspire and entertain you, wry wit, as his persistence earns him acceptance inside a charming French village!Shore humorously uses the mysterious game of Pétanque as a unique point of entry to explore areas of personal alienation faced as a newcomer in an adopted land full of heavily fortified culture.
Shore will make readers smile and reminisce over their own youthful sojourns in faraway lands. His self-deprecating humor and humility make it no wonder that he found a way to ingratiate himself into a tight-knit community in the south of France and enjoy life as a local. Sandy abrams, entrepreneur, author of your idea, self-deprecating and wholesome recounting of a year spent in Provence is one part travelogue, and Huffington Post blogger"Like a wry cross between Bill Bryson and Dave Bidini, Paul Shore’s funny, Inc, one part self-help guide, and one part memoir.
Uncorked is just like a good French wine: light, delicious, and full of flavour.
A Zany Slice of Italy Italian Living Book 1#ad - The author’s open, sympathetic viewpoint captures the characters’ quirky charm and the local color. Whistlers mom top 500 rEVIEWER. Follow us on instagram: zanyitalythis is noW ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. This light, lively book takes place in Italy, with hilarious anecdotes about the author and her husband’s trip to visit his family in Abruzzo and finally their escape to Tuscany.
Although initially drawn to italy for its art, and Vogue, often described in other books, architecture, it is evident that still lifes and stilettos do not hold this author’s attention as much as living people do. While the author is not so naïve as to think that all Italians’ lives flow as smoothly as their olive oil, she has not met anyone in Italy who is bitterly disappointed with life.
A Zany Slice of Italy Italian Living Book 1 #ad - So pour yourself a glass of italian wine, add a dose of accordion music, and spend some time in Ivanka Di Felice’s Italy. This book can be read as a stand-alone or feel free to tag along for more laugh out loud adventures in Italy by reading the complete Italian Living Series: A Zany Slice of Italy, Paying It Forward in Tuscany, A Zany Slice of Tuscany, and the prequel, Zany Renovations in Tuscany, My Zany Life.