|Title:||Adèle and Co. (Berry #5)|
|Publisher:||Ward, Lock & Co., Limited|
|Tags:||Europe, fiction, mystery, Berry Pleydell (Fictional character)|
This is the first full-length novel featuring Yates’ finest comic creation, Bertram Berry Pleydell. The popular character of Adele is based on the author’s first wife, Bettine, a highly gregarious American dancer and actress. Written in response to massive public demand for the Berry stories, this is regarded as one of Yates’ best books. Amongst the madcap escapades of the Pleydell clan as they careen about the French countryside, you will find crime, criminals, and some of the funniest writing in the English language. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Mercer, Cecil William
Cecil William Mercer (1885-1960), better known by his pen-name, Dornford Yates, was a British author. Trained as a lawyer, he turned to writing in the 1920s. He is best known for a series of books featuring playboy Berry Pleydell. These books described Berry's wealthy, indolent life and his circle of friends. The books were very popular in the interwar years. Mercer also wrote a series of international thrillers centred around Richard Chandos, a suave crime solving detective. His work was influenced by the writings of Anthony Hope who was his uncle. (Chambers Biographical Dictionary)
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