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UK Title: Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin
First published in UK: October 12 1972 by Barrie & Jenkins, London
US Title: The Plot That Thickened
First published in US: August 6 1973 by Simon & Schuster, New York

Russian translation

Monty Bodkin returns home to England after a year in America, his absence having strengthened his resolve to claim the hand in marriage of his intended, the hockey-playing Gertrude Butterwick. However, his association with an overweight Hollywood movie mogul, his redoubtable wife and even more formidable step-daughter sets the scene for complications. Add to this pot-pourri the piquant seasonings of a third-rate private detective, a devious pair of confidence tricksters and a string of pearls, and the course of true love certainly won't run smoothly for Monty...

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(Monty) Montrose Bodkin Adviser for Productions for Superba-Llewellyn motion picture studio. Engaged to Gertrude Butterwick. Becomes Secretary to Ivor Llewellyn in the writing of his autobiography
(Sandy) Alexandra Miller Monty's small, pretty and vivacious secretary who loves him
Gertrude Butterwick Reggie Tennyson's hockey-playing cousin who lives at 11 Croxted Road, West Dulwich. Monty's fiancee
(Jumbo) Ivor Llewellyn President of Superba-Llewellyn
Grayce Llewellyn Ivor's domineering 5th and current wife, a former silent screen star and Mavis' mother
J. B. Butterwick Gertrude's father, an import-export merchant
Mavis Mulligan Grayce's imperious daughter by her first marriage to silent movie star Orlando Mulligan. A tall, handsome girl with a fine figure. Loves Jimmy Ponder
Chimp Twist Professionally known as J. Sheringham Adair, Private Investigator. Supposed to be guarding Grayce's pearl necklace, he becomes Ivor's valet
Soapy Molloy Con man posing as a rich American with oil interests. Tries to sell stock in non-existent oil wells
Dolly Molloy Soapy's wife and professional shop-lifter
Jimmy Ponder A Greek god with a small clipped moustache who is a partner in a jewelry firm. Bought oil stock from Soapy and gets engaged to Mavis
Wilfred Chisholm Hockey-playing bounder for England who is in love with Gertrude. His full-time occupation is that of a policeman who tries to arrest Monty, with whom he was at school
Otto Flannery Owns The Happy Prawn nightclub. Married Ivor's third wife, Gloria
Claude Witherspoon (*)

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