When a laughing baby is found amongst the Hotel du Barry’s billowing sheets, tucked up in an expensive pair of ladies’ bloomers and neatly pegged to the laundry line, the hotel staff resolve to keep the child. The hotel’s owner, Daniel du Barry, still mourning the loss of his lover in an automobile accident, adopts the little girl, names her after his favourite champagne and seeks consolation in fatherhood.
Cat du Barry grows up beloved by both hotel staff and guests, equally at home in the ninth floor premium suite as she is in the labyrinth below stairs. Years later when Daniel du Barry dies in sinister circumstances, Cat determines to solve the mystery with the assistance of her extended hotel family.
From hotel detective to roguish Irish gigolo, from compassionate housekeeper to foxy chamber maid, each will play their wicked part in this novel that will charm, amuse and delight.
London-born Australian Lesley has travelled extensively and worked in London and Japan. She’s worked as a secondary teacher, photographer, fringe actor and many other jobs – some too ghastly to mention.
While exhibiting her art photography in Melbourne galleries Lesley realized she wanted to create imaginary stories and returned to writing. Her fiction piece “A Man of Fashion” was published in Scarlet Stiletto The Second Cut in 2011, and “Memoir of a Trollop” was performed by Baggage Theatre Company in 2013.
Lesley lives in a garret in Melbourne and is working on her second novel Sacha Torte.