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Dead Room Farce: A Charles Paris Mystery | [Simon Brett]

Dead Room Farce: A Charles Paris Mystery

Charles Paris' old friend Mark, who runs a recording studio in Bath where Charles is making a talking book, has a drinking problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark, it's somebody in the cast of Charles' play who has a dirty little secret that Mark must not be allowed to reveal...
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It's not Beckett exactly, but a three-month run of Not on Your Wife!, a new farce by the prolific British farceur Bill Blunden, is not to be sniffed at by a jobbing actor. Which is why Charles Paris is standing on stage with his trousers around his ankles, playing Aubrey, the older lover of GIlly, wife of Bob, whose young mistress Nicky he is passing off as the property of his neighbor Ted. Rehearsals have gone well, the laughs are coming, and if his marriage is on the skids again there's always the consolation of Bell's - and the uncertain attractions of aging ingenue Cookie Stone. But by the time the troupe reaches Bath a darker mood has set in. Cookie Stone seems to think she and Charles are practically married (if only he could remember what happened!), and Charles' old friend Mark, who runs a recording studio in Bath where Charles is making a talking book, has a drinking problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark, it's somebody in the cast who has a dirty little secret that Mark must not be allowed to reveal...

©1997 by Simon Brett; (P)1999 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Kathleen Ft Leavenworth, KS, United States 02-24-11
    Kathleen Ft Leavenworth, KS, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "High school boy fantasy"

    Our hero spent the whole of this book drunk, hungover, and/or enjoying the many female bodies which were practically forced on him. Very little of the book is devoted to the murder set up or the unraveling of the mystery afterwards. The real mystery here is why I finished this book.

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    Paula WolmaransstadSouth Africa 05-19-09
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    "So-so"

    Simon Brett is one of my favorites and I especially love his Charles Paris books. Unfortunately, this narrator didn't make a good job of reading the book. Simon Brett should really read all his own books, because then they are wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable, making the listener laugh out loud in some places.

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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-19-10
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "review - Dead Room Farce"

    I might be done with the lovable character Charles Parrish after this one. Plot is flat as a popped tire. Reader good. Sorry I bought it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    1/14/09
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    "Enjoyable romp"

    I've listened to quite a few Simon Brett audio books and know to expect a humorous tale connected with a theatrical or television production where one or more people get killed. The main enjoyment comes from the details of the chaotic life of the actor/amateur sleuth Mathew Parris and in the detection of the murder is incidental. This book is in the same vein, however, unlike the other books I've heard this one is not read by the author, Simon Brett, which spoiled it a but for me as the whole time I felt the reader's voice was wrong for Mathew Parris character in that it was too plummy and drawling. Don't get me wrong the reader is not bad, just not the right one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gill
    Stocksfield, United Kingdom
    7/28/12
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    "old fashioned mystery"

    I first heard the radio series before I (audio) read the book so the character of Charles is Bill Nighy in my book. With him in mind I enjoyed this as a light easy read..

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  • Colin
    Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    7/1/09
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    "Good Story Shame About the Reader"

    I always enjoy Brett's Charles Paris stories but the reader is completely wrong- much too posh
    Why aren't the Simon Brett readings available on audible

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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