Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris with Martine McCutcheon as Jodie Ricks in this BBC Radio 4 comedy detective drama. Charles finds himself uncharacteristically employed in a film, having landed the part of Szabec, a middle management vampire in 'The Wreathing'. His co-star is swimwear model turned actress Jodie Ricks and before long, Jodie is using Charles as a confidant. Poor Jodie is in terrible trouble - not only is she being blackmailed over some compromising photos, but she is also carrying the baby of the film's producer, Elliot Roth, who now wants nothing to do with her. Then things take an even nastier turn when it appears that someone is trying to kill Jodie. Always keen to help a damsel in distress, Charles sets about trying to solve the mystery... Starring Bill Nighy and Martine McCutcheon and dramatized by Jeremy Front.
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Simon Brett keeps us liking Charles Paris, a well-meaning cad whose acting career never goes so high up the ladder that murder cannot reach him...
I've never read a print version of a Charles Paris Mystery. However, the BBC Radio Crimes productions of the Paris mysteries (this is the second one I've heard) are so well done and enjoyable I'm sure I would prefer listening to reading.
Well, not on the edge of my seat, but the storyline, characters, performances, and overall production quality were excellent and kept me going. Ultimately the solution wasn't as good as I had hoped but the trip to get there was most enjoyable.
This is the second one I've heard and I've thoroughly enjoyed them both. The other had a more satisfying solution, but this had even more entertaining dialogue than the other, and both have been most enjoyable in that regard.
Simon Brett, the author, would probably do better with that than me. The title of this book is clever enough -- just go with that.
Great entertainment -- keep the Charles Paris productions coming!
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
I love the dynamic between Charles and Maurice. And also the love/hate relationship between Charles and Frances.
Well, I would have to say that they brought a 'realness' to the characters. I thought that Jodie was a bit whiny to me at first but became more geniune as the story progress. I started to like her. The dynamic between her and Charles was similar to a father/daughter relationship although he was not much of a Dad to his own daughter.
It made me laugh so much, I had to listen to it again!
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