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  • Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation | Simon Brett,Jeremy Front

    Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a novel by Simon Brett, adapted by Jeremy Front. Whilst appearing in a Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles finds a body beneath Eastbourne Pier and soon comes under suspicion for murder.

    juldarr says: "Jeremy Front, smashing"
  • Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies (BBC Radio Crimes) | Simon Brett,Jeremy Front

    Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies (BBC Radio Crimes)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Full Cast
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Simon Brett's comic murder mystery, starring Bill Nighy as the irrepressible Charles Paris. Charles Paris (unsuccessful actor, bad husband, dipsomaniac) is currently appearing as a fork lift operator in a corporate video. It's not prime-time television or a major film, but it seems like easy money - until the fork lift is used to commit a murder. When Charles himself comes under suspicion, he decides to find out for himself who the murderer is.

    Andrew Brack says: "A stronger entry in Charles Paris series"
  • The Floating Admiral

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie, Simon Brett - preface, Dorothy L. Sayers - introduction, and others
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth. But when an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest, the Inspector's investigation immediately comes up against several obstacles. The vicar, whose boat the body was found in, is clearly withholding information, and the victim's niece has disappeared. There is clearly more to this case than meets the eye - even the identity of the victim is called into doubt.

  • Mrs Pargeter's Principle | Simon Brett

    Mrs Pargeter's Principle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst his many bequests, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve, she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise.

    Sharon says: "Silly story"
  • Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted: BBC Radio Crimes | Simon Brett,Jeremy Front

    Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted: BBC Radio Crimes

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, full cast, Suzanne Burden
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's novel. Charles Paris is understudying in a West End production whose star, Michael Banks, seems unable to master the script. Has Charles time to solve a murder, win Frances' heart and make it onstage by the time the curtain goes up?

    Cheryl Waters says: "Bill Nighy Is Perfection"
  • The Killing in the Café | Simon Brett

    The Killing in the Café

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
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    When the owner of Polly's Cake Shop announces her retirement, the Fethering residents start to worry about the loss of this popular amenity. Alarmed by rumours that the café might become a Starbucks, a group clubs together to form an action committee. The plan is that Polly's should become a community venture managed and run by volunteers from the village. Roped in to help, Jude finds the committee meetings fraught with petty power struggles, clashing personalities and monstrous egos.

    Beatrice says: "Okay"
  • The Tomb in Turkey | Simon Brett

    The Tomb in Turkey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight’s free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude’s property developer friend Barney Willingdon. But from the outset the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents.

    GrandmaG says: "Another fun entry into the Carol/Jude saga"
  • The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery | Simon Brett

    The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Recently retired, Carole Seddon is residing in Fethering in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver, while taking their daily constitutional, find a corpse on the beach. What's more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman.

    Byron says: "Prim, proper, and murder on an English beach"
  • A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance (BBC Radio Crimes) | Simon Brett

    A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance (BBC Radio Crimes)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    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.

    Cheryl Waters says: "Always a Trip to Paris!"
  • Blood at the Bookies: The Fethering Mysteries, Book 9 | Simon Brett

    Blood at the Bookies: The Fethering Mysteries, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The bets are on whodunnit when a body is found at the bookies . . . Jude has never been averse to a bit of a flutter; her friend Carole, on the other hand, thinks that the local betting shop is a den of iniquity. But when Jude stumbles upon the body of Polish immigrant Tadeusz Jankowski - the race is on to find his killer. The odds aren't looking good. No one seems to know anything about the mysterious Tadek - even his sister can't shed any light on what he was doing in Fethering.

  • Guns in the Gallery | Simon Brett

    Guns in the Gallery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it certainly turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in a confrontation between Willoughby and his ex-lover, followed by a heated argument with the gallery owner and a rival artist. But what no one could have anticipated was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death.

    Kathleen says: "Brett Never Disappoints"
  • Charles Paris: A Decent Interval: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation | Simon Brett

    Charles Paris: A Decent Interval: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
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    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's entertaining crime novel, starring Bill Nighy. Charles Paris has been resting for quite a while, so he's relieved when he is cast as Ghost of Hamlet's Father and First Gravedigger in a touring production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are a little tense - the lead roles of Hamlet and Ophelia are played by a reality TV contestant and TV talent show winner respectively, and their opinions on celebrity and the theatre differ somewhat from those of the more experienced members of the cast.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another excellent dramatization"
  • Witness at the Wedding | Simon Brett

    Witness at the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Carole is thrilled with the coming wedding of her once-estranged son, Stephen. She finds it odd, though, that the parents of the bride have no interest in arranging the wedding, and seem terrified at the prospect of publicizing it. Things turn deadly intriguing when the father of the bride disappears at the engagement party, only to be found brutally murdered the following morn.

    Beatrice says: "The best yet!!!"
  • Death on the Downs | Simon Brett

    Death on the Downs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    It isn't the rain that upsets Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs. It isn't the dilapidated barn in which she is forced to seek shelter. No, what upsets her is the human skeleton she discovers there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags.

    Byron says: "Quirky characters and British satire!"
  • The Torso in the Town | Simon Brett

    The Torso in the Town

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
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    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    A dinner party at an English mansion with some stuffy, not-very-close friends is not exactly Jude's cup of tea. But the practically mummified torso of a woman found in the cellar is much more up Jude's alley. Once again, the two middle-aged women from Fethering, Jude and her reluctant neighbor, Carole, find themselves embroiled in another puzzling whodunit.

    William says: "A darn good listen!"
  • Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (Dramatised): BBC Radio Crimes | Simon Brett

    Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (Dramatised): BBC Radio Crimes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Simon Brett's comic crime novel An Amateur Corpse. Charles is out of work again, and to make matters worse his mother has come to stay and he's no way of escaping her. So when he's offered some voiceover work by old friend, Hugo, he's delighted to get out of the house. But Hugo's marriage is in trouble: his much younger wife, Ellie, spends all her time at her Amateur Dramatic Group, and Hugo is drinking too much.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bill Nighy is hysterically funny"
  • BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic | Simon Brett,Jeremy Front (adaptation)

    BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Jeremy Front (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (65)

    Actor and reluctant sleuth Charles Paris is facing chaos on the domestic front. He’s lodging with his ex-wife Frances, and now their pregnant daughter has moved in as well. It’s all a bit much.... So he is over the moon when he lands a job on the BBC Radio Rep - but the ink is barely dry on his contract when a murder takes place in Broadcasting House. A young female studio manager is found dead in an editing suite, and Charles steps in to investigate....

    AD says: "Bill Nighy on tip, top form"
  • The Shooting in the Shop | Simon Brett

    The Shooting in the Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Carole Seddon hates Christmas – it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry, she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. Then Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered. It seems like a tragic accident, but it’s not natural causes when a gun is involved.

    Lynn says: "Tops in plot, people & narrator"
  • The Stabbing in the Stables: A Fethering Mystery | Simon Brett

    The Stabbing in the Stables: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again. Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay after stumbling upon the body of ex-equestrian Walter Fleet at Long Bamber Stables. The police attribute the stabbing death to the mysterious "Horse Ripper," who's been mutilating mares across West Sussex and who Walter obviously caught in the act.

    R. Morgan says: "Wonderful continuation of series."
  • The Corpse on the Court | Simon Brett

    The Corpse on the Court

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks her new man, Piers Targett, who's keen to get her involved in his hobby – or obsession – of Real Tennis. But when one of Piers' friends dies on the court in suspicious circumstances, Jude finds herself caught up in the police investigation. Meanwhile, Jude's neighbour Carole is trying to identify the human remains known locally as the “Lady in the Lake”.

    Sarah says: "Simon Brett Doesn't Disappoint!"
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