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  • The Floating Admiral | Agatha Christie,Simon Brett - preface,Dorothy L. Sayers - introduction,G. K. Chesterton - prologue

    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
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    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
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    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.

    Chris Geschwantner says: "Mrs. Pargeter, my favorite Simon Brett character."
  • 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
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    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"
  • 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
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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"
  • 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
    (43)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    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."
  • Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar | Simon Brett

    Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Tawcester Towers, the family seat of the Lyminster family, has suffered an unwelcome injection of distant cousins - so distant that they aren't even British! Count Igor and Count Lyudmilla Bashusky had to flee Russia after the Revolution and have spent the intervening years building up debts in the hotels of Europe's capitals and sponging off ever more exasperated (and distant) relatives.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love Blotto and Twinks"
  • The Tomb in Turkey | Simon Brett

    The Tomb in Turkey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    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"
  • Dead Room Farce: A Charles Paris Mystery | Simon Brett

    Dead Room Farce: A Charles Paris Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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...

    Sharon says: "A miss"
  • 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
    (117)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    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

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    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"
  • 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
    (146)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    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"
  • 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
    (80)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    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 Cinderella Killer | Simon Brett

    The Cinderella Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Landing a minor part in the Empire Theatre Eastbourne’s Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles Paris soon discovers that his main role is to gently introduce the show’s baffled American star, Kenny Polizzi, to the bizarre customs of English pantomime. During their sessions in the local pub, Charles finds himself increasingly caught up in Polizzi’s tangled affairs. But Charles is about to be far more involved than he might wish when he stumbles across a body beneath Eastbourne Pier.

    TAJ says: "Stellar Opening!"
  • 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
    (42)
    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"
  • 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
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    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"
  • 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
    (97)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    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!"
  • A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes): Charles Paris Mysteries, Episode 1 | Simon Brett

    A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes): Charles Paris Mysteries, Episode 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.

    Cheryl Waters says: "Well worth the sales price!"
  • Baldi: Series 2 | Simon Brett,Mark Holloway,Martin Meenan

    Baldi: Series 2

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
    • Narrated By David Threlfall
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. In his second series, Father Baldi investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo follows a killing in a castle at a celebrity wedding, a high-profile case of a police officer’s murder and enters the world of romantic poetry to solve a suspected suicide.

  • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) | Simon Brett

    Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.

    Cheryl Waters says: "Another BBC Value Performance"
  • 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
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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"
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