Charles Paris
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  • 1

    Cast, In Order of Disappearance

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  • 2

    So Much Blood

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    • By Simon Brett
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    Charles Paris returns again, in a fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival, with another nubile girl to provoke him, his accommodating wife to console him and a gory murder to challenge him. Edinburgh and the Festival are both background and foreground with Charles flitting between a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a ‘mixed-media’ satire, a late-night revue and his own one-man show on Thomas Hood. Then a fading pop star is murdered, there’s a bomb scare in Holyrood Palace and someone makes a suicide leap from the top of the Rock….

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  • 3

    Star Trap

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    Christopher Milton is one of TV’s brightest stars and the natural choice to play the lead in Lumpkin!, the musical version of She Stoops to Conquer. His is a ruthless, egomaniacal talent, guaranteed to turn his co-cast’s rehearsals into nail-biting hell. Charles Paris suspects him of harbouring at least one dark secret from years past. And then the ‘accidents’ begin. Soon it is plain that someone will stop at nothing in order to sabotage the show for their own ends.

    helen says: "Another Brilliant Brett Story"
    Another Brilliant Brett Story

    It could be my age but I connected with the description of the characters in particular Charles Paris and his relationship with his daughter!

    Reviewed on January 23 2012 by helen (melbourne, Australia)
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    Star Trap

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Charles Paris has landed a dual role in a lavish West End musical: onstage as a bit player, offstage as an undercover sleuth. The production's nervous backers fear that someone is trying to kill the play. The ultimate showstopper would be to eliminate the star.

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  • 4

    An Amateur Corpse

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Mary says: "Charles Paris fan"
    Charles Paris fan

    I have found myself downloading all of Simon Brett's 'Charles Paris' mysteries. They are light, but I really enjoy his characters and the atmosphere ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 22 2003 by Mary (Huntsville, TX)
  • 5

    A Comedian Dies

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    A rising young stage comedian, who is about to receive his profession's award as ‘Most Promising Newcomer’, dies sensationally on stage at the start of his act; as he picks up the mike, he is electrocuted. Faulty wiring seems to be the cause; no one person is to blame; a verdict of death by misadventure is returned at the inquest.

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    A Comedian Dies

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Charles Paris, middle-aged actor turned amateur sleuth, is vacationing at a small English seaside town. Irresistibly drawn to anything theatrical, Charles seeks entertainment at the local music hall and endures a series of not-so-wonderful vaudeville acts in the hope that the man given star billing will be worth watching. This performer, Bill Peaky, comes on stage with his electric guitar, grasps the microphone, and drops dead, due to faulty wiring of the stage equipment.

    Carol says: "Stage-Struck Mystery"
    Stage-Struck Mystery

    I have enjoyed most of Simon Brett's British mysteries featuring the Scotch-swilling, self-destructive actor/detective Charles Paris. The series began..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 04 2011 by Carol (Massachusetts)
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    The Dead Side of the Mike: A Charles Paris Mystery

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The Dead Side of the Mike

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    When Andrea Gower’s body is discovered in an editing suite, with gashes in her wrists and two razor blades nearby, the cause of death seems obvious, with the words she spoke only hours before taking on a completely different meaning... Working as a radio actor for the BBC was all new to Charles Paris: a new kind of work, a new jargon, and a lot of new faces - some of them quite pretty.

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  • 7

    Situation Tragedy

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    The Strutters was destined to be the situation comedy hit of the year, with just the right mix of stars and schmaltz - along with none other than hard-drinking Charles Paris in the role of (irony of ironies!) the barman. But things began to go wrong, and nobody was dying laughing. When Charles Paris began to pry, he found himself stepping into a backstage drama of blackmail, murder, and madness.

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    Murder Unprompted

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    "I want you all out, gone, dead, exterminated!" high strung Alex Household had cried out when, after a lifetime of struggle, he lost the starring role in a new play called The Hooded Owl to an actor who couldn't remember his lines. But did that mean that it was Alex who had shot the leading man dead during his climactic speech? Charles Paris, for one, could see many logical suspects: from the devious producer, to the gullible playwright, to the young starlet's overprotective mother.

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  • 9

    Murder in the Title

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  • 10

    Not Dead, Only Resting

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    • By Simon Brett
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    Charles Paris is, as ever, waiting for a phone call from his agent, and is driven to painting and decorating to make ends meet. A rare evening out at a high-profile restaurant among stars of stage and screen promises a break in the depressing routine. But when the restaurant’s handsome, temperamental chef is brutally murdered, Charles finds himself drawn into the ensuing investigation. At first it seems an open and shut case: the chef’s

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  • 11

    Dead Giveaway

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  • 12

    Charles Paris: What Bloody Man is That?

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    Charles Paris is on his way up again, career-wise. No longer ‘resting’ or playing a corpse in a cupboard, he finds himself doubling almost every role in a provincial production of the play dreaded by superstitious theatrefolk: Macbeth.

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  • 13

    A Series of Murders

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    Charles Paris is in clover. He has been contracted for three whole months to play brainless bobby Sergeant Clump, foil to the charismatic amateur sleuth, Stanislas Braid, in a TV series of that name. Recourse to the whiskey bottle is still needed, however, to get him through a day’s filming - one made all the more arduous by the pompous posturings of the show’s star, and the constant outraged interruptions of the ancient author whose detective novels are being adapted. Indeed, there is plenty of friction about.

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    Corporate Bodies

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Charles Paris's star gig is as "forklift-driver-for-a-day" in a corporate video. Charles must position the forklift and then declaim in the trained voice of an actor the wonders of the company and its big, happy family of employees. He delivers his lines with his usual aplomb, but he can't help wondering about the "happy family". It's rather fun to learn to manipulate a forklift. But it's a responsibility, too, as Charles learns to his horror: a forklift can be a tool for murder.

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    A Reconstructed Corpse

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    • By Simon Brett
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    Charles Paris’ acting career plumbs new depths when he takes the part of a possible murder victim in ‘Public Enemies’, a true-crime television series. Finding himself in a bizarre world somewhere between police procedure and showbiz, Charles is inexorably drawn into the investigation... especially after the dismembered limbs start turning up. The viewers of ‘Public Enemies’ get caught up in the macabre jigsaw puzzle of death; it is ghastly, of course, but it does make good television.

    Sandy says: "Dont let my rating fool you"
    Dont let my rating fool you

    I love Simon Brett's stories. Just some are better than others.

    Having an often 'just resting between parts' actor as our hero is good fun. S..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 04 2012 by Sandy (BUCKETTY, Australia)
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    Sicken and So Die

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Simon Brett's oldest and most beloved character, Charles Paris, is back. Paris, the often out-of-work actor, has a good part for a change, playing Sir Toby Belch in a summer festival production of "Twelfth Night." But when the director takes ill and then Paris' friend in the production is the apparent victim of intentional food poisoning meant for Paris, it's not long until the bodies start to turn up. Paris is forced to deal with a wild young director whose idea of Shakespeare the bard himself would hate.

    Carol says: "The Food of Love"
    The Food of Love

    Charles Paris is a working character actor. In Britain, that means he is a classically trained professional who takes on roles large and small, in v..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 03 2013 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 17

    Dead Room Farce: A Charles Paris Mystery

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    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"
    A miss

    What a wonderful series but this one. The elegant author becomes ickky. Worth a skip and on to the next.

    Reviewed on June 26 2014 by Sharon (Seattle, WA USA)
  • 18

    A Decent Interval: Charles Paris, Book 18

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    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    After a long period of "resting", life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast in a new production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root. But when the company reaches the first staging post of their tour, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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