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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.

 Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett.

©2001 Simon Brett (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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Always a Trip to Paris!

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...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very entertaining and enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance (BBC Radio Crimes) to be better than the print version?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

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.

Have you listened to any of Bill Nighy and Martine McCutcheon ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Simon Brett, the author, would probably do better with that than me. The title of this book is clever enough -- just go with that.

Any additional comments?

Great entertainment -- keep the Charles Paris productions coming!

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Brilliant, Bill Nighy rocks Charles Paris.

I have listened to this play many times. It is so rich in drama and comedy every time I listen I hear another reference or joke. Fantastic:-)

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An Absolute Delight.. Not To Be Missed

It was absolutely hilarious..!! I don’t know how I could have missed this series before.. I’m off to buy the next one now....
Treat yourself to this witty offering.

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Bill Nighy makes Charles Paris work

With one of life's excellent voices, Bill Nighy lifts Charles Paris from sodden scoundrel to everyone's favorite rascal-with-a-heart. A great match of actor and role in a funny, self-deprecating, witty protagonist which only ever really works for the English character. I know this is just a facet of Nighy's acting skill as I became a fan of his work through his dramatic roles, but I his talent at comedy is very clear.

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good

I enjoyed the story at times it was hard to understand what some characters were saying because they seemed so far away other then that it was great

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  • Heath
  • Atlanta Sprawl, Georgia, United States
  • 03-27-15

Great adaptation!

Top notch production values, and Bill Nighy is, of course, great. I recommend any if the BBC radio Charles Paris mysteries.

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Love-able boozer, good detective .

Bill Nighy is wonderful as Charles Paris. The dramatization brings Charles' world to life for a listen that is just as good the fourth time as it was the first.

I wish the entire Charles Paris mysteries were dramatized. Can't beat it !

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Didn't finish it

While the performances were ok I really disliked the characters. So much so that I finally stopped listening and moved on to something else.

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  • ThePuss
  • 04-11-13

Charles Paris deserves better roles...

And I don't mean this in a bad way!

Bill Nighy just makes this character perfect. His style and narration are perfect for the louche, alcoholic actor who never quite gets the break.



Once again, there is a theatrical murder and once again Charles is on the scene - and as is usually the case both his (ex-)wife and a beautiful girl are there to complicate his life further, and to ease him towards his next double, or double-double "Bells".

Once again, his agent seems to be doing a poor job of promoting his talent and/or mis-feeding him with titbits of promising jobs.



Simon Brett has the background to know what a radio crime drama needs to deliver, and I always find that the Charles Paris mystery scenarios, based in the world of thesps, luvvies, impresarios, etc deliver a jolly fun ride for their money!



I'm not going to claim to be a "Miss Marple" myself, but I usually find I can guess some of the plot before the end, but I rarely manage to get it all. However, even being able to (because these types of radio plays don't often have significant depth) doesn't detract from a really good yarn, and I lay a lot of this at the feet of Bill Nighy, as I said at the beginning.



Even when the book isn't narrated by him, or when reading a "dead tree" edition, I find it so easy to imagine the Bill Nighy characterisation, since it fits so well.



Its not a 5-star review, because (a) I am stingy and (b) this isn't a deep piece of fiction, but it is a nice way to pass time in the car or on the train, all the same!

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  • Speckledy Hen
  • 12-23-12

Very entertaining

Charles Paris as played by Bill Nighy is having a tricky time. Delighted to be in work, he is stuggling to be inspired by the plot of the film (or his fellow 'actors'). However before long he is caught up in the tangled love life of his co-star Jodie (played by Martine McCutcheon) as well as the tangled love life of his daughter. A great cast and an equally good script (a modern update by Jeremy Front turns Simon Brett's enjoyable novel into an enjoyable radio drama) combine to make a really entertaining listen - undemanding but funny and engaging. I really enjoyed this.

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  • S A Hyden
  • 04-02-18

great lite murder mystery

Great easy listening murder mystery well acted and very engaging. Comic murder mystery at it's best

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  • Jan
  • 03-28-18

A Charles Paris Book

Bill does a good job of narrating this book but slightly misses on his delivery of the humour related to the character.
A good story that will keep your attention and can be read in total, in one sitting.
A good introduction to the Charles Paris series but the actual books are far superior. The audio book somehow loses something in translation.
A good read to pass a long train journey!

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  • Adrian W.
  • 03-08-18

Bill Nighy - what more do you need!

Very enjoyable radio play with a great cast. Would have benefitted from removing the credit listing at the end of each 30 minute episode but it was easy enough to skip these when they cropped up.
A great way to spend a couple of hours.

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  • Liz Scully
  • 02-05-18

Bill Nighy really makes this

Loved this book - it's 4 short episodes and is fast moving and very entertaining.

One thing I find odd - is that the title is the first in the Charles Paris series - but in this adaption (and possibly in the full book as well, I've not read that), his daughter has a baby and is living at home (not a spoiler it's in the first 5 mins of episode 1). thing is, in the adapted book 3 which I've just read, Murder Unprompted - she's only just found out she's pregnant.

it's a small thing in a series and each audiobook stands alone. But it would have been nice to listen in order. I'm hooked on these adaptions now. A bumper compilation would be good as they're fast reads at under 2 hours (and I listen at 1.5 speed). So although they're not expensive per book (and depending on your subscription possibly less than the value of a credit) - they mount up if you want to listen to the whole series, there's lots of them.

But... Bill Nighy. So totally worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-18

Great listen

I love Charles Paris and bill Nighy the combination is brilliant. Looking forward to the next series

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  • Jamtart
  • 09-11-17

funny, interesting and well acted

Loved listening to a play rather then a book. Didn't really know where it was going at first as I've never heard anything from this author but glad I kept going with it. very short but well written and acted. Have downloaded another one as it was very addictive.

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  • Jenny Hodgkins
  • 06-19-15

Enjoyed it but...

Enjoyed it but as it is a 4 part radio show the credits and music repeated. Makes a change but not like the usual listening book? I hadn't realised it was only a couple of hours long so disappointed to have used a whole credit!

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  • Pippa
  • 01-26-14

These Mysteries are growing on me

If you could sum up A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance (BBC Radio Crimes) in three words, what would they be?

Quirky, sarcastic, detection.

What did you like best about this story?

Bill Nighy

What about Bill Nighy and Martine McCutcheon ’s performance did you like?

I like the relationship, and his louche world-weary and entirely self-obsessed personality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.