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    • The Floating Admiral

    • By: Agatha Christie, Simon Brett - preface, Dorothy L. Sayers - introduction, and others
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 73

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great concept. great puzzle mystery

    • By Mariana on 07-27-17

    Regular price: $13.85

    • The Liar in the Library

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend Jude to come along. Although they haven't met for 20 years, Jude is not surprised to find that St Clair hasn't changed, with his towering ego and somewhat shaky relationship with the truth. What Jude hadn't been suspecting, however, was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death. More worrying, from Jude's point of view, is the fact that the investigating police officers seem to be convinced that she herself was responsible for the crime. With the evidence stacking up against her, Jude enlists the help of her neighbour Carole.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Beatrice on 05-16-18

    Regular price: $27.80

    • Mrs Pargeter's Principle

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mrs. Pargeter, my favorite Simon Brett character.

    • By Chris Geschwantner on 01-29-17

    Regular price: $19.07

    • Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    It is her characteristic generosity rather than her love of animals that finds Mrs Pargeter supporting her friend, Jasmine Angold, at a charity reception for PhiliPussies, whose worthy aim is to rehabilitate stray cats from the Greek island of Atmos into caring English homes. But the evening is to have unexpected consequences. At the event, Mrs P is taken aback to meet a woman who claims to be the sister of her late husband, the much-missed Mr Pargeter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Simon Brett and Mrs Pargeter

    • By Jane S. Pataki on 02-20-18

    Regular price: $18.48

    • Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Jeremy Front, Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A stronger entry in Charles Paris series

    • By Aidan on 10-16-14

    Regular price: $10.33

    • A Decent Interval

    • Charles Paris, Book 18
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The return of

    • By Steven L. Wilson on 01-06-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Murder in the Rough

    • Original Tales of Bad Shots, Terrible Lies, and Other Deadly Handicaps from Today's Great Writers
    • By: Otto Penzler (editor), Lawrence Block, Simon Brett, and others
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    This the fourth title in a sports mystery series edited by Otto Penzler. Lawrence Block, Simon Brett, HRF Keating, Ian Rankin and many others deliver up an ace anthology of original short stories that mix murder and mystery on the fairway. This collection is sure to appeal to sports fans and those eager to read stories by the most celebrated authors in the mystery genre.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another BBC Value Performance

    • By Cheryl Waters on 02-04-12

    Regular price: $10.66

    • The Tomb in Turkey

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another fun entry into the Carol/Jude saga

    • By GrandmaG on 09-14-15

    Regular price: $19.07

    • The Body on the Beach

    • A Fethering Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Prim, proper, and murder on an English beach

    • By Byron on 05-06-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • An Amateur Corpse

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    On the night of the final performance of The Seagull, in which Charlotte had taken a leading part, her husband Hugo jealously watched her dancing with younger men at the backstage party. He started drinking heavily and continuously. Two days passed in an alcoholic daze. Charlotte disappeared, presumably with her lover, and, when her body was found in the coal shed, strangled with her own scarf, every sign pointed to Hugo as the murderer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charles Paris fan

    • By MABJM on 06-22-03

    Regular price: $13.97

    • The Killing in the Café

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Okay

    • By Beatrice on 11-06-16

    Regular price: $19.82

    • Charles Paris: Cast in Order of Disappearance

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Suzanne Burden, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Always a Trip to Paris!

    • By Cheryl Waters on 07-14-11

    Regular price: $10.33

    • Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, full cast, Suzanne Burden
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    A three-month run of a new farce is not to be sniffed at by a jobbing actor. Especially when there's the distinct possibility of a West End run. Which is why Charles Paris is standing on stage. However, by the time the troupe reaches Bath a darker mood has set in and Charles' old friend Mark has a drink problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark - it's somebody in the cast who has a secret that Mark must not be allowed to reveal....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slapstick overwhelms the story

    • By Simon Wood on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $10.65

    • Star Trap

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Charles Paris: What Bloody Man is That?

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $14.38

    • Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Burden, Bill Nighy, full cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    A job in pantomime seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory. When the star is shot dead, and Charles finds the body, he finds himself under suspicion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jeremy Front, smashing

    • By juldarr on 02-02-17

    Regular price: $10.65

    • Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger's Moll

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Due to financial hardships at Tawcester Towers, the Dowager Duchess has decreed that the only way the family fortunes can be restored is to marry Blotto off...to an American! Reluctantly, Blotto, together with Twinks and his trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett set sail.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you like P.G. Wodehouse, you'll like this!

    • By Bodiccea on 12-27-16

    Regular price: $14.14

    • Guns in the Gallery

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brett Never Disappoints

    • By Kathleen on 04-30-12

    Regular price: $14.86

    • The Strangling on the Stage

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    When Jude agrees to lend her vintage chaise longue for the local Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, little does she realise she’ll end up in a starring role. It’s an ambitious play, culminating in a dramatic execution scene: a scene that’s played for real when one of the leading actors is found hanging from the specially constructed stage gallows during rehearsals. A tragic accident - or something more sinister?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Always dependable

    • By Anne on 03-30-14

    Regular price: $14.59

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