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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
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    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.

    Mariana says: "great concept. great puzzle mystery"
  • Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Full Cast
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    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....

  • Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations | Simon Brett

    Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
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    (8)
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    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.

  • 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
    (47)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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 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
    (150)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    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"
  • 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
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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: 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
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
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    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"
  • 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
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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"
  • Radio Crimes: Charles Paris: A Series of Murders | Simon Brett

    Radio Crimes: Charles Paris: A Series of Murders

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (51)
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    Charles Paris is thrilled - he’s landed a nice juicy part playing Sergeant Collins in the TV detective series, 'The Stanislaus Braid Mysteries', and his estranged wife Frances seems to be on the brink of taking him back. But filming turns out to be a tortuous process, with pompous star Russell Bentley demanding numerous retakes and irascible author Winifred Railton constantly interrupting.

  • 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
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    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"
  • 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
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
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    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!"
  • 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
    (94)
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    (73)
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    (70)

    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"
  • Baldi: Series 5 | Simon Brett,Mark Holloway,Martin Meenan

    Baldi: Series 5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
    • Narrated By David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T.P. McKenna
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    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. Returning for his fifth series, Father Baldi investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo uncovers the truth behind the killings of several rockabilly band members, as well as delving into the highly competitive world of celebrity chefs and exposing a rift in a community of environmental activists.

    Cheryl Waters says: "Another Good Buy/Read!!"
  • 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
    (138)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    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 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
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    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"
  • 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
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    (71)
    Story
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    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: 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
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    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 on stage by the time the curtain goes up?

    Cheryl Waters says: "Bill Nighy Is Perfection"
  • 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
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    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!"
  • 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
    (66)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    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."
  • Death Under the Dryer | Simon Brett

    Death Under the Dryer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Carole had never had such a bad hair day! The last thing she expected when she went for a trim at 'Connie's Clip Joint' was to find the body of Kyra, Connie's assistant, in the back room, strangled. Immediately involving her friend and neighbour Jude, Carole becomes determined to investigate the death. Meanwhile Kyra's boyfriend Nathan Locke has vanished. His family, an eccentric, controlling bunch don't seem overly concerned.

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