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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 90
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 79

    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

    • 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 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    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

    • Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Geraldine McEwan, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another delightful confection

    • By Liz Scully on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $10.33

    • 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 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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

    • A Deadly Habit

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Having landed a small part in a new West End play, The Habit of Faith, Charles Paris is dismayed to discover that his good fortune has been orchestrated by his bête noire, the now-famous screen actor Justin Grover. But why has Grover become involved in this relatively obscure production - and why has he roped in Charles to star? From the outset the production is fraught with difficulties - and matters become even more complicated when a body is discovered at the foot of the dressing room stairs. 

    Regular price: $20.28

    • 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 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    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

    • Charles Paris: A Series of Murders

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • i love charles paris

    • By VMW on 12-07-17

    Regular price: $8.26

    • 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 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • Guns in the Gallery

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    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

    • Baldi: Series 4

    • By: Simon Brett, Bill Murphy, Andrew Martin, and others
    • Narrated by: David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher, T.P. McKenna
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 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 Father Baldi’s fourth series, Paolo investigates a string of curious murders. Along with Tina, Paolo looks into the case of a crossword-related murder, the killing of a politically-incorrect figurehead and finds that the death of a homeless man is not as simple as it appears.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent BBC drama

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-11-16

    Regular price: $16.53

    • Charles Paris: The Dead Side of the Mic

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bill Nighy on tip, top form

    • By AD on 01-19-11

    Regular price: $10.33

    • 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 41
    • 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

    • 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

    • Death on the Downs

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quirky characters and British satire!

    • By Byron on 05-10-13

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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: 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

    • Baldi: Series 2

    • By: Simon Brett, Mark Holloway, Martin Meenan
    • Narrated by: David Threlfall
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    Regular price: $17.06

    • The Shooting in the Shop

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tops in plot, people & narrator

    • By Lynn on 08-24-10

    Regular price: $17.76

    • The Corpse on the Court

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    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”.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Enjoyable Cozy

    • By Tracy on 06-04-13

    Regular price: $14.86

    • The Sinking Admiral

    • By: The Detection Club, Simon Brett - editor
    • Narrated by: Tom Clegg
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The Floating Admiral was the first of the Detection Club's collaborative novels, in which 12 of its members wrote a single novel. Eighty-five years later, 14 members of the club have once again collaborated to produce The Sinking Admiral. The Admiral is a pub in the Suffolk seaside village of Crabwell, the Admiral Byng. The Admiral is also the nickname of its landlord, Geoffrey Horatio Fitzsimmons, as well as the name of the landlord's dinghy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great story

    • By april on 04-13-17

    Regular price: $15.50

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