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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 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89

    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: $16.35

    • Charles Paris: Startrap

    • A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: full cast, Bill Nighy
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Bill Nighy returns as the loveably louche actor cum amateur sleuth, Charles Paris. In this new drama, Charles Paris is cast in a new musical which takes on a murderous tone.... 

    Regular price: $10.90

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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

    • A Deadly Habit

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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 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 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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

    • 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 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 93

    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

    • Guns in the Gallery

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    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 Cinderella Killer

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Landing a minor part in the Empire Theatre Eastbourne’s Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles Paris soon discovers that his main role is to gently introduce the show’s baffled American star, Kenny Polizzi, to the bizarre customs of English pantomime. During their sessions in the local pub, Charles finds himself increasingly caught up in Polizzi’s tangled affairs. But Charles is about to be far more involved than he might wish when he stumbles across a body beneath Eastbourne Pier.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stellar Opening!

    • By TAJ on 02-08-16

    Regular price: $18.33

    • A Decent Interval

    • Charles Paris, Book 18
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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

    • Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bill Nighy Is Perfection

    • By Cheryl Waters on 04-21-16

    Regular price: $15.49

    • 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 84
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    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

    • 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 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    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: 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 107
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    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

    • 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 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    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

    • Charles Paris: A Decent Interval

    • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent dramatization

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-16

    Regular price: $10.32

    • 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 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    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

    • Dead Room Farce

    • A Charles Paris Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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...

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A miss

    • By Sharon on 06-26-14

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Another hair-raising adventure featuring the aristocratic brother and sister sleuthing duo! The end of the cricket season spells gloom for Blotto until he is invited to bat against the Hollywood cricket team out in sunny LA, where rain never stops play. And so begins the latest adventure for Blotto and his supremely gifted sister, Twinks.

    Regular price: $20.65

    • 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 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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: 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 79
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    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
    • Charles Paris gold!

    • By Grandma Established 3/30/2013 on 12-15-18

    Regular price: $10.33

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