Charles Paris

22 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 376 ratings

So Much Blood Publisher's Summary

Charles Paris returns again, in a fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival, with another nubile girl to provoke him, his accommodating wife to console him and a gory murder to challenge him.

Edinburgh and the Festival are both background and foreground with Charles flitting between a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a ‘mixed-media’ satire, a late-night revue and his own one-man show on Thomas Hood. Then a fading pop star is murdered, there’s a bomb scare in Holyrood Palace and someone makes a suicide leap from the top of the Rock….

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  • Book 1

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    • Cast, In Order of Disappearance

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  • Book 2

    • So Much Blood

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Charles Paris returns again, in a fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival, with another nubile girl to provoke him, his accommodating wife to console him and a gory murder to challenge him. Edinburgh and the Festival are both background and foreground with Charles flitting between a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a ‘mixed-media’ satire, a late-night revue and his own one-man show on Thomas Hood. Then a fading pop star is murdered, there’s a bomb scare in Holyrood Palace and someone makes a suicide leap from the top of the Rock….

    Regular price: $15.17

  • Book 3

    • Star Trap

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Christopher Milton is one of TV’s brightest stars and the natural choice to play the lead in Lumpkin!, the musical version of She Stoops to Conquer. His is a ruthless, egomaniacal talent, guaranteed to turn his co-cast’s rehearsals into nail-biting hell. Charles Paris suspects him of harbouring at least one dark secret from years past. And then the ‘accidents’ begin. Soon it is plain that someone will stop at nothing in order to sabotage the show for their own ends.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Brilliant Brett Story

    • By helen on 01-23-12

    Regular price: $15.17

    • Star Trap

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    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

  • Book 4

    • 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 Abe Munder the Wheeled Wonder on 06-22-03

    Regular price: $13.97

  • Book 5

    • A Comedian Dies

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    A rising young stage comedian, who is about to receive his profession's award as ‘Most Promising Newcomer’, dies sensationally on stage at the start of his act; as he picks up the mike, he is electrocuted. Faulty wiring seems to be the cause; no one person is to blame; a verdict of death by misadventure is returned at the inquest.

    Regular price: $13.93

    • A Comedian Dies

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Charles Paris, middle-aged actor turned amateur sleuth, is vacationing at a small English seaside town. Irresistibly drawn to anything theatrical, Charles seeks entertainment at the local music hall and endures a series of not-so-wonderful vaudeville acts in the hope that the man given star billing will be worth watching. This performer, Bill Peaky, comes on stage with his electric guitar, grasps the microphone, and drops dead, due to faulty wiring of the stage equipment.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stage-Struck Mystery

    • By Carol on 04-04-11

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  • Book 6

    • The Dead Side of the Mike

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

    When Andrea Gower’s body is discovered in an editing suite, with gashes in her wrists and two razor blades nearby, the cause of death seems obvious, with the words she spoke only hours before taking on a completely different meaning... Working as a radio actor for the BBC was all new to Charles Paris: a new kind of work, a new jargon, and a lot of new faces - some of them quite pretty.

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

    • Murder Unprompted

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    "I want you all out, gone, dead, exterminated!" high strung Alex Household had cried out when, after a lifetime of struggle, he lost the starring role in a new play called The Hooded Owl to an actor who couldn't remember his lines. But did that mean that it was Alex who had shot the leading man dead during his climactic speech? Charles Paris, for one, could see many logical suspects: from the devious producer, to the gullible playwright, to the young starlet's overprotective mother.

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  • Book 9

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    • Murder in the Title

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  • Book 10

    • Not Dead, Only Resting

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

    Charles Paris is, as ever, waiting for a phone call from his agent, and is driven to painting and decorating to make ends meet. A rare evening out at a high-profile restaurant among stars of stage and screen promises a break in the depressing routine. But when the restaurant’s handsome, temperamental chef is brutally murdered, Charles finds himself drawn into the ensuing investigation. At first it seems an open and shut case: the chef’s

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  • Book 11

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    • Dead Giveaway

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  • Book 12

    • 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.

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  • Book 13

    • A Series of Murders

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

    Charles Paris is in clover. He has been contracted for three whole months to play brainless bobby Sergeant Clump, foil to the charismatic amateur sleuth, Stanislas Braid, in a TV series of that name. Recourse to the whiskey bottle is still needed, however, to get him through a day’s filming - one made all the more arduous by the pompous posturings of the show’s star, and the constant outraged interruptions of the ancient author whose detective novels are being adapted. Indeed, there is plenty of friction about.

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  • Book 14

    • Corporate Bodies

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Charles Paris's star gig is as "forklift-driver-for-a-day" in a corporate video. Charles must position the forklift and then declaim in the trained voice of an actor the wonders of the company and its big, happy family of employees. He delivers his lines with his usual aplomb, but he can't help wondering about the "happy family". It's rather fun to learn to manipulate a forklift. But it's a responsibility, too, as Charles learns to his horror: a forklift can be a tool for murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Brettian!

    • By working artist on 08-04-16

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  • Book 15

    • A Reconstructed Corpse

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Simon Brett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Charles Paris’ acting career plumbs new depths when he takes the part of a possible murder victim in ‘Public Enemies’, a true-crime television series. Finding himself in a bizarre world somewhere between police procedure and showbiz, Charles is inexorably drawn into the investigation... especially after the dismembered limbs start turning up. The viewers of ‘Public Enemies’ get caught up in the macabre jigsaw puzzle of death; it is ghastly, of course, but it does make good television.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dont let my rating fool you

    • By Anniebligh on 11-04-12

    Regular price: $13.93

  • Book 16

    • Sicken and So Die

    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Simon Brett's oldest and most beloved character, Charles Paris, is back. Paris, the often out-of-work actor, has a good part for a change, playing Sir Toby Belch in a summer festival production of "Twelfth Night." But when the director takes ill and then Paris' friend in the production is the apparent victim of intentional food poisoning meant for Paris, it's not long until the bodies start to turn up. Paris is forced to deal with a wild young director whose idea of Shakespeare the bard himself would hate.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Food of Love

    • By Carol on 08-03-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 17

    • Dead Room Farce

    • A Charles Paris Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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

  • Book 18

    • 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

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