Simon Brett - Author

About the Author

Simon Brett worked as a light entertainment producer in radio and TV before taking up writing full time in 1979. As well as the Charles Paris and Mrs Pargeter detective series, he is also the author of the radio and television series After Henry, the radio series No Commitments and the best-selling How to be a Little Sod. His novel A Shock to the System was filmed starring Michael Caine. Married with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village on the South Downs.

 

Author photo © Christian Doyle

 

Simon Brett was the Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger 2014.

 

Chair of the CWA, Alison Joseph said: ‘'I am delighted that the CWA Diamond Dagger for 2014 is to be awarded to Simon Brett.  He is a writer of great wit and integrity, and his success over the years has been very well deserved. The Diamond Dagger is awarded not only for a writer's work but also for their contribution to the genre, and Simon has always been a stalwart supporter of his fellow writers. I am sure I am not alone in feeling that it is entirely appropriate and merited that Simon should be receiving this award.'

Featured books by Simon Brett

Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx

Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

The curse of Pharaoh Sinus Nefertop is upon Blotto so it's up to Twinks to banish it! Yet another financial crisis at Tawcester Towers! So this time the Dowager Duchess decides to sell off the less important family possessions, which have, for a long time, been consigned to the attics of the ancestral home. Blotto and Twinks are dispatched to help the valuer as he carries out an inspection. Not much of any worth is found but then the valuer spies some Egyptian artifacts, collected by the tenth duke, Rupert the Egyptologist. In some excitement he rushes back to London to consult his reference books, leaving Blotto and Twinks alone in the attic, where they are drawn to a sarchophagus decorated with hieroglyphs. Twinks starts to translate: 'Anyone who desecrates this shrine will be visited by the Pharoah's curse...' - just as Blotto prises the lid off. From that moment on a series of unpleasant incidents start happening at Tawcester Towers but it is only when the Dowager Duchess' precious pug is struck down with a stomach bug that she instructs her son to sort things out and stop the accelerating sequence of disasters. It's the brainy Twinks who decide the only thing to be done is to put the genie back in the bottle and so she, together with Blotto and their trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett, undertake take the sarcophagus back to Egypt, to the Valley of the Kings as only when this is done will the effect of the Pharoah's curse be lifted...

Other books by Simon Brett

Blotto, Twinks and the Intimate Revue

Blotto, Twinks and the Intimate Revue

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

A quick trip to the capital goes horribly wrong when Blotto and Twinks get accidentally involved in London's criminal underworld . . . It starts innocently enough at the intimate review 'absolutely everyone is talking about', Light and Frothy, where its glamorous star, Frou Frou Gavotte, has rather taken the fancy of Blotto's school friend Giles 'Whiffler' Trumpington. But while Blotto and Whiffler wait for the star outside the theatre to take her to dinner, Whiffler is seized and manhandled into the back of a cab which then drives off into the night . . . Leaving Blotto with the problem of how to rescue his kidnapped schoolmate. Naturally, he enlists Twinks's help and the two of them encounter actors, singers, impresarios, revue writers, cockney showgirls and Scotland Yard's finest - and white slave traders, who succeed in abducting Twinks - leaving it up to Blotto and his trusty chauffeur, Corky Froggett, to rescue her before she's shipped off to foreign parts forever . . . Praise for Simon Brett 'A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans' P. D. James 'Murder most enjoyable' Colin Dexter 'One of British crime's most assured craftsmen . . . Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment' Guardian 'Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted' Sunday Times 'Simon Brett writes stunning detective stories. I would recommend them to anyone' Jilly Cooper

Clifford Webb Illustrator and wood engraver

Clifford Webb Illustrator and wood engraver

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The Shooting in the Shop

The Shooting in the Shop

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Carole Seddon hates Christmas - it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her neighbour and best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry - she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. But the sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then a few days later - Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered in the ashes. It seems like a tragic accident but no-one can die of natural causes when a gun is involved. The victim was young, pretty and successful - who could possibly want her dead? With a host of suspects the lady detectives know they have their work cut out for them. And as they dig deeper they discover a host of half-truths and lies. It seems that someone in Fethering has a deep, dark, deadly secret - and is prepared to kill to keep it.

The Liar in The Library

The Liar in The Library

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2018

The Liar in The Library

The Liar in The Library

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2018

A Deadly Habit A theatrical mystery

A Deadly Habit A theatrical mystery

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Wood Engraving How to Do It

Wood Engraving How to Do It

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Wood Engraving is an easily followed, practical manual on wood engraving for the beginner, written by a master in the field. The processes of printing and engraving are clearly explained, together with their material requirements. Up-to-date variations on techniques, and all the tips and methods that the author has found helpful in 30 years as a practitioner are included. The book is also a beautiful object in its own right and as the author Simon Brett's work is highly collectible. It is a must have for all those who treasure his work and fine wood engraving in general.

Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce

Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce

Author: Simon Brett, Bill Nighy Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2018

Bill Nighy stars as actor and amateur sleuth Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's novelCharles' career is on the up. He's starring in a revival of a popular (though hackneyed) 70's farce - and while his fellow actors aren't exactly who you'd want to find yourself in bed with, he's happy to be in work.But while there may be comedy on stage, offstage it's rapidly turning into a whodunnit. First the director drops dead, then another premature death follows soon after when an audio producer doing a promo for the show dies in suspicious circumstances.The cast are hiding some shady secrets, and have plenty of skeletons in their cupboards which they don't want rattled, but would anyone go as far as murder to protect themselves? Charles is determined to find out, and turns detective in an attempt to find out if foul play is afoot...This witty, stylish dramatisation by Jeremy Front stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his long-suffering wife Frances.Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett.

Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/02/2018

Bill Nighy stars as actor and amateur sleuth Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's novel Charles' career is on the up. He's starring in a revival of a popular (though hackneyed) 70's farce - and while his fellow actors aren't exactly who you'd want to find yourself in bed with, he's happy to be in work. But while there may be comedy on stage, offstage it's rapidly turning into a whodunnit. First the director drops dead, then another premature death follows soon after when an audio producer doing a promo for the show dies in suspicious circumstances. The cast are hiding some shady secrets, and have plenty of skeletons in their cupboards which they don't want rattled, but would anyone go as far as murder to protect themselves? Charles is determined to find out, and turns detective in an attempt to find out if foul play is afoot... This witty, stylish dramatisation by Jeremy Front stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his long-suffering wife Frances. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett.

Death Under the Dryer

Death Under the Dryer

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

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. Instead they are bizarrely obsessed with a family board game which seems to provide a host of clues as to Nathan's whereabouts. Can Carole and Jude unravel the clues and discover the truth before someone is falsely accused, or before the killer makes a second deadly move? And how many haircuts can a middle-aged sleuth have before people become suspicious?!

Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen

Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/01/2018

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. Although their mother, the Dowager Duchess of Tawcester, keeps a strict rein on her two children, she knows America is full of wealthy young men, all of whom will fall in love with her daughter - and marriage to a Texan millionaire would solve the Tawcester financial problems once and for all. So, accompanied by trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett, the intrepid siblings head out to California. On arrival in Hollywood they are invited to a glitzy party where they are introduced to a firmament of Hollywood stars, directors and gossip columnists, but the mood of the party suddenly curdles with the breaking news that beautiful starlet Mimsy La Pim - the (former) love of Blotto's life - has been kidnapped. And Blotto is determined to make it his personal mission to rescue her. But in the world of old-fashioned cricket matches, gigantic Hollywood egos, film-making disasters and merciless crooks, it soon falls to Twinks to rescue her brother from the various messes he creates when attempting to rescue his damsel in distress. Will the siblings ever get back to Tawcester Towers - or will it be a case of death before wicket?

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2017

The Liar in The Library

The Liar in The Library

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2017

Baby Tips for Mums

Baby Tips for Mums

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2017

So you've carried your baby around for nine months and survived the pains and stresses of childbirth itself: surely it's time you had a well-earned rest? Whether you're a new mum or you have a PhD in child-rearing, this handy little book will help you through the burping, whining and tantrums - and not just the ones from your partner. Full of no-nonsense definitions, tips on how to handle friends and relatives, and pithy one-liners about the brutal truths of parenting, Baby Tips for Mums is the perfect funny gift for any new mum.

Baby Tips for Dads

Baby Tips for Dads

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Congratulations! The nine-month wait is over; your little bundle of joy is in your arms, but what happens now? Whether you are a new dad or the seasoned father of a budding bunch, this nifty little book is guaranteed to keep you smiling through the tears, tantrums and mountains of smelly nappies Full of no-nonsense definitions, tips on how to handle friends and relatives, and pithy one-liners about the brutal truths of parenting, Baby Tips for Dads is the perfect funny gift for any new dad.

Baby Tips for Grandparents

Baby Tips for Grandparents

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2017

The nine months is up and the new baby is finally here! But what do you do when your darling child calls to ask you to play babysitter? You've been through it all before and then some, but with the help of this quirky little book you'll be sailing through those unexpected play dates with your nerves and your furniture intact. With top tips on navigating the new grandparental responsibilities and pithy one-liners about the truths of grandparenting, Baby Tips for Grandparents is the perfect gift for any new nan or grandad.

Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/02/2017

Charles Paris returns in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's humorous theatrical mystery, starring Bill Nighy. 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. As the slapstick makes way for a murder investigation, he decides to clear his name by doing some sleuthing of his own. With a host of suspects and the body count rising, the line 'they're behind you' soon begins to take on a very sinister meaning indeed... Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his wife Frances, in this funny and fast-paced dramatisation by Jeremy Front. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 2 hours approx.

Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer

Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer

Author: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2017

Charles Paris returns in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's humorous theatrical mystery, starring Bill Nighy. 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. As the slapstick makes way for a murder investigation, he decides to clear his name by doing some sleuthing of his own. With a host of suspects and the body count rising, the line 'they're behind you' soon begins to take on a very sinister meaning indeed... Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his wife Frances, in this funny and fast-paced dramatisation by Jeremy Front. Duration: 2 hours approx.

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/12/2016

The Killing in the Cafe

The Killing in the Cafe

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/11/2016

Killing in the Cafe

Killing in the Cafe

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2016

Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar

Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Tawcester Towers, the family seat of the Lyminster family, has suffered an unwelcome injection of distant cousins, so distant that they aren't even British! Count Igor and Count Lyudmilla Bashusky had to flee Russia after the Revolution and have spent the intervening years building up debts in the hotels of Europe's capitals and sponging off ever more exasperated (and distant) relatives. The Bashusky's arrival at Tawcester Towers causes a stir, and it's up to Blotto and Twinks, that indefatigable duo, to provide a solution to get them back to Russia. Reversing the Russian Revolution and getting a Tsar back into St Petersburg's Winter Palace is just the sort of challenge the fiercely bright Twinks relishes, though her dim-witted brother Blotto shows less aptitude for the subtleties of international politics, despite his commendable bravery. The siblings soon find themselves in Berlin to try and broker a meeting with the White Russian community, and swiftly become embroiled in a world of spies, counterspies, conspiracies and counter-conspiracies. Just when things seem to be looking up, little do Blotto and Twinks realise that their plans are being monitored by the spymaster Fyodor Vlachko, a former worker on the Bushusky's estate who has now risen to a senior post in the secret police of the newly-formed Soviet Union . . .

Der dreizehnte Killer

Der dreizehnte Killer

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2016

Lauter bitterbose MordgeschichtenUnverhofft werden hier Tater zu Opfern und Opfer zu Tatern, laufen sorgfaltig ausgetuftelte Plane schief und uberschreiten ganz normale Leute die Grenzen zwischen Normalitat, Wahnsinn und Mord. Der englische Autor Simon Brett ist bekannt geworden mit seinen Romanen um den Schauspieler-Detektiv Charles Paris. In dieser Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten zeigt sich, da er auch ein Meister der kleinen Form ist. Zwolf Stories bezeugen die Vielseitigkeit dieses Autors, seinen Witz, seinen Einfallsreichtum und seinen ironisch unterlegten Stil. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Spekulanten spaen nicht

Spekulanten spaen nicht

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2016

Nach einer Serie von merkwurdigen Zwischenfallen begeht der kunstlerische Direktor eines kleinen Provinztheaters Selbstmord. Oder war es gar kein Selbstmord, wie Schauspieler-Detektiv Charles Paris vermutet, als er entdeckt, da jemand die Theaterarbeit systematisch sabotiert? (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Komodianten lachen laut und sterben leise

Komodianten lachen laut und sterben leise

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2016

Charles Paris sitzt im Publikum, als ein junger Kollege auf offener Buhne stirbt - durch einen elektrischen Schlag beim Beruhren des Mikrophons. Eine technische Panne?Nach dem Muster des klassischen Detektivromans spinnt Simon Brett die Faden einer spannenden Story uber Show-Stars, Talentsucher, Produzenten und Techniker und fuhrt den Leser hinter die Kulissen des harten Geschafts mit der leichten Unterhaltung. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Eine Mordskarriere

Eine Mordskarriere

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2016

Graham Marshall, Angestellter einer britischen Mineralolgesellschaft, Anfang Vierzig, hat alles erreicht, wovon viele traumen: beruflichen Erfolg, eine hubsche Frau, zwei Kinder, ein groes Haus. Da trifft ihn vollig unvorbereitet die erste Niederlage seines Lebens ...Mit groer Raffinesse erzahlt Simon Brett in diesem Psychogramm eines Morders von der dramatischen Entwicklung eines opportunistischen Aufsteigers zum kaltblutigen Killer. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Dunkelmanner haben keine Schatten

Dunkelmanner haben keine Schatten

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2016

Zwischen zwei Engagements hat Schauspieler-Detektiv Charles Paris von Radio BBC den Auftrag erhalten, eine Schulfunksendung uber Swinburne zu schreiben. Eines Nachts wird im Studio eine junge Kollegin mit zerschnittenen Pulsadern tot aufgefunden. Sind Drogen im Spiel? Gab es eine ungluckliche Affare mit einem Produktionschef? Aber vielleicht ist es auch gar kein Selbstmord? Die Polizei stellt die Ermittlungen bald ein, doch Charles Paris, der Andrea noch kurz vor ihrem Tod in der BBC-Bar in ausgelassener Stimmung erlebt hat, ist uberzeugt, da sie ermordet wurde.Ein zweiter Toter und die Aufdeckung illegaler Geschafte fuhren ihn schlielich auf eine Spur ... (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Mord stand nicht im Textbuch

Mord stand nicht im Textbuch

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2016

Am Premierenabend im beruhmten Londoner West End wird der Star einer kleinen Provinztruppe auf offener Buhne erschossen. Fur die Polizei sind die Indizien eindeutig. Nicht jedoch fur Charles Paris, den Schauspieler-Detektiv des englischen Autors Simon Brett. Ein Kriminalroman, der hinter die Kulissen der Theaterwelt fuhrt spannend, authentisch, psychologisch motiviert und eine Spur sophisticated. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Charles Paris: A Decent Interval A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: A Decent Interval A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/04/2016

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 the 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. The show is barely on the road before tragedy strikes - just before opening night, part of the set collapses, seriously injuring one of the actors. Then anothermember of the cast is found dead. It's up to Charles Paris to turn detective and investigate the mystery: but with almost everyone having a motive for murder, will he ever track down the real killer? Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as Frances, in this dramatisation by Jeremy Front. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 2 hours approx.

Charles Paris: A Decent Interval

Charles Paris: A Decent Interval

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

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 the 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. The show is barely on the road before tragedy strikes - just before opening night, part of the set collapses, seriously injuring one of the actors. Then anothermember of the cast is found dead. It's up to Charles Paris to turn detective and investigate the mystery: but with almost everyone having a motive for murder, will he ever track down the real killer?Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as Frances, in this dramatisation by Jeremy Front.Duration: 2 hours.

The Stabbing in the Stables

The Stabbing in the Stables

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

When healer Jude pays a visit to Long Bamber Stables one evening - to meet her unusually equine new client and his owner Sonia Dalrymple - she does not expect to stumble across a man laying in the darkness. Co-owner of the stables, Walter Fleet, has been viciously stabbed to death. Sleuthing neighbours Jude and Carole begin to make discreet enquiries, but it soon becomes clear that Long Bamber Stables is a hotbed of dangerous passions, murderous rivalries and hidden truths . . . and this horsing community will do anything to protect their reputations. `Murder most enjoyable . . . An author who never takes himself that seriously, and for whom any fictional murder can frequently form part of the entertainment industry' COLIN DEXTER, The Oldie

Bones Under the Beach Hut

Bones Under the Beach Hut

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/12/2015

The affluent seaside resort of Smalting is unaccustomed to crime. So when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the community is awash with suspicion and fear. Amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude are drawn into the mystery, and their suspicion quickly falls on attractive Philly Rose, a young Londoner newly arrived in the area, whose boyfriend has recently vanished in mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, Kelvin Southwest, self-appointed `ladies' man' and caretaker of Smalting's beach huts, seems to be hiding a dark secret beneath his smooth exterior, while Reginald Flowers, pompous President of the Smalting Beach Hut Association, becomes increasingly defensive about his own history. When the bones under the beach hut are identified, the ghosts of the past are painfully reawakened, and long-hidden secrets begin to surface. Bones Under the Beach Hut is an ingenious mystery from one of England's favourite crime writers, exquisitely plotted, teeming with wonderful characters and packed with unexpected twists.

The Tomb in Turkey

The Tomb in Turkey

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2015

The Killing in the Cafe

The Killing in the Cafe

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2015

Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 20/08/2015

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? Also featuring; Suzanne Burden, Danny Webb, Jon Glover, Jemima Rooper, Liza Sadovy, Rachel Bavidge, Nitin Gonatra, Tilly Gaunt, Thomas Arnold, Jot Davies, Leslie Philips, Simon Treves, Jasmin Callan and Miranda Colchester. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 2 hours approx.

Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted

Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted

Author: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2015

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?Also featuring; Suzanne Burden, Danny Webb, Jon Glover, Jemima Rooper, Liza Sadovy, Rachel Bavidge, Nitin Gonatra, Tilly Gaunt, Thomas Arnold, Jot Davies, Leslie Philips, Simon Treves, Jasmin Callan and Miranda Colchester.Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett.

The Tomb in Turkey: A Fethering Mystery

The Tomb in Turkey: A Fethering Mystery

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2015

Wie ich meinen Eltern den letzten Nerv raubte

Wie ich meinen Eltern den letzten Nerv raubte

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2015

Alle Eltern fragen sich in ruhigen Momenten, was hinter der engelsgleichen Fassade ihres Neugeborenen eigentlich so vor sich geht. In diesem auch kommt nun endlich das mysteriose kleine Wesen selbst zu Wort - und raumt auf mit der Idee vom idyllischen Babyleben.

Blood at the Bookies

Blood at the Bookies

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

The bets are on whodunnit when a body is found at the bookies . . .Jude has never been averse to a bit of a flutter; her friend Carole, on the other hand, thinks that the local betting shop is a den of iniquity. But when Jude stumbles upon the body of Polish immigrant Tadeusz Jankowski - the race is on to find his killer.The odds aren't looking good. No one seems to know anything about the mysterious Tadek - even his sister can't shed any light on what he was doing in Fethering.Who was the anonymous woman in the bookies who seems to have vanished? Why was Tadek interested in the local university? And who is the 'Fifi' Tadek spoke of with his dying breath?As they question the local residents, Carol finds an unexpected friend in an inveterate gambler and Jude finds herself in potentially more trouble than she can handle with a lecherous and charming drama professor.In this race there can only be one winner, but with no leads and several suspects in the running will our lady detectives be pipped at the post by a cold and calculating killer?

The Strangling on the Stage

The Strangling on the Stage

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/11/2014

The Tomb in Turkey: A Fethering Mystery

The Tomb in Turkey: A Fethering Mystery

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2014

Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/09/2014

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. Meanwhile, as ever with Charles, life on the domestic front is not plain sailing. After inflicting damage upon his ex-wife's house, he finds himself offering her a berth on the houseboat he's currently sitting for a friend. However, life on the water proves as tricky as life at work... Suzanne Burden, Tim McInnery and Jon Glover are also among the cast in this dramatisation by Jeremy Front. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 2 hours approx.

Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies

Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies

Author: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2014

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. Meanwhile, as ever with Charles, life on the domestic front is not plain sailing. After inflicting damage upon his ex-wife's house, he finds himself offering her a berth on the houseboat he's currently sitting for a friend. However, life on the water proves as tricky as life at work... Suzanne Burden, Tim McInnery and Jon Glover are also among the cast in this dramatisation by Jeremy Front.

The Body on the Beach

The Body on the Beach

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Very little disturbs the ordered calm of Fethering, a pleasingly self-contained retirement town on England's southern coast. Which is precisely why Carole Seddon, who has outlived both her husband and her career at the Home Office, has chosen to reside there.So the last thing Carole expects to encounter in Fethering is a new neighbour with but one name and an obviously colourful past. 'Jude' was not really Fethering . . . but neither was the body Carole found on the beach.A body, it has to be said, that has disappeared by the time the police arrive. Only Jude is ready to believe what her neighbour says she saw - and from that moment on, the two women are resolved to turn detectives.'I stayed up until three in the morning and chewed off two fingernails finishing this delightful, thoroughly English whodunnit.' Daily Mail

Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx

Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

The curse of Pharaoh Sinus Nefertop is upon Blotto so it's up to Twinks to banish it! Yet another financial crisis at Tawcester Towers! So this time the Dowager Duchess decides to sell off the less important family possessions, which have, for a long time, been consigned to the attics of the ancestral home. Blotto and Twinks are dispatched to help the valuer as he carries out an inspection. Not much of any worth is found but then the valuer spies some Egyptian artifacts, collected by the tenth duke, Rupert the Egyptologist. In some excitement he rushes back to London to consult his reference books, leaving Blotto and Twinks alone in the attic, where they are drawn to a sarchophagus decorated with hieroglyphs. Twinks starts to translate: 'Anyone who desecrates this shrine will be visited by the Pharoah's curse...' - just as Blotto prises the lid off. From that moment on a series of unpleasant incidents start happening at Tawcester Towers but it is only when the Dowager Duchess' precious pug is struck down with a stomach bug that she instructs her son to sort things out and stop the accelerating sequence of disasters. It's the brainy Twinks who decide the only thing to be done is to put the genie back in the bottle and so she, together with Blotto and their trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett, undertake take the sarcophagus back to Egypt, to the Valley of the Kings as only when this is done will the effect of the Pharoah's curse be lifted...

Singled Out

Singled Out

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

TV producer Laura Fisher sets out to have a baby before her 30th birthday. But on the day of her son's birth, she discovers something about her child's father that shocks her to the core. Twenty years later, Laura's past begins to close in on her and she is forced to face up to a legacy of murder. Simon Brett is the winner of The CWA Diamond Dagger 2014.

Penultimate Chance Saloon, The

Penultimate Chance Saloon, The

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Soul searching was an unfamiliar exercise to Bill Stratton, and he found it intriguing as well as painful. He hadn't had much occasion for it in his life, given that he was fairly shallow, but then, on the verge of his sixtieth birthday, his wife told him she was leaving him for another man. He'd been under the impression they had a happy marriage. She assured him that for nearly forty years, in fact since the second week of their honeymoon, she'd known she was married to the wrong person.This all came as a bit of a shock to Bill. Hence the soul searching. Brought up to be a responsible sort of chap, and hitting young adulthood just the wrong side of the sixties, Bill had not had much experience of dating (or sex, for that matter) before he met and married Andrea.Post menopausal dating might be very different to dating in your twenties or thirties, but then he didn't know much about either scene. Still, as a mildly famous television newsreader who'd managed to hold on to (most of) his looks, it seemed he was about to have plenty of opportunities to find out.Simon Brett is the winner of The CWA Diamond Dagger 2014.

A Decent Interval

A Decent Interval

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2014

Dead Romantic

Dead Romantic

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

Madeleine Severn is a tutor at the Garrettway School of Languages, she has a young outlook on life and is proud of her looks. Eighteen-year-old student Paul Grigson idolises Madeleine and during a date of his own he sees Madeleine with the married Bernard Hopkins. When Bernard arranges to meet Madeleine again, he feels jealous, but like most teenagers, Paul's moods change like a chameleon's. This is a romantic triangle surely destined for disaster and death. Simon Brett is the winner of The CWA Diamond Dagger 2014.

Shock to the System

Shock to the System

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

Graham Marshall's ambition has made him a professional success, and he has the usual domestic problems to prove it. When he is passed over for promotion by an ambitious colleague he is shocked, but not half as shocked as when he is implicated in a murder, but is it by accident or design?Simon Brett is the winner of The CWA Diamond Dagger 2014.

The Hanging in the Hotel The Fethering Mysteries

The Hanging in the Hotel The Fethering Mysteries

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

The Hopwicke Country House Hotel is to host an event for the all-male society, The Pillars of Sussex. Jude helps out on the night, and in the early hours of the morning she watches with relief as the rowdy guests drag themselves to their beds. The next morning, one young solicitor is absent from breakfast. But when Jude heads for Nigel Ackford's room, presuming he is feeling the effects of the night before, she is horrified to find him hanging from the beams of his four-poster bed . . . Was it suicide? Jude has her doubts. Enlisting the support of her neighbour, Carole, she makes some tentative enquiries. It soon transpires that The Pillars of Sussex are involved in a conspiracy of misinformation. 'Brett, the celebrated crime writer, delivers another light-hearted, suspense filled success' Daily Express

Death on the Downs The Fethering Mysteries

Death on the Downs The Fethering Mysteries

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

It wasn't the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the Downs, or the dilapidated barn in which she was forced to seek shelter. No, what upset her was the human skeleton she discovered there, neatly packed into two blue fertiliser bags . . . Carole and Jude's enquiries take them to the small downland hamlet of Weldisham and there gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before. So why is Tamsin's mother, a friend of Jude's, so certain that her daughter is still alive? As Jude sets out to find Tamsin, Carole digs deeper into Weldisham's history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village's gentle facade. 'Welcome return for Brett's lady sleuths . . . As crime gets a harder edge, it's refreshing to have an amiable light-hearted tale, which makes the most of wit and atmosphere' Yorkshire Post

The Strangling on the Stage

The Strangling on the Stage

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2013

Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger's Moll

Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger's Moll

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

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! So begins the fourth adventure in the Blotto and Twinks series, and this time the aristocratic sleuthing siblings end up being transported across the Pond to the gangster-ridden hell-hole that is Prohibition Chicago. Reluctantly, Blotto, together with Twinks and his trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett set sail on ocean liner S/S His Majesty. He feels like a condemned man as awaiting him in Illinois is fabulously wealthy heiress Mary Chapstick, the only daughter of meat-packing magnate Hiram P. Chapstick III. But it's Twinks who discovers early on that all is not as it seems and that Hiram P. Chapstick III is in fact up to his neck in a bootlegging operation run by the notorious Chicago mobster, Spagsy Chiaparelli. So Blotto and Twinks set out to unmask the villainy of Hiram P. Chapstick III, where a final shootout takes place among the filthy stockyards, abattoirs and caning factories of Chicago's Meatpacking District - will Blotto and Twinks ever make it back to dear old Blighty?

Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/01/2013

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. When Ellie is found drowned in their swimming pool, it seems Hugo is guilty of murder. It's up to Charles to prove his friend's innocence... Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Geraldine McEwan are among the star cast in this entertaining mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 2 hours approx.

Crime Writers and Other Animals

Crime Writers and Other Animals

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2012

In this collection of ten short stories, each with a surprising twist, Simon Brett covers all seven of the deadly sins, with supremely entertaining results. In THE MAN WHO GOT THE DIRT, two Angry Young Men have become Angry Old Men - and one of them is angry enough to kill. In POLITICAL CORRECTIONS, a recently-discovered manuscript by a classic English crime writer falls foul of modern political correctness. But is it genuine?

Tickled to Death and Other Stories of Crime and Suspense

Tickled to Death and Other Stories of Crime and Suspense

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2012

Ranging from stark psychological suspense to frothy frolic, this stunning collection of twelve short stories demonstrates Simon Brett's astonishing versatility. In TICKLED TO DEATH, a lover of practical jokes is smothered to death in a custard pie. DOUBLE GLAZING reveals the patient and perverse logic of an elderly Do-It-Yourselfer. And in BIG BOY, LITTLE BOY, a former hotel porter plots the murder of a very rich wife - with shocking results.

Dead Room Farce

Dead Room Farce

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2012

A three-month run in a new farce, Not On Your Wife, is not to be sniffed at by jobbing actor Charles Paris. But by the time the troupe reaches Bath, a dark mood has set in, and Charles's 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 dirty secret to hide.

Sicken and So Die

Sicken and So Die

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2012

Things are going suspiciously well for Charles Paris. He has moved back in with his ex-wife and landed a proper part in a proper production: Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. But when two members of the theatre company suddenly fall ill, Charles finds himself in trouble again - both on and off stage.

Reconstructed Corpse

Reconstructed Corpse

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

Charles Paris's acting career plumbs new depths when he takes on the part of a possible murder victim in Public Enemies, a true-crime TV series. Finding himself in a bizarre world somewhere between police procedure and showbiz, Charles can't help getting involved in the investigation - especially when dismembered limbs start turning up.

Dead Giveaway

Dead Giveaway

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

A brief appearance on a TV game show, 'If the Cap Fits', means a day's pay, a few interesting contacts and a chance to visit the West End Television bar - not the least of incentives for a man of Charles Paris's thirst. But murder? Even for game shows where they'll try almost anything once, murder is going too far.

What Bloody Man Is That

What Bloody Man Is That

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

Charles Paris is on his way up again, career-wise. No longer 'resting', he finds himself doubling almost every role in a provincial production of the play dreaded by superstitious theatre folk: Macbeth. Yet when death strikes in the night, Charles finds himself playing an all-too familiar role: that of private eye.

Series of Murders

Series of Murders

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

For once Charles Paris is gainfully employed in the role of Sergeant Clump in what promises to be a long-running TV series based on rather dated 1930s detective novels. Yet once again, Charles finds himself in the role of real-life detective when he discovers a young actress's body crushed beneath a props case, and sets out to prove his hunch that she was murdered.

Corporate Bodies

Corporate Bodies

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

Taking on his most unlikely performing assignment yet: 'forklift-driver-for-a-day' in the Delmoleen company corporate video, Charles Paris discovers - to his horror - that a forklift can lead to death. Industrial accident - or murder? Charles decides to find out.

Not Dead, Only Resting

Not Dead, Only Resting

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2012

During a period of 'resting', actor Charles Paris takes on a job as a house painter. Arriving for work at the flat above a fashionable Holland Park restaurant, he discovers the mutilated body of chef Yves Lafeu. It would appear to be an open-and-shut case. Yves' business partner Tristram Gowers caught the night boat to France within hours of a spectacular public quarrel with Yves, and has now disappeared. But is there more to it than that? Charles Paris determines to find out.

The Corpse on the Court

The Corpse on the Court

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2012

Situation Tragedy

Situation Tragedy

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

West End TV are planning a new sit-com series called The Strutters and Charles Paris has landed the role of a golf club barman. But when, one by one, members of the production crew start falling victim to mysterious 'accidents', Paris finds himself on the trail of a mass murderer.

Murder Unprompted

Murder Unprompted

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

As understudy to the lead in a West End play, Charles Paris's thespian and detective skills are called upon once again when the lead is shot dead on stage on the opening night. The suspects range from a jealous wife to a bitter actor who lost his part, from the playwright who heard his beautiful lines twisted to the director who saw his work ruined.

Murder in the Title

Murder in the Title

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

Playing the corpse in a murder mystery at the Regent Theatre is not exactly a triumph for Charles Paris. In fact, his career could not sink any lower. However, suddenly the mystery spills over into real life with the artistic director's apparent suicide. But was it suicide - or murder? Charles Paris determines to find out.

Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera

Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2012

Consternation at Tawcester Towers! While giving a guided tour of the house's Long Gallery Blotto is stunned to discover that two of the family portraits - a Gainsborough and a Reynolds - are missing.Tawcester Towers has been the victim of art thieves! Blotto is forced to summon his brilliantly intelligent sister Twinks who instantly deduces that the paintings have been stolen by a gang of international art thieves based in Paris. So Blotto and Twinks instantly set off in the former's Lagonda for France! Their investigations in Paris bring them into contact with the absinthe-soaked art community of the Rive Gauche, but after an attempt on his life at the Folies Bergere, Blotto is persuaded by Twinks that it is to Nice they must travel, as the criminal mastermind La Puce runs his evil empire from there, funded by the proceeds of many European art collections - including those from Tawcester Towers. The French Riviera is a gay old place, and following various lead, Twinks makes contacts with many expatriates and Americans all leading the good life, including the famous silent movie star Mimsy La Pim, who Blotto finds himself curiously drawn to. But after a particularly decadent party it is discovered that Mimsy has been kidnapped by La Puce - and so it is up to Blotto and Twinks to save the starlet from many fates worse than death and restore the fortunes of Tawcester Towers to boot! Praise for Simon Brett: 'A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans' P D James 'Murder most enjoyable' Colin Dexter 'Simon Brett writes stunning detective stories. I would recommend them to anyone.' Jilly Cooper 'Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted' Sunday Times 'One of British crime's most assured craftsmen... Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment.' Guardian

Guns In The Gallery The Fethering Mysteries

Guns In The Gallery The Fethering Mysteries

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2012

Baby Tips for Dads

Baby Tips for Dads

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2012

Congratulations! The nine-month wait is over; your little bundle of joy is in your arms, but what happens now? Whether you are a new dad or the seasoned father of a budding bunch, this nifty little book is guaranteed to keep you smiling through the tears, tantrums and mountains of smelly nappies!

Baby Tips for Mums

Baby Tips for Mums

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2012

So you've carried your baby around for nine months and survived the pains and stresses of childbirth itself: surely it's time you had a well-earned rest? Whether you're a new mum or you have a PhD in child-rearing, this handy little book will help you through the burping, whining and tantrums - and not just the ones from your partner!

Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour

Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

Hired by another widow, Veronica Chastaigne, to return all the art treasures that her late husband accumulated in a long career of larceny, Mrs Pargeter is forced to find out more than she would wish about the deceased Mr P's "e;business activities"e; as she recreates one of his most famous scams.

Mrs. Pargeter's Plot

Mrs. Pargeter's Plot

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

Construction on Mrs Pargeter's new country home comes to an abrupt halt when a corpse is discovered in the wine cellar. The accused is Concrete Jacket, the builder and great friend of Mrs P's late, lamented husband. Mrs P is not about to let prison come between her and her dream home. Concrete may be a scoundrel but he's no killer. Someone has set him up - but who? Mrs Pargeter determines to find out.

Comedian Dies

Comedian Dies

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

About to receive an award as Most Promising Newcomer, a rising young stage comedian sensationally drops dead on stage at the start of his act: as he picks up the mike, he is electrocuted. Faulty wiring seems to be the cause and a verdict of death by misadventure is returned at the inquest. But actor/detective Charles Paris was in the audience that night and when another member of the cast reveals that the comedian checked his equipment just before the performance, Charles decides to investigate further. Misadventure - or murder?

Dead Side of the Mike

Dead Side of the Mike

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

Murder at the BBC? It's almost unimaginable. But when Andrea Gower, the beautiful studio manager, is found murdered, actor/detective Charles Paris, having originally come to Broadcasting House to give a talk, finds himself wallowing through layers of BBC scandal to uncover a complicated fraud - with clues concealed in seemingly innocent announcements. What he is about to discover will very nearly lead to the end of Mr Paris.

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 29/03/2012

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of the marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime reconstruction programme. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear. Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous manoeuvrings of the producers, presenters and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder. Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 2 hours approx.

Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh

Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2011

While she has never felt the need to change her figure, Mrs Pargeter is happy enough to accompany her friend Kim to a health farm. Until, in the night, she sees a body being wheeled out. What Mrs Pargeter doesn't realise is that this suspicious death will set her on a trail of detection which will bring her into direct conflict with her late husband's business associates.

Star Trap

Star Trap

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2011

Joining the cast of a musical loosely based on She Stoops to Conquer, actor/detective Charles Paris is soon regretting his decision, irked as he is by the odious theatre and television star who is backing, producing and starring in the show. But when rehearsals are hampered by a strange series of mishaps, including the rehearsal pianist being shot in the hand and an actor falling and breaking his leg, Paris investigates and quickly decides that the star himself is responsible. But why would he want to sabotage his own show? The answer is much more human than it first appears.

Amateur Corpse

Amateur Corpse

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2011

'Dear Old Shakespeare!' Charles Paris can hardly wait. He's already endured the amateur theatre company's production of 'Dear Old Chekhov'. God only knows what this self-centred group will do to the Bard. But before Charles can escape to the nearest bar, the company's young and beautiful leading lady turns up dead, Charles's friend Hugo is charged with the crime, and Charles's interest is very much revived.

Mrs. Pargeter's Package

Mrs. Pargeter's Package

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2011

Although a trip to Corfu is not Mrs Pargeter's usual idea of a holiday, keeping a recently widowed friend company overrules her misgivings. But when that friend starts behaving strangely and is then found having apparently committed suicide, Mrs Pargeter resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Cast in Order of Disappearance

Cast in Order of Disappearance

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2011

Who killed Marcus Steen, the theatrical tycoon with a fortune to leave to his young mistress Jacqui? And who killed Bill Sweet, the shady blackmailer with a supply of compromising photographs? Charles Paris, a middle-aged actor addicted to booze and women, decides to investigate by assuming a variety of roles, among them that of the mythical Detective Sergeant McWhirter. But, as Paris is about to discover only too painfully, impersonating a police officer is never a good idea.

So Much Blood

So Much Blood

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2011

Appearing in his own one-man show on Thomas Hood at the Edinburgh Festival, middle-aged actor Charles Paris finds himself falling for a gorgeous young girl with navy-blue eyes. He also finds himself being dragged into a complex murder investigation involving the death of a fading pop star, a bomb scare in Holyrood Palace and a suicide leap from the top of the Rock.

Nice Class of Corpse

Nice Class of Corpse

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2011

The Devereux is a nice residential hotel which caters for a nice class of guest. But the arrival of Mrs Pargeter, an attractive widow, seems to act as a catalyst of disaster for everyone connected with the hotel. On the morning after her arrival, the corpse of one of the frailer residents is found at the foot of the main staircase, and shortly after that another death shakes the gentility of the hotel. Deciding to investigate herself, Mrs Pargeter discovers that more than one person in the Devereux has a motive for murder.

Mrs., Presumed Dead

Mrs., Presumed Dead

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2011

The prosperous housing estate of Smithy's Loam should be the epitome of middle-class respectability, but Mrs Pargeter decides that there's something just a little bit odd about her new neighbours. When the central heating breaks down, she decides to contact the former occupants, the Cottons, for advice. But the address to which they should have moved doesn't exist and Mr Cotton's employers seem to have no trace of him. Then Mrs Pargeter finds an unposted letter addressed to the Church of Utter Simplicity - and begins to wonder, where are the Cottons?

The Poisoning in the Pub

The Poisoning in the Pub

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2011

Murder in the Museum

Murder in the Museum

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2011

Bracketts, an Elizabethan house near the town of Fethering, is about to be turned into a museum. Once the home of celebrated poet Esmund Chadleigh, it has been decided that it should now become a shrine to his life and poetry. But the transition from house to museum is running far from smoothly, and Carole soon begins to regret her decision to be on the Board as she witnesses bitter antagonism and rivalry amongst the other members. Then a sudden discovery is made. Buried in the kitchen garden is a human skeleton. And before too long, there is a second body, not yet cold . . . `Deftly contrived, light-hearted mysteries' The Times

Guns in the Gallery

Guns in the Gallery

Author: Simon Brett Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2011

Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess

Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2011

The extremely aristocratic but extremely thick Blotto and his extremely brainy sister Twinks are attending a weekend house party when the inevitable happens. Their hostess, the Dowager Duchess of Melmont, is murdered. An amateur detective, conveniently staying for the weekend, deduces that the Lyminster family chauffeur Corky Froggett must have done it. For Blotto and Twinks, the only way to prove Corky's innocence is by finding the real perpetrator. So begins the second investigation for the daring duo... one which takes them via an opium den in Limehouse, a Scottish castle and a disused Cornish tin mine, to a thrilling final confrontation at the nerve-centre of the evil League of the Crimson Hand. Yes, Blotto and Twinks are back! Praise for Simon Brett: 'A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans' P D James 'Murder most enjoyable' Colin Dexter 'Simon Brett writes stunning detective stories. I would recommend them to anyone.' Jilly Cooper 'Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted' Sunday Times 'One of British crime's most assured craftsmen... Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment.' Guardian

Cast In Order Of Disappearance

Cast In Order Of Disappearance

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2011

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. Poor Jodie is in terrible trouble - not only is she being blackmailed over some compromising photos, but she is also carrying the baby of the film's producer, Elliot Roth, who now wants nothing to do with her. Then things take an even nastier turn when it appears that someone is trying to kill Jodie. Always keen to help a damsel in distress, Charles sets about trying to solve the mystery... Starring Bill Nighy and Martine McCutcheon and dramatised by Jeremy Front.

The Shooting in the Shop

The Shooting in the Shop

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2011

Carole Seddon hates Christmas - it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her neighbour and best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry - she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. But the sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then a few days later - Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered in the ashes. It seems like a tragic accident but no-one can die of natural causes when a gun is involved. The victim was young, pretty and successful - who could possibly want her dead? With a host of suspects the lady detectives know they have their work cut out for them. And as they dig deeper they discover a host of half-truths and lies. It seems that someone in Fethering has a deep, dark, deadly secret - and is prepared to kill to keep it.

Charles Paris: The Dead Side of the Mic A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: The Dead Side of the Mic A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/05/2010

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. With a distinguished cast including Bill Nighy as Charles Paris, Suzanne Burden as Frances and featuring Charlotte Green as herself, this four-part drama, adapted by Jeremy Front, is sheer listening pleasure. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 1 hr 50 mins approx.

Charles Paris: A Series of Murders A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Charles Paris: A Series of Murders A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: Simon Brett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/06/2009

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. To cap it all, nubile actress Lisa Stokes is crushed to death on set - and Charles finds her body. It seems like a straightforward accident, but Charles can't shake the suspicion that she was murdered. Can he find the killer, stay away from the booze and the women, and win back his wife? Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Duration: 1 hour approx.

Series Of Murders

Series Of Murders

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 04/05/2009

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. To cap it all, nubile actress Lisa Stokes is crushed to death on set - and Charles finds her body. It seems like a straightforward accident, but Charles can't shake the suspicion that she was murdered. Can he find the killer, stay away from the booze and the women, and win back his wife?

Body on the Beach

Body on the Beach

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2009

Recently retired, Carole Seddon resides in the seaside hamlet of 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 find a corpse on the beach while taking their daily constitutional. 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. She almost starts to believe it herself-until a stranger threatens her to keep quiet or else. Unable to contain her anxiety, Carole confides in her eccentric neighbor, Jude, who suggests that if the police cannot be bothered to catch a killer, maybe they should do it themselves.

Stabbing in the Stables

Stabbing in the Stables

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 20/11/2008

Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again. Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay after stumbling upon the body of ex-equestrian Walter Fleet at Long Bamber Stables. The police attribute the stabbing death to the mysterious "e;Horse Ripper,"e; who's been mutilating mares across West Sussex and who Walter obviously caught in the act. But considering Walter's reputation out of the saddle, Jude and Carole find that there are plenty of murder suspects, including Walter's put-upon wife and more than a few jealous husbands who wanted Walter put out to pasture.

Death on the Downs

Death on the Downs

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2007

It wasn't the rain that upset Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs, nor was it the dilapidated barn in which she sought shelter. What upset her was the human skeleton she discovered there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags. Thus begins the mystery for strait-laced Carole and her more laid-back neighbor Jude, whose investigation takes them to the small hamlet of Weldisham. There gossips quickly identify the corpse as Tamsin Lutteridge, a young woman who disappeared from the village months before, after becoming involved with several practitioners of alternative medicine. But Detective Sergeant Baylis will confirm nothing, and Tamsin's mother is adamant that her daughter is still alive. Others believe a serial killer is on the loose. As Jude sets out to find Tamsin-either dead or alive-Carole digs deeper into Weldisham's history and the bitter relationships simmering beneath the village's gentle facade.

Witness at the Wedding

Witness at the Wedding

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

The seaside town of Fethering, home to Carole Seddon and her friend Jude, is a place rife with foul play, as evidenced in this sixth mystery in the series. Carole is thrilled with the coming wedding of her once-estranged son, Stephen. She finds it odd, though, that the parents of the bride have no interest in arranging the wedding and seem terrified at the prospect of publicizing it. Things turn deadly intriguing when the father of the bride disappears at the engagement party, only to be found brutally murdered the following morn. Now, Carole elicits Jude's help in sifting through the guest list, including Gaby's nefarious brother and her uncle, a justice of the peace, before the festivities become completely funereal.

Hanging in the Hotel

Hanging in the Hotel

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2005

The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once boasted a clientele of the rich and famous. But desperate times call for desperate measures, so owner Suzy Longthorne throws open her doors to welcome the Pillars of Sussex, an elitist group of local businessmen whose social gatherings revolve around drinking and off-color commentary. Short staffed, Suzy recruits Jude Seddon as a waitress to help keep the spirits flowing. But the next morning, Jude discovers the body of a young man, supposedly an initiate for Pillar membership, hanging from the beam of a four-poster bed. The police are quick to rule the death a suicide. The Pillars of Sussex deny that the victim was ever considered for membership, and Suzy just wants to forget that it ever happened. But Jude knows that both parties have something to hide, and she's determined to uncover the truth. She enlists a reluctant Carole to nurture her relationship with a flirtatious Pillar in the hope that they can crack him.

Murder in the Museum

Murder in the Museum

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2005

Carole Seddon and her bohemian neighbor Jude find that even the cultured can be crass when it comes to murder. The life of Esmond Chadleigh, noted poet and children's author, is celebrated in the halls of Bracketts House. Nevertheless, most of Chadleigh's work remains out of print, which leaves Bracketts House out of funds. An American literature professor with a big interest in Chadleigh can keep Bracketts running, in exchange for assistance on her biography of Chadleigh. But the mistrustful trustees are afraid the biographer is interested only in rooting out the skeletons in Chadleigh's closet-especially after uncovering one in his garden. Now, Carole and Jude must risk tarnishing the sterling reputation of a beloved author to learn whether his sword was mightier than his pen.

Torso in the Town

Torso in the Town

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2005

A dinner party at an English mansion with some stuffy, not-very-close friends is not exactly Jude's cup of tea-but the practically mummified torso of a woman found in the cellar is right up her alley. There is no way of knowing how long the dead body has been there, or even who it once was. Intrigued by this new mystery, Jude elicits the help of her reluctant neighbor, Carole, to help solve the case. And perhaps in the process she can snap Carole out of her growing depression, the result of a recently failed relationship. Their detective work soon uncovers that Pelling House's previous owners include two divorced couples who harbor a lot of resentment-and Jude and Carole suspect that they may be harboring some dark secrets as well. Once again, the two middle-aged women from Fethering find themselves embroiled in a puzzling whodunit.

The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood

The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/1998

The aristocratic Boronski family live in Siberia in the years before the Russian Revolution, and a lazy, snobbish, spoilt bunch they are, except the grandmother Babushka who remembers their humble origins. Just as Spring is about to begin, their lives are disrupted by the evil Fox, who condemns Siberia to eternal cold and despatches the Wolf, her slave, to kill Babushka. One by one the Boronskis fall foul of the voracious Wolf, and only the brave woodcutter Ivan can help them ... Darker and more thoughtful than the average pantomime, The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood mixes Chekhov with cheek, Pushkin with pratfalls and the result is a very original blend of mysterious beauty, spine-chilling menace, songs - and much laughter.

Mr. Quigley's Revenge

Mr. Quigley's Revenge

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/1995

Frinsley Village Hall is the hub of community life, lovingly tended by the amiable Mr Quigley, whose little blue book ensures the aerobics class never clashes with the wedding bookings. But plans are afoot to change this cosy existence... the invidious Keith has plans to sell the site. Feeling sure of success, Keith launches his attack on Mr. Quigley a big mistake, for Mr Quigley is wilier than he looks. Offers acting opportunities for all and great fun for the audience!

Murder in Play

Murder in Play

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1994

Faber Book of Parodies

Faber Book of Parodies

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/1984

Collects satires of the prose and poetry of writers including William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Ian Fleming, and Woody Allen.

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes)

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes)

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of the marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime reconstruction programme. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear. Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous manoeuvrings of the producers, presenters and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 4

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 4

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of the marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime reconstruction programme. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear. Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous manoeuvrings of the producers, presenters and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder. Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 3

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 3

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of the marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime reconstruction programme. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear. Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous manoeuvrings of the producers, presenters and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder. Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 2

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 2

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of the marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime reconstruction programme. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear. Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous manoeuvrings of the producers, presenters and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder. Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 1

Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse Episode 1

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of the marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime reconstruction programme. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear. Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous manoeuvrings of the producers, presenters and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder. Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)

Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

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. First there is a series of nasty accidents, then someone attempts to stab Charles. Can he find the murderer before they strike again? Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this entertaining dramatisation by Jeremy Front.

Turf Wars: How's Your Mother? (Radio 4, Comedy)

Turf Wars: How's Your Mother? (Radio 4, Comedy)

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

As part of the BBC Radio 4 comedy drama series: 'Turf Wars', in this short 3rd play of 4, 'How's Your Mother?' by Simon Brett, Michael Maloney stars as mysterious villager Humphrey Partridge. In a gossipy village Humphrey is reckoned to be anti-social, indeed stand-offish. But he always has an excuse - namely that he has to look after his ailing elderly mother. It raises eyebrows at work. For example when Humphrey's boss needs him to stand in for a colleague at a conference abroad, Humphrey point blank refuses to go. The boss ends up going himself. No-one has ever met the legendary matriarch. Not even nosy Raj the local postman. But then one morning when Humphrey is at work, Raj notices a fire in Humphrey's house, breaks in to put it out and makes an extraordinary discovery. Soon police are digging in Humphrey's garden. But just what is Humphrey's dark secret? Starring Michael Maloney as Humphrey Partridge, Adeel Akhtar as Raj / Sgt. Wallis, Sam Dale as Mr Denton / Trevor, Sally Orrock as Mrs Denton and Christine Kavanagh as Mrs Jones. First broadcast March 23 2011. Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes)

Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes)

Author: Simon Brett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

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. When Ellie is found drowned in their swimming pool, it seems Hugo is guilty of murder. It's up to Charles to prove his friend's innocence... Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Geraldine McEwan are among the star cast in this entertaining mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

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