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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...

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Other books by Simon Brett

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 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 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 / softback 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 / softback 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.)