Amateur Corpse

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300037
Release Date: 2011-12-12
Genre: Fiction

‘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.

Corporate Bodies

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300167
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Fiction

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.

Murder in the Title

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300082
Release Date: 2012-09-01
Genre: Fiction

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.

Series of Murders

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300143
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Fiction

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.

Cast in Order of Disappearance

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300006
Release Date: 2011-11-21
Genre: Fiction

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.

Reconstructed Corpse

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300181
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Fiction

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.

Sicken and So Die

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300198
Release Date: 2012-12-01
Genre: Fiction

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.

The Cinderella Killer

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Crème de la Crime
ISBN: 1780290640
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Fiction

Landing a minor role in a theater production, Charles Paris is assigned to help the show's famous American star navigate cultural differences in England, an effort that tangles him up in the actor's complicated relationships and a wrongful murder charge.

The High Window

Author: Raymond Chandler
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 9781400030170
Release Date: 2002-06-11
Genre: Fiction

From noir master Raymond Chandler, in The High Window we find a wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation. "Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." Erle Stanley Gardner "Raymond Chandler has given us a detective who is hard-boiled enough to be convincing . . . and that is no mean achievement." --The New York Times

Dead Side of the Mike

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781448300051
Release Date: 2012-06-01
Genre: Fiction

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.

The Hanging in the Hotel

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101204753
Release Date: 2005-08-02
Genre: Fiction

The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once boasted a clientele of the rich and famous. But hard times call for hard 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 as a waitress to help keep the spirits flowing. But the next morning, Jude discovers that one spirit has flown away for good, when she finds 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. Suzy just wants to forget the incident ever happened. But Jude knows that both parties have something to hide—so she enlists a reluctant Carole to nurture her relationship with a flirtatious Pillar in the hope that they’ll topple him over and uncover the truth...

Decent Interval

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781780104126
Release Date: 2013-07-01
Genre: Fiction

After a long period of ‘resting’, life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast as the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father and First Gravedigger in a new production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root – and the two young stars have rather different views of celebrity and the theatre than the more experienced members of the cast. But when the company reach the first staging post of their tour, the Grand Theatre Marlborough, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.

A Shot in the Dark

Author: Lynne Truss
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781635570571
Release Date: 2018-11-06
Genre: Fiction

A wryly entertaining new crime novel from Lynne Truss, New York Times bestselling author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. It's 1957, and the famed theater critic A. S. Crystal has come to the British seaside resort of Brighton with something other than the local production of A Shilling in the Meter on his mind. Sitting in the Brighton Royal Theater with Constable Twitten, Crystal intends to tell the detective the secret he knows about the still-unsolved Aldersgate Stick-Up case of 1945. And yet, just before Crystal names the criminal mastermind involved, he's shot dead in his seat. With a new murder case on his hands and a fatuous, lazy captain at the helm of the police department, the keen and clever Constable Twitten and his colleague Sargent Jim Brunswick set out to solve the decade-old mystery of the Aldersgate Stick-Up. As the partners venture deep into the criminal underworld that lies beneath Brighton's holiday-happy veneer, they begin to discover a criminal conspiracy that dates back decades. But will Brunswick and Twitten be able to foil the mastermind, or will Crystal's death become just another unsolved crime in this seemingly peaceful seaside city? With her characteristic wit, New York Times bestselling author Lynne Truss introduces readers to a cast of eccentric policeman and scheming criminals in a drolly delightful mystery you won't want to miss.

The Murder on the Links

Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062073860
Release Date: 2011-06-14
Genre: Fiction

An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies facedown in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And for whom was the impassioned love letter in the pocket? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.…

The Tomb in Turkey

Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781780106069
Release Date: 2015-03-01
Genre: Fiction

Carole and Jude’s Turkish holiday takes a murderous turn in the new Fethering mystery Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight’s free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude’s property developer friend Barney Willingdon. But from the outset the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents: threatening messages daubed on the villa walls; and their host being accosted by a knife-wielding man at a local restaurant. As Carole and Jude launch into what they do best - investigating - it becomes clear that Barney Willingdon has made plenty of enemies, with his ruthless business deals and complicated love life. Matters come to a head when Carole’s sightseeing trip to nearby Pinara is curtailed by the discovery of a body in one of the ancient Lycian tombs. And what really did happen to Barney’s first wife, Zoe?