Charles Paris (17 books)

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Charles Paris is an unhappily separated (but not divorced, more than 30 years on), moderately-successful actor with a slight drinking problem who gets entangled in all sorts of crimes, and finds himself in the role of unwilling amateur detective.

 

Cast in Order of Disappearance

Charles Paris #1

by Simon Brett

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,...


So Much Blood

Charles Paris #2

by Simon Brett

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...


Star Trap

Charles Paris #3

by Simon Brett

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...


An Amateur Corpse

Charles Paris #4

by Simon Brett

'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...


A Comedian Dies

Charles Paris #5

by Simon Brett

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...


The Dead Side of the Mike

Charles Paris #6

by Simon Brett

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,...


Situation Tragedy

Charles Paris #7

by Simon Brett

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...


Murder Unprompted

Charles Paris #8

by Simon Brett

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...


Murder in the Title

Charles Paris #9

by Simon Brett

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...


Not Dead, Only Resting

Charles Paris #10

by Simon Brett

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....


Dead Giveaway

Charles Paris #11

by Simon Brett

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...


What Bloody Man Is That

Charles Paris #12

by Simon Brett

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...


A Series of Murders

Charles Paris #13

by Simon Brett

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...


Corporate Bodies

Charles Paris #14

by Simon Brett

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...


A Reconstructed Corpse

Charles Paris #15

by Simon Brett

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...


Sicken and So Die

Charles Paris #16

by Simon Brett

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...


Dead Room Farce

Charles Paris #17

by Simon Brett

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...


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