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Series of Murders (Charles Paris #13)

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  132 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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.
ebook, 123 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Severn House Digital (first published January 1st 1989)
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Usually out of work actor Charles Paris has landed a plum role in an English mystery series but when another actor is found dead on the first day of filming he can't help but try to find out what really happened. The author has worked on many radio and TV productions so everything seemed pretty authentic and Charles is a winning leading man on the page.
Aug 26, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dramaisation starring Bill Nighy - I could listen to that man's voice all day - he does asides so well. Story is a a quaint one of a series of murders within the cast of the TV adaptation of a book froma series of forgotton novels by an elderly writer who can't cope with the modernisation of her characters.
Listened to in Audio format read by the excellent Bill Nighy and casT. This was only an hour long but I think it included the main storyline.

As Series of Murders is part of the Charles Paris mystery series. Charles Paris is an alcoholic, womanising, Jobing actor. After years of bit parts Charles has landed a TV role as Sgt Collins in the Stanislas Braid mysteries.

Charles finds Liza Stokes an actress on the show, murdered in the prop room. When Charles starts questioning the cast he finds out Liz
Lynn Pribus
Good old Charles Paris. Picked this aging paperback up from the swap table at the gym. I probably read it before, but still a pleasant, breezy read. Hadn't realized "twee" dated back to 1989. This was in the pre-cell-phone days of perforated-edge computer paper.

Brett also writes for TV and in this book Charles is a continuing character in a TV series of at least 6 episodes -- the best employment he's ever had as an actor. (In one of the first Charles Paris books I ever read, he as a bit part as
Jan 03, 2014 Rex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Brett's alcoholic burnt out actor detective.
Leila Anani
Charles Paris has a role in a TV series but things go wring when one of the actresses is murdered. This audio book is half as long as most of the Charles Paris stories and has less comedy. Still Bill Nighy is amazing as the jaded actor-sleuth and the production values are top notch. One of my favourite audio series these are hugely entertaining but this one isn't the best of the bunch.
Jan 31, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't claim to have read the book - I just listened to the BBC radio play on audible. It was thoroughly enjoyable, largely thanks to Bill Nighy's wonderful voice. I now plan to listen to more of the adventures of drunken actor-detective Charles Paris, and could also be tempted to read the books.
Rob Mawer
Aug 25, 2014 Rob Mawer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read, the books read much like the BBC radio 4 series. Very enjoyable.
Feb 03, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
another fun Charles Paris mystery
Jan 04, 2012 Curtiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a review of the paperback edition, NOT the audio-book version.

A fairly good mystery with a protagonist whose faults are as obvious to himself as to others, which add to the hurdles he must overcome to solve the mystery of the series of behind-the-scenes deaths of members of the cast and crew of a new Television mystery series (hence the emphasis on "Series" in the title).
Mar 27, 2013 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay little story. The characters were sort of interesting and occasionally amusing. The mystery was pretty good, although I don't think it was possible to solve it from the information
available. There was a little twist at the end. All-in-all, there was nothing wrong with the book but there was nothing compelling about it either.
I liked this book, but its a very old fashioned mystery. Recommended!
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Simon Brett is a prolific British writer of whodunnits.

He is the son of a Chartered Surveyor and was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he got a first class honours degree in English.

He then joined the BBC as a trainee and worked for BBC Radio and London Weekend Television, where his work included 'Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and 'Frank Muir Goes Into ...'.

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