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So Much Blood (Charles Paris #2)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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.
ebook, 152 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Severn House Digital (first published 1976)
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Feb 04, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
This is the second of the umpteen Charles Paris books. Like the first it works really well as a mystery and if all you want out of a whodunnit book is some interesting situations, enough characters and possibilities to keep you guessing then this has all that.

Personally I like the character of Paris, and I appreciate how it doesn't out-stay its welcome but I'd like a little more from it. Also feels a bit dated now.
Nov 21, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mildly entertaining but worth reading (perhaps much like Charles's Fringe show itself!). Charles ends up in Edinburgh for the film festival due to a show having been cancelled last minute and being able to fill in with his one-mad show about the poet Thomas Hood.

He once again gets involved with a much younger woman before realizing it's a bad idea ((view spoiler)
Randee Baty
Even though this is the second in the Charles Paris series, it was my first introduction to him. I read this when I was 15 or 16 and fell in love with it and with Charles Paris. I've reread it several times since then and, much as I love it, I have begun to see the flaws.

It's set in Edinburgh during the Festival. Charles is doing his one-man show of Thomas Hood's poems as a fill in for a show that had to cancel. In the course of a photo shoot for another play being done by the same theater group
Nan Silvernail
Not quite divorced Actor Charles Paris comes to do his one man show at the Edinburgh fringe festival. During a one-on-one acting exercise on truth with theater students a handsome young man confides to him that he is afraid of someone in the company. Very soon after that the young man is killed in an accident involving what should have been prop knives, only one was all too real. Was it truly an accident?

The one good thing this book did was to expose me to Thomas Hood and to make me want to go r
Jul 07, 2015 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars for the lead-up, three stars for the ending. I loved everything about Charles Paris' one-man-show at the Edinburgh Fringe (that "D.U.D.S. on the Fringe" posted made to advertise the show made me literally laugh out loud for several minutes.) The problem I had was with the ending. (SPOILERS AHEAD) The spurned homosexual committing murder upon rejection or self-loathing has become an unfortunate trope over the years. Perhaps it was more shocking when this book was first published but it ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Edwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to do quite a bit of stage acting, and as such I thought that Brett's characters within the theatrical world were very fun and relatively true to form. Moreover, I really enjoyed the fact that his detective is a man with a great number of foibles, and as an amateur detective acts as such: an amateur. Very enjoyable quick read, with believable characters.
Sep 10, 2011 Aidan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
An interesting setting which sees jobbing actor (and sleuth) Charles Paris hit the Edinburgh Fringe helps make the early part of this book, the second in the series, quite entertaining. Sadly though, the mystery at the heart of the novel proves to be one of the weaker ones in the series and it is hard not to be two or three steps ahead of the sleuth as the story winds to its end.
Aug 21, 2011 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Usually lovely whodoneits, but really had trouble getting it to this one. Not sure if it was the dated characters and references or just my lack of focus at the end of school. I will try the other Simon Brett that is on my bookshelf to see if I enjoy it more. I believe I just read on Poisoned Pens' newsletter that this author just received some kind of lifetime achievement award.
John Lee
After completing the last of the Fethering series, it will be nice to get back to Charles Paris.

Not quite as good as I remembered it but perhaps it will take another couple to get fully back into the series.
Bria Halligan
Jan 05, 2016 Bria Halligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, but the last chapter was sort of uninteresting to me. It broke off the book without a conclusion. Other than that the book was good. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery/murder books.
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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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