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Dead Room Farce (Charles Paris #17)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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 a drink problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark; it's somebody in the cast who has a dirty secret to hide.
ebook, 132 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Severn House Digital (first published 1997)
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Ian Brydon
90. [Dead Room Farce] by [[Simon Brett]].

This is the sixteenth outing for Charles Paris, Simon Brett's immensely likeable yet singularly unsuccessful actor who has developed a facility for unravelling the murders that seem to dog him wherever he might go. Throughout the previous tales we have become familiar with his drinking, and occasional philandering, from which he emrges as a man almost wholly lacking in any vestige of willpower.

As this volume opens Charles is enjoying a period of relative
The last novel to be published featuring actor/sleuth Charles Paris, Deadroom Farce is a competent, if somewhat straightforward, whodunnit. Much more interesting are the character moments Brett fills the book with such as having Paris try to give up alcohol, his meeting up with an old friend and his attempts to end an ill-advised affair.

Newcomers would definitely be advised to start elsewhere before tackling this book but fans of the series will likely be satisfied with this entry.
Gaynor Thomas
I listened to this in the car as a digital download from the library (get me, doing techy stuff!) It was read by Simon Brett himself and he did a really good job of it. I have previously listened to BBC adaptations featuring Bill Nighy, so he will always be Charles Paris for me. A great character and a fun series of books, perfect to listen to on a long drive.
Judith Cranswick
I love all the Charles Paris novels. This is by far the best of Simon Brett's series of novels although I do have a soft spot for Mrs Pargeter's set of adventures.
For a page-turning, laugh-out-loud but truly clever read Brett's Charles Paris cannot be beaten.
Funny, kept my attention (and with a competing TV, that is saying something), all around good read.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Charles Paris (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Cast, in Order of Disappearance (Charles Paris, #1)
  • So Much Blood
  • Star Trap
  • An Amateur Corpse (Charles Paris, #4)
  • A Comedian Dies (Charles Paris, #5)
  • The Dead Side of the Mike (Charles Paris, #6)
  • Situation Tragedy
  • Murder Unprompted
  • Murder in the Title: A Crime Novel
  • Not Dead, Only Resting: A Charles Paris Mystery
The Body on the Beach (Fethering, #1) Death on the Downs (Fethering, #2) The Torso in the Town (Fethering, #3) Murder in the Museum (Fethering, #4) A Nice Class of Corpse (Mrs. Pargeter, #1)

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