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Dead Room Farce (Charles Paris #17)

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Charles Paris, Simon Brett's actor-cum-accidental sleuth, returns to the boards in this seventeenth novel in the popular series.

When he is offered the chance to go on tour as a member of the cast of Not On Your Wife!, a new play by a prolific British farceur, he seizes the opportunity.

The plot thickens when the tour reaches Bath. Charles seems to be too deeply into his r
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Press (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
Sep 10, 2011 Aidan rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 24, 2015 Gaynor Thomas rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2014 Judith Cranswick rated it it was amazing
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.
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A great fun read
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Charles recognises alcohol has an effect on his life
Sep 05, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing
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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