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Dead Giveaway (Charles Paris #11)

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  122 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Poor Charles Paris - as an actor, which is his chosen profession, he is reaching rock-bottom; but as a detective, the role he is continually called upon to play, he's brilliant, as he demonstrates again in his latest adventure, 'Dead Giveaway'.

He is now reaching the lowest form of showbiz life, the television give-away panel game. And when he and his vast audience least ex
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Published December 1st 1993 by Chivers Audio Books (first published 1985)
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Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Charming send-up of the television industry. I listened to this as an audiobook and one always wonders whether the book is enhanced by an outstanding reader. In this case, especially, as this edition is read by the Simon Prebble so brilliantly.

Charles Parris is a failed actor whose agent gets him a job as one of the "professions" on a new game show entitled "If the Cap Fits." And so begin the puns and ridicule. (Cap, in addition to being a hat, can also be a diaphragm.) Virtually everyone associ
Christine Cody
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Paris enters West End Television reporting for a new role but without much anticipation. He has a "part" in a game show pilot, so the only thing Charles wonders about is how generous the producers will be with the alcohol. His acting career is a mess: his agent is useless and insulting; his drinking has become dangerously chronic; and every time he makes a date for dinner with his long-estranged, but never divorced, wife, he somehow messes it up.

But as an amateur sleuth, Charles has a g
John Lee
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think that it has been with a feeling of some disappointment that I have read the last 4 books by this author - the last 2 from this series and also the latest 2 from the Feathering set and so it was nice to try an earlier work. Was it really written 25 years ago?
This was more as I remembered the author's work with the amusing perceptive descriptions of people and places and events.
I enjoyed the story although wasnt it a little short. An interesting and easy to follow plot with its share of re
John Carter
Not too bad, but not as enjoyable as I remember other Charles Paris books being. A few too many names and jobs made for confusion (and not just on the television programme in question, where that’s the whole point). What’s more, in the half hour since I finished the book I’ve realised that Paris’s deduction regarding the solution is majorly flawed and only the subsequent confession of the killer is grounds for closing the case. Just two stars on this one, I’m afraid.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful murder mystery.
Charles investigates the murder of a Gameshow host
The detail in the setting is superb, The Murder has enough mystery to engage the brain. The process is well thought out with distinct characters for the suspects.
The denoument is well paced and satisfying
Charles' love life is also of interest as well for those who have followed the series

4 stars -
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Charles Paris is really reaching rock bottom in his acting career. He is playing a contestant in a TV panel game show where celebrities having to guess the contestants career. At the same time the contestants are asked to wear various appropriate hats, which is to help the celebrities guess their jobs. A murder occurs which starts Charles on his investigating journey once again.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
In a quiz show similar to Wheel of Fortune, players must sort out the hats. But when a murder occurs Charles looks to the crime procedural programme in the next studio. The final answer may be a bit difficult to guess, as is the intended victim.
Jon Anderson
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Quick, fairly predictable cozy with interesting lead character. Enjoyable but nothing new.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Like many of his books... short, easy to read, with characters we don't wholly like.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
3.75 Quick and clever.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
a good dose of light entertainment
Dec 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Bit of a potboiler. This novel is number 11 in Brett's "Charles Paris" series, and not nearly as entertaining as the earlier ones.
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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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