It's 1979 and in "Situation Tragedy" the 7th instalment in the exciting career of Charles Paris we meet our lovely 52 year old actor on the set of a new ITV Sit-Com called "The Strutters". The new series is a spin off from a long running show called "What'll the neighbours say" staring Charles' old colleague who we met in the very first book, Bernard Walton.
The new show is based around the married couple of Col and Mrs Strutter played by George Birkitt and the legendary actress of stage and film Aurelia Howarth. Charles' part in the series is more modest, appearing at the golf club barman when needed.
As usual strange accidents start to occur around the set, the stage manager falls down the fire escape and the director is killed in a car crash. Luckily our amateur sleuth in on hand to try to piece together the puzzle, although with Charles' usual speed and with the fact he's chasing another girl means that another couple of "accidents" happen.
This book is quite short on the appearance on other regular characters from the books. Francis doesn't appear at all, and Gerald Venables appears only for a pointless phone call (which if I were cynical would think was simply padding!). There is another appearance of producer Walter Proud who we meet in "A Comedian Dies" but overall the book is a bit poorer for the non-appearance of some of the regulars.