Charles Paris: A Series of Murders (Radio Crimes) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Jun 2009
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About the Author
Simon Brett was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he read English and was president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. After landing a job at the BBC as a radio producer he worked on such programs as The "Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy," "Week Ending," "The Burkiss Way," " I m Sorry I Haven t A Clue," and "Just a Minute." At London Weekend Television he produced" Maggie and Her," "End of Part One," and "The Glums." He is the author of the Charles Paris novels, which began with "Cast In Order of Disappearance." He has written more than 80 books, including 19 Charles Paris books, 15 Fethering Mysteries, and six Mrs Pargeter novels, as well as several non-series titles such as" A Shock to the System," which was adapted as a film starring Michael Caine. He has also contributed to several anthologies and scripted many sitcoms for radio, including" No Commitments, Smelling of Roses," and "After Henry." Other radio work includes several one-off plays for Radio 4, and a number of episodes of the detective series" Baldi." A former Chair of both the Crime Writers Association and The Society of Authors, he is currently President of the Detection Club, as well as being involved with various writers organizations."
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Paris is a dipsomaniac actor, in and out of employment and with, um, fidelity issues that have made him a separated and lonely dipsomaniac actor, looking at middle age with a nervous eye.
Things seem to be going OK for Paris for a change - he has a substantial part in a new TV series, and it has the possibility of being a hit. And his wife is talking to him again. But just when things seem to be going right for him he starts tripping over dead bodies on set. With a resigned shrug he starts worrying away at the mystery whilst trying to make sure his private and professional life continue on their current calm waters.
This is primarily a comedy, with a mystery in the back ground. Front and centre is the wonderful character of Paris, brought to dissolute life by a suitably cynical and seedy sounding Bill Nighy. A man all too aware of his own faults, and there fore with a keen eye for the failings of others. He stumbles his way through the mystery (and stumbles over more bodies) with a series of amusing set pieces that had me grinning and laughing out loud for most of the adventure. The production is excellent, especially with its use of music. I will never listen to John Lee Hooker in the same way again...
It's a fun and entertaining adventure, running to just under an hour and not outstaying it's welcome. Bill Nighy's performance is charmingly magnetic and is a real delight to listen to. All in all 5 stars for this.
Bill Nighy is totally superb as the jaded alcoholic actor who loves singing 60s tunes and reminiscing on his sometimes embarassing theatrical career - at the same time as he solves murders that seem to stalk wherever he works.
Supporting cast really add to the hilarity as Charles juggles his wife, his self-serving agent, his phony son-in-law and his penchant for women with getting regularly drunk and acting when he can get work.
This is my third or fourth time listening and it just gets better and better.
Just slipping down to the Drum & Monkey for a quick Bells.
We love you Bill!!!!
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Great product, well described, quickly dispatched. Enjoyable!Published 16 months ago by readingshark