Search Results: "Simon Brett"


BOOK REVIEW

SICKEN AND SO DIE by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Charles. (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Shabby actor-sleuth Charles Paris feels a bit cheerier than usual as this 16th outing begins (A Reconstructed Corpse, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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GUNS IN THE GALLERY by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2012

"Brett's usual cozy charm and flashes of wit (Bones Under the Beach Hut, 2011, etc.) are nowhere in evidence here. Perhaps it's time to retire the Fethering series and start something fresh."
If someone's prone to suicide, is it OK to lend a helping hand? Read full book review >

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A DECENT INTERVAL by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A cheeky sendup of TV competition shows, tweeting, texting and backstage egos. If the plot recalls that of Brett's Sicken and So Die (1997), well, that was funny too, even if both their final acts could have used a bit of tweaking."
After a 16-year absence, reprobate actor Charles Paris totters back on stage. Read full book review >

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THE TORSO IN THE TOWN by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

Fedborough, just a few kilometers down the road from Fethering, is a posh little town full of antique stores, gourmet food shops, and wealthy resettled Londoners like Kim and Grant Roxby, the new owners of Pelling House, where their rather tedious dinner party is interrupted by their teenage son Harry's discovery of a neatly dismembered woman's body in the cellar. Read full book review >

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BLOOD AT THE BOOKIES by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2008

"A so-so plot, but a nice few hours in the country with the ever-expanding cast of congenial Fethering villagers."
Fethering neighbors Jude and Carole (Death Under the Dryer, 2007, etc.) once again one-up the police in solving a village crime. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE MUSEUM by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2003

"This fourth in a series could have used a little tweaking, but Brett provides a wry dissection of fundraising efforts, infighting among the nonprofit set, writing styles between the wars, and friends who don't confide in each other."
Fethering village neighbors Carole Seddon and Jude Nichol (The Torso in the Town, 2002, etc.) poke at West Sussex secrets past and present with a drollness and an edge Miss Marple never dreamed of. Read full book review >

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THE POISONING IN THE PUB by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 2009

"The last few Fethering mysteries (Blood at the Bookies, 2008, etc.) have lacked the usual quota of wit, gleeful satire and clever if unmemorable plotting. Alas, matters are equally tired at the pub. Even Brett devotees might want to give this installment a miss."
Fethering neighbors Jude and Carole come to the aid of a publican. Read full book review >

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A RECONSTRUCTED CORPSE by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 1994

"Pleasantly urbane as ever, though Charles (Corporate Bodies, 1992, etc.) is unwontedly subdued and the mystery pretty transparent."
Finally, a role within Charles Paris's limited histrionic range: missing, presumed dead, in the character of Martin Earnshaw, a small-time property developer who got in too deep to a loan shark, stepped out one night for a drink, and never came back. Read full book review >

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DEATH UNDER THE DRYER by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2007

"Incomparably minor Brett, lacking the author's usual wit, and plodding along with the unfinished finesse of a much more modest talent."
When a teenager is murdered, Jude and Carole, Miss Marple clones, investigate. Read full book review >

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SINGLED OUT by Simon Brett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"It's obvious early on where the one-dimensional story is going, but it hurtles along so relentlessly that you won't feel cheated."
Brett takes a shivery break from his comic mysteries about second-rate actor Charles Paris (A Reconstructed Corpse, 1994, etc.) and comfy widow Melita Pargeter (Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh, 1993, etc.) in this lightning-fast tale of the sins of the father being visited on his children and his children's children. Read full book review >

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DEAD ROOM FARCE by Simon Brett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1998

"Strictly for fans who wouldn't miss a single one of Charles's hapless performances."
Rolling-stone actor/detective Charles Paris has fallen away from the relative good fortune he enjoyed in Sicken and So Die (1997): Separated again from his eternally undivorced wife, he's reduced to touring in a frisky sex farce whose thoroughly professional author is in no hurry to get the lines right. Read full book review >

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THE CORPSE ON THE COURT by Simon Brett
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Top-flight Brett (Guns in the Gallery, 2012, etc.), with droll potshots at flawed husbands, the women who shouldn't have married them, rabid sports enthusiasts and quasi-tiffs among friends."
Propelled by spite (in Carole's case) and love (in Jude's), the Fethering ladies embark on separate investigations. Read full book review >