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Author: Simon Brett Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Charles Paris Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781481547390
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“I want you all out—gone—dead—exterminated!” Alex Household had cried when, after a lifetime of struggle, he lost the starring role in a new play to an actor who couldn’t remember his lines. But did that mean that it was Alex who had shot the leading man dead during his climactic speech? Charles Paris, for one, could see many logical suspects, from the devious producer, to the gullible playwright, to the young starlet’s overprotective mother.

But before Charles Paris, our middle-aged actor-drinker-detective, could begin his investigation, he was in for a shock: the powers-that-be chose him as the new leading man. Finally, Charles would discover stardom—and what a dead man saw in the last moments of his life!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brett knows the British stage inside out, and backgrounds are unusually authentic.”

    Newgate Callendar, New York Times Book Review

  • “Solid Entertainment…It is Brett’s insider’s knowledge of high-intensity show business…that makes his witty mysteries go.”


  • “Brett is a fiendishly clever plot artist…It would be a crime not to read Murder Unprompted.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “[An] irresistible roguish actor-sleuth…wicked, biting satire on the show-biz world.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[Geoffrey Howard] captures the personality and style of the characters…A satisfying listening experience!”


  • “A mystery that astounds and delights.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/20/2013

    " sad alcoholic Charles Paris gets near sobriety "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bettie | 10/9/2012

    " bbc 7 premiere "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/13/2012

    " I found myself taking time getting to my destination so I had more time to listen. The narration was good and the story was easy to follow. Not so many characters I couldn't keep them straight but enough that the murderer wasn't obvious. It kept me guessing until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenine | 12/2/2011

    " I loved the theatre workings and characters. The main character Charles Paris is perfectly and even charmingly fallible. But the psychology of the murderer was so unconvincing that it drug the whole thing down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/1/2011

    " Fun book and well written. I love Brett's handling of character relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " sad alcoholic Charles Paris gets near sobriety "

About the Author

Simon Brett worked as a producer with BBC radio before turning to writing full time. A former president of Britain’s Crime Writers Association, he is the creator of the Mrs. Pargeter mysteries and the Charles Paris series as well as the Fethering mysteries. He lives in southern England with his family.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.