Landing a minor part in the Empire Theatre Eastbourne's Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles Paris soon discovers that his main role is to gently introduce the show's baffled American star, Kenny Polizzi, to the bizarre customs of English pantomime.
During their sessions in the local pub, Charles finds himself increasingly caught up in Polizzi's tangled affairs. But Charles is about to be far more involved than he might wish when he stumbles across a body beneath Eastbourne Pier. As the world's press descends, the pantomime rehearsals slip into chaos. It's up to Charles to put his renowned sleuthing skills to the test to find out who really killed his fellow cast member - and why.
©2014 Simon Brett (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
Another witty and wonderful Charles Paris mystery read by its author. Thoroughly, addictable, I have already listened to this many times--the sign of a successful novel. This one, is about a big American TV star, who comes to Blighty to get away from a number of things. There are wonderful and original characters, which you would expect from Simon Brett, and suspects, motive and trouble for our hero and every where. Brett's witt and observations are the jam in the sponge.
Very much recommended.
A complete rewrite and a comprehensible reader.
hopefully better than this one.
Croaky, hesitant, stammering, erratic, breathless, inaudible, the worst reader I've ever listened to. Surprised it was published at all. Have heard him on the radio and he sounded loud and clear. He sounded as though he had had a stroke in this audiobook.
None whatsoever, story line almost non existent, lead character boring, tedious characters, fell asleep after one chapter each time I tried to listen to it, finished it (with relief) after several goes and run backs and fast forwarding to the last chapter but it wasn't worth the trouble as the final answer was a let down. In fact I can't remember now who done it (and not that bothered).
I have to say here I am a massive fan of Simon Brett. I have lots of recordings of the radio plays with Bill Nighy, which I have listened to over and over. I have read lots of the Charles Paris books and Fetherings and Mrs Pargeter. There was no story to this book at all, just historical detail and inside information about pantomimes in general, almost a course in them, almost as though the story was strapped on as an afterthought. Surprised and disappointed with Simon Brett, a first.
Simon Brett is a wonderful actor/narrator. Such descriptions! Charles Paris is engaging as a down at the heels actor towards the end of his stage life. So droll! Delightful narrative. If you like dry Brit humor, you'll love this book.
Simon Brett is a canny observer of regional theater, actors, alcoholics, and critics' reviews. I enjoyed learning about British panto.
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