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Summary

Charles Paris is on his way up again, career-wise. No longer ‘resting’ or playing a corpse in a cupboard, he finds himself doubling almost every role in a provincial production of the play dreaded by superstitious theatrefolk: Macbeth. The three principals could hardly be more assorted: Macbeth is played by TV gameshow personality George Birkitt; Lady Macbeth comes straight from Stratford, an intense young woman with Method in her madness; and Duncan is that notorious ham, Warnock Belvedere, who feels that he’s in the great tradition of actor-managers.

With such a cast, sparks are bound to fly, and it’s not long before Charles Paris finds himself in the familiar role of private eye when death strikes in the night...

©1987 Simon Brett (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Disappointing

I'm a big fan of the BBC dramatisations. However this novel is pretty disappointing by comparison. The puerile sexist quips ("she wouldn't recognise a joke unless it knocked her over and raped her") make the hero, Charles, very uncomfortable company. I guess the BBC edits the text when dramatising! Pity Brett doesn't exercise the same judgement.

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would have got a higher rating but ...

'She wouldn't see the joke if it knocked her down and Raped her'.

Well I don't see the joke in putting this in a nice family friendly audio book.

How about we move away from the stereotype?

'He wouldn't see the joke if it knocked him down and buggered him'

Not funny?? I agree. I don't think either of these are funny so can we not have them in these books please?

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Rape jokes?

Rape jokes are not funny. It wrecked the book. Sad, because normally Simon Brett is brilliant.

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Brilliantly written and read by Simon Brett

Simon Brett’s books are a delight, and listening to Simon read any of his books doubly so. Listening to the brilliant Charles Paris and Mrs Pargeter ‘whodunnit’ stories on tape on long road trips in the 1990’s got me hooked on audiobooks.
It’s great to see Audible now have available, some of the Charles Paris stories read by Simon Brett himself. For me Charles Paris is Simon’s best creation, a mildly dissolute journeyman stage actor with a charming character, wry humour and excellent amateur sleuthing skills, that Simon brilliantly characterises in his audio books. “What Bloody man is that?” is just one of many great Charles Paris stories and a must listen to for any whodunit fan.

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An entertaining book of its era

A light and largely enjoyable read, that doesn't take itself, or anything else, too seriously. The occasional uncomfortable sexual humour doesn't begin and end with the rape joke (mentioned in several reviews), but it's made very plain that the characters making such jokes are making them in very poor taste. The book was written in the 1980s, when this would have been more generally acceptable. I found the author's own narration was pleasing. Once I understood the date of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Please get Bill to read the Story

Very much enjoyed the story but it would be infinately better if Bill Nighy was the reader

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theatre based mystery

Overall the plot was well fleshed out and I liked the main character, Charles Paris. In the way of fictional detectives he is flawed but intelligent and humane with just a touch of vulnerability. Towards the end though it all fizzled out and the unmasking of the killer was a bit of an anti climax

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Weak leading character.

What made the experience of listening to Charles Paris: What Bloody Man is That? the most enjoyable?

An amusing tale with a very authentic theatre background.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Satisfied.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The very beginning.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, the auther's style is easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Charles Paris' addiction and its consequences are disappointing"

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trusted formula in the hands of a good writer

Cosy setting, endearing characters, and quality writing. I was surprised towards the end when an A-Team reference finally dated the book back to the 80s; it felt very fresh.

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A story with hardly any plot!

I enjoy Charles Paris stories on the radio with Bill Nighy but hearing one read was like watching paint dry! The author was a decent reader but there was virtually no plot. Money not well spent!