Book List:73 titles
    • 1978
    • / Amateur Sleuth
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    Charles Paris is a part-time detective and professional actor, drawn into the affairs of an amateur theater company. Charles's friend Hugo's wife is murdered, and Hugo is charged with the crime. Now, Paris takes on the case personally. The solution t...


  • The bets are on whodunnit when body is found at the bookies... Jude has never been averse to a bit of a flutter. Her friend Carole, on the other hand, thinks that the local betting shop is a den of iniquit But when Jude stumbles upon the body of P...


  • Hurrah for the return of that intrepid duo: Blotto (handsome, honorable, not the sharpest knife in the drawer), and his sister Twinks (just a bit brainier than a girl should be)! As this is the 1920s, they are of course attending a weekend house part...


  • Ex-Princess Ethelinde, daughter of the King of Mitteleuropia, has been kidnapped during a visit to Tawcester Towers. Ducal family honour demands that she should be rescued, so the Dowager Duchess entrusts the task to her son, the Right Hon. Devereux ...


  • A quick trip to the capital goes horribly wrong when Blotto and Twinks get accidentally involved in London's criminal underworld... It starts innocently enough at the intimate review 'absolutely everyone is talking about', Light and Frothy, where ...


  • Another hair-raising adventure featuring the aristocratic brother and sister sleuthing duo! The end of the cricket season spells gloom for Blotto, until he is invited to bat against the Hollywood cricket team out in sunny LA, where rain never stops...


  • In the seaside hamlet of Fethering (located next to the town of Tarring), Carole Seddon maintains a quiet and sensible life. She doesn't have the time or the tolerance to deal with her new bohemian neighbor, Jude, whose outgoing personality contrasts...


  • The affluent seaside resort of Smalting is unaccustomed to crime. So when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of one of its beach huts, the community is awash with suspicion and fear. Amateur sleuths Carole Seddon and best friend Jude ...


  • Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization of a novel by Simon Brett, adapted by Jeremy Front. While appearing in a Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles finds a body beneath Eastbourne Pier, and soon comes ...






  • Invited to the country hotel, Puzzel Manor, for Christmas weekend, Jack Tarrant and his lover, Maria, soon find themselves embroiled in a case of double murder in a work that encourages readers to follow the clues and solve the case...


    • 1979
    • / Amateur Sleuth
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    A rising young stage comedian, who is about to receive his profession’s award as Most Promising Newcomer, dies sensationally on stage at the start of his act; as he picks up the mike, he is electrocuted. Faulty wiring seems to be the cause; no one ...


  • In this collection of ten short stories, each with a surprising twist, Simon Brett covers all seven of the deadly sins, with supremely entertaining results. In THE MAN WHO GOT THE DIRT, two Angry Young Men have become Angry Old Men - and one of them ...




  • Delighted to land a role in an acting company touring the provinces, struggling actor Charles Paris finds himself embroiled with two very different women and becomes a suspect in the death of an old drinking buddy, forcing him to turn sleuth to clear...


  • In his attempt to solve the mystery behind the apparent suicide of a BBC studio assistant, Charles Paris discovers that the victim was a mistress of a top-level producer and uncovers a complicated murder plot with numerous suspects...


  • Rehearsals in a new West End play are disrupted by sudden, violent death in the intriguing new Charles Paris mystery Having landed a small part in a new West End play, The Habit of Faith, Charles Paris is dismayed to discover that his good fortune...


  • Exploring the South Downs of the well-to-do town of Weldisham, Carole Seddon is caught in a sudden rainstorm. She finds refuge in an old barn--but relief turns to revulsion when she discovers the bones of a human skeleton packed inside two bags. S...


  • Carole had never had such a bad hair day! The last thing she expected when she went for a trim at 'Connie's Clip Joint' was to find the body of Kyra, Connie's assistant, in the back room, strangled. Immediately involving her friend and neighbour Ju...


  • After a long period of ‘resting’, life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast as the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father and First Gravedigger in a new production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who...


  • The Detection Club is the oldest and most exclusive crime writing organization and it has always represented the cream of British crime writing talent. The founding and early members were amongst the most famous and best loved figures in the golden a...


  • Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in several embarrassing confrontations. But what no...


  • For a gathering of the Pillars of Sussex -- an elitist, hard-drinking group of local businessmen Jude is recruited by the owner of a hotel to help keep the spirits flowing. But the next morning, she discovers that one spirit has flown away for good, ...



  • Although she hadn’t known Leonard Mallett very well, nor liked him particularly, Carole Seddon feels duty bound to attend her fellow committee member’s funeral. As she suspected, the hymns, readings and sermon are all very predictable – not unl...


  • When an author event at the local library ends in murder, Jude finds herself a suspect in the waspishly witty new Fethering mystery. Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend J...


  • With the help of some unsavory associates, Mrs. Pargeter investigates the bizarre death of the recently widowed Joyce Dover, tracing Joyce's supposedly dead husband from South America, to England, to Corfu. Reprint....


  • Although she's never felt the need to change her own ample form, Mrs Pargeter could see nothing wrong with joining her weight conscious friend at Brotherton Hall Spa. While Kim strained to lose her excess inches, Mrs P would enjoy a luxurious rest...


  • "Living in a house where a murder had taken place did give a certain social cachet..." Intrepid detective Mrs Pargeter, sixty something (and a little bit more), has risked almost everything with a daring move to the well-to-do housing estate of Sm...






  • The life of noted man of letters Esmond Chadleigh is celebrated in the halls of Bracketts House. However, most of Chadleigh's work remains of print--leaving the once-famous literary figure out of sight and out o mind...and Bracketts out of funds. ...


  • Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation – especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex...


  • Here is another of Simon Bretts fascinating blends of crime and backstage drama. This time he provides what might be described as the biography of a playfrom the cradle to the grave. Murder Unprompted takes you from the author, to an unscrupulous pro...





  • When a young man is found in the kitchen of Fethering's local pub with a knife through his heart, amateur detectives Carole and Jude swing into action. There's a killer on the loose and our lady sleuths need to uncover who it is before its last order...


  • A SERIES OF MURDERS "AS AN ACTRESS, SIPPY STOKES WAS ABSOLUTE DEATH." From the vain leading man to the rock star making his acting debut to the aging writer whose books were being chopped to death on the set of the "Stanislas Braid" TV series, every...



  • When Carole Seddon's best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry, she agrees only reluctantly. The sales are on and even Carole can't resist a bargain. Then, a few days later, Gallimaufry is burnt down and a...


  • Suspicion pointing to her son's role in a gruesome murder feeds a TV producer's fear that evil is her family legacy--in this riveting novel of psychological suspense by the acclaimed author of A Shock to the System and Dead Romantic....


  • The Floating Admiral was the first of the Detection Club’s collaborative novels, in which twelve of its members wrote a single novel. Eighty-five years later, fourteen members of the club have once again collaborated to produce The Sinking Admiral....


  • West End Television are planning a new situation-comedy series, to be called The Struttters. From the outset, things go horribly wrong with the new series. Odd accidentsif they are accidentsremove, one by one, the sharp-tongued Production Assistant, ...



  • Carole Seddon accompanies Jude to Long Bamber Stables so her friend can apply her healing touch to a lame horse, only to stumble upon the body of a man beyond medical help -- alternative or otherwise. The victim, former equestrian champion Walter Fle...


    • 1978
    • / Amateur Sleuth
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    Hired for a small part in a London musical, actor and amateur sleuth Charles Paris tries to determine the connections between the accidents and other suspicious occurrences that befall cast members and the musical director...





  • Ranging from stark psychological suspense to frothy frolic, this stunning collection of twelve short stories demonstrates Simon Brett's astonishing versatility. In TICKLED TO DEATH, a lover of practical jokes is smothered to death in a custard pie. D...






  • In the historical village of Fedborough, Jude attends a dinner party for the new homeowners of Pelling House. But an uninvited guest--in the form of a mummified, armless and legless torso has crashed the party. There's no telling how long the dead bo...


  • Charles Paris is on his way up again, career-wise. No longer “resting” and no longer just a corpse in a cupboard, he blossoms in the play dreaded by superstitious theatre folk, who will not even speak its name: “the Scottish play” —Macbeth....



  • Carole Seddon's estranged relationship with her son Stephen has improved since he started seeing Gaby Martin, and she cannot be more pleased that they've decided to marry in Fethering. She does find it a bit odd, though, that Gaby's parents have no i...


  • Due to financial hardships at Tawcester Towers, the Dowager Duchess has decreed that the only way the family fortunes can be restored is to marry Blotto off... to an American! So begins the fourth adventure in the Blotto and Twinks series, and this ...


  • Tawcester Towers, the family seat of the Lyminster family, has suffered an unwelcome injection of distant cousins, so distant that they aren't even British! Count Igor and Count Lyudmilla Bashusky had to flee Russia after the Revolution and have spen...


  • The curse of Pharaoh Sinus Nefertop is upon Blotto so it's up to Twinks to banish it! Yet another financial crisis at Tawcester Towers! So this time the Dowager Duchess decides to sell off the less important family possessions, which have, for a lon...


  • Someone has stolen valuable paintings from Tawcester Towers, ancestral home of Blotto and his sister, Twinks. Twinks tracks the thieves to France and she and Blotto go zipping off to Paris -- where they have rather a jolly time with the Left Bank boh...


  • A middle-aged actor with a taste for wine and women takes to detection to uncover the connection between the murder of a wealthy theatrical tycoon and the killing of a blackmailer with a supply of compromising photographs...


  • A Christmas production of Cinderella is marred by a series of killings in the waspishly funny new Charles Paris mystery Landing a minor part in the Empire Theatre Eastbourne’s Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles Paris soon discovers tha...


  • The genteel game of Real Tennis takes a murderous twist in Simon Brett’s witty and entertaining new Fethering mystery. Jude’s life has been turned upside-down thanks her new mant, Piers Targett, who’s keen to get her involved in his hobby o...


  • Polly’s Cake Shop has been a feature of the shopping parade for many years, but when its owner announces her retirement, the Fethering residents start to worry about the loss of this popular amenity. Alarmed by rumours that the café might become a...


  • For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband’s unfinished business. Amongst the many bequests he made to her, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people wh...


  • Mrs Pargeter discovers the skills by which Public Relations can make evil look good in the latest wickedly entertaining mystery. It is her characteristic generosity -- rather than her love of animals -- that finds Mrs Pargeter supporting her frie...


  • When Jude agrees to lend her vintage chaise longue for the local Amateur Dramatics Society's production of George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple, little does she realize she'll end up in a starring role. It's an ambitious play, culminating in a ...


  • Carole and Jude’s Turkish holiday takes a murderous turn in the new Fethering mystery Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight’s free accomm...


  • in Malice Domestic 6

    Esteemed mystery writer Anne Perry, author of twenty-five novels and two acclaimed detective series, heads up a delectable cast of contemporary writers, the very best from both sides of the Atlantic. In the tradition of Britain's honored crime writer...


  • in Murderous Schemes

    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.s, including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, and the mistaken identity. Now, in Murderous Sc...


  • in The Sunken Sailor

    Fourteen masters of the mystery and suspense genre--including Jan Burke, Carolyn Hart, Simon Brett, and Edward Marston--each contribute an individual chapter to a round robin mystery about a weekend house party in a small English village that is turn...


  • CURTAINS Surviving thirty years of an actor's fluctuating fortunes, Charles Paris had played many roles. But until now, a starring role as a forklift driver in a corporate - video had yet to grace his resume. Costumed in de rigueur coveralls, he r...


  • A STIFF ACT TO FOLLOW... If playing a dead man could be called a role, Charles Paris has sunk to new lows when he agrees to play missing Martin Earnshaw on the true crime TV series "Public Enemies." The show has all the hallmarks of a hit: a vu...


  • Things are going suspiciously well for Charles Paris. He's moved back in with his wife, Frances, and although he's not yet a permanent fixture in her bed, he has hopes. What's more, he's got a proper part in a proper play: Sir Toby Belch in a festiva...


  • THE PLOT THICKENS Construction on Mrs. Pargeter's new country home comes to an unfortunate halt when a corpse is discovered in the wine cellar. The accused is Concrete Jacket, a mate of Mrs. P's late, lamented husband, who made a living in disc...


  • The gang that couldn't shoot straight While the activities of her dearly departed husband often took place beyond the confines of the law, the genteel Mrs. Pargeter wears the diamonds and other spoils of the late Mr. P's nefarious career with impe...