Charles Paris by Simon Brett
Charles Paris is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by British author Simon Brett. Charles Paris is separated from his wife and still unhappy, with a little success in his acting career (but not that much) and has a bit of a drinking problem (but not out of control). He ends up finding himself getting mixed up into various crimes and then becoming an amateur sleuth by accident.

Simon Brett launched his Charles Paris series in 1975 with the novel Cast, in Order of Disappearance. The series would go on in a steady basis until the 17th novel, Dead Room Farce in 1997. There would be a lengthy hiatus until the 18th novel, A Decent Interval in 2013. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Simon Brett’s Charles Paris books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Charles Paris Books


Cast, in Order of Disappearance(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
So Much Blood(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Star Trap(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Amateur Corpse(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Comedian Dies(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dead Side of the Mike(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Situation Tragedy(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Unprompted(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Title(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not Dead, Only Resting(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Giveaway(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What Bloody Man is That?(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Series of Murders(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Corporate Bodies(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Reconstructed Corpse(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sicken and So Die(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Room Farce(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Decent Interval(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Charles Paris Synopsis: Cast, in Order Disappearance by Simon Brett is the author’s debut and the debut of the Charles Paris character. Charles Paris is an aging actor who loves his alcohol and his women. He ends up interested in the case of Marcus Steen, a theatre tycoon who left his fortune to his mistress, as well as the case of Bill Sweet, a shady blackmailer who ended up murdered. He ends up investigating the cases by pretending to be “Detective Sergeant McWhirter,” but he soon finds out how bad of an idea it is to pretend to be a cop.

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