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Spotlight on Murder (Charles Paris, Bks 7,9,10)
Spotlight on Murder - Charles Paris, Bks 7,9,10 Author:Simon Brett Book of the Month Club Edition Contains three books in the Charles Paris series of mysteries — 1. Not Dead Only Resting -1984 -176 pages - Book 10. — Tristam Gowers and Yves Lafeu have the flamboyance of stage matinee idols, but currently they are running a very smart restaurant, Tryst, which is much patronized by top people in the theatrical... more » profession. Which means it's not Charles Paris's usual ambience, but this small-part player, who's more successful as an amateur detective than as professional actor, is the guest tonight of another fascinating duo, William Bartlemas and Kevin O'Rourke, wealthy collectors of theatrical memorabilia. And he is in at the death: the gruesome murder of Yves.
Not Dead, Only Resting seems to be an open and shut case. Tristam caught the night boat to France within hours of a spectacular public quarrel with Yves over a pretty youth, and now he has disappeared. But of course there's much more to it than that: much more, as Charles discovers when he begins to investigate.
2.Situation Tragedy- 1981- 170 pages - Book 7.
Another Charles Paris mystery, in which the seasoned actor and part-time sleuth has got a job close to his heart - playing the golf club barman in a new TV sit-com. But someone is bumping off members of the production crew and soon Charles finds himself on the trail of a mass murderer.
3. Murder in the Title - 1983 - 191 pages - Book 9.
Simon Brett again takes us behind the scenes in a back-stage drama of crime and detection in Murder In The Title. This time it's the world of provincial rep, with an historic theatre threatened with closure by unscrupulous property developers. And the theatre management seems to be digging its own grave: a deplorable choice of current productions; a painfully incompetent director; bizarre accidents happening on stage. Charles is an amateur detective and a professional actor. As an actor his career is on the way down, with not much further to go. But as a detective he goes from strength to strength. He soon establishes that someone is deliberately sabotaging the company. All this culminates in a spectacular suicide. Or is it murder, as Charles Paris suspects?« less