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Charles Paris’ acting career plumbs new depths when he takes the part of a possible murder victim in ‘Public Enemies’, a true-crime television series. Finding himself in a bizarre world somewhere between police procedure and showbiz, Charles is inexorably drawn into the investigation... especially after the dismembered limbs start turning up.

The viewers of ‘Public Enemies’ get caught up in the macabre jigsaw puzzle of death; it is ghastly, of course, but it does make good television. As the programme’s ratings soar, so the egos behind the scene become ever more inflated, and Charles ever more determined to solve the mystery.

©1993 Simon Brett (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"One face, one voice, one habit and two persons."

Charles Paris, the hard drinking middle aged actor with very little work is given the role of standing in for a missing person on a television crime program, Public Enemies. Not exactly the pinnacle of achievement, rated only worthy of a n extra's pay, but it is work. But tensions fun high in police loss ranks as well as the production team and pretty soon n Charles starts a bit of sleuthing of his own.

I am a great fan of Simon Brett's Charles Paris series: a mystery to solve, the theatrical background and the person of Paris himself (although not as endearing a character as that portrayed by Bill Nighy in the BBC full cast adaptations).. Always good fun and and an easy read. This book is read by the author who gives a creditable performance.
A bit OTT, perhaps, but worth a listen.

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Dont let my rating fool you

I love Simon Brett's stories. Just some are better than others.

Having an often 'just resting between parts' actor as our hero is good fun. So too are many of the one liners . Usually there is at very least a smile or an " I must remember that one".

This time Charles is working on a TV set for a crime show where he gets to meet a few coppers and learns of their departmental politics, as well as surviving the self important crew fom 'Bob's Your Uncle Productions'.

And as much as I also enjoy the Charles Paris BBC plays, I like Simon Brett reading his stories too.
If you emjoy British humour and quirky murders, chances are you would enjoy Simon Brett as an author .All up a very pleasant change of pace after a work out on adrenaline inducing stories.

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  • 01-17-22

A very enjoyable listen

I love the books by Simon Brett, and the fact that he narrates them himself. . The book is very well written, with believable characters. Once again, I had to listen in one sitting.

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  • 01-16-22

Why hasn't anyone televised these mysteries?

The Charles Paris amateur sleuth mysteries are excellent, just as entertaining as, for instance, Agatha Raisin, and far better than the leaden detectives in Midsomer Murders. I'm amazed they haven't already been televised - an opportunity for some new aspiring production company perhaps? Meanwhile Simon Brett does a wonderful job reading his own work.

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