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Another job, another mystery for Charles to solve This time he s in rep in a particularly terrible murder mystery play he s the corpse and ends up trying to untangle what s behind the mysterious accidents and the terrible choice of rep Fun. The humor is such fun great of course BBC radio production with Bill Nighy Easily identifiable villain but not a bad story Probably my favourite element in these books is the comedy I really want Shove It to be a real play now p A Charles Paris mystery If you like anything to do with the theater these are the books for you The details are wonderful Charles has a part in the local historic theater Of course a suicide, or was it murder, happens and Charles becomes involved. Fine member of the series |Download Pdf ☮ Murder in the Title ☣ 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 stageCharles 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 Unfortunately at the moment Goodreads has presented both the original Simon Brett novel and the modernized full cast radio drama as a single entry forcing me to combine my thoughts on the two versions of the story.While the radio play does make some slight changes to the material they are for the most part cosmetic, such throwing some references to Twitter into Maurice s dialog as well as sometopical theater references as well as changing the name of the controversial play in the story to Unfortunately at the moment Goodreads has presented both the original Simon Brett novel and the modernized full cast radio drama as a single entry forcing me to combine my thoughts on the two versions of the story.While the radio play does make some slight changes to the material they are for the most part cosmetic, such throwing some references to Twitter into Maurice s dialog as well as sometopical theater references as well as changing the name of the controversial play in the story to something a little edgier Certainly with regards the mystery the set up and solutions are broadly similar which makes sense as the tale is one of the least dated of Brett s set ups as opposed to other stories from the series like A Comedian Dies or Corporate Bodies which feeltied to the eras in which they were written and the plotting is pretty solid.The only truly significant changes occur in the subplots As with the other radio plays the character of Gerald Venables is eliminated and, to be honest, he isn t missed much More crucially there are significant changes to the Frances subplot, reflecting the different order that the books and adaptations have taken and the toning down of Charles womanizing tendencies in them Without wanting to spoil the subplots too much, in each Charles becomes jealous of a man spending time with his wife in the novels he has been separated from her for some time while in the audio play he has been out of work for a year and Frances is frustrated with him The two plots end up playing out quite differently and I enjoyed each If forced to choose however, I did marginally prefer the lighter touch of the radio adaptation and the scenes in which Charles is forced to interact with the man he suspects of being his wife s lover.As with all Brett s work, the novel is quite a quick read One aspect I did not particularly care for however were the chapters which featured chunks of the tired old play that Charles is performing in While this material certainly helps give an impression of the play I found these parts to slow down the story, often at key moments Though these are the sorts of touches that can make these books such fun, here they just run on too long and I never found them engrossing enough to read them carefully though for those who do care, they will be glad to know the ending to the book also ties up the play itself.The radio play however is well paced, trimming sequences of the play down to odd lines which are all thedynamic in any case for being performed This helps the flow while still giving a sense of the tone of the piece As with other entries in the series the cast is strong and all give good performances, particularly Bill Nighy who remains a delight as the washed up and irresponsible actor sleuth.In summary, of the various Paris stories released to CD so far I do think this is the one which is most similar to the source material meaning that I think you cannot go wrong picking either version This novel is one of the least dated sadly the difficulties faced by provincial theaters are just as great as they were twenty five years ago which means I think it remains quite accessible so I think the only real divide is that of the pacing, which I think is better in the radio version, and the handling of the Charles Frances relationship, which is takenseriously in the novel and playedhumorously in the radio serial.For those who have enjoyed other entries in the series I would certainly recommend either version of the title Great Another opportunity to lavish praise on and give thanks to Simon Brett I m in midst of reading all the Charles Paris books Few light hearted books make me laugh out loud Even when I don t feel much like laughing But the writing is not just funny His use of language and sentence structure is.well.brilliant I love words and finding the best ones to use for precision of meaning He knows all about this I always learn new vocabulary, which is much fun Could be OCD, but I documen Great Another opportunity to lavish praise on and give thanks to Simon Brett I m in midst of reading all the Charles Paris books Few light hearted books make me laugh out loud Even when I don t feel much like laughing But the writing is not just funny His use of language and sentence structure is.well.brilliant I love words and finding the best ones to use for precision of meaning He knows all about this I always learn new vocabulary, which is much fun Could be OCD, but I document all the new words I learn while reading a book Simon Brett s list is impressive.Thank you again Mr Brett and Charles Paris Another amusing episode in the life of Charles Paris Playing a corpse Charles almost becomes one A few accidents allow Charles to exercise his deductive muscles again The mystery is not brilliant and almost incidental to the other problems going on in his life Amusing but not thrilling 3 stars