A Decent Interval
by Simon Brett

Reality TV stars . . . Theatre lovies . . . Murder most horrid . . . It’s another cozy case for actor-sleuth Charles Paris!

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 won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root and the two young stars have rather different views of celebrity and the theatre than the more experienced members of the cast.

But when the company reach the first staging post of their tour, the Grand Theatre Marlborough, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.


“A cheeky sendup of TV competition shows, tweeting, texting and backstage egos”

Kirkus Reviews

“Two Hamlets, two Ophelias, a range of jostling egos, stage history and lore, and the wry figure of Paris himself make this more than worth the price of admission”

Booklist Starred Review

“Brett has a rare gift for balancing humor and detection”

Publishers Weekley Starred Review

Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Literature and also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2014 he won the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger for an outstanding body of work.

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A Decent Interval by Simon Brett is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978072789676631st January 2014147 X 222mm336£23.99
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