A Series of Murders
by Simon Brett

Meet Charles Paris: a washed-up actor with a taste for wine, women . . . and solving crimes! A binge-worthy cozy mystery series from the original king of British cozy crime, internationally best-selling, award-winning author Simon Brett, OBE. For fans of Richard Osman – but with added bite!

“Like a little malice in your mysteries? Some cynicism in your cosies? Simon Brett is happy to oblige” THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Few crime writers are as enchantingly gifted” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“One of British crime’s most assured craftsmen . . . Perfect entertainment” THE GUARDIAN

“A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans” P.D. JAMES

“Murder most enjoyable” COLIN DEXTER

A jobbing actor – and sometimes sleuth – plays a policeman in a new TV show
One death is surely a tragic accident . . .
But two deaths?
It looks like A SERIES OF MURDERS . . .

For once Charles Paris has a stable job, playing the role of brainless Sergeant Clump in the new TV series Stanislas Braid, a detective show based on the crime novels of the inimitable W.T. Wintergreen.

On the first day of filming, after a power struggle between the show’s leading actor and the director, Charles seeks a drink in the West End Television bar to escape the chaos. But his plans take a dramatically dark turn when he discovers the body of Sippy Stokes, one of the lead actresses on the show, lying dead in the prop room.

Whilst the rest of the crew believe the death of the unpromising actress was an unfortunate accident, Charles isn’t convinced. And his suspicions only grow as other ‘accidents’ plague the production, prompting him to launch his own investigation. Can Charles solve the case and catch the killer before the director calls ‘cut’?

Fans of Agatha Christie, The Thursday Murder Club, Anthony Horowitz, Alexander McCall Smith, M.C. Beaton and Faith Martin will love this hilarious cozy traditional mystery series featuring one of the funniest antiheroes in crime fiction. Written over a fifty-year-period, it perfectly captures life and contemporary attitudes in 1970s London – and beyond!


“Four words that never fail to lift the heart: A Charles Paris Mystery” The Telegraph

“There’s tension aplenty” Kirkus Reviews

“[A Series of Murders] is the best yet” the.ken.petersen, 5* LibraryThing review

“The books have inside knowledge (and stinging satire) about the world of British theater, they are deft at presenting crime and detection, the writing is concise, the pacing is sure, and the wit makes them wryly amusing” Glenn, 5* GoodReads review

“This plot is very clever, and the solution is quite ingenious” John, 5* Amazon review

“A fun and entertaining adventure” Victor, 5* Amazon review


1. Cast in Order of Disappearance
2. So Much Blood
3. Star Trap
4. An Amateur Corpse
5. A Comedian Dies
6. The Dead Side of the Mike
7. Situation Tragedy
8. Murder Unprompted
9. Murder in the Title
10. Not Dead, Only Resting
11. Dead Giveaway
12. What Bloody Man is That
13. A Series of Murders
14. Corporate Bodies
15. A Reconstructed Corpse
16. Sicken and So Die
17. Dead Room Farce
18. A Decent Interval
19. The Cinderella Killer
20. A Deadly Habit


“There's tension aplenty”

Kirkus Reviews

“Four words that never fail to lift the heart: A Charles Paris Mystery”

The Telegraph

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 Series of Murders by Simon Brett is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483001431st November 2012N/A123$14.99
Ebook97814483001431st November 2012N/A123£7.99
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