About - (Shorter)

Born 1945. Education Dulwich College and Wadham College Oxford (First Class Honours Degree in English). Producer BBC Radio Light Entertainment, London Weekend Television. Full-time writer 1979 onwards. Author of over a hundred books, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series of crime novels. Also radio and television series including After Henry and No Commitments. Recipient of Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and an OBE ‘for services to literature’.



A Deadly Habit: A theatrical mystery (A Charles Paris Mystery)

Rehearsals in a new West End play are disrupted by sudden, violent death in the intriguing new Charles Paris mystery

Having landed a small part in a new West End play, The Habit of Faith, Charles Paris is dismayed to discover that his good fortune has been orchestrated by his bète noire, the now-famous screen actor Justin Grover. But why has Grover become involved in this relatively obscure production - and why has he roped in Charles to star?

From the outset the production is fraught with difficulties -- and matters become even more complicated when a body is discovered at the foot of the dressing room stairs. Did they fall - or were they pushed? As one of the last people to have seen the victim alive, Charles Paris is drawn into the ensuing investigation - and discovers that more than one person involved in the play has a scandalous secret to hide ...

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