Books

2017 is a significant year in my writing career. Three books will be published – Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen, Seriously Funny... and Other Oxymorons and a new Fethering, The Liar in the Library. The middle one, Seriously Funny..., will be my 100th publication. Which is some kind of achievement... although, as I always say, if the first one had sold better, I wouldn’t have needed to write so many (but for the fact that I have such fun writing them).

Right, the complete inventory of the Brett oeuvre... Here goes... and to get a larger image, just click on the relevant book jacket.

  • 1. 1975 CAST, IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 2. 1976 SO MUCH BLOOD (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 3. 1977 STAR TRAP (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 4. 1978 AN AMATEUR CORPSE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 5. 1978 FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 6. 1979 A COMEDIAN DIES (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 7. 1979 THE SECOND FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 8. 1980 THE DEAD SIDE OF THE MIKE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 9. 1980 THE THIRD FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 10. 1980 FRANK MUIR ON CHILDREN (With Frank Muir – Heinemann)
  • 11. 1981 SITUATION TRAGEDY (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 12. 1981 THE FABER BOOK OF USEFUL VERSE (Anthology – Faber)
  • 13. 1981 THE FOURTH FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 14. 1982 MURDER UNPROMPTED (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 15. 1982 FRANK MUIR PRESENTS THE BOOK OF COMEDY SKETCHES (Anthology – With Frank Muir – Elm Tree Books)
  • 16. 1983 MURDER IN THE TITLE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 17. 1983 THE CHILD–OWNER’S HANDBOOK (Unwin Paperbacks)
  • 18. 1983 MOLESWORTH RITES AGAIN (Hutchinson)
  • 19. 1983 TAKE A SPARE TRUSS (Anthology – Elm Tree Books)
  • 20. 1984 NOT DEAD, ONLY RESTING (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 21. 1984 A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (Macmillan)
  • 22. 1984 THE FABER BOOK OF PARODIES (Anthology – Faber)
  • 23. 1984 BAD FORM (Elm Tree Books)
  • 24. 1985 DEAD GIVEAWAY (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 25. 1985 DEAD ROMANTIC (Macmillan)
  • 26. 1985 A BOX OF TRICKS (Short Stories – Gollancz)
  • 27. 1985 PEOPLE–SPOTTING (Elm Tree Books)
  • 28. 1986 A NICE CLASS OF CORPSE (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 29. 1986 THE THREE DETECTIVES AND THE MISSING SUPERSTAR (Hippo)
  • 30. 1986 THE WASTEPAPER BASKET ARCHIVE (Sidgwick and Jackson)
  • 31. 1987 WHAT BLOODY MAN IS THAT? (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 32. 1987 THE FABER BOOK OF DIARIES (Anthology – Faber)
  • 33. 1987 HOW TO STAY TOPP (Arrow)
  • 34. 1987 AFTER HENRY (Viking)
  • 35. 1987 THE THREE DETECTIVES AND THE KNIGHT IN ARMOR (Scribner)
  • 36. 1988 MRS., PRESUMED DEAD (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 37. 1989 A SERIES OF MURDERS (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 38. 1989 THE BOOKER BOOK (Sidgwick and Jackson)
  • 39. 1990 MRS. PARGETER’S PACKAGE (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 40. 1991 CORPORATE BODIES (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 41. 1991 THE CHRISTMAS CRIMES AT PUZZEL MANOR (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • 42. 1992 MRS. PARGETER’S POUND OF FLESH (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 43. 1992 HOW TO BE A LITTLE SOD (Gollancz)
  • 44. 1993 A RECONSTRUCTED CORPSE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 45. 1994 MURDER IN PLAY (Samuel French)
  • 46. 1994 LOOK WHO’S WALKING (Gollancz)
  • 47. 1994 THE HYPOCHONDRIAC’S DICTIONARY OF ILL HEALTH (With Dr. Sarah Brewer – Headline)
  • 48. 1995 SINGLED OUT (Macmillan)
  • 49. 1995 MR. QUIGLEY’S REVENGE (Samuel French)
  • 50. 1995 SICKEN AND SO DIE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
    Published on my 50th Birthday – 28/10/95 – I gave a 50/50 Party – neat, huh?
  • 51. 1996 MRS PARGETER’S PLOT (Mrs Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 52. 1997 DEAD ROOM FARCE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 53. 1997 CRIME WRITERS AND OTHER ANIMALS (Stories – Gollancz)
  • 54. 1997 NOT ANOTHER LITTLE SOD! (Gollancz)
  • 55. 1998 THE TALE OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (Samuel French)
  • 56. 1998 MRS PARGETER’S POINT OF HONOUR (Mrs Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 57. 1998 SILHOUETTE (Samuel French)
  • 58. 1999 SLEEPING BEAUTY (Samuel French)
  • 59. 2000 THE BODY ON THE BEACH (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 60. 2000 A CRIME IN RHYME, AND OTHER MYSTERIOUS FRAGMENTS (Frith House)
  • 61. 2001 DEATH ON THE DOWNS (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 62. 2002 THE TORSO IN THE TOWN (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 63. 2002 LINES OF ENQUIRY, AND OTHER LITERARY ODDITIES (Frith House)
  • 64. 2002 PUTTING THE KETTLE ON (Samuel French)
  • 65. 2003 MURDER IN THE MUSEUM (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 66. 2004 THE HANGING IN THE HOTEL (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 67. 2004 A BAD DREAM (Samuel French)
  • 68. 2005 BABY TIPS FOR DADS (Summersdale)
  • 69. 2005 THE WITNESS AT THE WEDDING (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 70. 2005 BABY TIPS FOR MUMS (Summersdale)
  • 71. 2005 THE DETECTION COLLECTION (Anthology – Orion)
  • 72. 2006 THE STABBING IN THE STABLES (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 73. 2006 BABY TIPS FOR GRANDPARENTS (Summersdale)
  • 74. 2006 THE PENULTIMATE CHANCE SALOON (Toby Press)
  • 75. 2006 ON SECOND THOUGHTS... (Summersdale)
  • 76. 2007 DEATH UNDER THE DRYER (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 77. 2008 BLOOD AT THE BOOKIES (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 78. 2008 A SMALL FAMILY MURDER (Samuel French)
  • 79. 2009 THE POISONING AT THE PUB (Macmillan – Fethering)
  • 80. 2009 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE EX–KING’S DAUGHTER (Constable)
  • 81. 2010 A HEALTHY GRAVE (Play - Josef Weinberger)
  • 82. 2010 THE SHOOTING IN THE SHOP (Macmillan - Fethering)
  • 83. 2010 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE DEAD DOWAGER DUCHESS (Constable)
  • 84. 2011 BONES UNDER THE BEACH HUT (Macmillan - Fethering)
  • 85. 2011 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE RODENTS OF THE RIVIERA (Constable)
  • 86. 2011 GUNS IN THE GALLERY (Severn House - Fethering)
  • 87. 2012 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE BOOTLEGGER’S MOLL (Constable)
  • 88. 2012 THE CORPSE ON THE COURT (Severn House – Fethering)
  • 89. 2013 A DECENT INTERVAL (Severn House - Charles Paris)
  • 90. 2013 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX (Constable )
  • 91. 2013 THE STRANGLING ON THE STAGE (Severn House - Fethering)
  • 92. 2014 THE CINDERELLA KILLER (Severn House – Charles Paris).
  • 93. 2014 THE TOMB IN TURKEY.
  • 94. 2015 MRS PARGETER’S PRINCIPLE (Severn House - Mrs Pargeter)
  • 95. 2015 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE HEIR TO THE TSAR (Constable)
  • 96. 2015 THE KILLING IN THE CAFÉ (Severn House – Fethering))
  • 97. 2016 THE SINKING ADMIRAL by Certain Members of the Detection Club, edited by Simon Brett (HarperCollins)
  • 98. 2016 MRS PARGETER’S PUBLIC RELATIONS (Severn House - Mrs Pargeter)
  • 99. 2017 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE STARS OF THE SILVER SCREEN (Constable)
  • 100. 2017 SERIOUSLY FUNNY, and other OXYMORONS (Robinson)
  • 101. 2017 THE LIAR IN THE LIBRARY (Severn House – Fethering)

Seriously Funny… and Other Oxymorons

My 100th publication is a modern book of oxymorons, from 'alcohol-free wine' to 'compassionate Conservatism'

The oxymoron is one of the great beauties of the English language - 'a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory'. Some are so common that they are part of everyday language: when we speak of acting naturally... or a victimless crime... or buy a one-size-fits-all garment... the oxymoron is there, hiding in plain sight.

From Popular Culture, to Political Principles and Business Ethics, this book (sure to be a new classic) contains a seriously funny collection of the most brilliantly silly oxymorons, accompanied by amusing illustrations by Paul Thomas. For example...

Numb Feeling: This can be prompted by many domestic events, such opening a spouse's credit card statement, picking up the telephone bill for a teenager in love, or simply standing on the bathroom scales.

Open Secret: There are many of these in relationships, the most common being a husband having an affair that everyone knows about (except his wife).

Useful FAQ: FAQ is an abbreviation for 'Frequently Asked Questions'. Lists of FAQs are guaranteed to list the answer to every question except the one you want the answer to.

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