A Smattering of Reviews

‘A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans.’

P.D.JAMES

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‘Simon Brett writes stunning detective stories. I would recommend them to anyone.’

JILLY COOPER

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‘Murder most enjoyable... An author who never takes himself that seriously, and for whom any fictional murder can frequently form part of the entertainment industry.’

COLIN DEXTER

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‘One of the wittiest crime writers around.’

ANTONIA FRASER

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‘Simon Brett writes the kind of good whodunits that could have been written fifty years ago... and he has a sly sense of humour.’

THE TIMES

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‘Simon Brett is one of British crime’s most assured craftsmen, with idiosyncratic characters proving winning creations... A feast of red herrings, broadly drawn characters, and gentle thrills and spills litter the witty plot. Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment.’

THE GUARDIAN

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‘One of the exceptional detective story writers around.’

DAILY TELEGRAPH

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‘Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted... as Simon Brett.’

THE SUNDAY TIMES

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‘Like all the best English whodunits, this murder mystery is set in one of those old Home Counties villages where everything looks immaculate on the outside but old secrets have been simmering. Beautifully plotted, with a sharp eye for the social comedy of middle-class, middle England.’

DAILY MAIL

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‘Like a little malice in your mysteries? Some cynicism in your cosies? Simon Brett is happy to oblige.’

THE NEW YORK TIMES

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‘England’s pre-eminent author of the comic mystery story.’

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

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‘No one delivers more pure entertainment.’

SAN DIEGO UNION

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‘The great British mystery writers, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Brett, have a way of making murder so, well, civilised.’

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL




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 b├Ęte 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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