Charles Paris, middle-aged actor turned amateur sleuth, is vacationing at a small English seaside town. Irresistibly drawn to anything theatrical, Charles seeks entertainment at the local music hall and endures a series of not-so-wonderful vaudeville acts in the hope that the man given star billing will be worth watching. This performer, Bill Peaky, comes on stage with his electric guitar, grasps the microphone-and drops dead, due to faulty wiring of the stage equipment. It looks like an accident, but Charles is not so sure and starts to find out more about the people in the other acts on the bill: Janine, the pretty dancer who disappears; Miffy Turtle, Peaky's manager, a little too sharply dressed and too sharp altogether; Chox Morton, seedy and unduly nervous, manager of another act; Lennie Barber, one-time star comedian trying to make a comeback. The more Charles investigates, the more suspects turn up.
by Simon Brett
by Simon Schama
by Seymour Simon
by Simon Head
by Simon Ings
by Matt Simon
by Robert M. Utley
by Sidney Lumet
by Ralph R. Roberts, John Gallagher
"Actor Charles Paris witnesses the murder of an up-and-coming, but not nice, comedian. Confronting almost every character with an accusation of murder, Paris has the curiosity and perseverance just right for an amateur detective. Frederick Davidson catches the perfect ironic and self-deprecating tone for Paris. Davidson's excellent portrayal of the classes of people found in the British television studio and vaudeville hall greatly contributes to the enjoyment of this mystery. A great choice for Brett fans or anyone who enjoys audio mysteries. T.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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