After a long period of ' resting' , life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast as the Ghost of Hamlet' s Father and First Gravedigger in a new production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root - and the two young stars have rather different views of celebrity and the theatre than the more experienced members of the cast. But when the company reach the first staging post of their tour, the Grand Theatre Marlborough, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.
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by Simon Brett
by Mark Miodownik
by Rudyard Kipling
by W. Somerset Maugham
by Eric Ambler
by S. Thomas Russell
"It's been 15 long years since we've had a Charles Paris mystery by creator Simon Brett. Charles has changed little; he's always looking for the next acting job--and, even more importantly, the next drink. Narrator Michael Page smoothly presents an older, more resigned and passive Charles. When the leading lady in HAMLET succumbs to poison, Charles swings into action. Brett offers his usual eccentric characters, particularly several has-been actors whom Page portrays replete with exaggerated foreign accents and huge egos. Ex-wife Francis and Agent Maurice Skelton, regulars in Brett's series, play only minor roles, and they're missed as they add humanity and humor to Charles's somewhat limited life an actor. The denouement is clever as Charles returns to London having made a compassionate decision regarding the murderer. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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