Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse, CD-Audio

Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse CD-Audio

Part of the BBC Radio Crimes series

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Simon Brett's comic crime novel An Amateur Corpse.

Charles is out of work again, and to make matters worse his mother has come to stay and he's no way of escaping her.

So when he's offered some voiceover work by old friend, Hugo, he's delighted to get out of the house.

But Hugo's marriage is in trouble: his much younger wife, Ellie, spends all her time at her Amateur Dramatic Group, and Hugo is drinking too much.

When Ellie is found drowned in their swimming pool, it seems Hugo is guilty of murder.

It's up to Charles to prove his friend's innocence...Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden and Geraldine McEwan are among the star cast in this entertaining mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.




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If, like me, you are an affectionado of crime stories, you will understand the mixture of excitement and trepidation that I feel whenever one of my 'heroes' is to be projected upon the big, or small, screen or portrayed upon the radio. This certainly was relevant, the first time that I heard that the BBC were to produce a radio serial of one of Simon Brett's excellent Charles Paris mysteries: however, I need not have worried. Auntie did her usual excellent job and Bill Nighy's voice sounded so much like the Charles Paris in my head, that I realised that I had been seeing him in the role from the first time I opened one of the books!These books are not great literature and yet, they are well written and deserve to be given a serious place in the oeuvre of detective fiction. Simon Brett is an expert at allowing his reader (or, in this case, listener) to work out the plot line just a word or two before our detective. Of course, this revelation only occurs after one has been lead down enough blind alleys for all to be aware that the author is toying with his humble reader/listener.This is another cracking yarn; making no pretension to be 'realistic' - i.e. the murders and gruesome and the story has a nice line in gentle humour. This marvellous rendition will play on my CD machine more than once (fortunately, I have a head like a sieve and can forget who the murder is within a couple of days!). I definitely recommend this title to detective fiction fans, fans of Simon Brett and/or Bill Nighy and anyone who simply enjoys a good, light-hearted tale, well told - and if that list misses you out, the I recommend it to you too!