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Although she hadn't known Leonard Mallett very well, nor liked him particularly, Carole Seddon feels duty bound to attend her fellow committee member's funeral. As she suspected, the hymns, readings and sermon are all very predictable – not unlike Leonard himself. What she couldn't have predicted was that the deceased's daughter would use the occasion to publicly accuse her stepmother of murder. Did Heather Mallett really kill her husband, as...
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Carole and Jude's Turkish holiday takes a murderous turn in the new Fethering mystery Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight's free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude's property developer friend Barney Willingdon. But from the outset the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents: threatening messages daubed on the...
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Landing a minor part in the Empire Theatre Eastbourne's Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles Paris soon discovers that his main role is to gently introduce the show's baffled American star, famous sitcom actor Kenny Polizzi, to the bizarre customs of English pantomime. During their convivial sessions in the local pub, Charles finds himself increasingly caught up in Polizzi's tangled affairs as the American fends off a vengeful soon-to-be-ex-wife,...
During a visit to Long Bamber Stables, Jude and Carole Seddon stumble upon the body of the co-owner of the stables, Walter Fleet, whose death is attributed to the Horse Ripper, an enigmatic perpetrator wanted for mutilating mares throughout West Sussex.
Another nine months is up and the cycle starts all over again. This time, though, you're not the one with bags under your eyes and the sound of desperation in your voice. Enjoy your grandchild secure in the knowledge that you can hand the puking, pooing little tyke back to its exhausted parents at the end of the day. Now it's their turn to experience all those sleepless nights and panic attacks that the miracle of a new baby brings. By the author...
So you've carried your baby around for nine months and survived the pains and stresses of childbirth itself: surely it's time you had a well-earned rest? Whether you're a new mum or you have a PhD in child-rearing, this handy little book will help you through the burping, whining and tantrums – and not just the ones from your partner!
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It's that glorious period between the two world wars, and the exiled king of Mitteleuropa is visiting the ancestral home of the Duke of Tawcester. When the ex-king's daughter is kidnapped, noblesse obliges the Duke's handsome, brave, and rather stupid son (known to all as Blotto) to drive off to the rescue. Luckily, he's aided by his brilliant sister, Twinks. Plus, he's got a really swell car.
30) A Deadly Habit
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 bête 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?...
Congratulations! The nine-month wait is over; your little bundle of joy is in your arms - but what happens now? Whether you're a new dad or the seasoned father of a budding bunch, this nifty little book is full of humorous but helpful advice on everything from pleasing your partner to bonding with your baby, guaranteed to get you through the tears, tantrums and mountains of smelly nappies smiling!
In this collection of ten short stories, each with a surprising twist, Simon Brett covers all seven of the deadly sins, with supremely entertaining results. In THE MAN WHO GOT THE DIRT, two Angry Young Men have become Angry Old Men - and one of them is angry enough to kill. In POLITICAL CORRECTIONS, a recently-discovered manuscript by a classic English crime writer falls foul of modern political correctness. But is it genuine?
West End TV are planning a new sit-com series called The Strutters and Charles Paris has landed the role of a golf club barman. But when, one by one, members of the production crew start falling victim to mysterious 'accidents', Paris finds himself on the trail of a mass murderer.
34) Dead Room Farce
A three-month run in a new farce, Not On Your Wife, is not to be sniffed at by jobbing actor Charles Paris. But by the time the troupe reaches Bath, a dark mood has set in, and Charles's old friend Mark has a drink problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark; it's somebody in the cast who has a dirty secret to hide.
The prosperous housing estate of Smithy's Loam should be the epitome of middle-class respectability, but Mrs. Pargeter decides that there's something just a little bit odd about her new neighbours. When the central heating breaks down, she decides to contact the former occupants, the Cottons, for advice. But the address to which they should have moved doesn't exist and Mr. Cotton's employers seem to have no trace of him. Then Mrs. Pargeter finds...
During a period of 'resting', actor Charles Paris takes on a job as a house painter. Arriving for work at the flat above a fashionable Holland Park restaurant, he discovers the mutilated body of chef Yves Lafeu. It would appear to be an open-and-shut case. Yves' business partner Tristram Gowers caught the night boat to France within hours of a spectacular public quarrel with Yves, and has now disappeared. But is there more to it than that? Charles...
Murder at the BBC? It's almost unimaginable. But when Andrea Gower, the beautiful studio manager, is found murdered, actor/detective Charles Paris, having originally come to Broadcasting House to give a talk, finds himself wallowing through layers of BBC scandal to uncover a complicated fraud – with clues concealed in seemingly innocent announcements. What he is about to discover will very nearly lead to the end of Mr. Paris.
38) So Much Blood
Appearing in his own one-man show on Thomas Hood at the Edinburgh Festival, middle-aged actor Charles Paris finds himself falling for a gorgeous young girl with navy-blue eyes. He also finds himself being dragged into a complex murder investigation involving the death of a fading pop star, a bomb scare in Holyrood Palace and a suicide leap from the top of the Rock.
Hired by another widow, Veronica Chastaigne, to return all the art treasures that her late husband accumulated in a long career of larceny, Mrs. Pargeter is forced to find out more than she would wish about the deceased Mr. P's 'business activities' as she recreates one of his most famous scams.
Construction on Mrs. Pargeter's new country home comes to an abrupt halt when a corpse is discovered in the wine cellar. The accused is Concrete Jacket, the builder and great friend of Mrs. P's late, lamented husband. Mrs. P is not about to let prison come between her and her dream home. Concrete may be a scoundrel but he's no killer. Someone has set him up – but who? Mrs. Pargeter determines to find out.