Charles Paris has managed to get himself a recurring part on a sit-com, providing steady employment and a decent income. Neither of these are things Charles is use to. He’s working for W.E.T. now instead of the BBC and as usual, Simon Brett’s behind the scenes insights into the workings of television are an integral part of the pleasure of reading this series.
The mystery starts with the death of a very much disliked Producer’s Assistant. Only Charles seems to feel that the “accident” might have been something more. As the filming of the series goes on and the deaths start to mount up, Charles knows he’s onto something and begins to investigate. While the mystery did take a while for me to solve, the murderer was not surprising or shocking. It had a very satisfactory resolution that gave good closure to the story.
Charles Paris is a flawed but loveable person that you enjoy meeting time and time again. This book, like all in this series, gives such an insight into the working life of actors and the mediums they work in. Brett points up the sheer silliness of the sit com genre and yet you don’t feel like he’s really insulting it, just pointing out the obvious flaws of a guilty pleasure we all indulged in once in a while.