Books

Two new books this year – in May, ‘A Deadly Habit’, the twentieth investigation for actor detective Charles Paris, who made his debut in 1975, and in November ‘Blotto, Twinks and the Intimate Revue’. The next book I’m going to write is another Fethering Mystery. Anyway, here – specially for the completists amongst you – is a full list of my publications:

Right, the complete inventory of the Brett oeuvre... Here goes... and to get a larger image, just click on the relevant book jacket.

  • 1. 1975 CAST, IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 2. 1976 SO MUCH BLOOD (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 3. 1977 STAR TRAP (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 4. 1978 AN AMATEUR CORPSE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 5. 1978 FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 6. 1979 A COMEDIAN DIES (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 7. 1979 THE SECOND FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 8. 1980 THE DEAD SIDE OF THE MIKE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 9. 1980 THE THIRD FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 10. 1980 FRANK MUIR ON CHILDREN (With Frank Muir – Heinemann)
  • 11. 1981 SITUATION TRAGEDY (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 12. 1981 THE FABER BOOK OF USEFUL VERSE (Anthology – Faber)
  • 13. 1981 THE FOURTH FRANK MUIR GOES INTO... (With Frank Muir – Robson Books)
  • 14. 1982 MURDER UNPROMPTED (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 15. 1982 FRANK MUIR PRESENTS THE BOOK OF COMEDY SKETCHES (Anthology – With Frank Muir – Elm Tree Books)
  • 16. 1983 MURDER IN THE TITLE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 17. 1983 THE CHILD–OWNER’S HANDBOOK (Unwin Paperbacks)
  • 18. 1983 MOLESWORTH RITES AGAIN (Hutchinson)
  • 19. 1983 TAKE A SPARE TRUSS (Anthology – Elm Tree Books)
  • 20. 1984 NOT DEAD, ONLY RESTING (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 21. 1984 A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (Macmillan)
  • 22. 1984 THE FABER BOOK OF PARODIES (Anthology – Faber)
  • 23. 1984 BAD FORM (Elm Tree Books)
  • 24. 1985 DEAD GIVEAWAY (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 25. 1985 DEAD ROMANTIC (Macmillan)
  • 26. 1985 A BOX OF TRICKS (Short Stories – Gollancz)
  • 27. 1985 PEOPLE–SPOTTING (Elm Tree Books)
  • 28. 1986 A NICE CLASS OF CORPSE (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 29. 1986 THE THREE DETECTIVES AND THE MISSING SUPERSTAR (Hippo)
  • 30. 1986 THE WASTEPAPER BASKET ARCHIVE (Sidgwick and Jackson)
  • 31. 1987 WHAT BLOODY MAN IS THAT? (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 32. 1987 THE FABER BOOK OF DIARIES (Anthology – Faber)
  • 33. 1987 HOW TO STAY TOPP (Arrow)
  • 34. 1987 AFTER HENRY (Viking)
  • 35. 1987 THE THREE DETECTIVES AND THE KNIGHT IN ARMOR (Scribner)
  • 36. 1988 MRS., PRESUMED DEAD (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 37. 1989 A SERIES OF MURDERS (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 38. 1989 THE BOOKER BOOK (Sidgwick and Jackson)
  • 39. 1990 MRS. PARGETER’S PACKAGE (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 40. 1991 CORPORATE BODIES (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 41. 1991 THE CHRISTMAS CRIMES AT PUZZEL MANOR (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • 42. 1992 MRS. PARGETER’S POUND OF FLESH (Mrs. Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 43. 1992 HOW TO BE A LITTLE SOD (Gollancz)
  • 44. 1993 A RECONSTRUCTED CORPSE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 45. 1994 MURDER IN PLAY (Samuel French)
  • 46. 1994 LOOK WHO’S WALKING (Gollancz)
  • 47. 1994 THE HYPOCHONDRIAC’S DICTIONARY OF ILL HEALTH (With Dr. Sarah Brewer – Headline)
  • 48. 1995 SINGLED OUT (Macmillan)
  • 49. 1995 MR. QUIGLEY’S REVENGE (Samuel French)
  • 50. 1995 SICKEN AND SO DIE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
    Published on my 50th Birthday – 28/10/95 – I gave a 50/50 Party – neat, huh?
  • 51. 1996 MRS PARGETER’S PLOT (Mrs Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 52. 1997 DEAD ROOM FARCE (Charles Paris – Gollancz)
  • 53. 1997 CRIME WRITERS AND OTHER ANIMALS (Stories – Gollancz)
  • 54. 1997 NOT ANOTHER LITTLE SOD! (Gollancz)
  • 55. 1998 THE TALE OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (Samuel French)
  • 56. 1998 MRS PARGETER’S POINT OF HONOUR (Mrs Pargeter – Macmillan)
  • 57. 1998 SILHOUETTE (Samuel French)
  • 58. 1999 SLEEPING BEAUTY (Samuel French)
  • 59. 2000 THE BODY ON THE BEACH (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 60. 2000 A CRIME IN RHYME, AND OTHER MYSTERIOUS FRAGMENTS (Frith House)
  • 61. 2001 DEATH ON THE DOWNS (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 62. 2002 THE TORSO IN THE TOWN (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 63. 2002 LINES OF ENQUIRY, AND OTHER LITERARY ODDITIES (Frith House)
  • 64. 2002 PUTTING THE KETTLE ON (Samuel French)
  • 65. 2003 MURDER IN THE MUSEUM (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 66. 2004 THE HANGING IN THE HOTEL (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 67. 2004 A BAD DREAM (Samuel French)
  • 68. 2005 BABY TIPS FOR DADS (Summersdale)
  • 69. 2005 THE WITNESS AT THE WEDDING (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 70. 2005 BABY TIPS FOR MUMS (Summersdale)
  • 71. 2005 THE DETECTION COLLECTION (Anthology – Orion)
  • 72. 2006 THE STABBING IN THE STABLES (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 73. 2006 BABY TIPS FOR GRANDPARENTS (Summersdale)
  • 74. 2006 THE PENULTIMATE CHANCE SALOON (Toby Press)
  • 75. 2006 ON SECOND THOUGHTS... (Summersdale)
  • 76. 2007 DEATH UNDER THE DRYER (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 77. 2008 BLOOD AT THE BOOKIES (Fethering – Macmillan)
  • 78. 2008 A SMALL FAMILY MURDER (Samuel French)
  • 79. 2009 THE POISONING AT THE PUB (Macmillan – Fethering)
  • 80. 2009 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE EX–KING’S DAUGHTER (Constable)
  • 81. 2010 A HEALTHY GRAVE (Play - Josef Weinberger)
  • 82. 2010 THE SHOOTING IN THE SHOP (Macmillan - Fethering)
  • 83. 2010 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE DEAD DOWAGER DUCHESS (Constable)
  • 84. 2011 BONES UNDER THE BEACH HUT (Macmillan - Fethering)
  • 85. 2011 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE RODENTS OF THE RIVIERA (Constable)
  • 86. 2011 GUNS IN THE GALLERY (Severn House - Fethering)
  • 87. 2012 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE BOOTLEGGER’S MOLL (Constable)
  • 88. 2012 THE CORPSE ON THE COURT (Severn House – Fethering)
  • 89. 2013 A DECENT INTERVAL (Severn House - Charles Paris)
  • 90. 2013 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX (Constable )
  • 91. 2013 THE STRANGLING ON THE STAGE (Severn House - Fethering)
  • 92. 2014 THE CINDERELLA KILLER (Severn House – Charles Paris).
  • 93. 2014 THE TOMB IN TURKEY.
  • 94. 2015 MRS PARGETER’S PRINCIPLE (Severn House - Mrs Pargeter)
  • 95. 2015 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE HEIR TO THE TSAR (Constable)
  • 96. 2015 THE KILLING IN THE CAFÉ (Severn House – Fethering))
  • 97. 2016 THE SINKING ADMIRAL by Certain Members of the Detection Club, edited by Simon Brett (HarperCollins)
  • 98. 2016 MRS PARGETER’S PUBLIC RELATIONS (Severn House - Mrs Pargeter)
  • 99. 2017 BLOTTO, TWINKS AND THE STARS OF THE SILVER SCREEN (Constable)
  • 100. 2017 SERIOUSLY FUNNY, and other OXYMORONS (Robinson)
  • 101. 2017 THE LIAR IN THE LIBRARY (Severn House – Fethering)
  • 102. 2018 A DEADLY HABIT (Severn House – Charles Paris)

A Deadly Habit: A theatrical mystery (A Charles Paris Mystery)

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 bète 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?

From the outset the production is fraught with difficulties -- and matters become even more complicated when a body is discovered at the foot of the dressing room stairs. Did they fall - or were they pushed? As one of the last people to have seen the victim alive, Charles Paris is drawn into the ensuing investigation - and discovers that more than one person involved in the play has a scandalous secret to hide ...

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