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Publisher's Summary

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's novel. Charles Paris is understudying in a West End production, whose star Michael Banks seems unable to master the script. Has Charles time to solve a murder, win Frances' heart and make it on stage by the time the curtain goes up?
Also featuring: Suzanne Burden, Danny Webb, Jon Glover, Jemima Rooper, Liza Sadovy, Rachel Bavidge, Nitin Gonatra, Tilly Gaunt, Thomas Arnold, Jot Davies, Leslie Philips, Simon Treves, Jasmin Callan and Miranda Colchester.
©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheryl Waters on 04-21-16

Bill Nighy Is Perfection

What made the experience of listening to Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted the most enjoyable?

For understated performance, you have a hard time finding better than Bill Nighy. He gives a life to Charles Paris that Simon Brett should be proud of.

What other book might you compare Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted to and why?

Any Charles Paris BBC performances are Best Buys.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Charles is resisting the advances of his ex-wife.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It is not the destination, but the journey to be enjoyed.

Any additional comments?

This series is great comedy, with clever writing and humorous insights into British acting circles.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Liz Scully on 02-05-18

I'm hooked on Bill Nighy in this series

Great characters and a fast pace. You get 4 episodes per audiobook.

Having checked the order of the full books online, this should be book 3, but it features the daughter meeting Miles (and in the adapted book 1, murder unprompted) she's back at home with having left Miles. Tiny thing, but just a smidge confusing.

Everything else is delightful - particularly Bill Nighy, who is perfectly cast

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4 out of 5 stars
By Terri on 09-16-16

Brilliant as expected

Bill Nye is always guaranteed to deliver an impeccable performance. The script provides moments of comic genius as expected from the Charles Paris series.Excellent supporting cast including Lesley Philips.
If you like black comedy and a good murder mystery this is for you. Going to listen to another Charles Paris mystery to cheer up a very grey Sept.Friday. Hopefully there will be more produced in future.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary Carnegie on 08-22-16

Gentle murder with irony

Bill Nighy can deliver the best deadpan humour south of the Tweed! Charles Paris, played by Nighy, is probably the most charming, unreliable, endearing and infuriating recidivist alcoholic detective in fiction. He does have insight, but it dissolves, with conscience and penitence, with his first sniff of booze. Still, he's seemingly less narcissistic and smarter than most of his colleagues, and his semi-ex-wife Frances veers between affection, fury, irritation and maternal concern for him. He is capable of wise social comment and appraisal of other people.
Of course, by now, he should have succumbed to some horrid alcohol-related illness, but it's fun to listen in to his critique of theatre folk, art, pretentious money men, etc.

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