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Posted July 27, 2013
....And not soon enough. I've really missed what author Brett te
....And not soon enough. I've really missed what author Brett terms "the old reprobate" Charles Paris. This time the often down-and-out (and unemployed) actor has landed two small parts in a new production of Hamlet. Ambitious and temperamental young stars, an over-the-hill director, a powerful and ruthless producer and assorted other characters make for a long list of suspects when two "accidental" deaths occur backstage during the early days of production. Charles's sharp eye for details, not to mention his past experiences with amateur sleuthing, come to his aid when he intuits that more was going on than meets the eye and begins doing an investigation of his own.
As always, there are some humorous moments. Most hilarious for this reader are Charles's reviews for past performances which are inserted when he recalls a particular play ("As the Detective Inspector, Charles Paris was about as menacing as a kitten" - Coventry Evening Telegraph). What is sad and depressing, however, is Charles's continuing alcoholism and the shattered relationships and isolation his dependency has caused. I keep hoping that Charles will receive help with this in a future entry in this series - who knows? it might make him a better sleuth than ever.
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