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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root — and the two young stars have rather different views of celebrity and the theatre than the more experienced members of the cast.
But when the company reach the first staging post of their tour, the Grand Theatre Marlborough, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published July 1st by Creme de la Crime first published January 1st More Details Charles Paris Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Decent Interval , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The Charles Paris series of books by Simon Brett are a joy to read, feel-good lightweight novels for when you need a bit of cheering up. Several of them have been dramatised for radio by Jeremy Front, and A Decent Interval at number 18 is quite a late one in the series.
In fact this book was published as recently as , whereas the series started in , and the previ The Charles Paris series of books by Simon Brett are a joy to read, feel-good lightweight novels for when you need a bit of cheering up. In fact this book was published as recently as , whereas the series started in , and the previous novel had been published in Life seems to be looking up for Charles Paris.
But rehearsals are tense and fraught. The cast do not get on, either with each other, or with the director. The lead role of Hamlet is played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root, and the part of Ophelia has been allocated to Katrina Selsey, who has won instant fame through a television talent show. Their opinions on their celebrity status, and the place of the theatre as a tool to their rising stardom, differ quite a lot from the views of the director and the regular actors, and provide much of the hilarity in this dramatisation.
The scene is set for simmering resentment, and sure enough a near-fatal accident to do with the set ensues, followed by not just one but two suspicious deaths. Could they both be accidents, or do we yet again have a murderer at large in the very theatre where Charles Paris has had his latest break? Red herrings abound and almost everyone has a motive for murder.
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It is up to Charles Paris once again, to play the role of detective, and investigate the mystery, and possibly track down a real killer. All the dramatisations are enjoyable, but in a different way from the printed word. This one, A Decent Interval incorporates a lot of rock and folk-rock music from an earlier time the late s , yet the setting is contemporary. For instance there are several references to Twitter, which is probably Jeremy Front and not Simon Brett. In this sense, the adaptation is anachronistic, but I personally find this acceptable, and that it adds to my enjoyment if it is done well, as it is here.
In the same way I accept that historical films use modern English, or adaptations of books in other languages are often translated into English. Specifically, one feels here that this is the music the main character would be listening to, so it is in keeping.
Since it is set in the present day, Twitter would also be very much on his radar, and true to his curmudgeonly nature, much disliked. The character of Charles Paris, the familiar world-weary, hopeless, louche whom we all feel exasperation and affection for in equal measure, is played superbly by Bill Nighy.
His performance is a definite attraction in these dramatisations, as is the music, for those of a similar age to the protagonist. Suzanne Burden plays his long-suffering wife, Frances, with whom he has an on-off relationship. Think not so much cosy, but candyfloss mystery, and you have it about right. There are no complicated crimes here. You may even judge them to be too coincidental - if not wildly improbable.
But we are rooting for our disreputable amateur sleuth, and if this is your sort of thing, a Charles Paris mystery in either form will put a smile on your face. I am not uploading it to the Goodreads database as it is technically not a book, as it is dramatised. I shall review the book separately when I read it. View 2 comments. Recommended to Bettie by: Laura.
Shelves: radio-4 , mystery-thriller , play-dramatisation , spring , willsphernalia , published , moidahrous-march As the body count rises so do Charles suspicions. Charles may not have been a fan of their acting abilities but he doesn't want the show to close and he suspects foul play, but who would want to kill them?
Charles is determined to find out who wanted them dead and there are plenty of suspects. The charm of these radio dramatisations is the background sound track and Bill Nye, so they are termed as comfort encounters. Not sure I would willingly read the books because the crimes are pretty ludicrous. Pargeter's Package Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour Mrs. Mar 19, BrokenTune rated it it was ok Shelves: reviewed. The story basically focused on an out-of-work actor who finds work as a minor part in a production of Hamlet - to his annoyance the leading roles are given to two reality tv "celebrities" who can't act.
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As the story goes on, Hamlet is found seriously wounded and Paris the actor is dragged into the who-dunnit. As far as murder mysteries go this one was decent, but nothing to shout about.
I am not sure it would have held my interest if I had read this in book form. View all 5 comments. Mar 19, Laura rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Bettie.
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Shelves: audio-books , british-literature , read , fiction , cozy-mystery. Whilst at home Frances fears she may have come to the end of allowing her semi-detached husband to remain as her lodger. Sep 02, John Frankham rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-detective. Just my cup of tea! Charles Paris, the world-weary, lugubrious, narrator, observes the modern world and comments on it, pretty much as I do - oh, dear, getting old.
Hamlet himself is also played b Just my cup of tea! Jul 20, Linda rated it it was ok. I found this at the library and, since I had never read a Paris mystery, decided to give it a try. While the whodunit was fine and the insights to an actor's world were interesting, I found the lead character unsympathetic. The repeated references to the amount of alcohol Paris consumes and the resulting physical consequences were, I guess, too well written. As a result, I found Paris to be a tragic, sad individual. I read mysteries to be entertained. Alcoholism, for me, is not entertaining.
Too I found this at the library and, since I had never read a Paris mystery, decided to give it a try. Too bad because, apart from that, I enjoyed the book, Jul 15, Ian Brydon rated it really liked it. Charles Paris is back! After a break of several years during which he has concentrated on his Fethering series of novels with alliterative titles such as "The Body on the Beach" and "Murder in the Museum" , Simon Brett has returned to Charles Paris, the down-at-heel and rather mediocre journeyman actor who is, to my mind, his finest creation. In this outing Charles lands a part well, two parts, actually in a production of Hamlet which is scheduled for a tour of provincial theatres around Engla Charles Paris is back!
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In this outing Charles lands a part well, two parts, actually in a production of Hamlet which is scheduled for a tour of provincial theatres around England before a hopefully triumphant run in London's West End. Charles is gratified to have the roles of The Ghost and the First Gravedigger, and is looking forward to an enjoyable spell of work.
The title role is, however, to be taken by Jared Root, recent winner of a reality TV singing competition clearly modelled on the X Factor while Ophelia is to be played by Katrina Selsy who had landed the part as her prize for winning a similar television competition. It soon becomes clear that Jared Root can't act at all, while Katrina Selsey has delusions of stardom way beyond her as yet untested talent. Just before the opening night in Marlborough, first stop on the provincial run of the production, part of the stage set falls down, seriously wounding Root.