[Read] ➪ Sicken and So Die By Simon Brett – Ormskirkremovals.co.uk

Sicken and So Die Things Are Going Suspiciously Well For Charles Paris He S Moved Back In With His Wife, Frances, And Although He S Not Yet A Permanent Fixture In Her Bed, He Has Hopes What S , He S Got A Proper Part In A Proper Play Sir Toby Belch In A Festival Production Of Shakespeare S Twelfth Night Charles Himself Is A Good Old Fashioned Actor, Who Wants To Play Sir Toby In A Traditional Way And It Looks As If He Ll Be Able To Do Just That, Until Gavin Succumbs To A Mysterious Case Of Food Poisoning And An Avant Garde Romanian Director Steps In To Take Over The Production


10 thoughts on “Sicken and So Die

  1. says:

    From BBC radio 4 Extra A case for Simon Brett s thespian sleuth, dramatized by Jeremy Front, starring Bill Nighy.


  2. says:

    I have read several of Brett s short books featuring Charles Paris, a B grade actor with a drinking problem who always seems to get involved in murder and mayhem He is appearing in a Shakespeare festival when some of the cast members fall seriously ill and one succumbs to what appears to be food poisoning Charles becomes suspicious when he finds that his private stash of scotch contains mercuric chloride and he begins his investigation to find the culprit.The Paris series are quick reads and u I have read several of Brett s short books featuring Charles Paris, a B grade actor with a drinking problem who always seems to get involved in murder and mayhem He is appearing in a Shakespeare festival when some of the cast members fall seriously ill and one succumbs to what appears to be food poisoning Charles becomes suspicious when he finds that his private stash of scotch contains mercuric chloride and he begins his investigation to find the culprit.The Paris series are quick reads and usually quite enjoyable This entry in the series doesn t have much meat on the bone and is just a bit far fetched That doesn t mean that one should take a pass on it.just pick another in the series


  3. says:

    The mystery itself wasn t the best I have ever read, but the way the author describes the world of acting and the frustrations thereof was SPOT ON Every actor who has ever done Shakespeare or worked with a director you d gladly see poisoned, would enjoy reading this


  4. says:

    Fairly standard Simon Brett, which is not a bad thing made a five hour drive pass quickly, and the reader, Simon Prebble, was excellent.


  5. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Bettie s Books


  6. says:

    Sicken and So Die is a rather late entry in Simon Brett s Charles Paris Mystery Series Although not one of my favorites, I did enjoy this book It is light summer reading at its best, and certainly well worth your time.


  7. says:

    Simon Brett s series of novels featuring down at heel actor Charles Paris have all been entertaining, and this is perhaps the best of them all I have read it a couple of times previously, but wanted something to cleanse my palate after grappling with the distasteful The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet As the novel opens things seem to be going well for Charles Paris Not only has he landed the desirable role of Sir Toby Belch in a new production of Twelfth Night but he seems Simon Brett s series of novels featuring down at heel actor Charles Paris have all been entertaining, and this is perhaps the best of them all I have read it a couple of times previously, but wanted something to cleanse my palate after grappling with the distasteful The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet As the novel opens things seem to be going well for Charles Paris Not only has he landed the desirable role of Sir Toby Belch in a new production of Twelfth Night but he seems well on the way towards a rapprochement with his former wife Frances from whom he had been separated for several years, principally because of his drinking and philandering Always a committed fan of Shakespeare s canon, Charles has longed to play the part of Toby Belch, and is looking forward to delivering a traditional performance straight out of the old school Obviously, this is all too good to last, and things start to go awry almost immediately when Gavin Scholes, the benign but almost constitutionally unimaginative director is taken ill, and is replaced with the radical, Romanian enfant terrible Alexandru Radulescu Radulescu is no respecter of theatrical sacred cows, and sets about transforming the production into an avant garde extravaganza, much to Charles s disgust However, even Charles has grudgingly to concede that some of Radulescu s ideas, bizarre as they seem, do produce startling effects Soon, however,mishaps start to happen, culminating in the sudden death of one of the cast Brett has sustained a highly successful career as a novelist and writer of comedy series for both television and radio, and this novel shows him at his best The wry humour never detracts from a tightly constructed plot, and his depiction of the thespian peccadilloes of the cast amuse the reader but never reduce the story to farce He clearly knows his Shakespeare, too, and the novel offers intriguing insights into the various relationships between characters in the play All in all, a highly entertaining and informative jaunt, and a welcome relief after Binet s prurient tosh


  8. says:

    A middling series mystery much depends upon a lovingly depicted setting and familiarity with the previous books If you don t have that, some of the supporting characters will seem under characterized Those coming from the Bill Nighy BBC series will see a toned down Paris here, and very little of the ex wife and the useless manager There are funny moments, but this is hardly a non stop comedy riot.The virtue of this one is that Brett knows and loves the world of the somewhat successful acto A middling series mystery much depends upon a lovingly depicted setting and familiarity with the previous books If you don t have that, some of the supporting characters will seem under characterized Those coming from the Bill Nighy BBC series will see a toned down Paris here, and very little of the ex wife and the useless manager There are funny moments, but this is hardly a non stop comedy riot.The virtue of this one is that Brett knows and loves the world of the somewhat successful actor and lunatic interpretations of Shakespeare The somewhat who cares mystery, and shaggy dog story pacing makes it nothan a pleasant read When you pick up a mystery, and the murder does not happen until 2 3rds of the way through, the investigation is going to be cursory, and the plotting up to the point of murder is going to follow a pretty standard pattern


  9. says:

    Loved this Charles Paris is in a touring production of Twelfth Night A play I m very familiar with The combination of backstage action coupled with a murder mystery made this a perfect book for me.


  10. says:

    Simon Brett s series of novels featuring down at heel actor Charles Paris have all been entertaining, and this is perhaps the best of them all I have read it a copuple of times previously, but wanted something to cleanse my palate after grappling with the distasteful Perfidia by James Ellroy.As the novel opens things seem to be going well for Charles Paris Not only has he landed the desirable role of Sir Toby Belch in a new production of Twelfth Night but he seems well on the way towards a Simon Brett s series of novels featuring down at heel actor Charles Paris have all been entertaining, and this is perhaps the best of them all I have read it a copuple of times previously, but wanted something to cleanse my palate after grappling with the distasteful Perfidia by James Ellroy.As the novel opens things seem to be going well for Charles Paris Not only has he landed the desirable role of Sir Toby Belch in a new production of Twelfth Night but he seems well on the way towards a rapprochement with his former wife Frances from whom he had been separated for several years, principally as a consequence of his drinking and philandering Always a committed fan of Shakespeare s work, Charles has longed to play the part of Toby Belch, and is looking forward to delivering a traditional performance straight out of the old school.Obviously this is all too good to last, and things start to go awry almost immediately when Gavin Scholes, the benign but almost totally unimaginative director is taken ill, and is replaced with the radical, Romanian enfant terrible Alexandru Radulescu Radulescu is no respecter of theatrical sacred cows, and sets about transforming the production into an avantgarde extravaganza, much to Charles s disgust However, even Charles has grudgingly to concede that some of Radulescu s ideas, bizarre as they seem, do produce startling effects But thenmishaps start to happen, culminating in the sudden death of one of the cast.Brett has sustained a highly successful career as a novelist and writer of comedy series for both television and radio, and this novel shows him at his best The wry humour never detracts from a tightly constructed plot, and his depiction of the thespian peccadilloes of the cast amuse the reader but never reduce the story to farce. He clearly knows his Shakespeare, too, and the novel offers intriguing insights into the various relationships between characters in the play.Highly entertaining and informative


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