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The Dead Side of the Mike by Simon Brett

The Dead Side of the Mike (1980)

by Simon Brett

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the wit is as good as ever. The plot is horrible. ( )
  pnorman4345 | Sep 27, 2013 |
Actor-sleuth Charles Paris is back again, this time investigating the apparent suicide of an assistant producer at the BBC's Broadcasting House.

As the novel opens Charles is in one of the bars of Broadcasting House having just completed the recording of a programme about the poet Swinburne and, being too slow to offer up an excuse to be left out, finds himself co-opted onto a Committee to try to overhaul the BBC's approach to cross cultural broadcasting. Bored beyond redemption Charles dozes, being suddenly snapped into wakefulness when he hears himself being asked to chair a sub-committee. Aghast, he desperately needs a drink, and saunters off, only to find the still warm corpse of the assistant producer. When a second death occurs, this time of a vague acquaintance of the dead girl, and once again appearing like suicide, Charles is convinced that there is more to the story and starts delving further.

The plot is solid, though, I think it i fair to say, rather dated, and might seem rather odd to younger readers. However, as always with the Charles paris books, it is immensely entertaining ( )
1 vote Eyejaybee | Jul 14, 2013 |
The Dead Side of the Mike is the sixth Charles Paris mystery by Simon Brett. This one is set with BBC radio as the background. I find the the ones set with the BBC or ITV to be much lighter in feel than the ones set in the Theater. I enjoy them a little bit more for that reason.

Charles has been given a job doing a program on Swinburne for BBC radio and, of course, goes to the BBC Club to drink immediately after it's over. While drinking with friends there, he gets roped into being part of a committee to discuss making Features like they use to when radio was the king of entertainment. Through the course of all this he meets several young and ambitious employees and then finds one of them dead. Apparently, a suicide. Being Charles Paris, he has to investigate.

The ensuing mystery involves a trip to New York (his first) and a behind the scenes look at the music business. He spends time with Frances, his almost divorced wife, and goes on a treasure hunt.

The mystery was a good one. I didn't figure it out until he did. The way he pursues the mystery is fun and the description of his trip to New York is very interesting. This is the pure entertainment of a whodunnit. Charles is smart and witty and the minor characters are very well drawn. You can picture each one of them as if you had seen them in person. An excellent entry in one of my favorite series. ( )
  Mrsbaty | Jun 26, 2013 |
Classic "who dun it" fiction written by one of the betters writers, with the added bonus of the "old" Broadcasting House has a backdrop. ( )
  AlaricBond | Jul 29, 2010 |
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who will understand that I'm only giving the hand that fed me an affectionate nibble (and with thanks to John for the title and to David, Peter and Richard for their help)
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Charles Paris paused at the top of the steps leading down to the Ariel Bar, momentarily unable to see a path through its voluble mass of humanity to the source of alcohol.
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Text for Author Bio Box: Simon Brett is a former radio and television comedy producer, who has been writing full-time for more than twenty years. Creator of the Charles Parks, Mrs. Pargeter and Feathering series of mysteries, his psychological thriller, A Shock to the System was filmed, starring Michael Caine. Married, with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village in West Sussex, England. Text for Book Description: Murder at the BBC? Its almost unimaginable. When Andrea Gower, the beautiful studio manager is murdered, the producers only concern is the dead air emanating from the transmitter. But Charles Paris, the now famous actor/detective has come to Broadcasting House to give a talk, and ends up as a mystery voice on a showbiz quiz show. Paris has to wallow through layers of BBC scandal, and uncovers a complicated fraudwith clues concealed in seemingly innocent announcements. These clues lead to a trap that is nearly the end of Mr. Paris.

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"Charles Paris has started a new career as a radio actor for the BBC. He finds studio work a refreshing change from stagecraft. But after a successful young producer commits suicide in front of her microphone, Charles feels compelled to investigate. Attracted by her beauty and intelligence, Charles wonders why she would end her life so suddenly."--Audiocassette container.… (more)

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