Dead Room Farce: A Mystery Featuring Charles Paris

By Simon Brett

Actor-sleuth Charles Paris drops his trousers around his ankles in the course of a provincial run of now not in your spouse - and investigates the homicide of an outdated pal.

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In his mind remained a residue of the recollection that he’d rung her the evening he’d received inebriated with Cookie. absolutely it couldn’t be actual. Cookie were within the flat with him; he wouldn’t have rung Frances with Cookie there, for God’s sake, may he? however the proposal remained, and it deterred him from ringing his spouse back. as though to offer a few type of substance to the lies he’d palmed off on Cookie, Charles stopped on the degree door and dialled the variety of Lisa and Mark’s studio. most likely be nobody there at the moment of evening, but when there has been, larger warn them that he’d given their names to Tony Delaunay. additionally, there has been anything in him that desired to check with Lisa Wilson. He couldn’t have gotten off to a worse commence, yet he beloved to imagine that, by means of the top of the darkish delivers recording, he needed to some degree rescued himself in her estimation. regardless of the Friday night’s consuming, his Saturday hangover had no longer been so undesirable (maybe aiding his idea that anxiousness annoyed the condition), and at the moment day he’d felt extra at domestic on this planet of audio booklet recording. He beloved to imagine he’d accomplished his examining of Madeleine Eglantine’s deathless paintings in a mode that were, at least, specialist. definitely, on the finish of the recording, Lisa Wilson had stated, ‘Well performed. We needs to get you in to do one other of those. ’ it may well basically were regimen courtesy, yet Charles beloved to imagine there have been a section extra to the praise. there has been one other factor, too. He couldn’t deny that, over the 2 days of shut proximity, he had come to discover Lisa Wilson more and more appealing. He knew he shouldn’t be pondering ladies. The chaos of his dating with Frances, the ill-defined nature of the single he had with Cookie Stone, the truth that Lisa was once Mark’s woman besides, and the disaster-littered historical past of Charles Paris’s emotional existence must have stopped him from ever feeling one other stirring of lust in any course. however it hadn’t. ‘Hello? ’ Lisa responded. Given her personality, it used to be no shock that she will be operating past due. ‘It’s Charles Paris. I rang simply because i used to be speaking to the corporate supervisor of our express and –’ ‘Tony Delaunay. ’ ‘Yes. You suggest he’s been directly to you already? ’ ‘Mm. ’ Tony definitely didn’t dangle approximately; doubtless that was once one of many purposes for his luck as a firm supervisor. ‘Yes, we’ve mounted it. ’ ‘To do the now not in your spouse! radio advertisement? nice. ’ ‘He beat me down a section on fee . . . ’ ‘No surprises there. He’s a clever operator. Parrott type Productions run a good send . . . that is the well mannered method of claiming they’re so suggest that after they open their wallets moths fly out. ’ ‘Still, it’s new work,’ acknowledged Lisa. ‘Might bring about whatever else, you by no means recognize. Getting the studio used, besides. So, many thank you for the creation. ’ ‘No challenge. The cue got here up and it appeared daft to not act on it. ’ ‘Much preferred. ’ ‘Is Mark there? ’ requested Charles. He didn’t rather are looking to converse to Mark, yet etiquette dictated that it used to be quite Mark who was once his pal, no longer Lisa.

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