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Simon Brett

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Simon Brett was born in Surrey, England shortly after the end of WWII. He attended Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he majored with honors in English. His first job was working at the BBC where he worked his way up. Eventually, he decided to devote more time to her passion for writing. In addition to novels, he also writes sitcoms and radio shows. He is married with three children and currently lives in West Sussex, England.

What he writes: Always filled with his trademark wit, Brett’s novels are filled with eccentric characters and fun plot twists that keep his loyal readers guessing. Over his long career, he has written four series of cozy mysteries, including the Charles Paris series (an actor who “acts” as amateur detective), the Mrs. Pargeter series (about a widow who solve mysteries with the help of her late husband), the Fethering mysteries (features two female amateur sleuths) and the Blotto series (a detective and his sister solve crimes in 1920s England). He has also written several mystery plays and some non-series novels, of which A Shock to the System is probably best known and was adapted to a film starring Michael Cain.


List of works
Charles Paris series
  Cast, In Order of Disappearance (1975) Not Dead, Only Resting (1984)
  So Much Blood (1976) Dead Giveaway (1985)
  Star Trap (1977) What Bloody Man Is That? (1987)
  An Amateur Corpse (1978) A Series of Murders (1989)
  A Comedian Dies (1979) Corporate Bodies (1991)
  The Dead Side of the Mike (1980) A Reconstructed Corpse (1993)
  Situation Tragedy (1991) Sicken and So Die (1995)
  Murder Unprompted (1982) Dead Room Farce (1998)
  Murder in the Title (1983)  
Mrs. Pargeter series
  A Nice Class of Corpse (1986) Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh (1992)
  Mrs. Presumed Dead (1988) Mrs. Pargeter's Plot (1996)
  Mrs. Pargeter's Package (1990) Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour (1999)
Fethering series
  The Body on the Beach (2000) The Stabbing in the Stables (2006)
  Death on the Downs (2001) Death Under the Dryer (2007)
  The Torso in the Town (2002) Blood at the Bookies (2008)
  Murder in the Museum (2003) - eAudiobook The Poisoning at the Pub (2009)
  The Hanging in the Hotel (2004) The Shooting in the Shop (2010) - large type
  The Witness at the Wedding (2005) - CD Bones Under the Beach Hut (2011)
Blotto series
  Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter (2009)
  Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess (2010)
  Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera (2011)
Standalone novels
  A Shock to the System (1984)
  Dead Romantic (1985)
  The Three Detectives and the Missing Superstar (1986)
  The Three Detectives and the Knight in Armor (1987)
  After Henry (1987)
  The Booker Book (1989)
  Christmas Crimes as Puzzel Manor (1991)
  How to Be a Little Sod (1992)
  Singled Out (1995)
  Mr. Quigley’s Revenge (1995)
  Not Another Little Sod (1997)
  The Penultimate Chance Saloon (2006)
  Murder in Play (1994) Sleeping Beauty (1999)
  Mr. Quigley's Revenge (1995) Putting the Kettle On (2002)
  Silhouette (1998) A Bad Dream (2005)
  The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood (1998) A Healthy Grave (2009)
  The Faber Book of Useful Verse (anthology) (1981)
  The Faber Book of Parodies (anthology) (1984)
  Tickled to Death: And Other Stories of Crime and Suspense (1985)
  A Box of Tricks (1985)
  The Faber Book of Diaries (anthology) (1987)
  Crime Writers and Other Animals (1997)
  The Sunken Sailor (anthology) (2004)
  The Detection Collection (anthology) (2005)
Other works
  A Crime in Rhyme and Other Mysterious Fragments (2000)
  Lines of Enquiry and Other Literary Oddities (2002)


Nominated for the 1984 Edgar Award for “Big Boy, Little Boy” for Best Short Story.

Nominated for the 1986 Edgar Award for A Shock to the System for Best Novel.

Nominated for the 1998 Edgar Award for “Ways to Kill a Cat” for Best Short Story.

What the critics say
"Simon Brett writes the kind of good whodunits that could have been written fifty years ago... and he has a sly sense of humour.." - London Times
"Simon Brett is one of British crime’s most assured craftsmen, with idiosyncratic characters proving winning creations... A feast of red herrings, broadly drawn characters, and gentle thrills and spills litter the witty plot. Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment." - The Guardian (UK)
"One of the exceptional detective story writers around." - Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted... as Simon Brett." - The Sunday Times (UK)
"Like all the best English whodunits, this murder mystery is set in one of those old Home Counties villages where everything looks immaculate on the outside but old secrets have been simmering. Beautifully plotted, with a sharp eye for the social comedy of middle-class, middle England." - The Daily Mail (UK)
"Like a little malice in your mysteries? Some cynicism in your cozies? Simon Brett is happy to oblige." - The New York Times
"England’s pre-eminent author of the comic mystery story." - San Francisco Examiner
"No one delivers more pure entertainment." - San Diego Union
"The great British mystery writers, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Brett, have a way of making murder so, well, civilized." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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