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Publication Order of Blotto and Twinks Books

Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King's Daughter (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger's Moll (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Intimate Revue (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Great Road Race (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Maharajah's Jewel (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Suspicious Guests (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Conquistadors' Gold (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blotto, Twinks and the Phantom Skiers (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Charles Paris Books

Cast in Order of Disappearance (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Much Blood (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Trap (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Amateur Corpse (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Comedian Dies (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Side Of The Mike / Mic (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Situation Tragedy (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Unprompted (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Title (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not Dead, Only Resting (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
DeadGiveaway (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Bloody Man is That? (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Series of Murders (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Corporate Bodies (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Reconstructed Corpse (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sicken and So Die (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Room Farce (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Decent Interval (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cinderella Killer (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Deadly Habit (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Decluttering Mysteries Books

The Clutter Corpse (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Untidy Death (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Waste of a Life (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Fethering Mystery Books

The Body on the Beach (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Downs (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Torso in the Town (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Museum (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hanging in the Hotel (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witness at the Wedding (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stabbing in the Stables (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Under the Dryer (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood at the Bookies (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poisoning in the Pub (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shooting in the Shop (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bones Under the Beach Hut (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guns in the Gallery (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corpse on the Court (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Strangling on the Stage (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tomb in Turkey (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing in the Cafe (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Liar in the Library (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killer in the Choir (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilt at the Garage (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death and the Decorator (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mrs Pargeter Books

A Nice Class of Corpse (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs., Presumed Dead (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Pargeter's Package (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Pargeter's Plot (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs Pargeter's Principle (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs Pargeter's Patio (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sod Books

How to Be a Little Sod (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Sod's Next Step (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not Another Little Sod (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Three Detectives Books

The Three Detectives and the Missing Superstar (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Three Detectives and the Knight in Armor (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Shock to the System (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Romantic (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
After Henry (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Booker Book (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Singled Out (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penultimate Chance Saloon (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Heavenly Bodies (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ways to Kill a Cat (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Method Murder (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Tickled to Death (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Box of Tricks (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Writers and Other Animals (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Crime in Rhyme and Other Mysterious Fragments (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby Tips For Dads (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby Tips For Mums (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby Tips for Grandparents (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Second Thoughts (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Murder In Play (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Quigley's Revenge (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silhouette (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleeping Beauty (With: Unknown) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Putting the Kettle on (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Small Family Murder (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Healthy Grave (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

100 Great Detectives, Or, the Detective Directory(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
1st Culprit(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who...(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifty Best Mysteries(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fine Art of Murder: The Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 6(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Crime(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Story Collection(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 10(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunken Sailor(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thou Shalt Not Kill(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Detection Collection(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume 10.(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Pleasures(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bodies in the Bookshop(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Year Stretch(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Simon Brett is a British renowned prolific writer of Mystery & Crime Thrillers, Children and Humor writings. He is an author of Crime novels and series, a playwright of theatre works and a writer of Television and radio productions.

He is best known for his Mrs Pargeter novels, his much-loved Fethering series and the Charles Paris detective crime series that revolve around a crime detective who is set out to solve many crimes in the city but faces a lot of challenges in the job.

Simon has also been writing for radio drama series such as Foul Play, Smelling of Roses and No Commitments. He also did a popular TV series called Prunella Scales.

Early life and schooling

Simon was born to a father who was a chartered Surveyor and a mother who was a teacher in Worcester Park, United Kingdom on October 28, 1945.

Simon began his education journey at Beacon School in Banstead where his mother was a teacher. He later joined Homefield, a boys’ prep school in Sutton. He took an Eleven Plus exam rather than the popular Common Entrance. Fortunately, he got a direct grant to Dulwich college. It is in Dulwich that the young Simon gained interest in drama works and acted the roles of Richard II and Prospero.

Simon later on in 1963 would move on from Dulwich to Wadham College on a Major Scholarship in History which he would later leave for English. He then passed with a First class Honours in English in 1967. Simon spent lots of his college time doing theatre works and on his final year, was the president of the Oxford University Dramatic society. Apart from acting, Simon wrote and directed revues. In 1966 and 1967, he was part of the Oxford late-night show crew on the Fringe of the Edinburgh Festival. It was in 1967 when he directed a captivating show that won the interest of BBC earning him an enviable position as a Trainee Light Entertainment Producer. This started his career in Television and radio productions.

The writing career

As a trainee, he produced music programs, sketch shows, panel games, anthologies and light drama. He was also to manage the BBC machinery while at work. It was while on this job that he got the idea of doing crime fiction. He wrote about an actor detective and his manuscript was picked up thereby getting his Charles Paris novel, Cast in Order of Appearance published in 1975.

At BBC, Simon Brett is most remembered for producing the pilot episode of the comedy drama by the name The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. He however did not stay to the very last end of the episodes since he moved on to London Weekend Television to do similar tasks. He is also known for the production “ Frank Muir goes Into” at BBC.

Work at London Weekend was not very eventful. He did not last long at London Weekend Television since he had already started feeling that his writing could pay him off and therefore stop doing an eight to five job. Before he left the Television, he produced programs such as Maggie and Her , End of Part One and The Glums from Take it From Here.

Currently, apart from his novels, series and television productions, Simon Brett does write for theatre. His ever humorous stage plays, Silhoutte and Murder in Play are usually produced by amdrams. Five of his many pantomimes have already been performed at The Theatre in Chipping Norton. He is also in the habit of writing a stage play for the Arundel Festival.

Simon has over the years been in multiple writers’ orgranisations such as Crime Writer’s Asscociation and Pending Right Advisory Patron where he was chair. Other organisations he has been part of are The Society of Authors, West Sussex Writer’s Club and Chichester Literary Society. He became the president of the Detection Club in 2001.

Works done

Simon is popular for his Mrs Pargeter novels, the Fethering series and the Charles Paris detective series. He has also authored novels such as A Shock in The System(1984), Dead Romantic (1985), The Three Detectives and The Missing Superstar (1986) among many others. His list of non-fiction material include: Baby Tips for Grandparents(2005), On Second Thoughts (2006), Baby Tips for Dads (2007) and Baby Tips for Mums(2007). As a playwright, Simon has scripted Murder in Play (1994), Silhouette(1998), The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood(1998), Sleeping Beauty(1999) among others.

He is the editor of the Detection collection (2005). He also has collections such as Box of Tricks (1985), Tickled to Death(1985) and Crime Writers and Other Animals (1998) to his name. Simon won the Edgar Awards for his Best Novel Nominee in 1986 with this A Shock to the System novel.

Synopsis of Earlier works

A Shock to the System:

The main character in this mystery book is a Mr. Graham Marshall. His ambitious nature has brought him success n his profession. He gets shocked when passed over for promotion by a colleague but he is to get more shocked when he is implicated for murder.

Charles Paris Series: Cast in Order of Appearance

It is a detective series that revolves around deaths and comedy. Marius Steen , a theatrical tycoon is killed. Bill Sweet, a shady blackmailer is also killed. All these crimes await Charles Paris, rather confused character who moves from women to booze to solve. He finds himself in one puzzle after the other with him even finding himself in bed with the blackmailer’s wife. Cast, In Order of Appearance was just the foundation novel of a long Charles Paris detective series.

Family ties

Simon Brett is married to Lucy and the two have three children, He met Lucy at BBC while he was still working there. Lucy was a studio manager on many programs that Simon Brett was working on. Their children are Sophie (1974), Alastair (1977) and Jack (1981). They also have two grandchildren from Sophie and her husband Jeremy.

Other Pastimes

When Simon is not doing his writing jobs, he is most probably reading, going to watch theatre stage plays or doing the The Times crossword. He also loves playing Tennis on the court at Petworth House.

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