Summary

Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad.
So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast. First there is a series of nasty accidents, then someone attempts to stab Charles.
Can he find the murderer before they strike again? 
Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this entertaining dramatisation by Jeremy Front.
 Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. 
©2012 AudioGO Ltd (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Avril on 17-10-15

Great performance unnecessarily interrupted

Love Simon Brett and his Charles Parris character, but, oh why did the recordist not edit out every single cast list and introduction from the original BBC serial. These breaks in the story were really irritating.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Constable Elbow on 01-07-14

My guilty secret...

Terrible enough to admit listening to this series on Radio 4 or 4 Extra but imagine the ignominy of downloading them! I can't help it though - if I'm ever a bit gloomy (one does have these moments), a dose of Charles Paris with a strong cup of tea is the very thing to set me right. Bill Nighy is just so wonderful in this role and the supporting cast give their all so that the ludicrous plots slip by almost unnoticed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheryl Waters on 04-02-12

Another BBC Value Performance

Where does Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

BBC Radio Drama rates usual kudoes!

What did you like best about this story?

Soundtrack mimics Golden Oldies of Charles Paris's past, reminding us of his age. Dialogue is sparkling.

Have you listened to any of Bill Nighy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

All Bill Nighy's performances as Charles Paris are delightful, well worth the modest cost...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did so twice...

Any additional comments?

Only the Colonial Radio Theater performances come close to matching the BBC Radio Crime dramas. Both troupes are well worth snapping up every offering.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 20-04-12

Charles Paris Rules!

These radio plays are good mysteries but Bill Nighy as Charles Paris makes them great. He is witty, unbearable, sexy, hilarious, and mostly drunk. Suzanne Glover as his long suffering wife Frances is absolutely perfect. It's easy to see why they achieved 35 years of "divorce avoidance." They have great vocal chemistry. The rock and roll sound tracks are a big plus. More, please.

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