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Corporate Bodies

Corporate Bodies

(1991)
(Book 14 in the Charles Paris series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
No sooner does London actor Charles Paris land the part of a forklift operator in a corporate video than a young woman employee named Dayna is found crushed under the same machine. Paris (last seen in Dead Giveaway ) is the prime suspect until the police determine that he had no motive: Dayna, who had been sleeping her way up the corporate ladder, was too busy blackmailing her important bedmates to make an enemy of Paris. Investigating on his own out of curiosity, Paris learns that the victim had filmed her trysts and that she was killed for one of the tapes. The actor narrowly escapes becoming a victim himself when he uncovers another secret that was earning the dead woman a profit. The killer, ferreted out by Paris, arrogantly confesses and prepares to escape, safe in the knowledge that the minor actor-for-hire is short on credibility and evidence. Brett has assembled the elements of a good read, but his story lacks much suspense as the usually witty Paris , here in his 14th appearance as amateur sleuth, offers only a flat performance. Mystery Guild main selection; Readers Digest Condensed Book selection.

Library Journal
The long-running Charles Paris series continues with the sometime actor appearing in a corporate video as a forklift operator. Unfortunately for him, someone uses the machine as a murder weapon.

Kirkus Reviews
Fans of actor-detective Charles Paris will find him in top form in this outing, though he doesn't distinguish himself in either role. His current role as forklift operator in a publicity shoot for Delmoleen Foods draws sneers even from the operator he's replacing, and Charles is upstaged when the forklift is used to kill brassy typist Dayna Richman, who may have been sleeping her way to the top, using some blackmailing X-rated tapes of her own to give new meaning to the phrase "promotional video." In between amusing vignettes at Wimbledon-in another feckless attempt to rekindle his romance with his ex-wife, Frances-and backstage at Delmoleen to dream up an advertising campaign for the world's first green muesli bar, Charles manages to dig up every blackmail target but the killer, who's more surprising, but no more threatening, than usual. A mystery almost worthy of Brett's light, clever dialogue makes this Charles's best showing in years.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

January 1993 : UK Hardback
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-7451-1711-2 / 978-0-7451-1711-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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April 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: Corporate Bodies: A Charles Paris Mystery
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-684-19397-3 / 978-0-684-19397-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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September 1991 : UK Hardback
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-575-05152-3 / 978-0-575-05152-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Paperback Editions

May 1993 : USA Paperback
Title: Corporate Bodies (Curley Large Print Books)
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-7927-1417-2 / 978-0-7927-1417-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers North Amer
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November 1993 : UK Paperback
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-7451-1724-4 / 978-0-7451-1724-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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September 1993 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: Corporate Bodies: A Charles Paris Mystery
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-373-26130-6 / 978-0-373-26130-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm)
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September 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-575-05316-X / 978-0-575-05316-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

December 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: Corporate Bodies (BBC Radio Crimes Full Cast Audio Theater) (Charles Paris)
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 1-4815-0609-9 / 978-1-4815-0609-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Worldwide, Ltd. and Blackstone Audio
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December 2014 : USA Audio CD
Title: Corporate Bodies (Charles Paris)
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 1-4815-0608-0 / 978-1-4815-0608-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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September 2014 : UK Audio CD
Title: Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies: (BBC Radio Crimes) (Charles Paris Mysteries)
Author(s): Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
ISBN: 1-4713-4356-1 / 978-1-4713-4356-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Physical Audio
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies (BBC Radio Crimes)
Author(s): Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
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September 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies (BBC Radio Crimes)
Author(s): Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
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August 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC
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August 2009 : UK Audio edition
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC
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December 1999 : USA Audio edition
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 1993 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-7861-0394-9 / 978-0-7861-0394-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 1993 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Corporate Bodies: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-7451-4131-5 / 978-0-7451-4131-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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November 1992 : Canada Audio Cassette
Title: Corporate Bodies
Author(s): Simon Brett
ISBN: 0-88646-323-8 / 978-0-88646-323-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Dh Audio
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Corporate Bodies (A Charles Paris Mystery)
Author(s): Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Digital
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