Simon Brett Books

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Simon Brett is a British author that writes detective fiction. He shouldn’t be confused with the wood engraver of the same name. According to Brett, this has happened before. Whenever people are astonished by his ability to not only write entertaining novels but to also create beautiful wood engravings, he has to inform them that he has no relation to Simon Brett, the engraver.

Order of Blotto and Twinks Series

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1Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King's Daughter 2009Description / Buy
2Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess 2010Description / Buy
3Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera 2011Description / Buy
4Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger's Moll 2012Description / Buy
5Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx 2013Description / Buy
6Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar 2015Description / Buy
7Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen 2017Description / Buy
8Blotto, Twinks and the Intimate Revue 2019Description / Buy
9Blotto, Twinks and the Great Road Race 2019Description / Buy
10Blotto, Twinks and the Maharajah's Jewel 2021Description / Buy

Order of Charles Paris Series

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1Cast in Order of Disappearance 1975Description / Buy
2So Much Blood 1976Description / Buy
3Star Trap 1977Description / Buy
4An Amateur Corpse 1978Description / Buy
5A Comedian Dies 1979Description / Buy
6Dead Side Of The Mike / Mic 1980Description / Buy
7Situation Tragedy 1981Description / Buy
8Murder Unprompted 1982Description / Buy
9Murder in the Title 1983Description / Buy
10Not Dead, Only Resting 1984Description / Buy
11Dead Giveaway 1985Description / Buy
12What Bloody Man is That? 1987Description / Buy
13A Series of Murders 1989Description / Buy
14Corporate Bodies 1991Description / Buy
15A Reconstructed Corpse 1993Description / Buy
16Sicken and So Die 1996Description / Buy
17Dead Room Farce 1997Description / Buy
18A Decent Interval 2013Description / Buy
19The Cinderella Killer 2014Description / Buy
20A Deadly Habit 2018Description / Buy

Order of Decluttering Mystery Series

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1The Clutter Corpse 2020Description / Buy
2An Untidy Death 2021Description / Buy

Order of Fethering Mystery Series

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1The Body on the Beach 2000Description / Buy
2Death on the Downs 2001Description / Buy
3The Torso in the Town 2002Description / Buy
4Murder in the Museum 2003Description / Buy
5The Hanging in the Hotel 2004Description / Buy
6The Witness at the Wedding 2005Description / Buy
7The Stabbing in the Stables 2006Description / Buy
8Death Under the Dryer 2007Description / Buy
9Blood at the Bookies 2008Description / Buy
10The Poisoning in the Pub 2009Description / Buy
11The Shooting in the Shop 2010Description / Buy
12Bones Under the Beach Hut 2011Description / Buy
13Guns in the Gallery 2011Description / Buy
14The Corpse on the Court 2012Description / Buy
15The Strangling on the Stage 2014Description / Buy
16The Tomb in Turkey 2015Description / Buy
17The Killing in the Cafe 2015Description / Buy
18The Liar in the Library 2018Description / Buy
19The Killer in the Choir 2019Description / Buy
20Guilt at the Garage 2021Description / Buy

Order of Mrs Pargeter Series

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1A Nice Class of Corpse 1986Description / Buy
2Mrs., Presumed Dead 1988Description / Buy
3Mrs. Pargeter's Package 1990Description / Buy
4Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh 1992Description / Buy
5Mrs. Pargeter's Plot 1996Description / Buy
6Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour 1998Description / Buy
7Mrs Pargeter's Principle 2015Description / Buy
8Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations 2017Description / Buy

Order of Sod Series

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1How to Be a Little Sod (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
2Little Sod's Next Step 1994Description / Buy
3Not Another Little Sod (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy

Order of Three Detectives Series

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1The Three Detectives and the Missing Superstar 1986Description / Buy
2The Three Detectives and the Knight in Armor 1987Description / Buy

Order of Simon Brett Standalone Novels

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1A Shock to the System 1984Description / Buy
2Dead Romantic 1986Description / Buy
3After Henry 1987Description / Buy
4The Booker Book 1989Description / Buy
5The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor 1992Description / Buy
6Singled Out 1995Description / Buy
7The Penultimate Chance Saloon 2006Description / Buy

Order of Simon Brett Short Story Collections

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1Tickled to Death 1985Description / Buy
2A Box of Tricks 1985Description / Buy
3Crime Writers and Other Animals 1998Description / Buy
4A Crime in Rhyme and Other Mysterious Fragments 2000Description / Buy

Order of Simon Brett Non-Fiction Books

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1Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons 2003Description / Buy
2Baby Tips For Dads (Short Story) 2004Description / Buy
3Baby Tips For Mums (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
4Baby Tips for Grandparents (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
5On Second Thoughts 2006Description / Buy

Order of Simon Brett Plays

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1Murder In Play (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
2Mr. Quigley's Revenge (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy
3Silhouette (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
4The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
5Sleeping Beauty (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
6Putting the Kettle on (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
7A Small Family Murder (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
8A Healthy Grave 2010Description / Buy

Simon Brett Anthologies

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1 1st Culprit1992Description / Buy
2 Crime Story Collection2000Description / Buy
3 Malice Domestic 102001Description / Buy
4 The Sunken Sailor2004Description / Buy
5 Thou Shalt Not Kill2005Description / Buy
6 The Detection Collection2005Description / Buy
7 Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe2011Description / Buy
8 Bodies in the Bookshop2014Description / Buy
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Brett, the author, was born in 1945 in Worcester Park, Surrey to a chartered surveyor and a teacher. He spent his childhood in Banstead, Surrey. His father started working for Lemon and Blizzard when he was 19.

John Brett stayed with the company until he was 67. Simon Brett attended the same school in Barnstead where his mother was a reception class teacher (Beacon School). He was also a student at Homefield, a school in Sutton.

A Major Scholarship in history took him to Wadham College, Oxford. He abandoned History for English. By 1967, Brett had a First Class Honors Degree. The author’s interest in theater was ignited during his Dulwich College days where he participated in school plays.

He went on to become the president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. His involvement with the society gave Brett plenty of opportunities to write and direct. Life after college did not bring immediate success.

The author spent several weeks working as a Father Christmas at a department store. It did not take Brett long to enter the Radio Entertainment Arena. He worked for the BBC as a trainee. As his career advanced, he had the opportunity to work as a producer on shows like ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘The Burkiss Way’, not to mention the ‘Lord Peter Wimsey’ adaptation.

The author has fond memories of his time at the BBC, not just because it allowed him to write a variety of sitcoms but also because it introduced him to Lucy, his wife. Lucy was the Studio Manager when they met.

She was involved in the production of a number of the shows on which Simon Brett worked. They wedded in 1971. By 1981, they had three children.

Brett’s career wasn’t limited to Radio. He also tried his hand at television. But he did not enjoy the field because the production process was so slow. It didn’t help matters that the author was working so hard to launch his writing career.

It was during his stint as a television producer that Brett started to contemplate the notion of becoming a full-time writer. He wasn’t convinced that he could make his dream a reality whilst also working as a television producer.

The writer stayed with London Weekend Television for a while. But once he left, Brett committed his life to his writing, which is why he saw no need to apply for another day job. He has continued to write for radio and the theater.

Simon Brett Awards

Brett was nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Awards in 1986 and 1998.

Best Simon Brett Books

Besides reading, writing, and the theater, Brett also loves Tennis and The Times Crossword. Some of his best books include:

The Body on the Beach: Carole Seddon wants peace and quiet. This is why she left everything, including her husband and career, to settle in Fethering. The retirement town is everything she wants, calm, and controlled. As such, Carole is less than amused when Jude joins her neighborhood.

Jude has a name and history that do not meet Carole’s expectations as a Fethering resident. But any irritation Carole felt towards Jude goes out the window when a dead body is discovered on the beach.

Death on the Downs: Carole and Jude have a new mystery on their hands. Like the first one, Carole did not ask for this one. The rain accosted her during her walk and she was forced to hide in a dilapidated barn. It was here that she found the skeleton.

With Jude’s help, Carole attempts to identify the identity of the remains. She learns that they most likely belong to a young woman who disappeared months ago. Detective Bayliss has no interest in collaborating with Carole to resolve the mystery of the disappearance, and neither is the victim’s mother, who is convinced that her daughter is alive.

When Does The Next Simon Brett book come out?

Simon Brett doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is An Untidy Death and was released on September, 7th 2021. It is the newest book in the Decluttering Mystery Series.

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