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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
|1||Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King's Daughter||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Blotto, Twinks and the Rodents of the Riviera||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger's Moll||2012||Description / Buy|
|5||Blotto, Twinks and Riddle of the Sphinx||2013||Description / Buy|
|6||Blotto, Twinks and the Heir to the Tsar||2015||Description / Buy|
|7||Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen||2017||Description / Buy|
|8||Blotto, Twinks and the Intimate Revue||2019||Description / Buy|
|9||Blotto, Twinks and the Great Road Race||2019||Description / Buy|
|10||Blotto, Twinks and the Maharajah's Jewel||2021||Description / Buy|
|11||Blotto, Twinks and the Suspicious Guests||2023||Description / Buy|
|12||Blotto, Twinks and the Conquistadors' Gold||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Charles Paris Series
|1||Cast in Order of Disappearance||1975||Description / Buy|
|2||So Much Blood||1976||Description / Buy|
|3||Star Trap||1977||Description / Buy|
|4||An Amateur Corpse||1978||Description / Buy|
|5||A Comedian Dies||1979||Description / Buy|
|6||Dead Side Of The Mike / Mic||1980||Description / Buy|
|7||Situation Tragedy||1981||Description / Buy|
|8||Murder Unprompted||1982||Description / Buy|
|9||Murder in the Title||1983||Description / Buy|
|10||Not Dead, Only Resting||1984||Description / Buy|
|11||Dead Giveaway||1985||Description / Buy|
|12||What Bloody Man is That?||1987||Description / Buy|
|13||A Series of Murders||1989||Description / Buy|
|14||Corporate Bodies||1991||Description / Buy|
|15||A Reconstructed Corpse||1993||Description / Buy|
|16||Sicken and So Die||1996||Description / Buy|
|17||Dead Room Farce||1997||Description / Buy|
|18||A Decent Interval||2013||Description / Buy|
|19||The Cinderella Killer||2014||Description / Buy|
|20||A Deadly Habit||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Decluttering Mysteries Series
|1||The Clutter Corpse||2020||Description / Buy|
|2||An Untidy Death||2021||Description / Buy|
|3||Waste of a Life||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Fethering Mystery Series
|1||The Body on the Beach||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Death on the Downs||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||The Torso in the Town||2002||Description / Buy|
|4||Murder in the Museum||2003||Description / Buy|
|5||The Hanging in the Hotel||2004||Description / Buy|
|6||The Witness at the Wedding||2005||Description / Buy|
|7||The Stabbing in the Stables||2006||Description / Buy|
|8||Death Under the Dryer||2007||Description / Buy|
|9||Blood at the Bookies||2008||Description / Buy|
|10||The Poisoning in the Pub||2009||Description / Buy|
|11||The Shooting in the Shop||2010||Description / Buy|
|12||Bones Under the Beach Hut||2011||Description / Buy|
|13||Guns in the Gallery||2011||Description / Buy|
|14||The Corpse on the Court||2012||Description / Buy|
|15||The Strangling on the Stage||2014||Description / Buy|
|16||The Tomb in Turkey||2015||Description / Buy|
|17||The Killing in the Cafe||2015||Description / Buy|
|18||The Liar in the Library||2018||Description / Buy|
|19||The Killer in the Choir||2019||Description / Buy|
|20||Guilt at the Garage||2021||Description / Buy|
|21||Death and the Decorator||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Mrs Pargeter Series
|1||A Nice Class of Corpse||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||Mrs., Presumed Dead||1988||Description / Buy|
|3||Mrs. Pargeter's Package||1990||Description / Buy|
|4||Mrs. Pargeter's Pound of Flesh||1992||Description / Buy|
|5||Mrs. Pargeter's Plot||1996||Description / Buy|
|6||Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honour||1998||Description / Buy|
|7||Mrs Pargeter's Principle||2015||Description / Buy|
|8||Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations||2017||Description / Buy|
|9||Mrs Pargeter's Patio||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Sod Series
|1||How to Be a Little Sod (Short Story)||1992||Description / Buy|
|2||Little Sod's Next Step||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||Not Another Little Sod (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
Order of Three Detectives Series
|1||The Three Detectives and the Missing Superstar||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||The Three Detectives and the Knight in Armor||1987||Description / Buy|
Order of Simon Brett Standalone Novels
|1||A Shock to the System||1984||Description / Buy|
|2||Dead Romantic||1986||Description / Buy|
|3||After Henry||1987||Description / Buy|
|4||The Booker Book||1989||Description / Buy|
|5||The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor||1992||Description / Buy|
|6||Singled Out||1995||Description / Buy|
|7||The Penultimate Chance Saloon||2006||Description / Buy|
Order of Simon Brett Short Stories/Novellas
|1||Heavenly Bodies (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
|2||Ways to Kill a Cat (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
|3||Method Murder (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Simon Brett Short Story Collections
|1||Tickled to Death||1985||Description / Buy|
|2||A Box of Tricks||1985||Description / Buy|
|3||Crime Writers and Other Animals||1998||Description / Buy|
|4||A Crime in Rhyme and Other Mysterious Fragments||2000||Description / Buy|
Order of Simon Brett Non-Fiction Books
|1||Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||Baby Tips For Dads (Short Story)||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Baby Tips For Mums (Short Story)||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||Baby Tips for Grandparents (Short Story)||2006||Description / Buy|
|5||On Second Thoughts||2006||Description / Buy|
Order of Simon Brett Plays
|1||Murder In Play (Short Story)||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||Mr. Quigley's Revenge (Short Story)||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||Silhouette (Short Story)||1998||Description / Buy|
|4||The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood (Short Story)||1998||Description / Buy|
|5||Sleeping Beauty (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|6||Putting the Kettle on (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|7||A Small Family Murder (Short Story)||2009||Description / Buy|
|8||A Healthy Grave||2010||Description / Buy|
Simon Brett Anthologies
|1||100 Great Detectives, Or, the Detective Directory||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||1st Culprit||1992||Description / Buy|
|3||The Man Who...||1992||Description / Buy|
|4||Fifty Best Mysteries||1993||Description / Buy|
|5||The Fine Art of Murder: The Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion||1993||Description / Buy|
|6||Malice Domestic 6||1997||Description / Buy|
|7||Once Upon a Crime||1998||Description / Buy|
|8||Crime Story Collection||2000||Description / Buy|
|9||Malice Domestic 10||2001||Description / Buy|
|10||The Sunken Sailor||2004||Description / Buy|
|11||Thou Shalt Not Kill||2005||Description / Buy|
|12||The Detection Collection||2005||Description / Buy|
|13||The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8||2011||Description / Buy|
|14||Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe||2011||Description / Buy|
|15||The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume 10.||2013||Description / Buy|
|16||Deadly Pleasures||2013||Description / Buy|
|17||Bodies in the Bookshop||2014||Description / Buy|
|18||Ten Year Stretch||2018||Description / Buy|
|19||Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer||2021||Description / Buy|
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?
The next book by Simon Brett is Mrs Pargeter's Patio and will be released on October, 3rd 2023. It is the newest book in the Mrs Pargeter Series.