Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett

When the star of the Christmas production is murdered, Charles Paris is the first person to locate him.  He understands that makes him a suspect, but he doesn't like it.

Severn House Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.

Charles likes acting and likes working with actors, as eccentric as they may be.  He finds it hard to believe a man so full of life and of himself would suddenly end up dead.  Who has a motive?  There are many that have reasons to be angry with him, but surely not angry enough to kill.

This is twisted tale of wants and needs and blatant disregard of morals and conscience.  The big star takes what he wants and his lawyer spends his life bailing him out of trouble.  When trouble from the past shows up again, it blows up into an even bigger problem.  

When another witness is found dead, Charles is getting worried.  Is the killer after him, too?  Who can it be?  Even when Charles figures it out, I was amazed by the solution.  Love + Hate relationships aren't uncommon, but usually murder doesn't follow...

The story is interesting, especially if you like theater, and it takes a while to wend your way through the mystery.  Charles is a so-so character, but he does have a good logical mind.  Mr. Brett has written another solid mystery here.

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