Theatrical crime fiction

Theatrical crime fiction includes stories in which: the protagonists, antagonists or victims are actors, playwrights, scriptwriters, or producers; or the theatre, radio studio, television studio, or filmset is a central element in the plot.


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And so to murder

And so to murder

Dickson, Carter
Penguin Books in association with William Heinemann Ltd
1960
A script-writer encounters murder on the set of a film. The tenth book in the Sir Henry Merrivale series.
£4.00
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Enter a murderer

Enter a murderer

Marsh, Ngaio
Penguin Books
1938
A murder is committed in front of a theatre audience. The second book in the Roderick Alleyn series.
£15.00
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phantom in the wings

The phantom in the wings

Elder, Michael
John Murray
1957
A mysterious figure in a long black cloak and hat causes problems in a sea-side theatre.
£5.00
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fine Italian hand: an Inspector Charlie Salter novel

A fine Italian hand: an Inspector Charlie Salter novel

Wright, Eric
Crime Club
1992
Charlie Salter investigates the Mafia-like murder of a gambling actor. The ninth book in the series.
£5.00
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Put out the light

Put out the light

Woods, Sara
Macmillan
1985
Weird events during rehearsals at a theatre culminate in a stabbing. The forty-fifth book in the Antony Maitland series.
£8.00
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Hamlet trap

The Hamlet trap

Wilhelm, Kate
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1988
A talented stage designer becomes a murder suspect.
£8.00
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Hamlet trap

The Hamlet trap

Wilhelm, Kate
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1988
A talented stage designer becomes a murder suspect.
£7.00
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canary murder case: a Philo Vance story

The canary murder case: a Philo Vance story

Van Dine, S. S.
Charles Scribner's Sons
1927
Margaret Odell, a famous Broadway beauty known as 'The Canary', is found murdered in her apartment. The second book in the Philo Vance series.
£40.00
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Craven mystery

The Craven mystery

Trent, Paul
Ward, Lock & Co. Limited
[1930s]
A string of pearls is stolen from an actress at the Craven theatre.
£8.00
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Last act of all

Last act of all

Templeton, Aline
Constable
1995
A TV soap-star encounters resentment when he moves to a Fenland village.
£15.00
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Bloody instructions

Bloody instructions

Shaw, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1991
Philip Fletcher may be a murderer in his own right, but he does object to being wrongly accused of two others. The third book in the Philip Fletcher series.
£5.00
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Not dead, only resting : a crime novel

Not dead, only resting : a crime novel

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1984
Charles Paris tracks down the murderer of a London restaurateur. The tenth book in the Charles Paris series.
£8.00
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Dead for a ducat

Dead for a ducat

Shaw, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1992
A movie producer offers Philip Fletcher a vast sum of money to play a part. What's the catch? The fourth book in the Philip Fletcher series.
£6.00
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Bloody instructions

Bloody instructions

Shaw, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1991
Philip Fletcher may be a murderer in his own right, but he does object to being wrongly accused of two others. The third book in the Philip Fletcher series.
£6.00
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Murder out of tune

Murder out of tune

Shaw, Simon
Bodley Head
1988
After one accidental killing, murder seems that much easier for a passed-over actor. The first book in the Philip Fletcher series.
£6.00
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Witness in death

Witness in death

Robb, J. D.
Piatkus
2004
An actor is stabbed to death on a New York stage. The tenth book in the 'In death' series.
£20.00
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Sleeping in the blood

Sleeping in the blood

Richardson, Robert
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1991
Maltravers is granted an interview with an actress who disappeared mysteriously twenty years ago. The fifth book in the Augustus Maltravers series.
£5
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Suspicious circumstances

Suspicious circumstances

Quentin, Patrick
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1957
A screen goddess who is beyond her days of glory plunges to her death in Hollywood.
£12.00
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Enter a murderer

Enter a murderer

Marsh, Ngaio
Penguin Books
1949
A murder is committed in front of a theatre audience. The second book in the Roderick Alleyn series.
£5.00
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Opening night

Opening night

Marsh, Ngaio
Pan Books Ltd
1956
A distinguished member of the cast of a play is murdered on opening night. The sixteenth book in the Roderick Alleyn series.
£6.00
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case of the chased and the unchaste

The case of the chased and the unchaste

Dewey, Thomas B.
T. V. Boardman & Company Limited
1960
Mac takes on a protection job when a Hollywood producer is threatened.
£25.00
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First hit of the season

First hit of the season

Dentinger, Jane
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1986
There are plenty of suspects when a particularly caustic theatre critic is found dead. The second book in the Jocelyn O'Rourke series.
£7.00
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Murder on cue

Murder on cue

Dentinger, Jane
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1985
The star of a show is murdered and it is her understudy who unravels the clues. The first book in the Jocelyn O'Rourke series.
£9.00
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Four complete mysteries : An amateur corpse ; Star trap ; So much blood ; Cast in order of disappearance

Four complete mysteries : An amateur corpse ; Star trap ; So much blood ; Cast in order of disappearance

Brett, Simon
Wings Books
1993
Omnibus edition of the first four Charles Paris novels.
£10.00
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reconstructed corpse

A reconstructed corpse

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz
1993
Charles Paris takes on the part of a victim in a true crime series, with inevitable results. The fifteenth book in the Charles Paris series.
£6.00
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Corporate bodies : a crime novel

Corporate bodies : a crime novel

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1991
Charles Paris stumbles across a body while making a promotional video. The fourteenth book in the Charles Paris series.
£6.00
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series of murders : a crime novel

A series of murders : a crime novel

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1989
Charles Paris plays a Sergeant in a TV series and plays detective when a young actress is killed. The thirteenth book in the Charles Paris series.
£8.00
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Dead giveaway : a crime novel

Dead giveaway : a crime novel

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1985
It's murder when Charles Paris appears on a TV game show. The eleventh book in the Charles Paris series.
£8.00
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Not dead, only resting : a crime novel

Not dead, only resting : a crime novel

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1984
Charles Paris tracks down the murderer of a London restaurateur. The tenth book in the Charles Paris series.
£10.00
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Murder unprompted : a crime novel

Murder unprompted : a crime novel

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1982
Charles Paris finally gets a lead role when an actor is shot dead on stage. The eighth book in the Charles Paris series.
£10.00
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dead side of the mike

The dead side of the mike

Brett, Simon
Charles Scribner's Sons
1980
Charles Paris takes on a radio job and finds a young studio manager dead with her wrists slashed. The sixth book in the Charles Paris series.
£12.00
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So much blood : a crime novel

So much blood : a crime novel

Brett, Simon
Victor Gollancz Ltd
1976
Murder is in the background of Charles Paris's Fringe performance of his one man show. The second book in the Charles Paris series.
£16.00
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At death's door

At death's door

Barnard, Robert
Collins [for] The Crime Club
1988
A famous actress is murdered in a Sussex village. The second book in the Idwal Meredith series.
£8.00
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Encore murder

Encore murder

Babson, Marian
Collins [for] The Crime Club
1989
Murder and mystery against a backdrop of thespian intrigue. The second book in the Trixie and Evangeline series.
£10.00
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Exit Charlie

Exit Charlie

Atkinson, Alex
Peter Davies
1955
An actor is found poisoned in his dressing room.
£12.00
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