Cast, in Order of Disappearance by Simon Brett is a classic mystery novel that centers around a theater production of a play called “The Zombie Walks” and the mysterious death of the leading actor, Gerald Hadleigh. The story follows Charles Paris, a struggling actor and part-time detective, as he tries to solve the case and clear his own name.
Brett does an excellent job of creating a vivid and detailed world of the theater, complete with backstage drama, egos, and rivalry. The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, with their own motivations and secrets. Charles Paris, the protagonist, is a likable and relatable character, whose wit and humor provide a refreshing break from the serious tone of the investigation.
The plot is well-crafted, with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the end. The investigation is well-paced, with just enough clues and red herrings to keep the reader engaged. Brett’s writing style is engaging and easy to read, with a good balance of description and dialogue.
Overall, Cast in Order of Disappearance is a well-written and entertaining mystery novel that will appeal to fans of the genre. It is a great example of how to create a compelling mystery with interesting characters and a well-crafted plot.