By Peter Bartram


Publisher:  Roundfire Books (November 24, 2017)
Format: Trade paperback
Price: $16.95 US, 10.99 UK
ISBN-13: 978-1-78535-647-6
Kindle edition: $2.51

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A Crampton of the Chronicle mystery (Book #3)


Reviewed by Cherie Jung
(November, 2017)


On Christmas Eve, December 1963 in Brighton, England, Archie Flowerdew is awaiting execution, by hanging, for the murder of rival comic postcard artist Percy Despart. His niece believes he is innocent and persuades Brighton Evening Chronicle crime reporter Colin Crampton to take a look at the case. Unfortunately, as Colin investigates Archie’s case, it looks like he is guilty.

This is the third full-length book in the Crampton of the Chronicle series. Colin Crampton also features in novellas and short stories.

I highly recommend this book, and this series.

I think one of the reasons Crampton is such an engaging character is that even though he is technically an amateur sleuth, he has a reason to end up investigating crimes…he’s a crime reporter. Heck, even just being a plain old reporter would be enough reason to keep sticking his nose into crime situations. He’s not on the police force. He’s not a private eye. And he’s not some busybody elderly woman with a few too many cats. (Not that I have anything against old women with cats. I’m semi-old and I have 28 cats…give or take…)

I think this series will appeal to a wide range of readers.


Other titles in the series: HEADLINE MURDER (2015), STOP PRESS MURDER (2016).

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