By Peter Bartram


Publisher:  Roundfire Books (August, 2016)
Format: Trade paperback
Price: $19.95
ISBN-13: 978-1785354403
Kindle edition: $3.99


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A Crampton of the Chronicle mystery (Book #2)


Reviewed by Cherie Jung
(November, 2017)


Crime reporter Colin Crampton of the Evening Chronicle is already a couple of steps behind his competition at the Argus, when he hears of the murder of a night watchman on Brighton’s Palace Pier. Digging around for a newsworthy angle, he tries to link the murder with the theft of some naughty pictures from a “What the Butler Saw” machine, also located at the pier.

This is the second book in the popular Crampton of the Chronicle series but you need not have read the first book before beginning this one. Readers will quickly slip into the rhythm of the book and find the characters throughout the book engaging.

You can try to read “just a few pages” or just “one more chapter” but you might as well resign yourself to the almost certain fate…that you’ll be up all night reading this book, or however long it takes you to read from start to finish.

I love the quirky characters and Crampton’s dry wit. He’s a character that readers will want to read about again and again.


The popular newspaper crime reporter, Colin Crampton, is featured in novellas, short stories, and novels. This is the second full-length book in the Crampton of the Chronicle series. First in the series is HEADLINE MURDER. FRONT PAGE MURDER is the third book in the series.

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