Synopsis

SHOT TWICE! Brighton antiques dealer Freddie Hollingbourne-Smith is murdered in his workshop – and crime reporter Colin Crampton is first on the scene.

TOO MANY SUSPECTS: Colin discovers plenty had reason to kill Freddie… like thwarted beauty queen Julie Appleyard, his jilted mistress… snooty toff Sir Tunnicliffe Hogg, his persecuted neighbour… devious hard-man Harry Spittlefield, his cheated partner… not to mention fiery and passionate Isabella, his betrayed ex-wife.

CRYPTIC CLUE: Colin must puzzle out the mystery left by a small pile of printers’ type – all in capital letters – before he can finger the killer.

THE CLIMAX EXPLODES on the famous train, the Brighton Belle. With Colin’s feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley at his side, the laughs are never far from the clues as the pair hunt down the murderer

My review

This is a lively, humorous book set in 1960s Brighton. Our hero Colin Crampton is a journalist for the local paper. He enjoys his job, most of the time, and is as hardworking as any of the others at the office.
In this story he’s running an errand for a dodgy friend, and in doing so is first at a murder scene. He’s determined to get to the bottom of the crime, and this brings into contact with some fascinating, and occasionally scary, people and into some dicey situations. But Colin is determined and clever, and lucky, and it looks like he should survive the ordeal.
The setting is wonderfully portrayed and is a blast from the past for some of us readers who remember the 1960s. Colin and his companions are flawed and entirely human, and they get up to some very entertaining activities.
This is a very enjoyable, clever book that’s a delight to read.

 

This is a free Crampton of the Chronicle novella available from colincrampton.com.

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