It s August 1962, and Colin Crampton, the Brighton Evening Chronicle s crime reporter, is desperate for a front page story But it s the silly season for news and the only tip off Crampton has is about the disappearance of the seafront s crazy golf proprietor, Arnold Trumper Crampton thinks the story is about as useful as a set of concrete water wings But when he learnsIt s August 1962, and Colin Crampton, the Brighton Evening Chronicle s crime reporter, is desperate for a front page story But it s the silly season for news and the only tip off Crampton has is about the disappearance of the seafront s crazy golf proprietor, Arnold Trumper Crampton thinks the story is about as useful as a set of concrete water wings But when he learns that Trumper s vanishing act is linked to an unsolved murder, he scents a front page scoop Powerful people are determined Crampton must not discover the truth But he is quite prepared to use every newspaper scam in the book to land his exclusive The trouble is it s his girlfriend, feisty Australian Shirley, who too often ends up on the wrong end when a scam goes wrong Crampton has to overcome dangers they never mentioned at journalism school before he writes his story Headline Murder will keep you guessing and smiling right to the last page.
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Headline Murder is a rather fun and well written cozy mystery set in 1960s Brighton. It is a lot lighter, than the usual dark gritty crime I am drawn to. I really enjoyed losing myself in the past, with the familiarity of Brighton and a cracking mystery.Colin Crampton is a reporter on one of the local newspapers in Brighton. He is a dedicated newsman ready to follow any juicy crime story. He has an off-beat Aussie girlfriend. He is soon on the case of the missing crazy-golf owner and looking int [...]
Really enjoyed this book. Easy , entertaining and pleasant read. good story that kept me guessing. reminded me of Simon Brett.
Like the style of writing immediately. Love his delivery of humor.Had to check about cappuccino in Brighton to see when they started to have this kind of drink since I didn't know about it until not too long ago.Didn't know that even then even a reporter has to produce! Just like a salesman having to make their number! Plus they have to compete with reporters from other papers!I like the trip to "the morgue". Not too long ago we still had to clip the news pieces. Like the way “the zits” expr [...]
I would like to thank Peter Bartram for my free copy of his novella. The book was short and sweet, an easy read. It was fast paced, but perhaps too fast as I felt hyperactive and it did not give me time to warm up to the characters. As a French Canadian, I also had some difficulty with some of the British terms.
I love the way Peter Bartram writes. His humour in difficult situations with just the right amount of description of what's occurring has a perfect balance. Headline Murder is the second Crampton of the Chronicle mystery I've read and now I'm eager to read the next instalment.I've never been to Brighton but I feel I know the streets and the lanes like my home town and have a vivid picture of Prinny's Pleasure and it's delectable food offerings.Working one step ahead of the police on this investi [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed this newspaper caper set in the early 1960’s.In search of the next big story for the Evening Chronicle crime reporter, Colin Crampton, is running out of ideas fast, as anything worthy of front page news has all but dried up in Brighton. Short of committing offences himself he’s not going to conjure up the sort of copy that is demanded by the news editor, Frank Figgis.With things looking grim he receives a nod toward a crazy golf course. No, not to pass the time. A local [...]
Headline Murder by Peter Bartram was a first read giveawayThe book is set in 1960s Brighton. The main character, Colin Crampton is the crime writer for the local paper – except there is not much crime at the moment, and he is desperate for a headline story. The seafront crazy golf proprietor, Arnold Trump, goes missing – is there a story there? He sees a possible link to an unsolved murder, and dodgy property deals and sets off in pursuit. Colin is a very likable and plausible character, wh [...]
Headline Murder is a fun read with humour throughout; a literary version of Heartbeat but with a journalist lead, Brighton setting and more laughs.Colin Crampton is our ‘first person’ narrator, a crime correspondent for the Brighton Evening Chronicle. It’s 1962 - the swinging sixties - and there’s been a dearth of hard crime news lately. So much so, news editor Frank Figgis is letting Crampton know that it’s about time some proper crime story reaches the front page, after all crime sel [...]
Here’s a whodunit tale that will keep you interested and guessing until the final page. The main character Colin Crampton is a journalist in the 1960s at a newspaper in Brighton, UK. Crampton navigates the newsroom stresses and politics like any curious, hard-working journalist and at the same time starts to unravel a mystery that takes him on unexpected, and a bit dangerous, adventures.I enjoyed this book for the way it kept me intrigued about what would happen with Crampton next. I also like [...]
The publication of BRIGHTON ROCK in 1938 gave Brighton a sleazy reputation it's never quite managed to shake off. Who'd have thought that a sleepy South Coast resort could be home to a bunch of crooks? Well, Graham Greene did for one. Fast forward a quarter of a century and Peter Bartram does for another to excellent effect in this pacey and well-written crime caper.Its hero is journo turned gumshoe Colin Crampton who spends more time at the wheel of his MGB chasing leads than he does at his des [...]
A corker of a book!In Headline Murder, Colin Crampton, newspaper reporter at The Brighton Evening Chronicle is desperate for a scoop and finds one when Arnold Trumper, the proprietor of the Krazy Kat golf course, goes missing. In the course of his investigations Crampton uncovers all sorts of shady dealings, discovers a dead body, meets some very dodgy characters, falls in love with Aussie traveller Shirley Goldsmith on walkabout, and finds himself in grave danger. But nothing will stop Colin fr [...]
Thanks to and the author for a free copy of this book.If you like a good old-fashioned whodunit, then Headline Murder is the book for you.Colin Crampton is a crime reporter for the Brighton Evening Chronicle in search of a front page scoop. A tip from the Brighton police force leads to a disappearance connected to an unsolved murder. What follows are lots of clues and red herrings for the reader to decipher along with Crampton in this plot-driven page turner.1960's England means no cellphones o [...]
When I got my copy of Headline Murder I expected a traditional British murder mystery. Colin Crampton, our Brighton Evening Chronicle crime reporter, urgently needs a front-page story. The book follows his investigations into the disappearance of a Brighton sea-front crazy-golf proprietor and a long-ago murder.Colin, who is crafty, likeable and clever, meets some powerful, scary exciting people along the way, - but his lovely Aussie girlfriend, his cake-eating colleagues, and Jeff the pub landlo [...]
I don't normally read a lot of crime mysteries, but I really enjoyed this book. I was pleasantly surprised at the light-hearted approach to the story of Colin Crampton and the amusing characters set in Brighton. Having visited the city before, it was entertaining to recognize the various spots in Brighton mentioned throughout the book. I read the book in just two nights as I was eager to know how the case would be solved, and was entertained along the way by the witty dialogue. I'm looking forwa [...]
If you like Raymond Chandler you’ll like Peter Bartram’s novel about slightly crusty and witty investigative journalist, Colin Crampton, who stumbles upon a major crime in his town of Brighton, England. Set in the 1960s, Crampton navigates old-fashioned typewriters and pay phones while digging deeper into a story that at first appears pretty harmless. The nicely woven plot intensifies and offers several surprises as Crampton puts himself in harm’s way. I especially loved some of the dry hu [...]
A cracking read that made me want more, I hope Peter's next book is double the length. The story is believable and the scenery real (Sokeham Street?). Not only that, the baddie is obviously based on a certain local character of the 60s and 70s who is recognisable for anyone who was around Brighton and Hove in those days.
I have just finished this book that I won via .I honestly enjoyed it more than I thought I would. A murder mystery written with a light and humourous tone. The book took me back to the 1960s, and I really enjoyed this unusual type of writing. Very different to what I'm used to read, which only added to the delight :)
This was an okay story, what I would call a cosy mystery. It was little slow, nevertheless I quite enjoyed it. It was well written and wiled away an hour or two.
A fun read, if a little easy to solve. A very promising start to a series with an engaging lead. Full review at classicmystery.wordpress
Marked as to read.
I received this book free in a giveaway. I enjoyed the story, it was a run quick mystery. I will be looking for the next book in the series.
Fun read!Good storyline, very enjoying to read. I particularly liked the Brighton setting: Would like to read more from this author.
Good fun murder mystery set in 1960s Brighton.