The Comedy Club Mystery: A Crampton of the Chronicle comic crime adventure
Murder has never been such fun…
When theatrical agent Daniel Bernstein sues the Evening Chronicle for libel, crime reporter Colin Crampton is called in to sort out the problem.But trouble escalates when Bernstein turns up murdered. Colin discovers that any of five comedians competing for the chance to appear on a top TV show could be behind the killing.As Colin and his feisty girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith investigate, they encounter a cast of colourful characters – identical twin gangsters, an Irishman who lives underground, and a failed magician’s assistant.And it’s not long before their own lives are in peril as they battle to crack a code that will lead to a fortune. Join Colin and Shirley for a rollercoaster of an adventure in Swinging Sixties England – where the laughs are never far from the action.
Thanks to Peter Bertram for sending me a copy of his book and Anne Cater for organising the blog tour.
Colin Crampton works as the crime journo on the Brighton Chronicle. One morning he receives the news that their Theatre Critic, Pinker, is getting sued by artistes agents, Bernstein, and the boss, Figgis wants him to sort it all out. Then Pinker rings the news room. From the Police Station. He’s been arrested for killing Bernstein.
He didn’t do it. Colin is almost certain of that, he doesn’t have the wherewithal to be violent, but the police caught him red-handed and shrieking on the floor, so he must have? Colin, and Shirley, Aussie model and glamourous side-kick, set out to find out what really happened.
I like to spend Sunday in my chair reading, it’s the only day I can guarantee not to have anyone making demands on my time. Except the dogs and the only things they demand are cuddles and treats. So this week (I’m writing this 19th May 2019) my Sunday reading has been this book. I started it on Friday but this was the first chance I had to really get my teeth into the story. I rather enjoyed my trip to Brighton, 1965. It was a bit drizzly and some of the characters I met were unsavoury, but Colin and Shirl were excellent guides.
The characters were well-rounded and entertaining, the plot had plenty of twits and action and the setting was described enough so that even if one has never been to Brighton, you could imagine the seedy nightclubs and drizzly November weather. The drains don’t bare thinking about either. I enjoyed the daft gangsters and the overacting FBI agent, the only marginally competent police and the wickedly clever humour of Colin. Shirley and the riddle.
This book is definitely going on my shelves for re-reading, it has everything a cosy mystery needs: an initial murder with obvious suspect, a determined amateur investigator and side-kick, incompetent police officers, a hidden side to the seemingly respectable and a sudden but satisfying twist ending.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime mystery series. His novels are fast-paced and humorous – the action is matched by the laughs. The books feature a host of colourful characters as befits stories set in Brighton, one of Britain’s most trend-setting towns.
You can download Murder in Capital Letters, a free book in the series, for your Kindle from http://www.colincrampton.com.
Peter began his career as a reporter on a local weekly newspaper before editing newspapers and magazines in London, England and, finally, becoming freelance. He has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. He’s pursued stories in locations as diverse as 700-feet down a coal mine and a courtier’s chambers at Buckingham Palace. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.
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