Have you discovered the cozy mystery novel yet? They are most often set in small local towns and feature amateur detectives who investigate local murders and disappearances, most often as a sideline to their day job . The murders are pretty much bloodless, and generally happen off-page, the love interest mostly hinted at, quite the antithesis of the dark gritty psychological thriller.
These well written, intelligent, often humorous and engaging stories are a refreshing read and provide a welcome break from the harsh realities of the modern world. Intellectual whodunits, they are utterly perfect to loose yourself in for a few hours.
A wonderful example of the cozy mystery genre is written by author Peter Bartram, whose Crampton Chronicles feature COLIN CRAMPTON, ace crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle and are set in Brighton in the swinging sixties. Headline Murder and Stop Press Murder both follow the adventures of Crampton as he races to uncover the truth, and they'll keep you guessing - and smiling - to the last page.
Here's what some of the readers loved about the books;
Headline Murder is a fun read with humour throughout - a literary version of Heartbeat but with a journalist lead, Brighton setting and more laughs. The strong supporting cast of colleagues, locals and feisty girlfriend help the story drive along nicely. An engaging and entertaining mystery. ~ Crime Thriller Hound
I loved everything about this book. It is a fast paced mystery, superbly plotted and kept me guessing right until the end. Despite the murders, it is light hearted, easy to read, and perfect escapism. Sixties atmosphere oozes from the pages to enrich the whole reading experience. An absolute corker of a book. ~ Wendy Storer Book Blog
An intellectual whodunit, featuring well thought out characters with wit and panache to equal Agatha Christie. I highly recommend this book as it has made me laugh and puzzle over the end result. It has more plot twists than DNA but keeps the reader gripped at every turn. I can't say anything more than read it, read it, read it! ~ Vicky Cassidy, NetGalley
We are delighted to announce that the next Crampton Chronicle, Front Page Murder, will be published by Roundfire Books in November 2017. So now is the perfect time to get yourself acquainted with Brighton's super sleuth, Colin Crampton, and his earlier adventures ahead of the next thrilling escapade in the Crampton Chronicle series.
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