Murder from the Newsdesk

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...A concise collection of criminally clever comedy capers....

Colin Crampton is the crime reporter for the Daily Chronicle set in the Swinging Sixties as he tracks down crimes and events on the mean streets of Brighton. From a greedy cousin desperate for cash to a mysterious set of suitcases, disappearing people to dodgy goings-on at the greyhound racing, Colin roams around looking for stories, and occasional having the stories find him, all the while trying to make sure he does not annoy his editor, the woodbine smoking Mr Figgis.

This is a concise collection of criminally clever comedy capers. Although each story is short, there are seven different tales of crime and mystery. What is great fun is that each one contains a few clues as to what is happening and clever readers can sometimes pick up on these and work it out before the reveal at the end of each story. The characters are briefly and quickly fleshed out to provide clues to the crime and turn into an eclectic cast for Colin to interact with. The descriptions of the areas that Colin wanders into are similarly brief but still add neat touches and clues to the story as well. The writing is smart and funny, blending the two genres surprisingly well to provide a sly sense of humour for the reader to enjoy while the mysteries are being solved.

There are a lot more of these stories out there and I am more than tempted to go and look some of them up, if they are as good as the first set. The only issue I had with the novel, was not the stories, but all the advertising for these and other stories and the author’s notes which are interspersed throughout. Combining all the stories into one block and then adding the notes and adverts around it would have been preferable.

However, this is a fun set of short stories to read that I would recommend for anyone to pick up for a coffee break, not just for fans of the genre.

Rating: 4
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PageTurner (27 June 2018)
This sounds like a delightful read! I love it when they give you clues that aren't super obvious. I feel like a lot of books don't give the readers enough credit and make their clues painfully obvious. Also, what is it about the '60s that make it such a great era for stories like this?

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