Headline Murder

Colin Crampton faces dangers they never mentioned at journalism school when he hunts a secret killer.

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 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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Stop Press Murder

First, the saucy film of a nude woman bathing is stolen from a What the Butler Saw machine on Brighton’s Palace Pier.

Next, the pier’s night-watchman is murdered – his body found in the coconut shy.

Colin Crampton, ace reporter on the Evening Chronicle, senses a scoop when he’s the only journalist to discover a link between the two crimes.

He uncovers a 50-year feud between twin sisters – one a screen siren from the days of silent movies, the other the haughty wife of an aristocrat

But Colin's investigation spirals out of control – as he RISKS HIS LIFE to land the biggest story of his career.

Stop Press Murder, a Swinging Sixties mystery, has more twists and turns than a country lane. It will keep you guessing – and laughing – right to the last page.

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Front Page Murder

Condemned man Archie Flowerdew is to hang for the murder of rival artist Percy Despart.

Convinced of his innocence, Archie's niece, Tammy, persuades Evening Chronicle reporter Colin Crampton to take up the case, but the more Colin investigates, the more it looks like Archie is guilty.

But as Colin continues to probe he realises that he is putting his job, and his life, in peril… Join Colin in this Swinging Sixties fun adventure, where the thrills and the laughs continue right to the last page. The third book in the popular Crampton of the Chronicle mystery series.

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Murder in the Morning Edition

Welcome to Brighton, England – where they do like to murder beside the seaside….

Join ace crime reporter Colin Crampton and his feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith as they embark on a new adventure. It all starts in August 1963, while Colin is spending a lazy afternoon by the beach with Shirley. When a daring robbery takes place before their very eyes, Colin reckons he's on the trail of a big story. That will please Colin's grizzled news editor, chain-smoking Frank Figgis, half man, half nicotine. But it means Colin will be, yet again, stepping on the toes of Detective Inspector Ted Wilson, a cop who put the plod into plodder.

Nothing about the robbery is what it seems. And it's not long before Colin realizes he's fighting on two fronts as a bigger story threatens to eclipse his own scoop. When one of Colin's informants gets murdered, the trouble deepens. Colin's charm and ability to talk his way out of trouble are tested to the limit. Even that might not be enough when he comes face-to-face with a killer.

As he chases down his story and earns that front-page headline, Colin encounters a cast of colorful characters, including a motorcycle rocker with bad teeth, a dyslexic tattooist, and a seller of novelty toilet roll holders.

Murder in the Morning Edition is the first part of a trilogy which completes with Murder in the Afternoon Extra and Murder in the Night Final.

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Murder in the Afternoon Extra

Welcome to Brighton, England – where they do like to murder beside the seaside….

Don't you just hate it when you go on a foreign trip – and then someone tries to kill you?

Ace crime reporter Colin Crampton thinks he's wrapped up a story that began with a robbery and ended with a murder. He's filed his copy. Job done.

But that was before he hit on a new clue – which takes him on a foreign trip and into more danger than he's ever known.

Before long, Colin discovers his hunt for the truth has dumped him right into the middle of a conspiracy he could never have foreseen.

As he battles to find a way out of danger, he meets a stripper with a pet python, a clumsy assassin who kills the wrong people, and a slot machine salesman with less luck than his punters.

If you enjoy books by authors like Janet Evanovich and M C Beaton, you'll soon be hooked by the mix of murder, mystery and mirth in this second book in the Colin Crampton Morning Noon & Night trilogy.

Murder in the Afternoon Extra is the second book in the Morning, Noon and Night trilogy which ends with Murder in the Night Final.

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Murder in the Night Final

Welcome to Brighton, England – where they do like to murder beside the seaside….

Don't you just hate it when you've shaken off a murderer – and then find two more want to kill you?

Ace crime reporter Colin Crampton believes he's uncovered the stunning motive behind a train robbery that ended in murder. But that was before he discovers unexpected clues. With his feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith, Colin sets out on his most daring ever adventure.

If he can nail this story, editors will be beating a path to his door. But only if….

As he faces up to a new threat, he tangles with a doorman with a cauliflower ear, a hairdresser's assistant turned motorcyle rocker's moll, and a ruthless killer who keeps chickens.

Murder in the Night Final is the final book in the Morning, Noon and Night trilogy which began with Murder in the Morning Edition.

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The Tango School Mystery

Want to know what it's like when a quiet romantic dinner ends in murder?

Ace reporter Colin Crampton and his feisty girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith are tucking into their meal when Shirley discovers more blood on her rare steak than she'd expected.

And once again Colin is on the trail of a big story that can only end in more murder. Colin reckons he's cracked the story when he uncovers a plot involving a sinister figure from the past. A Tango Academy seems to lie at the heart of the conspiracy.

But nothing is quite what it seems as Colin peels away the layers of the mystery. He tangles with a cast of memorable characters including a professor of witchcraft, the former commander of an army mobile latrine unit, and a tango instructor with two left feet.

Join Colin and Shirley for another madcap mystery in Swinging Sixties' Brighton, where the laughs are never far from the action.

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The Mother's Day Mystery

The Mother of all murder mysteries…

There are just four days to Mother's Day and crime reporter Colin Crampton is under pressure to find a front-page story to fit the theme.

Then Colin and his feisty girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith stumble across a body late at night on a lonely country road. Colin scents a story when the cops dismiss the idea of murder.

Colin and Shirley flirt with danger as they investigate the killing. They take on a crazy hippie commune, an eccentric group of church bell-ringers, and a chemistry teacher with an unusual late-night hobby.

And that's before they tangle with the mothers… Colin’s landlady has been thrown out of the Mothers’ Union. And Shirley’s mum has gone missing – in a town where a serial killer is on the prowl.

Join Colin and Shirley for a madcap Mother's Day mystery in Swinging Sixties England, where the laughs are never far from the action.

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The Comedy Club Mystery

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.

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The Poker Game Mystery

Poker is a game for the dead lucky…

Crime reporter Colin Crampton discovers nightclub bouncer Steve Telford murdered. Colin can’t understand why five cards of a poker hand are laid out next to the body.

As Colin investigates, he becomes entangled with three former special forces soldiers from the Second World War. All have motives to kill Telford. But Colin’s probe is derailed when a shock change at the Evening Chronicle puts the paper’s – and Colin’s – future in peril.

The tension ratchets higher when the life of a young girl is on the line. Colin is forced to go head-to-head in a poker game with sinister newspaper owner Quentin Pell to save her.

There are laughs alongside the action as Colin and his feisty girlfriend Shirley shuffle the cards and play the most dangerous game of all – with their own lives at stake.

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