Murder from the Newsdesk
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Murder from the Newsdesk

Murder from the Newsdesk 

Murder from the Newsdesk is a series of seven short stories that I just finished reading, and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. It was a fun read for me, and I hope it is for you too. 

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About Murder from the Newsdesk 

Murder from the Newsdesk

Seven Crampton of the Chronicle mystery stories

By Peter Bartram

Join Colin Crampton, ace crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle in 1960s Brighton, in seven more cozy crime mysteries.

The Mystery of the African Charity: Amateur sleuth Colin discovers greed – and a murder mystery – behind what looks like a good deed.

The Mystery of the Two Suitcases: Colin interrupts a romantic Valentine’s date with girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith to unravel a case where love will find a way.

The Mystery of the Single Red Sock: Colin’s act of heroism plunges him into the hunt for one of the most violent criminals he’s ever confronted.

The Mystery at the Beauregard Hotel: Colin investigates when two guests disappear unexpectedly in this humorous crime mystery.

The Mystery of the Precious Princess: Colin finds that it’s not only a dog’s life for the canines up at the Greyhound Racing stadium.

The Mystery of the Clothes on the Beach: in another cozy crime story, a local fisherman helps Colin land a surprising catch.

The Mystery of the Phantom Santa: Colin uncovers more than he bargained for when he goes in search of a front-page crime story with a Christmas theme.

This book of cozy mystery stories will keep you smiling to the very last page. 

Thoughts on Murder from the Newsdesk 

I spent the last week reading each one of these stories at night before I fell asleep, instead of mindlessly puttering on my phone, and I loved them. One of my goals lately has been to reduce the amount of time I spend on my phone, and finding more productive ways to enjoy my time, and reading short stories is perfect for me. 

These stories are set in Britain in the 1960s, so language and slang terms both feel unfamiliar and outdated to me. But I wasn’t alive in the 60s, so this doesn’t surprise me at all, and it didn’t detract from the stories at all. 

Murder at the Newsdesk had a very Murder, She Wrote feel to it. Instead of Jessica Fletcher, we meet Colin Crampton, a local news reporter. It is seven simple mysteries that the news reporter solved pretty quickly. It is a very light and fun read each night before I go to sleep, to relax me. 

Final Thoughts on Murder from the Newsdesk 

I am always glad when I take a chance on reading writing from an unfamiliar author and end up loving it. It’s like discovering a hidden gem, or opening the present I’ve wanted all year on Christmas morning. Too cheesy? Maybe. But there is a joy in discovering a new author to read, and wanting to read more from them. 

If you are looking for a full size mystery novel, Murder at the Newsdesk isn’t what you want. If you want a fun, simple, light read to pass a few minutes by before bed or during a commute, then it is absolutely perfect for that. 

This is the first writing I’ve ever read from author Peter Bartram, but I enjoyed it immensely and it will not be the last of his writing that I read. I’ve added several of his other stories to my Kindle already. They are simply perfect when I have a few minutes to spare and want to enjoy a quick read. 


Have you read Murder from the Newsdesk or any other writing from author Peter Bartram? Are you a fan of short stories? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

About the Author 

Murder from the Newsdesk
Murder at the Newsdesk author Peter Bartram

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 colorful characters as befits stories set in Brighton, one of Britain’s most trend-setting towns.

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. 

Murder from the Newsdesk
Murder from the Newsdesk author Peter Bartram

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Murder from the Newsdesk
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