A young prostitute is murdered in a sleepy northeast Portland, Oregon, neighborhood. Legendary detective Bob Grimsley takes a personal interest in the case and finds that there’s more to the young girl than meets the eye. Rich Franklin, an African American writer and part-time newspaper pitcher doesn’t realize he may have seen the murderer. He finds himself in the middle of a bizarre murder conspiracy that threatens the lives of his family. This complex, Portland thriller brings in characters from around the region to solve a murder that could bring down powerful people. The clock is ticking to solve the crime before a cover-up is complete.
The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer. Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives discover the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.
The Tango School Mystery: A Crampton of the Chronicle comic crime adventure
Welcome to Brighton, England – where they do like to murder beside the seaside…
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.
See what reviewers say about Crampton of the Chronicle:
“By the end of page one, I knew I liked Colin Crampton and author Peter Bartram’s breezy writing style.” Over My Dead Body
“A romp of a read! Very funny and very British.” The Book Trail
“A fun read with humour throughout…” Crime Thriller Hound
“An excellent novel, full of twists and turns, plenty of action scenes, crackling dialogue – and a great sense of fun.” Fully Booked 2016
“It read like a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait for the next one.” Little Bookness Lane
“A highly entertaining, involving mystery, narrated in a charming voice, with winning characters. Highly recommended.” – In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel
“Peter Bartram has a delightful way of introducing places and characters.” Ann Summerville, Cozy in Texas
“One night I stayed up until nearly 2.00am thinking ‘I’ll just read one more chapter’. This is a huge recommendation from me.” Life of a Nerdish Mum