Archie Brown is the head crime reporter at the local paper, and Lilly's former colleague. He has a penchant for tailored clothing, is very generous, has an archaic turn of phrase, and a wicked sense of humour. The eternal bachelor until Lilly left the paper, then he realised what he was missing. He's a great help and support to Lilly, particularly when certain aspects of her sleuthing become overwhelming. He's also her number one supporter. He counts Bonnie as his lead source for all things crime in Plumpton Mallet, although she's definitely the one who calls the shots. He's easy going the majority of the time, but doesn't suffer fools and can't abide injustice or bullying of any kind.