PETER BARTRAM
PETER
BARTRAM
PETER BARTRAM

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THE SWINGING SIXTIES IN BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
Enter the world of...
Colin Crampton, crime correspondent

"This Brighton-based murder mystrery is a delight"
- Peter Lovsey (award winning crime writer) -

"Breezy journalist Colin Crampton is vey engaging"
- Simon Brett (award winning crime writer) -

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Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime series – which features crime reporter Colin Crampton in 1960s Brighton.

Peter has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. He’s interviewed cabinet ministers and crooks – at least the crooks usually answer the questions, he says.

He’s pursued stories in locations as diverse as 700 feet down a coal mine and a courtier’s chambers at Buckingham Palace. (The former is easier to get into but at least you don’t have to wear a hat with a lamp on it in the latter.)

Peter wrote 21 non-fiction books, including five ghost-written, in areas such as biography, current affairs and how-to titles, before turning to crime – and penning Headline Murder, the first novel in the Crampton series. As an appetiser for the main course, there is a selection of Crampton of the Chronicle short stories at www.colincrampton.com. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.

Crime mysteries

Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime series – which features crime reporter Colin Crampton in 1960s Brighton. Peter has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. He’s interviewed cabinet ministers and crooks – at least the crooks usually answer the questions, he says.

Non-Fiction

“Mr Bartram’s advice is sensible and practical. For instance, he pours scorn on the mealy-mouthed euphemisms and evasive polysyllables that come out of so many companies… his guidance away from the self-important to the straightforward should be read by everyone who writes anything .” – Daily Telegraph.

Ghostwriting

Peter Bartram describes how to use a ghostwriter to turn your book idea from a dream into reality. It has been said that everybody has a book inside them. Trouble is, for most people, it stays inside. They don’t have the time or, sometimes, the skills to write it down on paper in a form that publishers will want to publish. That’s where ghostwriters come in. Many of the memoirs of famous – and not so famous – people that you read have been drafted by ghostwriters.

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4 days ago

Peter Bartram

Today's the day! My latest Crampton of the Chronicle book, The Mother's Day Mystery, is out. You can get a copy by following the Shop Now! button on my Facebook page. Here's a preview of the story:

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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6 days ago

Peter Bartram

Read the story of how I developed one of the key characters in my Crampton of the Chronicle crime mysteries in The News Editor, the Woodbines and the Eureka Moment - just click the link below. You can pre-order the latest book, The Mother's Day Mystery by clicking on the Shop Now button on my Facebook page.

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1 week ago

Peter Bartram

Readers tell me one of their favourite characters in my Crampton of the Chronicle crime mysteries is Colin Crampton’s feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith. Shirley plays a big role in my new book, The Mother’s Day Mystery. Below you can read how the book starts. You can also pre-order so it will be delivered to your Kindle automatically this Friday. Just click the Shop Now button or follow the link at the end of this post.

The Mother’s Day Mystery: chapter 1

Shirley Goldsmith jabbed me in the ribs and said: "I knew you'd blow it."

Shirl was delivering her verdict on a lecture I'd just given to the Workers' Educational Association. My subject: the ethics of the press.

I said: "I thought it went rather well. I'm even thinking of changing my byline to Colin Crampton, crime correspondent and orator."

Shirl snickered. "Forget it. Your whole talk went tits up as soon as you told that joke about the archbishop."

My girlfriend Shirley is from Australia. She speaks her mind. As a critic she's as sharp as the coral in the Great Barrier Reef.

It was a few minutes after the meeting had ended. We were walking back to my car down a narrow street in Steyning, a picture-book village of flint walls and narrow lanes. We passed a tiny thatched cottage with lattice windows and a weathered oak door.

Ahead was a small green shadowed by beech trees. It was a gloomy place with the smell of evil about it. It was where villagers used to burn witches before they found a more humane way to keep them out of mischief. These days, they make them join the Women's Institute.

"This place is creepy," Shirl said. She reached for my hand. I took it and gave a reassuring squeeze.

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2 weeks ago

Peter Bartram

Hooray! My latest Crampton of the Chronicle adventure - The Mother's Day Mystery - is now available to pre-order on Amazon. If you'd like to be among the first to read it, click the Shop Now button on my Facebook page. Here's a brief glimpse of the fun in store:

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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