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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1 week ago

Peter Bartram

Here's a chance to get 70 free books. Yes, I did say 70! My author friend Duane Lindsay is organising a special summer giveaway of books from many different genres - like crime, mysteries, romance and sci-fi. Whatever your favourite reading, you can download it free from Duane's "Lazy Day" giveaway. If you haven't yet read my own Murder in the Morning Edition, that's there for free as well. So if you want free books to read on holiday, just hurry over to the link below.

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2 weeks ago

Peter Bartram

Many thanks to Jessica at The Bookworm Chronicles for posting a wonderful review of Headline Murder, the first in my Crampton of the Chronicle murder mysteries.

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3 weeks ago

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At last! After many months of hard work, the audiobooks of my Morning, Noon & Night trilogy of novellas have been recorded and they're now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. And the good news is you can actually listen to them for free! I'll tell you how in a moment.

But, first, I want to give a tremendous thank you to actor Matt Jamie who has done a fantastic job of reading the three books - Murder in the Morning Edition, Murder in the Afternoon Extra, and Murder in the Night Final. Matt - British TV viewers may have seen him in popular series such as Coronation Street, Scott & Bailey, and Emmerdale - has done a brilliant job of voicing every character in the books differently. There are around 50 characters across the three books and I simply don't know how he does it! You have to hear it to believe it!

Anyway, you can listen to all three books in a handy box set. Normally, this costs £16.00 in the UK and $19.95 in the US. But you can listen to it for nothing as part of a free trial of Audible, the service which provides thousands of audiobooks for every taste. If you'd like to listen to the audiobook at no cost, click on this link if you're in the UK:
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4 weeks ago

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If you're looking for some free crime mysteries to download - including my own Murder in the Morning Edition - head over to the Mega Summer Mystery Giveaway at the link below. You'll find 15 books, with something to suit most tastes, on offer.

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1 month ago

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I'm really excited that three books in my Morning, Noon & Night trilogy - Murder in the Morning Edition, Murder in the Afternoon Extra and Murder in the Night Final - will soon be available as audiobooks. We've found a fantastically talented young actor - Matt Jamie (pictured) - to read the books. As the books are narrated in the first person by Colin Crampton, it's as though Matt becomes Colin!

Finding the right actor to take on Colin was a tough job. So where did we start? Well, it was with a giant database of 56,000 actors who read audiobooks. We applied a number of filters to the database in search of the right Colin! There were obvious filters like gender, nationality and language. But there were more subtle ones like "voice age" - how old does the character sound? - and accent. We had a choice of 17 British accents - from "BBC English" to Cockney. We decided on standard British English. And then we had to choose "voice style" - what the actor's voice sounds like. We had to select from 62 different styles ranging from "authoritative" to "intimidating", from "sarcastic" to "sophisticated". We thought Colin had an "engaging" voice.

After we'd applied all those filters the 56,000 actors had reduced to just 19. We listened to samples from books the 19 had already read and drew up a short-list of three which we reviewed in more depth. And Matt Jamie stood out above all the others. Matt already had experience of audio work. He'd worked on a crime-based radio drama called Strawberries and Scream and recorded a series of crime stories with a water theme called Blood Waters. He'd also recorded Phantom: Edge of the Flame, a spin-off from Phantom of the Opera. Keep an eye on Facebook, as I'll have more information about the audiobooks and how you can listen in for free!
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