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

Peter began his career as a reporter on the Worthing Herald newspaper before working as a journalist and editor in London 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 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.

Peter’s latest trilogy of novellas, The Morning, Noon and Night Omnibus are now available in one softback volume on Amazon (individual Kindle e-books also available) whilst his upcoming full-length novel, Front Page Murder, is due to be released by Roundfire Books on November 4th 2017. You can pre-order your copy using the link on the right. 

Front Page Murder

A Crampton of the Chronicle mystery

Published by Roundfire Books, November 2017








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Front Page Murder, the latest in the Crampton of the Chronicle mysteries, is launched today. And you can pick up the e-book for just 99p or 99c If you're in the UK click on the Shop Now button on my website page. If you live elsewhere, go to your local Amazon website. Here's brief view of the story:

It's December 1963 and Archie Flowerdew is sitting in a cell at Wandsworth Prison waiting to be hanged. On Christmas Eve. It's not exactly how he planned to spend the festive season. But, then, Archie was found guilty of murdering fellow comic postcard artist Percy Despart.

It seems there's nothing that can stop Archie's neck being wrung like a turkey's. Except that his niece Tammy is convinced Archie is innocent. She's determined he will sit down on Christmas Day to tuck into the plum pudding. She persuades Brighton Evening Chronicle crime reporter Colin Crampton to take up the case.

But Colin has problems of his own. First, that good turn he did to help out Chronicle sub-editor Barry Hobhouse has come back to bite him on the bum. Then Beatrice "the Widow" Gribble, Colin's trouble-prone landlady, needs him to sort out her latest faux pas - she's accidentally sent a Christmas card to her local butcher suggesting she's available for hot sex. And that's before Brighton cops clap Colin and girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith in jail on the charge of harbouring a fugitive from justice.

And, anyway, the more Colin investigates Archie's case, the more it looks like he is guilty… Pick up the third full-length novel in the Crampton of the Chronicle mystery series to get you in the mood for a murderous Christmas!
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Many thanks for the crime book blog FullyBooked2017 for a wonderful review of Front Page Murder (published on Friday). FullyBooked2017 says "Front Page Murder is a joy from start to finish." The book is "wonderful entertainment" and "is one of those rare books where there is a definite sense of sorrow that you have reached the last page". ... See MoreSee Less

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Here in Sussex by the sea, it's been a glorious but cold autumn day - a perfect day to visit Sheffield Park where Edward Gibbon, author of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", used to live.

Authors are often asked how they got the idea for their books. Gibbon was no exception. This was his answer: "It was at Rome on 15 October 1764, as I was musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of this city first started to my mind."
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The blog tour for my new Crampton of the Chronicle mystery - Front Page Murder - starts in just a few days time. Barney Skinner has produced this fantastic poster for the tour. Watch this space for more news about what you'll be able to read on the blog tour. We've got some fascinating articles lined up including "The 12 crimes of Christmas" and "The woman who caused the death of hanging". ... See MoreSee Less

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