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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I'm having a January sale! (Well, everybody else is, so I thought I might as well join in.) My latest Crampton of the Chronicle adventure - The Mother's Day Mystery - is on sale at Amazon for just 99p in Britain or 99c in the US. The sale ends Friday 11th January. If you haven't yet read the book you can download it to your Kindle for the lowest price it will be this year. Just click the Shop Now button on my Facbook page to be taken direct to the book. Here endeth the sales message! ... See MoreSee Less

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What an honour! A thousand thanks to the respected crime book blogging site @MaliceAfore Fully Booked for voting The Mother's Day Mystery, the Best Humorous Crime Fiction of 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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One of the joys of writing fiction is that you can invent characters and events which have never happened in real life. Or have they? I received the biggest shock of my fiction writing career when I completed the first draft of my latest Crampton of the Chronicle adventure, The Mother’s Day Mystery.

I don’t think I’m giving too much away if I tell you that one of the characters in the plot is a schoolboy who blackmails one of his teachers. I thought this sub-plot worked very well in the story although it was unlikely to happen in real life. So, I was astonished to read in the papers the day after I’d completed the last page of the first draft of my book that a schoolboy at a well-known English public school had done just that.

The bad boy had actually been sent to prison for four and half years for making firebombs and throwing them onto a British motorway. But the sentence also covered eight burglary and two blackmail charges – with a couple of thefts from supermarkets also taken into account. The lad stole £52,000 of goods and equipment from his school. Then he had the brazen cheek to ask the headmaster twice for £10,000 to stop doing it. He wanted the money paid in the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

What made the coincidence with my book even stronger was the fact that the young criminal was described by his trial judge as “very intelligent” and “possibly the most able chemist the college has produced in recent years”. The judge lamented: “He’s a very bright boy and for some reason he takes to burgling the school, blackmailing the headteacher and making incendiary devices and throwing them off motorway bridges.” In The Mother’s Day Mystery, my schoolboy is also something of boffin in the chemistry lab.

I expect, like me, you’ve heard that old saying: truth is stranger than fiction. I’m not sure it’s right all the time – especially when I see some of the fantasy books that are out there these days. But if we’re keeping the action limited to people and rooted on planet Earth, then it could be right. My recent experience certainly suggests so.

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