I’m beyond excited to announce the next guest on Storytime With Desiree: Peter Bartram. I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good mystery (is there an Agatha Christie novel I *haven’t* read? … no seriously, I’m asking). We’ll be diving into the first book in Peter’s Colin Crampton Morning, Noon & Night trilogy, Murder in the Morning Edition.
See book details below.
I’ll be chatting with Peter on Monday, August 7th, at 2 PM EST.
Welcome to Brighton, England – where they do like to murder beside the seaside…
Don’t you just hate it when you get the afternoon off – and then find yourself chasing a train robber with his loot?
Join ace crime reporter Colin Crampton and his feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith as they embark on a new adventure.
It all starts when Colin spends a lazy afternoon by the beach with Shirley. But when a daring robbery takes place before their very eyes, Colin reckons he’s on the trail of a big story.
But nothing about the robbery is what it seems. And before long Colin and Shirley are drawn deeper into danger.
Colin encounters a motorcycle rocker with bad teeth, a dyslexic tattooist, and a seller of novelty toilet roll holders as he chases down his story.
Murder in the Morning Edition is the first part of a mystery adventure trilogy which continues in Murder in the Afternoon Extra and Murder in the Night Final.
“By the end of page one, I knew I liked Colin Crampton and author Peter Bartram’s breezy writing style.” Over My Dead Body
“A romp of a read! Very funny and very British.” The Book Trail
Peter Bartram has drawn on years of experience as a journalist while writing his Crampton of the Chronicle crime mystery series. The novels feature the adventures of Colin Crampton, a crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle, in 1960s Brighton, England.
Peter decided a reporter would make a great protagonist in crime mysteries after he recalled an incident in his own career. He was threatened by a thug that bad things would happen if the guilty verdict in his court case was mentioned in the paper. When told about this, the editor splashed Peter’s report on the front page. And Peter had to watch his back for a couple of days!
The Crampton novels are fast-paced and humorous – the action is matched by the laughs, just like life in a real newsroom. Swinging Sixties Brighton, with its eccentric characters and louche atmosphere, which Peter recalls at first-hand, provides a lively backdrop for the stories.
Peter began his career as a reporter on a local weekly newspaper before editing newspapers and magazines 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 Buckingham Palace. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.