Peter Bartram is an author and journalist who has written 26 books and nearly 4,000 articles for newspapers and magazines.

Peter Bartram - Crime Mysteries

“This Brighton-based murder mystery is a delight.”

Peter Lovesey

Award winning crime author

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 Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.

Morning, Noon and Night Trilogy

Published by The Bartram Partnership, July 2017

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 his 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.
BUT COLIN’S investigation spirals out of control – as he RISKS HIS LIFE to land the biggest story of his career.
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.
IF YOU ENJOY BOOKS by authors like Janet Evanovich, M C Beaton and Simon Brett, you’ll soon be hooked by the mix of murder, mystery and mirth in this first book in the Colin Crampton Morning, Noon & Night trilogy. Come and join the fun…

RRP for the trilogy Kindle edition: $5.98 / £3.98 PLUS the first book FREE!!

Stop Press Murder

Published by Roundfire Books, August 2016

FIRST, the saucy film of a nude woman bathing is stolen from a What the Butler saw machine on Brighton’s Palace Pier.
NEXT, the pier’s night-watchman is murdered – his body found in the coconut shy.
COLIN CRAMPTON, ace reporter on the Evening Chronicle, senses a scoop when he’s the only journalist to discover a link between the two crimes.
HE UNCOVERS a 50-year feud between twin sisters – one a screen siren from the days of silent movies, the other the haughty wife of an aristocrat.
BUT COLIN’S investigation spirals out of control – as he RISKS HIS LIFE to land the biggest story of his career.
STOP PRESS MURDER, a Swinging Sixties mystery, has more twists and turns than a country lane. It will keep you guessing – and laughing – right to the last page.

RRP: £9.99
ISBN: 978-1-78535-440-3
309 pages

Headline Murder

Published by Roundfire Books, August 2015

AUGUST 1962 and Colin Crampton, the Brighton Evening Chronicle’s crime reporter, is suffering the curse of the “silly season” – no hard news.
HIS ONLY TIP-OFF: the disappearance of the seafront’s crazy-golf proprietor, Arnold Trumper. Colin thinks the story is about as useful as a set of concrete water-wings.
UNSOLVED MURDER: when Colin learns Trumper’s vanishing act is linked to one, he immediately senses a scoop.
POWERFUL PEOPLE are determined Colin should not discover the truth. So he must use every newspaper scam in the book to land his exclusive.
THERE’S TROUBLE when Colin’s Aussie girlfriend, feisty Shirley Goldsmith ends up on the sticky end when the scams backfire.
COLIN OVERCOMES DANGERS they never mentioned at journalism school before he writes his story. Headline Murder is a racy romp through seedy Brighton, where there’s a bad guy around every corner.

RRP: £9.99
ISBN: 978-1-78535-072-6
248 pages

Murder From The Newsdesk

Published by Roundfire Books, January 2016

JOIN COLIN CRAMPTON, ace crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle in 1960s Brighton, as he tackles seven more baffling cases.
THE MYSTERY OF THE AFRICAN CHARITY: Colin discovers greed – and murder – behind what looks like a good deed.
THE MYSTERY OF THE TWO SUITCASES: Colin interrupts a romantic Valentine’s date with girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith to unravel a case where love will find a way.
THE MYSTERY OF THE SINGLE RED SOCK: Colin’s act of heroism plunges him into the hunt for one of the most violent criminals he’s ever confronted.
THE MYSTERY AT THE BEAUREGARD HOTEL: Colin investigates when two guests disappear unexpectedly – and there’s a blood stain on the carpet.
THE MYSTERY OF THE PRECIOUS PRINCESS: Colin finds that it’s not only a dog’s life for the canines up at the Greyhound Racing stadium.
THE MYSTERY OF THE CLOTHES ON THE BEACH: a local fisherman helps Colin land a surprising catch.
THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM SANTA: Colin uncovers more than he bargained for when he goes in search of a front-page crime story with a Christmas theme.


Murder in Capital Letters

Published by Roundfire Books, April 2016

SHOT TWICE! Brighton antiques dealer Freddie Hollingbourne-Smith is murdered in his workshop – and crime reporter Colin Crampton is first on the scene.
TOO MANY SUSPECTS: Colin discovers plenty had reason to kill Freddie… like thwarted beauty queen Julie Appleyard, his jilted mistress… snooty toff Sir Tunnicliffe Hogg, his persecuted neighbour… devious hard-man Harry Spittlefield, his cheated partner… not to mention fiery and passionate Isabella, his betrayed ex-wife.
CRYPTIC CLUE: Colin must puzzle out the mystery left by a small pile of printers’ type – all in capital letters – before he can finger the killer.
THE CLIMAX EXPLODES on the famous train, the Brighton Belle. With Colin’s feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley at his side, the laughs are never far from the clues as the pair hunt down the murderer.