A former Worthing journalist has had his first crime mystery novel, Murder Splash, published on Kindle in time for Christmas.
Peter Bartram, who now lives in Shoreham-by-sea, has also set up a crime mysteries website featuring free short stories.
Mr Bartram, who went freelance after starting his career on the Worthing Herald and working on London-based magazines, has had 21 non-fiction books published in genres including biography, current affairs, business and how-to subjects. His books include five ghostwritten titles.
Murder Splash is his first excursion into fiction. The humorous take on the traditional detective novel is set in Brighton in the 1960s and features Colin Crampton, a crime reporter on the imaginary Evening Chronicle newspaper.
Mr Bartram said: “Colin is the kind of journalist who’s not content to report on crimes – he gets involved in solving them.
“He has high ideals about righting wrongs, but he’s quite prepared to stoop to any low scam to get his story.”
Mr Bartram is currently working on the second novel in the series, Body Copy, which is due to be published next year.
There will be a special Colin Crampton Christmas short story, free to read, on the website (www.colincrampton.com) later in December.
More information: Peter Bartram on 01273 455117.
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