As an aspiring writer who hasn’t yet managed to complete one novel (the 21 non-fiction books don’t count!), I’m fascinated by how Peter Bartram, author of the Morning, Noon and Night Trilogy has managed to produced three books in a row! Luckily, he’s agreed to tell me a bit about it.
Peter’s books are available here.
Murder in the Morning Edition
A comic crime caper. Book 1 of the Morning, Noon & Night trilogy
Book 1 of 3 in the Crampton of the Chronicle Morning, Noon & Night trilogy (3 Book Series)
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.
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…
Why I Wrote The Morning, Noon & Night Trilogy
A Guest Post by Peter Bartram
When I published a book of short stories last year – Murder from the Newsdesk, if you’re interested – I was struck by some of the reasons readers gave for enjoying them.
One reviewer said the book was perfect reading for the daily commute. Another enjoyed it on a plane journey. Yet a third said it was exactly the kind of book to pick up and put down when there were a few minutes for reading.
It got me thinking about the way people read books. We’re all different. Some of us like to sink into a deep armchair before a roaring fire for hours on end. But others grab a few pages when they can in a busy day.
I’ve seen people reading books pushing a supermarket trolley, standing in a queue, lying on a park bench. And, of course, these days they’re as likely to be reading a kindle, a laptop or an iPhone as a printed book.
So when it came to writing the next Crampton of the Chronicle comic crime mystery, I decided to do something different. Instead of writing one long (100,000 word) book, I’ve written three shorter novellas in a trilogy. I’m calling it the Morning, Noon & Night trilogy, which picks up on the titles of the three books.
It turns out the trilogy format perfectly fits the traditional murder mystery. They often fall naturally into three parts. In the first, the murder is committed and the sleuth is baffled. In the second, our hero picks up a key clue and follows it through many twists and turns towards the truth. In the third, the hero faces and overcomes a crisis to nail the killer.
In my trilogy, those phases fit neatly into the three books in the series – Murder in the Morning Edition, Murder in the Afternoon Extra and Murder in the Night Final. But, as I found when I came to write the book as a trilogy rather than a single book, it’s important that each book should reach a natural ending point.
The key elements of that part of the story need to be rounded up so that the finish of the book feels naturally like an end – but with another beginning just around the corner.
So three books, three murders, but one motive.
In the Morning, Noon & Night trilogy, Brighton crime reporter Colin Crampton and feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith spot a shifty character wearing a flash pair of gloves in a beachfront café on the hottest day of the year. Colin senses a story for his paper – but even he can’t imagine the trouble he’ll land himself in as he pursues the man with the gloves.
Before he solves the mystery he encounters a cast of crazy characters including a dyslexic tattooist, an exotic dancer who’s lost her pet python, and a clumsy assassin who kills the wrong people.
The trilogy is available on Amazon and Murder in the Morning Edition – the first book in the series – is free to download now here.
About Peter Bartram
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 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, before turning to crime – and penning the Crampton of the Chronicle series of humorous crime mysteries.
Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.