Today I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Beach Party Mystery by Peter Bartram
Murder stalks the beach party…
Brighton is about to host its most exciting beach party ever – with the world’s biggest name in rock music headlining the show.It seems a world away from the work of Evening Chronicle crime reporter Colin Crampton. But that’s before fraudster Claude Winterbottom is beaten to death.
As Colin investigates the crime, he finds there are too many suspects. Like Manfred Crouchpenny, the fattest loan shark in the world. Or Jeremiah Clarke, leader of a band of purity campaigners. And who is the mystery woman who hides behind the pseudonym Astraea?
The climax explodes on a pirate radio ship moored off the British coast. There are laughs alongside the action as Colin and feisty girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith race against time to save countless lives at the beach party.
Wow, this was certainly an interesting read. I do love a murder mystery and I have to say this was unlike any I have ever read before. I am new to the ‘Crampton of the Chronicle’ adventures but I can honestly say it didn’t hinder my enjoyment one little bit. The story is pretty fast paced and as it’s set in the swinging sixties is full of that wonderful atmospheric vibe that came with the period. Music features pretty heavily and I enjoyed all the titles of well-known songs from the era. I am a child of the seventies and so my parents were still very much into that music, a love that filtered into my childhood memories. Anyway, I digress.
I adored Colin, he made me laugh and it was a thrill to cling on to his coat tails and follow him on this adventure. I also loved his rather wonderful girlfriend, Shirley. They make an incredible duo and are very readable. I very much enjoyed travelling back to a time where reporters would race to the closest telephone box to get their copy in. Peter has a great talent for creating time and place. The dress, the music, the atmosphere. It all worked perfectly. We are actually close to Brighton and have visited many times (although not in the swinging sixties!) and Peter captured the energy of the town brilliantly. A host of dodgy characters make this a difficult conclusion to call but I thoroughly enjoyed trying to guess what would happen in the end. Funny and smart this was a superbly entertaining read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank so much to Anne Cate for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely Peter Bartram for sending me a copy. Peter – It was an absolute pleasure to be introduced to your writing and I very much look forward to reading more.
About the author
Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime mystery series. His novels are fast-paced and humorous – the action is matched by the laughs. The books feature a host of colourful characters as befits stories set in Brighton, one of Britain’s most trend-setting towns.
You can download Murder in Capital Letters, a free book in the series, for your Kindle from http://www.colincrampton.com.
Peter began his career as a reporter on a local weekly newspaper before editing newspapers and magazines in London, England 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 a courtier’s chambers at Buckingham Palace. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.
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