The paperback edition of When the Music’s Over is #1 this week on the Sunday Times Bestseller list! My thanks to everyone who bought a copy. (Amazon UK)
The 24th DCI Banks novel, Sleeping in the Ground, will be published in the UK on 13 July (US: August; Canada: October). (Amazon UK)
The story begins with a mass murder at a Yorkshire wedding, and the investigation needs to move in some unexpected directions in order to find answers. In this one, Banks is mourning the death of an old lover, Annie is dealing with her father’s move from Cornwall up to Yorkshire to be “closer to her,” and DC Gerry Masterson is bearing the brunt of the action, as usual. The music moves from Bowie’s “Starman” to “Blackstar” with a lot of varied and interesting stuff in between.
As this is the 30th anniversary of Banks in print (yes, Gallows View came out in 1987!) I will be doing an extensive UK tour through July and August, with a couple of events at the beginning of September. I cover a fair bit of the country, from Southampton and Brighton to Cardiff, Edinburgh, and St Andrews, with many stops in between, especially in the North and North East. I don’t have the final details yet, but when I do I’ll post them. I look forward to seeing many of you at these events.