New Book, Swedish Festival, and Other News

As I write, When the Music’s Over has been on the UK bestseller list for six weeks now, having spent one week at #1 and a week at #2. It has also made #83 on the USA Today chart, which isn’t as bad as it sounds because that list includes everything—all formats and all genres—from cookbooks to ebooks.

I have just got back from the Crimetime Festival in Visby, which is a beautiful medieval town on the island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden. I was International Guest of Honour among a host of primarily Scandinavian authors. Sharon Bolton and Elizabeth Hand were the only other English language authors present, though everyone I met spoke perfect English. The festival was excellent, and we were very well treated, though I must say they worked me hard, often with three or four events and interviews a day. I had events with Håkan Nesser, Arne Dahl, Camilla Läckberg, Sharon Bolton, Denise Rydberg and Viveca Sten, and had the honour of congratulating Maj Sjöwall on stage after she received her award (see photo). I also met many other writers, some I have read and others I will read. The wonderful Kerstin Wixe interviewed me on stage, and champagne flowed at the book launch with Ninni Schulman. My thanks to everyone involved in the organisation, especially Carina Nunstedt, the chief! The evenings were always spent in entertaining company with good food and good wine. I was also thrilled to discover from my publishers, Forum, that When the Music’s Over (or När Musiken Tystnar) received a first hardcover printing of 20,00 copies, and my translated books in all formats have sold over three million copies in Sweden.

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Peter with Maj Sjöwall.

After a couple of days relaxing and sightseeing in Stockholm, it was back to work again, but what pleasant work it was—an evening event on 25 August at White Rose Books in Thirsk. It was a miserable night weather-wise, but plenty of people turned out, and I think a good time was had by all. Many thanks to Caroline and Sue and all who work there. I met up with an old school friend, and Derek Shelmerdine kindly gave me a copy of his magisterial, encyclopaedic book Rock n’Roll Unravelled. I can see already that it will lead to a huge expansion of my CD collection.

I have a few more events before I head over the pond for the Canadian national tour. There’s an event at Topping & Co in St Andrews at 8pm on 9 September, then an event with Mark Billingham at Bloody Scotland, in Stirling. That’s 12:15pm on the 10th at the Alberts Hall. Finally, I have a reading/signing at Castle Hill Books in Richmond, North Yorkshire, on 17 September at 5pm.

And don’t forget to tune in to ITV at 9pm on Wednesday, 31 August for the first episode of series five of DCI Banks.

August News from Peter Robinson

When the musics over usThe book tour is over for now, and I would like to thank everyone who came out to the events, especially in the unusually hot weather. And a special thank you to the bookshop staff who organised and hosted the events.

Something must have worked, because this week When the Music’s Over is #1 on the official BookScan bestseller list, as published in the Sunday Times and other newspapers. Thanks to everyone who bought it, the booksellers who sold it and the team at Hodder & Stoughton who put untold hours into the preparation and promotion of the book.

Now it’s time to look forward to the U.S. edition, to be published by William Morrow on 9th August. And this time it has the same title as the U.K. edition! (Buy from Amazon UK,

See Peter Robinson on BBC Breakfast, Wednesday 20 July

Peter will be on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday 20 July, sometime after 8 am, discussing his new Inspector Banks novel When the Music’s Over. If you’re in the UK, tune your TV to BBC1 to hear him present the exciting new Banks story. Unfortunately, Breakfast isn’t available on the iPlayer, so you’ll have to catch the show live.

Update: Did you watch Peter on Breakfast this morning? He had a great time.

Peter breakfast

Peter Robinson’s 2016 Book Tour

It’s getting close to the 14 July UK release date for When the Music’s Over, and the tour is just about settled. There may be a few additions, and the finalised Canadian dates are still to come, but here’s what I’ve got so far.

*Saturday 9th July 2016

St ALBANS FESTIVAL, St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street, St Albans: Event with David Mark. 5:00pm,

*Officially, this is pre-publication, but the book should be available.

*Monday 11th July

Jarrolds, Norwich: Talk, 6.60pm.
01603 697278

*Officially, this is pre-publication, but the book should be available.

*Wednesday, 13th July

Carlisle Crime Club at Bookcase, Carlisle: Talk, 7.30pm.
01228 544560

*Officially, this is pre-publication, but the book should be available.

Thursday 14th July

Prima Vera Bistro, The Avenue Shopping Centre, Newton Mearns, Glasgow: Talk, 7:00pm.

Friday 15th July

Waterstones, Emerson Chambers, Newcastle: Talk, 7:00pm.
0191 261 7757

Saturday 16th July

Waterstones, Cornmill Centre, Darlington: Signing, 11:00am.

DRAKE – The Bookshop, Stockton-on-Tees: Signing, 3:00pm.

Monday 18th July

Waterstones, Northallerton: Signing, 12:30pm.
01609 761987

Little Ripon Bookshop, The Courthouse Museum, Ripon: Talk, 7:00pm.
01765 606689

Tuesday 19th July

WH Smith, Victoria Shopping Centre, Harrogate: Signing, 12:30pm.
01423 566351

Oldham Library, Oldham: Talk, 7:00pm.
0161 770 8010

Wednesday 20th July

Waterstones, Leeds: Signing, 12:30pm.
0113 244 4588

WH Smith, Leeds: Signing, 2:00pm.
0113 242 2505

Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester: Talk, 7:00pm.
0161 837 3000

Thursday 21 July

Waterstones, Chester: Signing, 12:30pm.
01244 345066

Waterstones, Liverpool One: Talk, 6:30pm.
0151 709 9820

Friday 22 July

Pengwern Books, Shrewsbury: Signing, 12:30pm.
01743 232236

Saturday 23 July

Palla’s Print, Caernarfon: Talk, 3:00pm.
01286 674631

Wednesday 17th August – Saturday 20th August


Thursday 25th August

White Rose Book Café, Thirsk: Talk, 7pm start
01845 524353

Friday 9th September

Topping & Co, St Andrews: Talk, 8:00pm.
01334 585111

Saturday 10th September

BLOODY SCOTLAND, Stirling: Event with Mark Billingham & Bob McDevitt, 12:15pm.

Saturday 17 September
Reading at the Castle Hill Bookshop, Richmond, 5:00pm.
01748 824 243

The Latest News from Peter Robinson

It has been a fairly quiet year as regards publicity, since No Cure for Love was either a reissue (Canada) or the first publication of an old book (UK and USA). Either way, it meant I didn’t get to go running around the country giving talks and readings. But that will all soon change with the publication of When the Music’s Over. It’s early days yet, but one or two things have come up already.

First off, publication dates:

When the Music’s Over will be published in the UK on 14th July, 2016, in the USA on 9th August, and in Canada on 25th October.

On Friday, 15th April, I have an event with Giles Blunt and David Carpenter at the Prince Edward County Authors Festival, in Picton, Ontario. The event runs between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and consists of interviews and brief readings.

From 1st to 5th June I will be at the Crime Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, where I am to receive the Great Calibre Award of Honour along with Tess Gerritson and Pierre Lemaitre. This award ‘is presented not for certain book, but for authorship. Previous laureates of the Great Calibre Award of Honour were: Joanna Chmielewska, Marek Krajewski (two most popular authors of crime fiction in Poland), Jeffery Deaver, Boris Akunin, Alexandra Marinina, Leonid Jozefowicz, Jo Nesbø, Maj Sjöwall, Anne Holt, Kathy Reichs, Walter Mosley, Henning Mankell (he could not come to the festival because of his illness) and Håkan Nesser.’ Having never been to Poland before, I’m really looking forward to my visit!

On 9th July I’m appearing at the St Albans Literary Festival in the UK, possibly with David Mark.

From 17th to 20th August I will be at the Crimetime Festival, on the island of Gotland, just off the coast of Sweden. It’s an international festival and among the others appearing will be Sharon Bolton, Elizabeth Hand, Camilla Läckberg, Arne Dahl, Johan Theorin, Jørn Lier Horst, Håkan Nesser, Maria Jungstedt and Mons Kallentoft.

On 10th September at 7pm I’m appearing at the Bloody Scotland crime festival in Stirling, Scotland.

I have a new short story called ‘The Blackbird’ appearing in an anthology called Crime + Music Noir, edited by Jim Fusilli and published by Three Rooms Press this autumn.

And finally, the fifth season of DCI Banks is in production right now, filming in Leeds and various parts of Yorkshire, starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz and Jack Deam. None of the three stories presented over six one hour episodes was based on any of the Banks novels or short stories, and I think you can expect a few surprises this time around. The series shows on ITV in the UK later this year.

Out now: In the Dark Places

In the dark placesThe latest Inspector Banks novel is has been published in the US. With a different title – In the Dark Places – this is the same as Abattoir Blues, the 22nd book in the series.

When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground. Things quickly become much more sinister.

Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear – in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it’s their turn to become the prey…

Read more about In the Dark Places.

Available Now in the UK: Reissue of No Cure for Love

No cure for loveAfter twenty years, No Cure for Love is now available in the UK. I have always been very fond of this, my “L.A.” book, and I’m really happy to see it finally published here, with a new foreword by Michael Connelly.

I won’t be doing a lot of touring around this year, but I just got back from the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival in Harrogate, which is always a terrific event, and earlier in the year I had a great time at the Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai. In the next few weeks, though, I will be appearing with Stephen Booth and Nick Quantrill at the Newark Literary Festival, held at Newark Castle, on 8th August at 4.00pm, and on 26th September I’ll be with Helen Cadbury at the Richmond Books and Walking Festival, at Richmond, North Yorkshire.

No Cure for Love is also being reissued this autumn in Canada, the only place it has previously been published, by McClelland & Stewart, and it will appear in the US in spring, 2016, published by William Morrow.

See this page for more information.