Peter Pays Tribute to Ruth Rendell

Crime writer Ruth Rendell passed away over the weekend, and Peter Robinson has an article in The Globe and Mail, about her work. Peter that
Ruth Rendell gave us some of the finest crime novels of all time.

“When Ruth Rendell died on Saturday, May 2, it meant that we had we lost two of our finest crime writers in less than six months. Ruth and P.D. James, who died last November, were good friends, though they sat on opposite sides of the House of Lords. Both had started publishing crime fiction in the early sixties, and both had tremendous influence on the next generation. Without them, crime writing today would not be as vibrant, as exciting or as relevant as it is.”

Read the article on The Globe and Mail website.

Abattoir Blues Now Out in Paperback

Abattoir blues paperbackThe 22nd Inspector Banks novel, Abattoir Blues, is now available in paperback in the UK. It has already soared to the top ten paperback bestsellers in the UK.

Taking the title from the Nick Cave album, this sophisticated thriller, featuring DCI Alan Banks, follows the success of No.1 best-seller Children of the Revolution, which shot to the top of the UK charts earlier this year.

Get it now from Amazon UK, or from your local bookshop.

Peter Robinson on Tour for the New Inspector Banks Novel Abattoir Blues

51lKGyzeImL._.jpgThe 22nd Inspector Banks novel, Abattoir Blues, will be released soon, and Peter is going on tour to meet readers and sign copies of the book.

Taking the title from the Nick Cave album, this sophisticated thriller, featuring DCI Alan Banks, follows the success of No.1 best-seller Children of the Revolution, which shot to the top of the UK charts earlier this year.

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…

Peter will be appearing at a number of bookshops and festival events around the country and talking to fans of the hugely popular novels, which have been adapted for television, starring Stephen Tompkinson as DCI Banks.

Buy from Amazon UK.

The following dates and venues are confirmed; others may be added, so check back later.

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Waterstones, Northallerton: Book signing, 1pm
For more information: 01609 761987
Waterstones, York: Talk: Q&A and book signing, 7pm
For more information: 01904620784

Wednesday 30 July

WHSmith, Richmond, Yorkshire: Signing, 11am
For more information: 01748 850966

Saturday 2 August

Waterstones, Darlington: Book signing, 1pm
For more information: 01325 465666

Tuesday 5 August

Waterstones, Newcastle: Book signing, 12.30pm
For more information: 0191 261 7757

Waterstones, Durham: Book signing, 4pm
For more information: 0191 383 1488

White Rose, Thirsk: Talk, Q&A and book signing, 7.30pm
For more information: 01845 524353

Wednesday 6 August

Hoppers, Malton: Book signing, 11am
For more information: 01653 692014

Waterstones, Wakefield: Book signing, 1.30pm
For more information: 01924 363535

Thursday 7 August

Waterstones, Trafford Centre Manchester: Book signing, 2pm
For more information: 0161 749 8623

Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester: Talk, Q&A and signing, 7pm
For more information: 0843 290 8485

Tuesday 12 August

Knaresborough Library, Knaresborough: Book signing, 7pm
For more information: 0845 300 5112

Thursday 14 August

Waterstones, Grimsby: Book signing, 12pm
For more information: 01472 353212

Waterstones, Doncaster: Book signing, 3pm
For more information: 01302 329142

Waterstones, Derby: Talk, Q&A and book signing, 7pm
For more information: 01332 296997

Friday 15 August

WHSmith, Milton Keynes: Book signing, 12.30pm
For more information: 01908 606778

Thursday 21 August

Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Power Foundation Studio Theatre, 8.30pm
For more information: 0845 373 5888

Friday 22 August

Waterstones, Newton Mearns: Book signing, 1pm
For more information: 0141 616 3933

Waterstones, East Kilbride: Book signing, 3pm
For more information: 01355 271835

Tuesday 16 September

Leeds Central Library: Talk, Q&A and book signing, 6.30pm
For more information: 0113 247 6016

Saturday 20 September

Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival, Albert Hall, Stirling: Talk with David Hewson, 11.45pm
For more information: 01786 274000

OxCrimes, a Fundraiser for Oxfam, Features a Story by Peter Robinson


Oxcrimes is a collection of short stories by a number of authors, published in a limited edition, as a fund-raiser for Oxfam. Introduced by Ian Rankin, this book contains stories by Rankin, John Harvey, Maxim Jakubowski, John Connolly, Christopher Fowler, Simon Lewis, James Sallis, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Anne Zouroudi, Phil Rickman, Mark Billingham, Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Val McDermid, Peter James, Adrian McKinty, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Martyn Waites, George Pelecanos, Neil Gaiman, Stella Duffy, Peter Robinson, Fred Varga, Stuart Neville, Ann Cleeves, and Walter Mosley.

The signed, limited edition cost £250, and is available from Henry Sotheran Limited.

Get a 4-Book Bundle of Inspector Banks Novels

9780771030093.jpgDon’t have all the Inspector Banks novels? New to the series? Get this specially-price 4-book bundle of great Inspector Banks novels, by Peter Robinson.

Aftermath; Friend of the Devil; Playing with Fire; Strange Affair

Set in Yorkshire, England, and featuring the much-loved Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his team at Homicide and Major Crimes, this psychologically tense, intricately plotted mystery series, by award-winning author Peter Robinson, has won over millions of fans worldwide. Bundled together for the first time, these four outstanding novels reveal why Robinson is considered one of the world’s most successful living crime writers.

In Aftermath, Banks and his team investigate a serial killer couple who prey on teenage girls. In Friend of the Devil, two violent crimes that occurred in separate locations, and an unusual episode in the life of one of Banks’s colleagues, are expertly woven into a complex and compelling tale where the past comes back to haunt Banks.

In Playing With Fire, the team investigates two fiery deaths on a couple of derelict barges, but the dangerous secrets they uncover threaten to engulf Banks’s case. And, in Strange AffairStrange Affair, when Banks receives a disturbing telephone call from his brother, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London to search him out. But his sibling has vanished into thin air, and now Banks fears they have had their final conversation. What unfolds combines an enthralling murder story with a deeper investigation of Banks’s past and his troubled relationship with his brother.

Get this 4-book bundle now, wherever good books are sold, in paper or ebook editions.

Children of the Revolution Gets Great Reviews in US

children.jpgThe latest DCI Banks novel, Children of the Revolution, was released in the United States in late March, and has received a number of great reviews. Here’s what the trade publication, Booklist said, in a starred review in the March 1st issue:

“Robinson’s long-running and best-selling Inspector Banks series, now spanning more than 20 novels, has won a clutch of awards, including France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden’s Martin Beck awards, along with nominations for Edgar and Agatha awards. Detective Chief Inspector Banks, the artsy and melancholic Yorkshire detective, and his snarky sidekick, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, are consistently fun to watch, whether you just drop in on this series or have seen the shifts in their relationship from the beginning. Robinson writes police procedurals in which the latest forensic science enhances, while still taking a back seat to, the basic arts of detection; Banks is clearly on the side of oldfashioned discovery of motive and opportunity, and his questioning of suspects is wonderful to witness. This time the body of a former university lecturer is found on the tracks of an abandoned railroad track in North Yorkshire. The man has been living hand to mouth since his dismissal on charges of sexual misconduct several years before. The scene reads as a suicide, except to Banks, who suspects that the 5,000 pounds left in the man’s pocket and his recent reaching out to militant college contacts from the 1970s may point to a more complicated story. As usual with a Banks novel, the chief inspector’s frictions with higher-ups are nearly as gripping as the unraveling of the case itself. First-rate procedural and character study.”

Get Children of the Revolution now at your favorite book store!

Peter Robinson’s Children of the Revolution Number 1 in Paperback Sales in UK

children-revolution-ukPeter’s Children of the Revolution, the latest DCI Banks novel, is just out in paperback, and it has soared to the top of the UK’s best-seller lists, with a substantial lead over the rest of the list. This is the first time that one of Peter’s books has hit number one in the Official UK Top 50 list. If you haven’t read Children of the Revolution yet, grab it now; it’s flying off the shelves!

News for the Holiday Season

Happy Holidays to All!

I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Stockholm earlier this December, courtesy of my Swedish publisher Minotaur. They tell me I have sold 3 million books there!

Highlights of the week were dinner at Restaurant Sturehof with best-selling Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg and my Swedish translator Jan Malmsjö, the Books and Dreams event with Carina Nunstedt at the wonderful old Skandiabiografen cinema, dinner at Den Gyldene Freden rsetaurant in the Old Town with the winners of the Swedish Book Club competition, and, last but not least, a trip to the town of Eskilstuna to receive the Golden Crowbar (previously Martin Beck) Award from the Swedish Academy of Detection and drink beer and single malt whisky with K. Arne Blom.

Camilla Läckberg with Peter in Stockholm.

I also had a photo session with my publisher’s resident photographer Caroline Andersson. Along with all this, we also managed to find a little time for sightseeing in Stockholm, particularly the Old Town, with its narrow cobbled streets, and the Vasa Warship Museum, built around an enormous 1628 wooden warship raised in 1961. It’s a definitely a city to return to, perhaps in warmer weather!

Peter in his Nordic noir mood.