The Next Inspector Banks Novel: Careless Love

Careless Love UKBanks and his team find themselves with two suspicious deaths. One involves the apparent suicide of a young local student, whose body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn’t own a car. Didn’t even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why?

The other case concerns a man in his sixties found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post mortem findings indicate that he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity?

As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie’s father’s new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants, and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.

The new Inspector Banks will be available on 12 July, 2018 (UK), October 20018 (CA), January 22, 2019 (US). (Buy from Amazon UK)

Hear Peter Talk About His Favorite Music on BBC Radio 6

Listen to Peter’s hour of music and musical reminiscences on Radio 6 music’s “Paperback Writers” this Sunday afternoon, 29 October, at 1pm. Watch this site for the playlist.

If you’re in the UK, find out more on the Radio 6 website.

Notes from the Inspector Banks 30th Anniversary Tour

The Banks 30th Anniversary Tour is about halfway through. The first three weeks have been a wonderful mix of libraries and bookshops, and I have had the opportunity to answer a lot of interesting questions and meet so many enthusiastic Banks fans. Sleeping in the Ground continues to do well since it entered the Sunday Times bestseller list at Number 2 a couple of weeks ago.

Waterstones hosted many of the events, as well as supplying books for library signings, and I would like to thank the staff and all the people who made the effort to attend in Southampton (especially the work experience crew!), Northallerton, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster and Nottingham, sometimes in less than perfect weather conditions! It was also a special treat to do events with fellow crime writers William Shaw in Brighton and Mari Hannah in Newcastle. I would also like to thank the librarians in Rothwell, Leeds, Rochester, Darlington, York and Peterborough. Speaking in the beautiful Chichester Cathedral was a great thrill, though I was much distracted by the stained glass windows!

Taking a break from signing books; thinking about a nice pint of Timothy Taylor’s…

It is always a pleasure to appear at events organised by independent bookshops, and this time was no exception. David’s Bookshop in Letchworth is a treasure trove of books and music, and Topping & Co provided a venerable venue in St Peter’s church, Ely. White Rose Books in Thirsk remains a must for any book tour I’m likely to do, providing a comfortable, intimate space and that all important glass of wine! Castle Hill Books in Richmond might not be large in terms of space, but it was great to sit in warmth and comfort there with a nice cup of tea and chat with people while the rain poured down outside.

This week is dominated by independents in the Northwest and South Wales, much of it uncharted territory for me. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Simply Books in Bramhall, Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, Book-ish in Crickhowell and, finally, Waterstones in Cardiff. There’s much more to come, including an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival on 15th August, which is always and honour and a thrill. Hope to see you all somewhere over the coming weeks!

See the rest of the tour dates here.

Sleeping in the Ground Now Available in the UK

SleepingintheGround UpdateThe latest Inspector Banks novel, Sleeping in the Ground, has been released in the UK.

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.

But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for.

When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

Buy it now from Amazon UK.

Get a Signed First Edition Copy of Sleeping in the Ground

Peter was signing copies of Sleeping in the Ground today for Goldsoro Books, who is selling a limited number of signed first editions. Get yours now; they won’t last long.

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Peter Robinson’s 2017 UK Book Tour

Peter’s latest book, Sleeping in the Ground, is due out in a few days in the UK, and he’ll be touring the country extensively to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Inspector Banks book, Gallows View. Below is a list of scheduled events. Try to get to lunchtime signings as close to the noted time as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 11 July, 2,00pm: Talk at Rothwell Library, Marsh Street, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0AE.
Tuesday, 11 July, 6.30pm: Event at Leeds Central Library, Leeds.

Wednesday, 12 July, 6.30pm: Event at Chichester Cathedral, Chichester.

Thursday, 13 July: Signing at Waterstones, West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton SO15 1QE.
Thursday, 13 July: Event for Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton BN1 1ZA.

Friday, 14 July, 2.30pm: Talk at Rochester Library, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW.
Friday, 14 July, 7.00: David’s Bookshop, 14 Eastcheap, Letchworth SG6 3DE.

Saturday, 15 July, 3.00pm: Event for Topping & Co, St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely CB7 4AH.

Tuesday, 18 July, 3.00pm: Event at Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington DL1 1ND.
Tuesday, 18 July, 7.00pm: Event at Waterstones with Mari Hannah. Emerson Chambers, Blackett St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JF.

Wednesday, 19 July, 7.00pm: White Rose Book Shop, 79-81 Market Pl, Thirsk YO7 1ET.

Thursday, 20 July, 7.00pm: York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS.

Friday, 21 July, 12.30pm: Signing at Waterstones, High Street, Northallerton DL7 8PP.

Saturday, 22 July, 11.30 – 12.30pm: Castle Hill Book Shop, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 25 July, 7.00pm: Event for Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester M1 3AQ.

Wednesday, 26 July, 7.00pm: Event for Waterstones, 24 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB.

Thursday, 27 July, 12.30pm: Signing at Waterstones, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Frenchgate, Doncaster DN1 1LJ.
Thursday, 27 July, 6.30pm: Event for Waterstones, 1 – 5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR.

Friday, 28 July, 7.00pm: Event at John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX.

Monday, 31 July, 7.30pm: Event for Simply Books, Fords Lane Church, Fords Lane, Bramhall SK7 1DQ.

Tuesday, 1 August, 7.00pm: Event at Booka bookshop, 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry SY11 2SP.

Wednesday, 2 August, 7.30pm: Event at The Bear, High Street, Crickhowell NP8 1ED.

Thursday, 3 August, 6.30pm: Waterstones, 2a The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1WB.

Tuesday, 8 August, 7.00pm: Event for Waterstones, 3 – 5 Fishergate, Preston PR1 3LJ.

Wednesday, 9 August, 7.30pm: Event for Linghams, 248 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, the Wirral CH60 7SG.

Thursday, 10 August, 7.30pm: The Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Abbey, Forgate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AH.

Tuesday, 15 August, 7.15pm: Edinburgh Festival Event, Studio Theatre, Edinburgh.

Wednesday, 16 August, 8.00pm: Event for Topping & Co, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews KY16 9HG.

Thursday, 17 August, 7.00pm: Event at Primavera for Waterstones, The Avenue Shopping Centre, 38 Avenue Centre, Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 6EY.

Sunday, 20 August, 7.00pm: Event at the East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Rd, Beverley HU17 9BE.

Saturday, 2 September, time TBC: After dinner speaker at the Gala Dinner for the National Association of Writers’ Groups. University of Warwick, Warwick.