Sleeping in the Ground Wins Arthur Ellis Prize for Best Crime Novel

Arthur ellis awardSleeping in the Ground has been awarded the 2018 Arthur Ellis Prize for Best Crime Novel. This award, given by the Crime Writers of Canada, is for excellence in Canadian Crime Writing.

This is not the first time that Peter has won this award, and it’s iconic wooden trophy of a hanging man. In 2012, he won Best Crime Novel for Before the Poison; in 2011 he won Best Novel for Cold is the Grave; in 1997, he won Best Novel for Innocent Graves; and in 1992 he won Best Novel for Past Reason Hated.

The award is named after the pseudonym used by Canada’s last hangman.

News for May, 2018

The good news is that Sleeping in the Ground has been nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. The bad news is that I won’t be in Toronto to attend the awards banquet on 24 May. But that’s not really bad news as, instead, I will be in the midst of a library tour of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia coast from 21-28 May. It’s going to be tough travel, with a lot of ferry deadlines and long drives, but I’m looking forward to meeting the readers out there, and the scenery is spectacular. Here’s the schedule. Do come if you get the chance!

  • Tuesday, May 22, 7.00pm. Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Steet, Victoria. 250-940-4875 ext. 809.
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7:00pm. Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island. 250-537-4666 ext. 225.
  • Thursday, May 24, 6:30pm. Courtenay Library Branch, 300 6th St, Courtenay. 250-334-3369 ext. 3.
  • Friday, May 25, 7:00pm. Powell River Public Library, 100-6975 Alberni St, Powell River.604-485-4796.
  • Saturday, May 26, 7:00pm. Cook Shack Hall, 20 Maple Rd, Alert Bay. 250-974-5721.
  • Sunday, May 27, 2:00pm. Campbell River Branch Library, 1240 Shoppers Row, Campbell River. 250-287-3655.

There are a number of other forthcoming events over the next few months, both in the UK and in Canada, and I’ll write more about these later. Some of the highlights are as follows:

  • Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK, Friday, July 20 at 12 noon.
  • Port Medway Readers Festival, Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada, Saturday, August 25, 7:00pm.
  • Eden Mills Writers Festival, Ontario, Canada, Sunday, September 9.
  • Richmond Walking & Books Festival, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK, Wednesday, September 26. With Martin Carthy.
  • Morecambe & Vice Festival, Morecambe, Lancs, UK. Saturday, September 29.

The new Banks book, Careless Love comes out in the UK on July 26 and in Canada in late October. US publication is not until January, 2019.

And here’s a photo of me in Hiroshima, during a recent visit to Japan.


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 26 July, 2018 (UK), October 2018 (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.