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Peter Lovesey

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Biography
Peter Lovesey was born in 1936 in Middlesex, England, and currently resides in Chichester. He attended the University of Reading and served three years in the
Royal Air Force. Before becoming a
full-time writer Lovesey was a college instructor. Interested in Victorian era sports, his first published book was The Kings of Distance, about the careers of five runners. He then won a contest for first-time authors with his first novel, Wobble to Death. In 2000, Lovesey received the Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in crime writing. The Sergeant Cribb novels have been made into a television series, episodes of which were co-written by Lovesey and his wife, Jacqueline Ruth Lewis. They have a daughter, Kathleen, and a son, Phil Lovesey, who also writes crime novels.

What he writes: All of Lovesey's very entertaining writing contains artful plotting with plenty of red herrings, and clever, often dark humor. His historical mysteries are filled with odd authentic, historical details. Unlike Holmes and Poirot, Sergeant Cribbs is an ordinary man who must struggle to solve crimes, and must also deal with the restrictions of Victorian society. Lovesey's other Victorian series stars Bertie, Prince of Wales, an amateur sleuth loosely based on Edward VII. Set in modern-day Bath, Lovesey's Peter Diamond is a grouchy, overweight cop who prefers old-fashioned detective work. And, with The Circle, Lovesey introduces Inspector Henrietta Mallin. Lovesey enjoys writing short stories and stand-alone mystery novels, such as The False Inspector Dew, in which the murderer doubles as investigator. He welcomes the experimentation that these books allow, but he is also happy to keep producing books in series with sleuths that readers recognize and can return to.

 

List of works
 
Sergeant Cribb Series
  Wobble to Death (1970) The Tick of Death (1974) U.K. title: Invitation to
    a Dynamite Party
  The Detective Wore Silk Drawers (1971) A Case of Spirits (1975)
  Abracadaver (1972) Swing, Swing Together (1976)
  Mad Hatter's Holiday (1973) Waxwork (1978)
     
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales
  Bertie and the Tin Man (1987)
  Bertie and the Seven Bodies (1990)
  Bertie and the Crime of Passion (1995)
   
Peter Diamond Series
  The Last Detective (1991) The Vault (1999) -- large type
  Diamond Solitaire (1992) Diamond Dust (2002)
  The Summons (1995) The House Sitter (2003)
  Bloodhounds (1996) -- large type The Secret Hangman (2007)
  Upon a Dark Night (1997) -- large type  
     
Novels
  Goldengirl (1977) Writing as Peter Lear On the Edge (1989)
  Spider Girl (1980) Writing as Peter Lear The Reaper (2000)
  The False Inspector Dew (1982) In Suspense (2001)
  Keystone (1984) Dead Gorgeous (2002)
  Rough Cider (1986) The Circle (2005) -- large type
  The Secret of Spandau (1986) Writing
    as Peter Lear
 
     
Collections
  Butchers: And Other Stories of Crime (1987)
  The Black Cabinet: Stories Based on Real Crimes (1989)
  The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown: And Other Stories (1994)
  Do Not Exceed The Stated Dose (1998)
  The Sedgemoor Strangler: And Other Stories of Crime (2002) -- cassette
  The Verdict of Us All (2006)
   
Nonfiction
  Kings of Distance (1968)
   
 
Awards
Macmillan/Panther First Crime Novel award, 1970, for Wobble to Death
Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger Awards, 1978 for Waxwork, 1995 for The Summons, 1996 for Bloodhounds
Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, 1982, for The False Inspector Dew
Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, 2000, for lifetime achievement
Veuve Clicquot/ Crime Writers Association Short Story Award, 1985
Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, 1985
Prix du Roman d'Aventures, 1987
Ellery Queen Readers award, 1991
Anthony Award, 1991
Mystery Writers of America Golden Mysteries Short Story prize, 1995
 
What the critics say
“One of the very best of the current generation of crime writers” — Evening Standard
“Everything the cerebral puzzle-addict craves, from tempting red herrings to literary arcana to deliciously plotted surprises.” — Kirkus Reviews
“No one has done this kind of thing better since Dorothy L. Sayers… A must for crime buffs” — Mail on Sunday
“Greatly acclaimed suspense master Lovesey is brilliant at constructing a knife’s-edge suspense plot.” — Booklist (March 15, 2001)

 

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