Mystery Authors You May Have Missed
Peter Robinson


Born in Yorkshire, England, Peter Robinson studied English Literature at the University of Leeds but came to Canada for his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, and his PhD in English at York University. Since then, he has made the Toronto area his home. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor from 1992 to 1993. Robinson lives in Toronto with his wife and occasionally teaches crime writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.

What he writes: Robinson is best known for his very popular Inspector Banks series of crime novels. In 2005, he completed his fifteenth Banks novel, Strange Affair. Aside from the taut writing and the believability of Banks, a British police inspector, what really makes Robinson’s novels stand out among the rest is the atmospheric tone he sets. Robinson makes the reader feel like they are in Yorkshire, England, following Banks along as he solves his cases. The plots and the thrill entertain the readers, but the way Robinson describes the “feel” of Yorkshire keeps readers coming back for more.


List of works
Inspector Banks Series
  Gallows View (1987) Blood at the Root (originally Dead Right) (1997)
  A Dedicated Man (1988) In a Dry Season (1999)
  A Necessary End (1989) Cold is the Grave (2000)
  The Hanging Valley (1989) Aftermath (2001)
  Past Reason Hated (1991) Close to Home (originally The Summer that Never Was) (2003)
  Wednesday's Child (1992) Playing with Fire (2004)
  Final Account (1994) Strange Affair (2005)
  Innocent Graves (1996)  
Other Fiction
  The First Cut (originally Caedmon's Song) (1990)
  Not Safe After Dark and Other Stories (1998)


The novels and short stories of Peter Robinson have been nominated for countless awards. Those titles that have won are listed here.

  Crime Writer’s of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Awards:
    Innocent Graves
    Past Reason Hated
    Cold is the Grave
    "Murder in Utopia" (short story)
  Author’s Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters:
    Final Account
  Edgar Awards:
    Missing in Action” (short story)
  Macavity Award:
    "The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage" (short story)
  Barry Awards:
    In a Dry Season
  Martin Beck Awards (Sweden):
    In a Dry Season
  Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere (France):
    In a Dry Season
  Anthony Award:
    In a Dry Season
  Crime Writer’s Association’s Dagger in the Library/Golden Handcuffs:
    Inspector Banks series
  Crime Writers of Canada’s Best Short Story Award:
    "Innocence" (short story)
What the critics say
"Robinson's skill with the British police procedural has been burnished to a high gloss." — Chicago Tribune, 8/4/1991
"Robinson's profound sense of place and reflective study of human nature give fine depth to his mystery." — New York Times Book Review, 9/15/1991
"Thoughtful... the region that breeds them, the people in Robinson's mystery flaunt their colors but keep their secrets." — New York Times Book Review, 4/5/1992
"Flawless plotting and superbly drawn characters… [Robinson] is a master craftsman." — Tampa Tribune, 2/20/2005
"If you haven’t read Robinson .... what on Earth is stopping you? .... A clever and entertaining thriller." — Miami Herald, 2/23/2005
"Fascinating....Robinson, with his usual deft touch and unblinking eye, brings the story to an unexpectedly gut-wrenching conclusion." — Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/27/2005


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