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Peter Robinson is a Canadian crime writer born in 1950. Born in Yorkshire, Robinson received his BA Honors Degree in English Literature (University of Leeds) before finally moving to pursue an MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor in Canada. Eventually acquiring his Ph.D. in English at York University, by the time Peter Robinson served as a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, he had already written and published his first, second and third novels. This was after teaching at a number of Toronto Community Colleges and Universities.

Order of Inspector Banks Series

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1Gallows View 1987Description / Buy
2A Dedicated Man 1988Description / Buy
3A Necessary End 1989Description / Buy
4The Hanging Valley 1989Description / Buy
5Past Reason Hated 1992Description / Buy
6Wednesday's Child 1992Description / Buy
7Dry Bones That Dream / Final Account 1994Description / Buy
8Innocent Graves 1996Description / Buy
9Dead Right / Blood at the Root 1997Description / Buy
10In a Dry Season 1999Description / Buy
11Cold is the Grave 2000Description / Buy
12Aftermath 2001Description / Buy
13The Summer That Never Was / Close to Home 2002Description / Buy
14Playing With Fire 2003Description / Buy
15Strange Affair 2004Description / Buy
16Piece of My Heart 2006Description / Buy
17Friend of the Devil 2007Description / Buy
18All the Colors of Darkness 2008Description / Buy
19The Price Of Love: And Other Stories 2009Description / Buy
20Bad Boy 2010Description / Buy
21Watching the Dark 2012Description / Buy
22Children of the Revolution 2013Description / Buy
23Abattoir Blues / In the Dark Places 2014Description / Buy
24When the Music's Over 2016Description / Buy
25Sleeping in the Ground 2017Description / Buy
26Careless Love 2018Description / Buy
27Many Rivers to Cross 2019Description / Buy
28Not Dark Yet 2021Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Banks Short Stories/Novellas

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1Going Back (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
2Like a Virgin (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
3Blue Christmas (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
4Walking the Dog (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
5Summer Rain (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Peter Robinson Standalone Novels

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1Caedmon's Song / The First Cut 1990Description / Buy
2No Cure For Love 1995Description / Buy
3Before the Poison 2011Description / Buy

Order of Peter Robinson Short Story Collections

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1Not Safe After Dark 1998Description / Buy
2The Price of Love and Other Stories 2002Description / Buy

Order of Peter Robinson Short Stories/Novellas

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1Birthday Dance 2009Description / Buy
2The Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle 2009Description / Buy
3The Ferryman's Beautiful Daughter 2009Description / Buy
4The Cherub Affair 2009Description / Buy
5Cornelius Jubb 2009Description / Buy
6The Magic of Your Touch 2009Description / Buy
7Fan Mail (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
8The Good Partner (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
9Innocence (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2011Description / Buy
2The Book Thing ( By: Laura Lippman) 2012Description / Buy
3The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen) 2012Description / Buy
4Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box) 2012Description / Buy
5The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille) 2012Description / Buy
6An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2012Description / Buy
7Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link) 2012Description / Buy
8The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner) 2013Description / Buy
9Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell) 2013Description / Buy
10The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor) 2013Description / Buy
11What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook) 2014Description / Buy
12Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey) 2014Description / Buy
13The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson) 2014Description / Buy
14The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine) 2014Description / Buy
15The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye) 2014Description / Buy
16Book Club (Short Story) ( By: Loren D. Estleman) 2014Description / Buy
17The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow) 2014Description / Buy
18It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane) 2014Description / Buy
19The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry) 2014Description / Buy
20The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry) 2015Description / Buy
21The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott) 2015Description / Buy
22Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady) 2015Description / Buy
23Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2015Description / Buy
24Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina) 2015Description / Buy
25From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart) 2015Description / Buy
26The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin) 2016Description / Buy
27Citadel (Short Story) ( By: Stephen Hunter) 2016Description / Buy
28Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler) 2016Description / Buy
29Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey) 2016Description / Buy
30The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall) 2016Description / Buy
31Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale) 2017Description / Buy
32The Pretty Little Box (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd) 2018Description / Buy
33Seven Years (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
34The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler) 2018Description / Buy
35The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta) 2018Description / Buy
36The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly) 2018Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen)2012Description / Buy
2The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry)2014Description / Buy
3Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box)2012Description / Buy
4An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver)2012Description / Buy
5Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link)2012Description / Buy
6Seven Years (Short Story)2018Description / Buy
7The Book Thing ( By: Laura Lippman)2012Description / Buy
8The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman)2011Description / Buy
9Book Club (Short Story) ( By: Loren D. Estleman)2014Description / Buy
10The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor)2013Description / Buy
11The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner)2013Description / Buy
12Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell)2013Description / Buy
13What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook)2014Description / Buy
14It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane)2014Description / Buy
15The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow)2014Description / Buy
16Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey)2014Description / Buy
17The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson)2014Description / Buy
18The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye)2014Description / Buy
19The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine)2014Description / Buy
20The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry)2015Description / Buy
21The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott)2015Description / Buy
22From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart)2015Description / Buy
23Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina)2015Description / Buy
24Citadel (Short Story) ( By: Stephen Hunter)2016Description / Buy
25Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady)2015Description / Buy
26Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates)2015Description / Buy
27The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin)2016Description / Buy
28The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall)2016Description / Buy
29Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey)2016Description / Buy
30Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler)2016Description / Buy
31Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale)2017Description / Buy
32The Pretty Little Box (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd)2018Description / Buy
33The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly)2018Description / Buy
34The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler)2018Description / Buy
35The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta)2018Description / Buy
36The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille)2012Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

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1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy
6The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2020Description / Buy

Peter Robinson Anthologies

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1 The Best American Mystery Stories 19991999Description / Buy
2 Opening Shots: Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories2000Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 22000Description / Buy
4 The Best American Mystery Stories 20012001Description / Buy
5 Like a Charm2004Description / Buy
6 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 52004Description / Buy
7 Thou Shalt Not Kill2005Description / Buy
8 The Penguin Book of Crime Stories2007Description / Buy
9 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion2008Description / Buy
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Robinson is a crime writer. While he has also penned poems, short stories and even articles on writing, Peter Robinson’s name is most synonymous with this work as a crime writer, specifically his series of novels set in Yorkshire and featuring Inspector Alan Banks. The novels are set in the fictional town of Eastvale in the Yorkshire Dales and follow a former member of the London Metropolitan Police who escapes the capital for a quieter life in the Dales

Peter Robinson Awards

While Peter Robinson isn’t exactly a household name, the numerous years he has spent writing novels have garnered him a number of accolades and awards from notable sources in the literary arena.

Robinson’s collection of awards includes the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story (1990), the Anthony Award for Best Novel (1999), the Edgar Award for Best Short Story (2000) and the Spoken Word Bronze Award for The Hanging Valley (2003) to mention but a few.

Robinson’s collection of awards is quite extensive and it is most likely only going to grow with the passing of time.

Peter Robinson Books into Movies

DCI Banks is a British crime drama on the ITV Network. Produced by Left Bank Pictures, the show is based on Inspector Alan Banks from Peter Robinson’s books. Stephen Tompkinson plays the role of Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.

Peter Robinson signed a deal with Left Bank Pictures and ITV to adapt his novels for a television series in 2010. Filming began that same year in Leeds, with the first episodes finally airing in October of 2010.

The series has adapted stories from books like Wednesday’s child, Bad Boy, and Piece of My Heart.

Best Peter Robinson Books

If you want to understand Peter Robinson as an author, you have to look at his Detective Banks books because they best represent his approach; while he has written quite a few novels in this particular series, the books below are considered among the best:

In a Dry Season: A drought brings intrigue and mystery when it drains a local Thornfield Reservoir. It reveals a long-drowned small village; though, the skeleton of a murder victim from the 1940s proves to be the primary draw.

Detective Alan Banks and Detective Sergeant Annie Cabot put their skills to the test when they try to investigate a decades-old crime; in the process, they uncover an old and evil secret.

In a Dry Season brings readers to Hobb’s End, a village that was dying due to the closure of the flax mill. The residents were already evacuated when the village flooded in 1953; this was how the Thornfield Reservoir was created.

Someone killed a gorgeous blond and buried her under an outbuilding but Gloria wouldn’t be buried forever, and neither could the many secrets of Hobb’s End. Peter Robinson spends a notable portion of this novel shifting back and forth between present day and 1939. The fact that you are never confused as the reader is a testament to Robinson’s abilities.

There is a reason this book won the Macavity, Anthony, and Barry Awards. Robinson has a way of building suspense with each new chapter, keeping you on the very edge of your seat.

AfterMath: The fiend known as the chameleon is finally in custody. It only took a phone call from a concerned neighbor to bring the police to Terence Payne’s doorstep; and with the elusive serial killer seemingly dying, it looks like the nightmare might finally be over.

However, Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is puzzled by quite a few unanswered questions, almost certain that the darkness has yet to lift and casualties will continue to mount.

This is a difficult book to read because it deals with child sexual abuse; however, Robinson handles the subject matter deftly. There are few authors that are as effective at writing procedurals as Peter Robinson, and this book proves as much. The characters are intriguing and each story seems to have much deeper meanings.

When Does The Next Peter Robinson book come out?

Peter Robinson doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Not Dark Yet and was released on March, 16th 2021. It is the newest book in the Inspector Banks Series.

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