Peter Robinson Books

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

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

Order of Inspector Banks Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Peter Robinson Standalone Novels

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

Order of Peter Robinson Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Not Safe After Dark 1998 Description / Buy
2 The Price of Love and Other Stories 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Peter Robinson Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Birthday Dance 2009 Description / Buy
2 The Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle 2009 Description / Buy
3 The Ferryman's Beautiful Daughter 2009 Description / Buy
4 The Cherub Affair 2009 Description / Buy
5 Cornelius Jubb 2009 Description / Buy
6 The Magic of Your Touch 2009 Description / Buy
7 Fan Mail (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
8 The Good Partner (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
9 Innocence (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
10 Seven Years (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000 Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
4 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003 Description / Buy
5 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004 Description / Buy

Peter Robinson Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 1999 Description / Buy
2 Opening Shots: Great Mystery and Crime Writers Share Their First Published Stories 2000 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
4 The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 2001 Description / Buy
5 Like a Charm 2004 Description / Buy
6 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004 Description / Buy
7 Thou Shalt Not Kill 2005 Description / Buy
8 The Penguin Book of Crime Stories 2007 Description / Buy
9 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion 2008 Description / 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 January, 19th 2021. It is the newest book in the Inspector Banks Series.