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Spring 2018

I'll Keep You Safe

I'll Keep You Safe reached #2 in the UK hardback charts and has just been published in the USA and Canada.

The good news is that publication dates are bringing North America closer with the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The hard cover edition of I'll Keep You Safe came out last week in the USA and Canada, so readers in North America are no longer having to wait a whole year for the latest book.  It is hoped that in the future, the publication dates of the English language editions will be simultaneous worldwide.

The paperback edition of I'll Keep You Safe will be published in the UK  in July.
I'll Keep You Safe
Click here to order I'll Keep You Safe from The Book Depository with free worldwide delivery

The Lewis Trilogy takes Norway by storm

This week the final book in the Lewis Trilogy hits the streets of Norway and the expectations are high that it will follow the success of the first two books.  The Norwegians are really taking Peter to their hearts.  

The Norwegian editions of The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man have spent months in the best seller lists and are currently still at #8 and #9 in the hard cover chart, with The Blackhouse also showing at #12 in the paperback chart after publication last September!

In addition, The Blackhouse has just been shortlisted as one of the top 5 translated crime novels in Norway for 2017. 

This is all great news for the tiny publishing house Goliat Forlag who put so much effort  and enthusiasm into the publication. 

Long live small independent publishing houses!
Goliat Forlag
Tiger Garte, Mark Jørgensen and Thea Dahlgren of Goliat Forlag publishers celebrating the publication of the final book in the Lewis Trilogy.

Winter 2017/18

Latest Book and UK Launch Tour

an explosive return to the Hebrides with the brand new thriller...


I'll keep you safe by Peter May



Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.


Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder - and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.


As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.



January 2018

Saturday 13th January - Isle of Lewis 

Event at Lews Castle, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Tel for Ticket: 01625 416 457
Ticket email:
Time: 6.30pm    
Venue: Lews Castle
Address:  Castle Grounds, Stornoway, HS2 0XS
Chairperson: Malcolm Maclean
Ticket price: £10 (including welcome drink)

Monday 15th January - Inverness   

Event with Waterstone’s, Inverness                   
Tel for Tickets: 01463 233500/ 01463 234234
Tickets Website:  (tickets info not yet up)
Time: 6.30pm         
Tel: 01463 233 500           
Venue: Eden Court Theatre,
Address: Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA
Chairperson: Emma Murray
Tickets: £5

Tuesday 16th January - Glasgow

 Aye Write Special Event in association with Waterstones & the Mitchell Library
Tickets website:
: 6.30pm
Tel for tickets:  0141 353 8000
Venue: Mitchell Library Theatre
Address: North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN   
Chairperson: Shari Low
Ticket Prices: £9

Wednesday 17th January - Perth

Event with Perth Library in association with Waterstone’s Perth
Tickets website:   
Tel for tickets:  01738 621 031 or purchase at the box office
: 7.30pm
Venue: Perth Theatre,
Address: Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ
Chair: Fiona Stalker
Ticket prices: £7

Thursday 18th January - Edinburgh

Event with Waterstone’s Edinburgh       
Ticket website:
Tel for tickets: 0131 226 2666
Time: 7pm
Venue: Assembly Roxy
Address: 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
Chairperson: Brian Taylor
 Ticket Price: £20 (includes a copy of the book)/£8

Tuesday 23rd January - Steyning

Literary Dinner in association with Steyning Bookshop, Sussex
Tel for tickets: 01903 812062
Ticket: £30 (includes book and meal)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Sussex Produce Café
Address: 88 High Street, Steyning BN44 3RD
Chairperson: William Shaw

Wednesday 24th January - Nottingham

Event in association with The Bookcase in Nottingham
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Church,
Address: Church Lane, Lowdham, Notts, NG14 7BE
Tel for tickets: 0115 966 3219
Ticket Prices: £7 full/ £6 concession/ £5 Festival Friends

Friday 26th January - London Olympia

Event at the France Show, Olympia
Telephone for tickets: 01242 264777
Half price ticket promo code: PMTFS18  (Tickets £6 & booking fee £0.60)
Time: 1.15pm    
Chairperson: Guy Wolley
Venue: London Olympia
 Address of venue: Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
Ticket Prices:  £12 / £13.20 (with booking fee)

Summer 2017

UK Festival Appearances Summer 2017

Peter will be appearing at the following festivals this summer...

New books in UK and North America

Cast Iron
- the sixth and final book in the Enzo Files series - will be published in paperback in the UK on 27th July. buy now with FREE delivery worldwide

Cast Iron - the sixth and final book in the Enzo Files series - will be published in hard cover edition in North America on October 3rd.
Coffin Road - Peter's standalone thriller set on the Isle of Harris will be published in paperback in North America on November 7th. click here to pre-order from

Coming in 2018...

Peter is currently writing a new novel which will be published early 2018 on both sides of the Atlantic. Details of that will be released soon, but we can tell you that after opening in Paris, the action shifts to the Hebridean island of Lewis.

Winter 2016/2017

6th and Final Book in Enzo Files Series
coming to UK in January 2017

Cast Iron by Peter May 6th Enzo files book
In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heat wave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.
No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone cold case - the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve.
Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.
Buy now from the Book Depository with worldwide free delivery

The sixth and final book in the Enzo Files series will be published in January 2017. Peter will be undertaking a tour of the UK to launch "Cast Iron".

"Cast Iron" Tour

Some events are free, some events charge for entry because of the administration costs of the venue.
Please check and book your tickets in advance, even for the free events as places are often limited.

Thursday 12th January - NORWICH

19.00            Jarrolds, Norwich

 Address: Jarrolds, 1-11 London St, Norwich
 Tickets: £5
 Tel:  01603 660661    
 click here for details

Friday 13th January - CAMBRIDGE

13.00 - 14.00  formal signing            Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge

Address: Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity St, City Centre, Cambridge CB2 1TY
Tel: 01223 463200

Monday 16th January - PERTH

19.00            Culture Perth and Kinross in association with Waterstones Perth

Address: St John’s Kirk, 31 St John’s Place, Perth
Tickets: £6
 Tel for tickets:  01738 444949 (library) or 01738 630013 (Waterstones)                        
click here for details

Tuesday 17th January - EDINBURGH

12.30-14.00        Formal signing at Waterstones Edinburgh

Venue: Waterstones West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD
Contact: Euan Tait


Phone: 0131 226 2666                                                                             
click here for details

18.30            Edinburgh Library event in association with Blackwell’s

Address: Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge                                        
Tel:  0131 242 8000 (library) or 0131 622 8222 (Blackwell’s)                                      
click here for details

Wednesday 18th January - GLASGOW

18.30            Glasgow Life in association with Waterstone’s Sauchiehall Street 

Address: Partick Burgh Halls, 9 Burgh Hall Street, Glasgow
Tickets: £8
Tel:  0141 353 8000 or 0141 332 9105 (Waterstones)                                
click here for details

Thursday 19th January - MANCHESTER

19.00        WATERSTONES Manchester, Deansgate

Address: Waterstone’s, Deansgate, Manchester
Tickets: £5/£3
Tel:  0161 837 3000                                                                                                
click here for details

Monday 23rd January - OXFORD

19.00            WATERSTONES Oxford

Address: Waterstone’s, William Baker House, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AF
Tickets: £5 or £3 with a Waterstones Loyalty Card
Tel:  01865 790212                                                                                                    
click here for details

Tuesday 24th January - LONDON

19.00            WATERSTONES Kensington

Address: Waterstone’s, 193 Kensington High St, Kensington
Tickets: £5 or £3 with a Waterstones Loyalty Card
Tel for tickets: 020 7 937 8432                                                                               
click here for details

Spring 2016

New Editions of China Thrillers 2016

First published between 1999 and 2004, Peter May's China Thrillers are being brought back into print by Quercus publishers' new imprint riverrun.  The six stories involve Li Yan, a Beijing homicide detective, and Margaret Campbell, a forensic pathologist from Chicago.  The background to the six books charts the extraordinary changes that took place in China around the turn of the new millennium as the country opened up to business and financial partnerships with the west.

Click here to read Peter's own story of writing the books and his thoughts about the new editions.

The Firemaker

find out more about the China thrillers here

February 2016

Australia and New Zealand Tour 2016

Dates and details of the events have just been announced for Peter's tour of Australia and New Zealand

Perth, Australia
Friday 19th February 11.30am - 12.30pm
Perth Writers’ Festival
Murdoch Theatre
Three masters of the crime genre, Peter May, Alan Carter and Garry Disher discuss their writing with Dawn Barker.
Free, no bookings

Perth, Australia
Saturday 20th February 4pm - 5pm
Perth Writers’ Festival
Alexander Lecture Theatre
Peter May, Debra Oswald and Fiona Wood (all screenwriters as well as novelists) talk to Ann Turner about screenwriting and writing books.
Free, no bookings

Perth, Australia
Sunday 21st February 11.30am - 12.30pm
Perth Writers’ Festival
Alexander Lecture Theatre
Ann Turner, Aoife Clifford and Peter May share their tools of the trade when it comes to spellbinding fiction. With John Harman.
Free, no bookings

Dunedin, New Zealand
Thursday 25th February 6pm
Dunedin City Library
Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival and the Centre of Irish & Scottish Studies at the University of Otago present
interviewed by Prof Liam McIlvanney

Adelaide, Australia
Sunday 28th February 10.45am - 11.45am
Adelaide Writers’ Week
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden
East Stage
PETER MAY interviewed by Victoria Purman

Adelaide, Australia
Monday 29th February 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Adelaide Writers’ Week
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden
West Stage
PETER MAY & MARGIE ORFORD discuss their crime writing

Brisbane, Australia
Friday 4th March 6.30 - 7.30pm
North Lakes Library
10, The Corso
North Lakes QLD 4509
An evening with Peter May
Doors open 6pm

January 2016


if you had killed someone

you would remember
wouldn't you?

out in January 2016 in UK

"a terrific novel with well-developed characters, a clever plot with a fascinating scientific issue at its core...
It is hard to imagine that many thrillers in 2016 will be better than this."
Sydney Morning Herald
(read the entire review)

A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.

A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before - a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery - a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why.

A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance. Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth - and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

For more about Coffin Road... videos, first chapter extract, audio book extract click here

"May conjures a clever, twisty eco-thriller... while making the atmospheric most of his isolated locations"
The Guardian
(click to read the full review)

Coffin Road UK Tour



Glasgow - centre

The  Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow G3 7DN
Monday 18th January 1pm
Book Online -
Or buy tickets from box office on 0141 353 8000


Glasgow - Newton Mearns

Waterstones, The Avenue Shopping Centre
Monday 18th January 7pm



The Ironworks
Tuesday 19th January at 7pm



Edinburgh Central Library,
Wednesday 20th Jan 2016, 7pm



WHSmith, The Gyle Centre, Edinburgh,
Thursday 21st Jan 2016, 10.30am



Thursday 21st January 7pm



Blackwell’s Oxford
Monday, January 25th at 7pm
Tickets: call 01865 333623 for more information or email



London - Piccadilly
Tuesday 26th January 6.30pm


"a truly outstanding novel.
Peter May is one of the most accomplished novelists writing today.
Each time we read his latest book we label it as his best yet, and we make no apology in doing so again.
The author has become a master of misdirection,
and the ways in which the strands of the book entwine confound the reader's expectations right to the very end."
Undiscovered Scotland
(read the entire review)



runaway by peter mayRUNAWAY out February 9, 2016

"Five of us had run away that fateful night just over a month before. Only three of us would be going home. And nothing, nothing would ever be the same again."

Glasgow, 1965. Headstrong teenager Jack Mackay cannot allow for even the possibility of a life of predictability and routine. The seventeen-year-old has just one destination on his mind--London--and successfully convinces his four friends, and fellow bandmates, to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom.

Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity. The heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year-old is still haunted by what might have been. His recollections of the terrible events that befell him and his friends some fifty years earlier, and how he did not act when it mattered most is a memory he has tried to escape his entire adult life.

London, 2015. A man lies dead in a one-room flat. His killer looks on, remorseless. What started with five teenagers following a dream five decades before has been transformed over the intervening decades into a waking nightmare that might just consume them all.

Runaway is a tense crime thriller spanning a half-century of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered, passions ignited and extinguished, all set against the backdrop of two unique cities at two unique and transformational periods of recent history.

"Stretching the parameters of the genre, [Runaway] is as much a disquisition on friendship and the fragility of dreams as it is a thriller."

Financial Times 2015

"The book is beautifully written, funny and poignant, and very different from any I have previously read by the versatile Peter May."

Literary Review

"A well-told tale ... The two time streams are woven together skilfully and the book ends with an intensely moving glimmer of renewed hope."

The Spectator 2015

"May is going from strength to strength ... A wonderful exhibition of just how good May can be."

The Daily Mail 2015

"A terrific read suffused with nostalgia and the burden of long suppressed guilt."

The Sunday Times 2015

"An outstanding novel that speaks directly to the little voice within each of us: the voice that in our quieter moments sometimes asks "What if?""

Undiscovered Scotland

"An excellent addition to [May's] multifarious back catalogue... My overarching reaction to this book is one of warmth. I loved the poignancy"

Raven Crime Reads

"A real emotional edge to those regrets"

The Scotsman

October 2015

Coming Soon....

Coffin Road

My new Peter's latest book, Coffin Road, isn't out until January,
but you can READ Chapter One here, just to whet your appetite.
And you can pre-order it here at  specially reduced price.

ENTRY ISLAND wins French Literary Award

Entry Island or L'Île du Serment as it's known in French just won its 3rd literary award, the Trophée 813, awarded for the last 20 years by the French crime writing review magazine, Review 813. The trophy was awarded at the annual crime writing festival at Villeneuve les Avignon. Unfortunately, as Peter was still recovering from recent surgery, he was unable to attend. So his French editor, Nathalie Démoulin, attended the festival to accept on his behalf.

September 2015

Bad news for US & Canada

Unfortunately Peter had to cancel plans for his US and Canadian tour to celebrate the publication of "Entry Island" because of a health problem which arose unexpectedly.  Instead of visiting and speaking to fans this September, he will be in hospital having his gallbladder removed.  He is very sorry to let his readers and the bookstore owners down, and promises to be back as soon as his schedule and health permits. 
Messages can be left for him on Twitter or on his Facebook page

US and Canadian readers wishing to know more about "Entry Island", should click here.

Summer 2015

US and UK Awards

The summer has got off to a bright start with the news that Peter has been shortlisted for a variety of awards on both sides of the Atlantic...

ENTRY ISLAND Shortlisted for Theakstons UK Crime Novel of the Year

Peter's book "Entry Island" has been shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award.  The winner will be announced at the opening of the Harrogate Festival of Crime Writing on July 16th, which Peter will be attending along with the other finalists. Previous winners of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award include Lee Child, Val McDermid, and Mark Billingham. Find out more about the other shortlisted books and CAST YOUR VOTE here

Peter Shortlisted for the CWA "Dagger in the Library" Award

Peter has made it to the shortlist of the UK Crime Writers Association's Dagger in the Library award for a writer's body of work.

LEWIS MAN Shortlisted for Macavity Award in USA

The second book in the Lewis Trilogy, "The Lewis Man", has been shortlisted for the Macavity Award  for Mystery Novel of the Year.  All members of Mystery Readers International and readers of Mystery Readers Journal are entitled to vote.  Find out more about Mystery Readers International and readers of Mystery Readers Journal here.
The winners of the Macavity Awards  will be announced at the opening of the Bouchercon Crime Writing Conference on October 8, 2015, in Raleigh North Carolina. 

Festivals & Author Events Planned Worldwide

Over the next nine months Peter will be appearing at events worldwide...


Peter will be making two appearances at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.  On Tuesday August 18th he will be in conversation with Julia Donaldson discussing being a best-seller abroad (Peter's books are published in 22 countries).
On Sunday August 23rd, he will be in conversation with Brian Taylor, talking about his latest book "Runaway" which will be published in paperback in the UK this summer.
Find out more here

ITALY September 9 - 11, 2015

Mantova Festival of Literature Find out more here

BLOODY SCOTLAND September 11 - 13, 2015

Peter and Val McDermid will be the opening event at Bloody Scotland on Friday September 11 And on Saturday September 12th, Peter will be at the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year Dinner.  As last year's winner, Peter will be presenting the award to this year's winner. Find out more here

USA and CANADA September/October 2015

Plans are underway for Peter's tour of the USA and Canada in September 2015.  Peter will be visiting to talk about "Entry Island". which is soon to be published in North America.  Find out all about "Entry Island" here

FRANCE October/November 2015

AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND February/March 2016

Watch this space for news of Peter's tour of Australia and New Zealand planned for February/March 2016.


The fifth book in Peter's Enzo Files series, "Blowback" is out now in paperback in the UK. 
Fans of the series will be pleased to know that Peter plans to write the sixth and final book at the end of this year and it should be published next year in the UK.

May 2015

Entry Island Longlisted for Theakstons

ENTRY ISLAND has made it to the long list for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. 

Peter Longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award

The UK Crime Writers Association "Dagger in the Library" is an award for a writer's body of work.  The initial longlist is compiled by members of the public and the shortlist and eventual winner is decided by a panel of judges comprising previous winner Sharon Bolton, CWA Director Lucy Santos, and a group of UK librarians.

Edinburgh and Bloody Scotland 2015

Peter will be appearing at two events at this year's Edinburgh Festival in August as well as coming to Bloody Scotland festival of crime writing in September.

January 2015

A Look Back at 2014

57,000 kilometres, 61 hotels, 35 flights, 9 countries and 2 major writing awards!


Meanwhile, looking forward to 2015, On January 15th RUNAWAY comes out...

Runaway by Peter May
FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING from The Book Depository
order RUNAWAY now - available Jan 2015

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year's end three returned, and returned damaged.

In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades.

Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.

The first reviews are coming in, and it's a positive reaction...

"The book is beautifully written, funny and poignant, and very different from any I have previously read by the versatile Peter May"
Literary Review

"lacerating narrative"
"As much a disquisition on friendship and the fragility of dreams as it is a thriller"
Financial Times

"a terrific read suffused with nostalgia and the burden of long suppressed guilt"
The Sunday Times

Peter will be coming to the UK and visiting various bookshops and other venues to speak about it and sign copies. Here are the details that have been confirmed at the moment please check back as other venues might be added nearer the time...


Most events are free, some events charge for entry because of the administration costs of the venue.
Please check and book tickets in advance, even for the free events, to avoid disappointment.

  • GLASGOW - Monday 19th January, 11.15am (time variable). Waterstones Sauchiehall Street (drop-in stock signing) Telephone 0141 332 9105 for more information
  • GLASGOW - Monday 19th January, 1pm.  Mitchell Library (Lunchtime Event) click here for more information
  • NEWTON MEARNS - Monday 19th January, 7pm.  Primavera Bistro.  Telephone 0141 616 3933 or click here for more information
  • INVERNESS - Tuesday 20th January, 3.30 - 4pm.  WH Smiths, High St. Telephone 01463 233885 for more information
  • INVERNESS - Tuesday 20th January, 7pm.  The Iron Works, Academy Street. click here for more information
  • PERTH - Wednesday 21st January, 1pm - 2pm.  Waterstones, St John's Centre (signing) Telephone 01738 630013 or click here for more information
  • PERTH - Wednesday 21st January, 3pm.  WH Smiths, High St. (stock signing)  Telephone  01738 621425 for more information
  • DUNDEE - Wednesday 21st January, 6.30pm. Steps Theatre, The Wellgate.  click here for more information
  • EDINBURGH - Thursday 22nd January, 11.15am. Waterstones, George St (stock signing) Telephone 0131 225 3436 for more information
  • EDINBURGH - Thursday 22nd January, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. WH Smiths, Gyle Shopping Centre (formal signing) Telephone 0131 339 8855 for more information
  • EDINBURGH - Thursday 22nd January, 7pm.  Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge. (Peter May in conversation with Jackie McGlone) click here for more information
  • EDINBURGH - Friday 23rd January, Noon. Blackwells, South Bridge.  (stock signing) Telephone 0131 622 8222 for more information
  • LONDON - Tuesday 27th January, 6.30pm. Waterstones Piccadilly. (Talk and signing) click here for more information

Here's the Penn and May video for RUNAWAY...

Runaway by Peter May

November 2014

coming soon...
Runaway by Peter May

FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING from The Book Depository
order RUNAWAY now - available Jan 2015

Click here to find out more about Peter's latest book, RUNAWAY due out in January 2015

October 2014

ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club
Dagger for Best Read of the Year 2014

Entry Island

Hot on the heels of winning the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014, Peter's book "Entry Island"
has also won ITV Specsavers Book Club Dagger for the Best Read of the Year 2014, at the
star-studded Crime Thriller Awards ceremony in Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Mayfair!

Peter goes to the stage to receive his award

Peter May wins the ITV specsavers crime
                      thriller club Dagger for best read of the year
Peter complaining that it's the first time in thirty years that he has worn a suit! 
Val McDermid and Kate Mosse
presented Peter with the award

Peter May wins the ITV specsavers crime
                      thriller club Dagger for best read of the year
Peter holds the award aloft saying,
"This is for Jon Riley and everyone at Quercus"

September 2014

Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014

Entry Island

Peter's book "Entry Island" was awarded the prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year at the "Bloody Scotland" crime writing festival in Stirling on Saturday 27th September. 
On presenting the award, Magnus Linklater said:
‘What struck us about this year’s Deanston winner was the author’s originality. The idea of what a crime novel is and can be appears to be changing, if this year's short-list is anything to go by;  we may be said to be looking at the “post-crime” novel,  and Entry Island reflects that.  The focus is is less about the murder, the clues, the tracking down of the perpetrator, than about the landscape against which it takes place, and the characters who become part of the narrative.
‘This is a very well-researched and constructed book set in a fully-imagined world, with skilfully drawn parallels between the historic and contemporary narratives. May’s sense of place is so intense that it almost becomes a character in itself. The judges would particularly like to praise the dual narrative, the vivid descriptions, the richly-layered prose, unflinching emotion and the interesting central character: we enjoyed reading him as he rattled about with his demons.’
Peter May accepts the
                      Deanston Crime Book of the Year 2014 for Entry

Peter was delighted to receive the award, saying:
'This is the first literary award that any of my books have won in the UK, despite several short listings, and I am absolutely delighted that it is the Deanston Scottish Crime Novel of the Year.  It makes me immensely proud to be honoured by my ain folk in this way, and I owe a huge thanks to those Scottish readers who have propelled me to the top of the charts with their unerring support.

'I have just returned from an 18-day book tour of North America to promote the Lewis Trilogy and have frequently been asked why Scottish crime writers in particular are so successful.  And I have come to the conclusion that it is all about confidence - the confidence that successful pioneers like William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin have given the rest of us to write about our home country, and the confidence inspired by the wonderful loyalty of Scottish readers and the backing of Scottish bookstores.  Bloody Scotland is a manifestation of that confidence, and this prize the ultimate seal of approval.  I am humbled to receive it.'
Peter May wins the
                          Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014

Earlier in the day, it was Peter who was awarding a trophy to the Scottish Crime Writers football team after their 14 - 1 victory over the English Crime Writers...
Peter May present Trophy
                      to Scottish Crime Writers

Ian Rankin holds the
                      trophy aloft after 14-1 win
Captain Ian Rankin holds the trophy aloft

After the football Peter appeared at the packed Albert Halls where he was interviewed by Alanna Knight..
Albert Halls packed for
                      Peter May Event

Peter May interviewed by Alanna Knight

August September Tour 2014

Entry Island

Peter will be touring in Scotland (Edinburgh, Stornoway, Inverurie)

before heading to the USA (Cambridge MA, Minneapolis MN, Houston TX, Denver CO, Salt Lake City UT, Oakland CA, Corte Madera CA, Seattle WA, Bellingham WA)
and Canada (Winnipeg, Toronto). 

He will then return to Scotland in time for the "Bloody Scotland" crime writing festival. 

Click here to find out full details

Entry Island out in Paperback in UK
The Lewis Man out in Hardback in USA
The Blackhouse out in Paperback in USA

Summer 2014

In July Peter was at the Harrogate festival where he shared an "in conversation" event with Ann Cleeves.  After that he went on a tour of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland where he received a very warm reception from fans.  He was interviewed by all the major newspapers and a Czech documentary crew made a film about him.


Peter May Wroclaw

Peter May reading at the Central Library Wroclaw, Poland

Peter May Ostrava, Czech Republic

Peter May signing books in hotel after breakfast in Ostrava, Czech Republic

Peter May in Brno, Czech Republic

Peter may signing after the reading and talk at the Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic

Documentary Crew filming Peter May in Brno
                  shopping mall

Documentary crew filming Peter May in Brno shopping mall

Documentary Crew filming Peter May on Moravian

Documentary crew filming Peter May on Moravian lake
Coming up...



Monday 25th August 7pm



Saturday 30th August

Acorn Centre
West High Street



September 2nd - 17th
Event List to be announced



Festival hosted by Stirling's Libraries

Friday, 19th September 7.30pm




Festival of Scottish Crime Writing, Stirling

Saturday 20th September 5.30pm



May 2014

The Enzo Files now out in UK

"A sharp edged tale woven with the intricacy of a spider's web.  Intelligent, involved, and ingenious"
Steve Berry (Author of THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

Extraordinary People
click here to buy now with free delivery worldwide from The Book Depository

Click here to find out more about The Enzo Files and Extraordinary People

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in other news....

has just been longlisted for the
Theakston's Old Peculier

Crime Novel of the Year 2014

"completes one of the best-regarded crime series of recent years"
The Independent
(read the full article

January 2014

#5 in UK hardback bestsellers' list

Entry Island by Peter May

"Peter May follows his superb Lewis trilogy with an equally absorbing work”
“Mackenzie’s historical quest merges rivetingly with his 21st century police work”
The Times (London, UK)
(click to read the full review)

"Entry Island is simply another outstanding novel by Peter May.
Though on second thoughts, nothing is ever simple with Peter May,
and this is not "another" novel by him:
we think it's easily his best yet."
Undiscovered Scotland
(click to read the full review)

"Told with exceptional clarity and a fine eye for the claustrophobia of island life,
it weaves a hypnotic spell as it jumps between generations and proves that
May is a writer to be cherished."
Daily Mail (UK)
(click to read the full review)

"an absorbing read from a writer at the top of his game"
Daily Express (UK)
(click to read the full review)

Both lines weave together, as elegantly as any Celtic knot, until May ties both ends off.
The final result is a fascinating glimpse into a shameful and frequently overlooked aspect of British history."
The Independent (UK)
(click to read the full review)

BOOK TOUR: Peter is currently touring venues in the UK and Paris to talk about ENTRY ISLAND (for full tour details, click here)

Click here to read the first online review of ENTRY ISLAND

When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city.

Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

The investigation itself appears little more than a formality. The evidence points to a crime of passion: the victim's wife the vengeful culprit. But for Sime the investigation is turned on its head when he comes face to face with the prime suspect, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met.

Haunted by this certainty his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away. Dreams in which the widow plays a leading role. Sime's conviction becomes an obsession. And in spite of mounting evidence of her guilt he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professional duty he must fulfil, and the personal destiny that awaits him.

Entry Island available NOW on Kindle, click here for KINDLE

click here for KINDLE Amazon.COM

available from THE BOOK DEPOSITORY from January 2nd 2014
Entry Island
PRE-ORDER now from The Book Depository with FREE worldwide delivery


READ IT... Click here to read the opening of the book...

LISTEN TO IT... Click here to hear an audiobook clip of Sime's first view of Entry Island

LISTEN TO IT... Click here to hear an audiobook clip of Sime first meeting the murder suspect, Kirsty

LISTEN TO IT... Click here to hear an audiobook clip about the clearance of an island village

LISTEN TO IT... Click here to hear an audiobook clip of the first witness interviews

LISTEN TO IT... Click here to hear an audiobook clip of a confrontation with an islander




Saturday 11th January, 
Event in association with Waterstones, Aberdeen

Venue: MacRobert Lecture Theatre, MacRobert Building, Kings Street, University of Aberdeen

Tickets: £5/£4 concessions

Tel for tickets: 01224 592 440


Sunday 12th January, 5.00 – 6.00pm
Waterstone’s Union Bridge
Event for Peter May
Tickets free but booking advisable.
Contact: Lee Carr at Waterstones
Tel: (Waterstones) 01224 592 440

Mon 13th January
, 7pm
Event with Waterstone’s, Inverness

Venue: Inverness Town House. Inverness Town House, Inverness, IV2 4SF

Tickets: £5

Interviewer: Robert Taylor, Editor of Inverness Courier

Tel for Tickets: 01463 233500

Tues 14th January
, 12.30 – 2.00pm
WHSMITHS, Glasgow Signing

Venue: 53 – 55 Argyle St, G2 8AH

Contact: Brian McIntyre, 0141 204 0636


Tues 14th January
, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Waterstones, 38 Avenue Centre, Newton Mearns, G77 6EY

Venue: Primavera Bistro, Newton Mearns

Tickets: free (but need to book)

Tel: 0141 6163933

Weds 15th January
Event with Blackwells, 53 – 62 Southbridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS

Venue: The Roxy Theatre, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Tickets: £5
Tel: 0131 622 8222


Thurs 16th January
, 11.30am
Informal signing: Waterstone’s, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Thurs 16th January
, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Formal signing: Waterstone's George St, Edinburgh
Tel: 0843 290 8309 to reserve a signed copy

Thurs 16th January
, 6.30pm
In association with Waterstone’s, 35 Commercial Street, Dundee DD1 3DG

Venue: Steps Theatre, The Wellgate, Dundee, 

Interviewer: Helen Brown, Dundee Courier

Tickets: free but booking essential
Tel for tickets: 01382 200322

Tues 21st January
, 7pm
Waterstones’ Piccadilly, London

Tickets: £5/£3
Tel: 020 78512400



Wednesday 22 January 2014
, 18h00 - 20h00
Signing 6-7pm

Presentation 7-8pm
Venue: WH Smith,
Address: 248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
(Metro: Concorde)

Thursday 23 January 2014, 18h00

Venue: Librairie L’Écailler
Address: 101 Rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris, France
Phone:+33 1 45 75 30 72

Friday 24 January 2014, 18h30

Venue: Librairie Maruani
Address: 171 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris, France
Phone:+33 1 45 85 85 70

Saturday 25 January 2014, 15h00

Venue: Librairie Gilbert Joseph
Address: 26 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, France
Phone:+33 1 44 41 88 88

Saturday 25 January 2014, 18h00

Venue: Librairie Acacia
Address: 33/35 bd du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
(Métro République ou Filles du Calvaire)
Tél. : 01 48 04 76 52

September 2013

Barry Award for The Blackhouse

Barry Award for
                            Peter May for The Blackhouse

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at the 2013 Bouchercon Crime Writing Convention in Albany, New York.  Peter accepted the award from George Easter of Deadly Pleasures magazine. You can watch his acceptance speech below (the picture is not very clear, but the sound quality is good enough to hear his speech...

A photo companion book for The Lewis Trilogy, containing more than 200 beautiful photographs of locations in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland described in the books.  The photographs were taken by local photographer and artist, David Wilson, and they are accompanied by a narrative by Peter May.

landscape of the Outer Hebrides, with its stark cliffs, ghostly mists and lonely beaches, has become a definitive character of Peter May's Lewis Trilogy. In Hebrides, readers accompany Peter on an odyssey in prose and images, through a history of the Vikings' 'Long Island' and his own deep personal connection with the islands that influenced his bestselling work.

Travelling as if alongside his protagonist Fin Macleod, he describes the island life - as bewitching as it is treacherous - his encounter with the bird-hunters of Sula Sgeir, and the savage seas of Ness and the churches of Eriskay.

With extracts from the trilogy and specially commissioned photographs, this book places Peter May's writing and characters within the land that gave them form.

July 2013


THE BLACKHOUSE shortlisted for a Barry Award

THE BLACKHOUSE has been shortlisted in the category of Best Crime Novel in the BARRY AWARDS run by Deadly Pleasure magazine.
All subscribers and readers of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine are eligible to vote.
Once you have subscribed, you may vote by email ( or by sending your votes to P.O. Box 997, Bountiful, UT 84011.
The winners will be announced September 19, 2013 at the Opening Ceremonies of Bouchercon 2013 in Albany, New York

THE BLACKHOUSE shortlisted for a Macavity Award

THE BLACKHOUSE has been shortlisted for a Macavity Award.   This award is nominated by and voted on by members and supporters of Mystery Readers International, as well as subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal. Winners will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in September, in Albany this year. The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats).

THE LEWIS MAN shortlisted for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

  The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year is a UK prize announced each year at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.``

June 2013

THE CHESSMEN 23 weeks in the UK hardback chart!

THE CHESSMEN is still in the UK hardback bestsellers chart almost six months after publication

THE ENZO FILES new e-books editions from Quercus

Quercus have released new e-book versions of the Enzo Files books, EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, THE CRITIC, BLACKLIGHT BLUE and FREEZE FRAME (with BLOWBACK coming soon)
Find out more here

January 2013

Highlights of 2012

The Lewis Man was just named by UK newspaper The Independent as one of their "Books of the Year" for 2012 and the described the series as:
"one of the best-regarded crime series of recent years".

The Blackhouse was published in the USA by Quercus’ partners, Silver Oak, and has been received very well. 

New York Times reviewer, Marilyn Stasio said:
"Peter May is a writer I’d follow to the ends of the earth"
and praised his
"intricately plotted story" and "thrilling showdown".

Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it:
"May’s brilliant first in a trilogy"
and appreciating
"such multi-dimensional characters".  

Library Journal gave it a starred review, too, describing it as:
"mesmerizing"', "breathtaking", "astonishing".

Library Journal have also just named The Blackhouse one of "The Best Books of 2012" in the USA.

January Magazine also named
The Blackhouse one of "The Best Books of 2012" in the USA.

The year was also notable for the awards and shortlistings, both in France and in the UK, that Peter received for The Lewis Man.

In May, Peter was named in the shortlist for the UK Crime Writers’ Association’s "Dagger in the Library" a prize awarded by British librarians.

Back in France, Peter won the French daily newspaper Le Télégramme’s Grand Prix des Lecteurs. 
All 12 nominees were called on to give talks at shops and libraries and be interviewed on television - all of this in French, of course!  
The vote was taken by readers of the newspaper and the 12 books. 

In May, Peter was delighted to be declared the winner and even more delighted to receive the 10,000 Euro prize!

In June, at Le Havre’s Ancres Noires Crime Writing Festival, he became the first person to win their Prix des Lecteurs twice - having won it previously for The Blackhouse.

The Lewis Man was also shortlisted for the first Scottish Crime Book of the Year, at the inaugural "Bloody Scotland" Crime Writing Festival in Stirling in September.

And in October, Peter won the Prix Polar International at the Cognac festival of Crime Writing by a unanimous vote of the judges (which is apparently very unusual).

October 2012

"The Lewis Man"
wins the 2012 Prix International
at Cognac Festival of Crime Writing

Peter won the 2012 Prix International at the Cognac Festival of Crime Writing for The Lewis Man.  The jury was unanimous in its verdict for the first time in the 17-year history of the festival.  In addition to a bronze statuette, Peter won a bottle of 1795 Baron Otard Extra Cognac.

Peter May Prix
                                International  Peter May Prix
Peter May Prix International

September 2012

 "The Lewis Man"
out now in paperback in the UK

The Lewis Man comes out this week in the UK in paperback.  To celebrate, Peter and Quercus have announced a competition to win a copy of The Chessmen - the final book in the trilogy - which will be published in the UK in January 2012...


Simply take a photograph of your copy of The Lewis Man in a far-flung or unusual location or in the hands of an unexpected reader and post the pic on Twitter or Peter's Facebook Page to enter.  Click here for full details of the competition and prizes.

"The Blackhouse" out in October in the USA

The Blackhouse comes out at the beginning of October in the USA.  The Library Journal and Publishers Weekly have delivered their verdicts and have each awarded starred reviews! Check out the adjectives...  "mesmerizing" "breathtaking" " astonishing" "brilliant"!:

“Scottish author May (...) has written a mesmerizing new trilogy opener. May brings the story to a breathtaking conclusion with an astonishing twist at the end.”
The Library Journal
(starred review)

“May’s brilliant first in a trilogy" "Abundant local color (...) matches Macleod’s tormented emotional landscape. The struggles of such multidimensional characters (...) add depth.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

June 2012

"The Lewis Man" Wins
'Les Ancres Noires' Readers' Prize!

The Lewis Man won the Readers Prize at the prestigious Le Havre crime writing festival Les Ancres Noires.  It was selected from the field of 23 books which were read and judged by readers from libraries and reading groups in North West France.  Two years ago, The Blackhouse won the same award, and this is the first time in the festival's ten-year history that an author has won the prize twice.
Peter May Le
Peter May at Le Havre with his prize

"The Lewis Man"
Wins Le Télégramme Readers' Prize!

Peter was presented with a cheque for 10,000 Euros at a ceremony in Brest, France, on Thursday 24th May 2012 by Hubert Couderier of the French newspaper, Le Télégramme as the winner of the newspaper's readers' vote was announced and the prize was awarded to The Lewis Man.

Author and publisher, Hervé Hamon, who was chairman of the committee who selected the shortlist of books for the prize said, 'The Lewis Man' is a work of true literature. Peter May is able to take a subject so individual and unique yet make it relevant to everyone, touching the spirit of all those who read it."
Peter May
                                    picking up the cheque for 10,000
Peter May picking up Le Télégramme Readers' Prize

Peter spoke about why having The Lewis Man chosen as the favourite book of readers of the Télégramme newspaper was so important: "Readers' prizes like this are special because there are no politics involved; it's a simple case of readers (the most important people in writers' lives) reading the books and saying which one had pleased them the most."

He went on, "I had been shortlisted for this prize earlier in the year, so I knew that I was one of six authors whose books would be read and voted on.  Along with the shortlisting came a requirement to make bookstore appearances and give talks, as well as do video interviews for French television and the internet sites of the newspaper and bookstores.  It's always daunting for me, as a Scotsman, to handle all of these live events and interviews in French, and I'm sure I make more than a few linguistic blunders!  I'm just glad that readers of Le Télégramme didn't hold that against me!"
Peter May
                                    preparing for interview on French
Peter May preparing for interview on French TV

The shortlisted books were available in bookstores and libraries and, over a period of months, readers of  the Télégramme newspaper were required to register in order to participate and vote for their favourite.

Winning the prize meant returning to Brest with a 1500 kilometre round trip for another round of nerve-wracking TV and newspaper interviews again all in French, along with the award ceremony, dinner, and the prize itself - a cheque for 10,000 Euros.

You can read about it here:

Shortlisted for Dagger in the Library Award

The day after Peter won the Télégramme prize, he received the news that he had been shortlisted for the British Crime Writers' Association's "Dagger in the Library" Award.  This prize is decided by a judging panel of librarians, and it is awarded not for one particular book, but instead for a writer's body of work, and for writers who have built up a following with library readers but who have not yet made a big breakthrough.

Here's how the judges described Peter:  “An accomplished author, at the height of his powers with this latest trilogy. He manages to vary his settings while always creating completely believable characters.”
Read more about "The Dagger in the Library" and the shortlist here:

"The Killing Room" China Thriller #3
to become movie

While Peter was in Brest, literally a thousand miles away from him on the other side of France, the Film Festival in Cannes was in full swing, and Alexis Dantec and Fred Bellaiche’s production company, French Connection, was making an important announcement.

The French producers had optioned Peter's "The Killing Room" - the third in The China Thrillers series - two years ago, and announced at Cannes a co-production deal with Dream Capture Studios in Korea to make a film adaptation of the book.

The action will transfer from Beijing and Shanghai to Seoul and the film will be in English, French and Korean. Li Yan will become Korean, and Margaret Campbell will become a French pathologist.

May 2012

"The Lewis Man"

20 weeks in UK hardback best-sellers' list
"The Lewis Man" has been shortlisted for the following awards:

  •     the Prix des Lecteurs du Télégramme - the Readers' Prize of of Le Télégramme newspaper in France, winner to be announced in May 2012
  •     the Prix des Lecteurs at Les Ancres Noires Festival, Le Havre, France, winner to be announced in June 2012
  •     the Prix International at the Polar&Co Festival, Cognac, France, winner to be announced in October 2012

and has been named as one of the final 15 for:

    the UK Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award, shortlist to be announced late May 2012, winner to be announced in the summer of 2012.

Book Three in The Lewis Trilogy - News
"The Chessmen" - third book in the Lewis Trilogy will be published in January 2013.  But if you want a taste of it to whet your appetite... *Click here to read an excerpt*

April 2012

"The Lewis Man"

13 weeks in UK hardback best-sellers' list

Dagger in the Library Award

Peter has just been named as one of the final 15 for the UK Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award.  Judged by a panel of librarians it is award to an author for a body of work that has given most pleasure to readers.

February 2012

"The Lewis Man"

7 weeks in Top 20 UK hardback best-sellers' list
Check out the Reviews of The Lewis Man.

"the second novel in May's Isle of Lewis trilogy is as good as its superb predecessor"
The Guardian

"Peter May is the [crime] genre’s fine wine; his writing is refined and complex, offering pleasure on many levels."

"an outstanding example of the storyteller's art"
Undiscovered Scotland

"I absolutely loved this second book in the series and can safely state that May is currently unveiling a cracking series."

"Peter May weaves his wonderful magic and the story unfolds before you in vivid detail"

"story-telling at its primordial best"

"The plot throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets;
the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog."
The Times

"Peter May has struck creative gold with the Lewis Trilogy."
The LitWitch

"utterly compelling"
The Express

"May is a masterful story-teller."
The Irish Examiner

January 2012

"The Lewis Man"

#5 in UK hardback best-sellers' list in 1st full week of sales
Look at the fantastic trailer Quercus commissioned for  The Lewis Man....

Reviews are coming in now for The Lewis Man and the general consensus seems to be that it is as good if not even better than The Blackhouse.
Peter May in Ayr, Scotland
"The Blackhouse"
voted Favourite Read of
Richard and Judy 2011 Autumn Book Club

Readers voted via the WHSmith website for their favourite read from the eight titles in Richard and Judy’s Autumn 2011 Book Club and the winner for 2011 was The Blackhouse.

Peter said, "I am absolutely delighted that readers of The Blackhouse have voted it the best read of the Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club. It is a fantastic vote of confidence in the choices made by Richard and Judy, and in the prominence which WHSmith gives to their promotion. Nothing is more satisfying for a writer than to receive the plaudits of his or her readers. I am honoured and humbled."

November 2011

"The Blackhouse" wins top French Literature Award

The CEZAM Prix Litteraire Inter-CE 2011

The Blackhouse has won France's biggest reader's prize, judged by more than 3500 readers sitting in committees the length and breadth of France. The judges read and deliberated on a shortlist of ten European novels and then their votes were adjudicated and counted by professional librarians and bookshop owners, who then announced the winners at two levels, regional and national.  Peter May's The Blackhouse won 21 out of the 26 regional prizes and won the majority of votes nationwide to lift the national award. Watch the video below to see images from the National Award ceremony in Strasbourg October 2011.  Peter is now in the middle of a national tour of France to pick up his regional awards.

September 2011

"The Blackhouse" chosen for Richard and Judy Book Club Autumn list

The Blackhouse has been selected by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan for the Richard and Judy Book Club (the UK's equivalent of the Oprah Book Club).  The paperback edition which is published this week by Quercus, will be featured prominently in more than 1000 WH Smith high street and travel locations across the UK throughout the Autumn.  Richard and Judy interviewed Peter to discuss the book and you can watch the video here, below...
September 7th - article in The stated:
"All eight members of the latest W H Smith-exclusive Richard and Judy book club ("Autumn Reads") earn bestseller status this week—four charting in the Top 20 Mass-market Fiction chart and the other four earning places in the Fiction Heatseekers list. Peter May, the winner of the three French literary awards, was the bestseller of the bunch" entered the Top 20 paperback fiction list at #14 after 3 days and rose to #9 after its first full week in print.  It spent eight weeks in the UK bestsellers' list.

If you haven't read The Blackhouse yet, now is the time to seek it out.  You should find it in any branch of WH Smith's in the UK, or online.

The Blackhouse paperback is also available from The Book Depository with an offer of Free Worldwide Delivery

Summer 2011

"The Blackhouse"

The Blackhouse wins another prize - the 2011 PILP (Prix Inter Lycées Professionels) Literary Award was judged by students in lycees across Northwestern France who voted for L'île des chasseurs d'oiseaux (The Blackhouse) as their favourite from a shortlist of ten books.

The Blackhouse was released in Australia and has been received well...
“All the accolades are deserved.
...the best book I’ve read all year
...It’s an intense, psychological drama that’s all about atmosphere and character,
a book that clings to you long after you’ve put it down.
... a study of tragedy, resentment and even redemption
...a powerful, beautifully paced story that drips with malice.”
The Chronicle (Australia)
(read the full review)

For up-to-the-minute news follow Peter on TWITTER or FACEBOOK

February 2011

"The Blackhouse"
UK release

The Blackhouse, after just over a week in the bookstores, came into the UK best selling hardback fiction list at #15!

"...melancholy … brilliant"
The Literary Review

"impeccably written murder thriller"
Daily Express

"A chilling setting for a gripping novel... impressive writing"
The Times (London)

"thrilling ...bleak, wild, atmospheric novel ...400 pages of pitch-perfect dialogue and creepy, spine-tingling storytelling."
The Scotsman

"...beautifully written, haunting and powerful outstanding page-turning murder mystery"
The Independent (Ireland)

"unique and cutting edge ...probably like nothing you have read before."
The Big Thrill

"May handles the plot, pace and characterization with a freshness and fluidity that make it a delight to read"
The Big Issue

For all the reviews and latest information about The Blackhouse, click here.
The UK launch began with gatherings in Scotland in Glasgow and Edinburgh weather permitting! The Blackhouse was named Waterstones' Book of the Month for February and is being featured in Asda and Sainsburys.

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"The Blackhouse"

Spanish Page

Celebrating the Spanish launch with a new Spanish page on the website: la bienvenida a mis lectores españoles!
Check it out and watch the videos of the Spanish book trailer and an interview with Peter.
"Ian the Elf"
UK publisher Quercus loves it!

Finally, something for diehard Peter May fans, a chance to read his first ever book, online.  New technology has made it possible to create a VIDEO book of his first work!  UK publisher Quercus has featured it on their website, here.


Winter 2010/11

"The Blackhouse"

Awards and Publications

There have been further French award nominations for The Blackhouse, it was nominated for the Prix des Lecteurs at the Villeneuve lez Avignon book Festival, and for the Prix International at the Cognac Book Festival "Polar&Co", and has also just been nominated for the Prix Litteraire Cezam, a National French Literature Prize for which the winner will be announced in 2011.

The French daily newspaper, L'Humanité, reviewed the book describing it as:
"A thriller with an intensity that never slackens, chilling and igneous at the same time, like the great country that serves as its setting. A masterpiece indeed."  Read a full English translation here.

The Literary Review said of the UK edition: "His [the hero’s] gradual enlightenment is conveyed with subtle, tragic conviction …. melancholy … brilliant"
and the UK's Daily Express describes it as: "[May's] finest work... an impeccably written murder thriller"

The Big Thrill wrote an article about Peter and The Blackhouse which you can read, here.  And the reviews have begun to arrive, read one from Cornflower Books here.  And London's CityAM said: "This is a novel of subtlety and horror. Award-winning author Peter May has deftly constructed a story that gets into the heart of human darkness while presenting an intriguing thriller you won’t be able to put down."

Also a review on The Crime Squad's website: It's hard to choose a single quote, so here's a selection from it...
"This is much, much more than a murder mystery, revealing the depths to which human beings are driven by passion and jealousy. Fin is a complex and attractive character plunged into an emotional whirlpool"

But the big news for the new year is that the book will be published in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany in 2011.  Here is Peter's account of the story behind the publication...

Peter also recounts a moving story concerning the inspiration behind one of the characters for The Blackhouse, on his new blog, here.

You can pre-order the hard cover book from The Book Depository (Quercus publisher's UK supplier who offers 25% off and free worldwide delivery) or from Amazon UK, using one of the links below....

European Book Launches

Peter has been invited to attend the Crime Writing Festival in Barcelona at the end of January/beginning of February 2011.  He will also be making trips to England and Scotland in February and perhaps March 2011.

If you want to keep up to the minute with Peter's news and travels, you can interact with him personally...
on Facebook, at, and
on Twitter at @authorpetermay
Movie News
Progress continues on the French movie version of The Killing Room.


- named one of the "Best Mysteries of 2010"

#4 in The Enzo Files Series, Freeze Frame, having already been lauded by the New York Times, and given starred reviews in both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, has just been name one of the "Best Mysteries of 2010 by Omnimystery News, Mysterious Reviews.  Read the entire review here.  And see the collected critics remarks here.

Summer 2010

Peter wins the


at Les Ancres Noires, Le Havre, France
Just back from a hectic US tour, followed by several library and bookstore talks and signings in the south of France, Peter drove fifteen hours from Fréjus on the Mediterranean, to Le Havre in Northern France for Les Ancres Noires - a festival of crime writing.marquee

This festival takes place in a large marquee on the beach where more than 20 authors shortlisted for its annual award spend the weekend meeting the public, giving talks, and signing books.

busInterviews and panels take place in a bus parked on the promenade, and authors are treated to fabulous food and wine in local restaurants over the weekend.

Highlight of the festival is Sunday lunch and the announcement of the winner of the PRIX DES LECTEURS (the readers' prize) - a prize voted for by readers in more than 20 libraries in Le Havre and the surrounding area.

By a unanimous vote (unprecedented in the history of the book festival) this year's voters chose Peter's "L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux".
Peter receives the award, in the presence of filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.  The prize itself is a sculpture by French artist and sculptor, Jean-Paul Carnet.

"L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux" ("The Blackhouse" in English) is the first of a trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.  Published first in France, it will be released in other European countries - including the United Kingdom early in 2011.

Within one hour of the announcement of the award, the bookseller hosting Peter's stand had sold out of all the copies of the book!
Peter with his award, and some remaining copies of the China Thrillers.

*read the article in French newspaper, Le Havre*
(right click - or option+click - to download and save pdf)

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Spring 2010

On the Road

USA TOUR, March - May 2010 - check here for dates and come to see Peter.


French film producers have just bought the rights to #3 in the China Thrillers series: The Killing Room and have commissioned Peter May and Janice Hally to write the screenplay.


Starred reviews in Library Journal and Publishers Weekly as well as praise  in the New York Times...
"The author of the much acclaimed "China Thrillers" surpasses himself here in misdirection, placing clues in plain sight and leaving the reader anticipating the fifth entry in this outstanding series." Library Journal (starred review)

"May’s excellent fourth Enzo McLeod mystery... With its intricate plot, compelling characters, and bombshell denouement, this unsettling Enzo Files installment is a must-read." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"We are in the presence of a writer in complete control of his subject and his characters, and not just at the level of day to day activity. This is a truly multi-level work with thoughtful excursions into the painful inner lives of the characters, even as we follow them to inevitable and tragic conclusions. A most satisfying novel." Carl Brookins

"The formula is a neat one, going back to the golden age of detective fiction... Although May obviously (and justifiably) prides himself on his grasp of the plot mechanics, something must be said for his vivid settings, which remove the story from the library and send it out into the wide, wide world."  New York Times

"Spending time with Peter May's charming and clever Enzo Macleod in Brittany is pure pleasure. In May's fourth installment of the Enzo Files series, the remote Ile de Groix, with its turbulent coast, rough weather, and laconic and secretive residents, tests Macleod intellectually and physically as he attempts to solve a case so cold it's frigid... the truth hidden inside the mystery of Freeze Frame is fascinating and Enzo Macleod is great fun to hang out with." Bookbrowse

"fast-paced... The Enzo Files are a great series that is four for four." Genre Go Round Reviews

"This mystery is rich in story development and characterization... enticing the reader to become a fan of this cerebral series.”

February 2010

Tour, Appearances, Interviews...

USA TOUR, March - May 2010
The dates are starting to come together for the US Tour check here for details.


February has another live (in pixels at least) interview in Second Life, where Peter will be talking about Virtually Dead:
February 14th (Sunday)
Second Life Television "Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe"
at 6pm PST/SLT  (for anyone living in UK or Europe this airs in the early hours of Feb 15th Monday morning: UK 2am and Central Europe 3am)
The URL to watch the show live IN Second Life is:
The URL to watch the show live broadcast over the internet is:
The URL to watch a recording of the show (any time from 15th February onwards) is:


Peter will be in Montauban for a Soirée Ecossaise hosted by Le Scribe on February 11th details on his French website.


Read the latest interview with Peter in the International Thriller Writers magazine.

January 2010

Virtually Dead
The standalone thriller Virtually Dead is published this month in the USA. Flick Faulds, Private Eye, has the lowdown on Peter's latest activity... and here is the book trailer...

In other news, planning for Peter's US tour in April/May 2010 is already underway.

November 2009

Coming Up...
The publication in French of Peter's latest book, "L'Ile des Chasseurs D'Oiseaux" is creating a lot of excitement.  When Peter's French publishers read it, they liked it so much that they insisted on buying world rights, and so the book - set in the Outer Hebrides - was published in French before it came out in any other language!  Several European publishers became involved in bidding wars when it was unveiled at the Frankfurt book fair in October and it will shortly be published in most European languages.  French speakers may be interested to check out the reviews on Peter's French website, and English speakers will be pleased to know that they won't have to wait too much longer to read it.  Watch this space for more info...

October 2009


Here's a repeat of Peter's webcast for PPWebCon, the world's first online crime and mystery convention, which was hosted by Poisoned Pen Press.

September 2009

Bumper Crop...

Just looking at the proposed list of Peter's books scheduled for publication this winter and discovered that there will be...


editions published in the USA between October 2009 and February 2010!

Peter will arrive in the US again in March 2010 for a Spring tour, so it looks like he will have plenty to talk about, including...

The brand new standalone:
Virtually Dead
January, 2010
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

The brand new 4th Enzo File (latest in the series):
Freeze Frame
March, 2010
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

The 3rd of the Enzo Files:
Blacklight Blue
March, 2010

And a flurry of China Thrillers in hardcover and paperback...

The Firemaker
October, 2009

Chinese Whispers
October, 2009
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

The Killing Room
February, 2010

The Runner
February, 2010
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

So with The Fourth Sacrifice and Snakehead which came out in Feb 2009 - that means by next Spring, all the China Thrillers paperbacks will be available for the first time in the USA.


There will be one more new book by Peter out in October 2009...


(English title: The Blackhouse)

A brand new novel set in the remote Outer Hebridean Isle of Lewis, will be published in France in October.  Editions Rouergue bought the world rights and so the book will be available in French before it is published anywhere else in the world in English!

June 2008

Peter's Broadcasts Available now...
Blacklight Blue Playlist

Snakehead Playlist

April 2008

New Live Internet Broadcast...

Details of the broadcast follow, but first, have a look at author Carl Brookins' interview with Peter.  You can find it here... Carl Brookins talks to Peter


Join Peter for more videos, excerpts, and live Q&A by clicking:


there will be two shows, at the following times around the world...

EST: 10am  &  1pm
CST: 9am  &  Noon
MST: 8am  &  11am
PST: 7am  &  10am

UK: 3pm  &  6pm

Central Europe: 4pm  &  7pm

Bangkok, Thailand: 10pm  &  1am

Beijing, China: 11pm  &  2am

Perth, Australia: midnight  &  3am

Sydney, Australia: 2am  &  5am
If you click on the above link at the moment you'll find some video clips of the last broadcast.  And if you miss next Sunday's broadcast, you'll be able to catch repeat viewings afterwards - you'll just miss the live Q & A.

February 2008

Busy Month...

Poisoned Pen Press are publishing the 4th China Thriller, Snakehead in hardback
and the 2nd China Thriller, The Fourth Sacrifice in Paperback.

THE FOURTH SACRIFICE #2 in the China Thrillers series  Buy now from Amazon...

SNAKEHEAD  #4 in the China Thrillers series  Buy now from Amazon...
BLACKLIGHT BLUE #3 in the Enzo Files series  Buy now from Amazon...

December 29, 2008
Peter's Live Internet Broadcasts...

...were an experience!  The first broadcast went incredibly smoothly.  Too smoothly.  The second made up for that when Peter lost his internet connection 2 minutes before the broadcast was scheduled.  Re-setting the modem and re-booting proved useless.  So a telephone call from France to New York resulted in Peter's brother-in-law logging on, taking control of the online studio, locating the pre-recorded segments and getting the show on the air only 3 minutes after the scheduled time!  That gave Peter 27 minutes to locate someone with hi-speed internet that was working, and persuade them to let him come and use it... Another 4 telephone calls later he was away with his laptop, driving through narrow country roads in the dark, through France.  Across a long ridge, and through a jumble of stone buildings, he came to a converted 18th century barn where an artist/photographer friend has his studio with internet connection.  After all the required French formalities: kisses, handhakes, pleasantries, some hasty explanations (what's French for "live internet broadcast"?!), trying to remember forgotten security passwords for modem, giving up on Wifi, finally locating the ethernet cable, Peter slumped into a seat with his laptop camera online and cued up, just in time to hear himself say "So if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them..." End of recorded segment.  Cue live camera... Action!

You can now view the recorded part of the show, which is running on a loop on the station, here...

In the meantime to whet your appetite, here are the first reviews of Blacklight Blue...

Blacklight Blue
"A cerebral, chilling tale bound to burnish May's reputation.”
Kirkus Reviews

"May's dark, intense third mystery to feature Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod... an unusually compelling ongoing saga”
Publishers Weekly

"This complicated tale weaves threads of the past into the present...
 An engrossing mystery"
Library Journal

To get your copy...
(In the USA, Click here to support your local independent mystery store by ordering Peter's books from one of them)
or order from:
Blacklight Blue

December 28, 2008
Join Peter on his
Live Internet Broadcasts

Peter will be making two live video broadcasts and you will be able to see and hear him wherever you are in the world, on...

Sunday 28th December

UK: 3pm & 6pm
Central Europe: 4pm & 7pm

USA Times
EST: 10am & 1pm
CST: 9am & Noon
MST: 8am & 11am
PST: 7am & 10am

To view the broadcast simply go to:

But this isn't just a one-way show!  The broadcast will include a Question and Answer session, in which you will be able to participate, by sending questions to him, live by text or by E-mail in advance from this form.

Peter will be giving you all his news live, and talking about his new Enzo File...

Blacklight Blue

Blacklight Blue, the latest in The Enzo Files series was published on November 10th 2008, by Poisoned Pen Press.

Remember, to view the broadcast simply go to:

In the meantime to whet your appetite, here are the first reviews of Blacklight Blue...

(In the USA, Click here to support your local independent mystery store by ordering Peter's books from one of them)

or order from:
Blacklight Blue
"A cerebral, chilling tale bound to burnish May's reputation.”
Kirkus Reviews

"May's dark, intense third mystery to feature Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod... an unusually compelling ongoing saga”
Publishers Weekly

"This complicated tale weaves threads of the past into the present...
 An engrossing mystery"
Library Journal

September 2008

Peter live from France by video link

at Bettendorf Public Library, Iowa USA

From his home in France, Peter will be present via Skype live video link at a discussion with readers and members of the public in Iowa, USA.  The discussion will be led by librarian Hedy Hustedde in the

Bettendorf Public Library’s
Malmros Conference Room,
Saturday, October 11,
from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
and will centre on the first book in Peter's China Thrillers series,
“The Firemaker”.
New members are always welcome.

May 2008

VIDEO and AUDIO developments

A new page on the website is an archive of all things video and audio.  As well as the videos which can be found on Peter's Youtube page, you'll find podcasts and TV interviews in English and in French!



Peter has two new channels where he will be able to broadcast worldwide live.  Right now he's busy writing his next book (well, it has to be done sometime!) but we'll let you know as soon as there will be a LIVE broadcast where you will be able to put your comments by E-mail or text to him live during the transmission. 

Spring 2008


- and another nomination

Peter arrived back from the USA tour to find that the French edition of "Chinese Whispers" (L'Eventreur de Pekin) has been shortlisted for the PRIX INTERNATIONAL at the Cognac "Polar & Co" Literary Festival!  Winners will be announced in October.

The Enzo Files - latest...

The third book in The Enzo Files series will be published later this year and Peter is already thinking about book #4.  To whet your appetite for more of Enzo, click on the "play" button on the video below to catch a glimpse of Enzo's home town, Cahors.  Visit Peter's YouTube page where you can find more of his research videos from France and China.

February 2008


Follow Peter's trip across the USA during February and March 2008 on his blog at

If you can, come along and hear Peter talk about his two latest books published in the US, "The Critic" (#2 in the Enzo Files series) and "The Killing Room" (#3 in the China Thrillers series.  At some events, you can even get a chance to tast the wines mentioned in "The Critic"!

January 2008


Peter was made a Chevalier de l'ordre de la Dive Bouteille as a result of all the research he did on Gaillac wines for his latest book.  Read all about the experience on his blog at


The latest in the Enzo Files series THE CRITIC has just been published by Poisoned Pen Press.  (read the latest reviews here)

The book takes place in the vineyards of Gaillac in South West France, and involves the death of a world-famous wine critic.  On this year's tour Peter will not only talk about the book, but will also be able to let readers taste it!

The wines that he mentions in the book will be available for the first time in the USA and on Peter's tour, many of the venues have been able to arrange for him to do a wine-tasting with readers.  So come along and get a "taste" of Peter's books...


Still with some details to be confirmed, here is the latest news about Peter May's 2008 tour of thr USA...


    THOUSAND OAKS, CA: Saturday, February 16th: Mysteries to Die For, 11am
    - talk & signing
    NEWPORT BEACH, CA: Sunday, February 17th: To Be Confirmed
    - wine tasting, talk & signing
    SAN DIEGO, CA: Monday, February 18th: Mysterious Galaxy, 3.30pm
    - wine tasting, talk & signing
    SAN DIEGO, CA: Monday, February 18th: Alliance Francaise and Mysterious Galaxy, 6pm
    - wine-tasting, talk & signing
    LOS ANGELES, CA: Tuesday, February 19th: The Mystery Bookstore
    - drop-by signing
    LOS ANGELES, CA: Tuesday, February 19th: Alliance Francaise, 7pm
    - wine tasting, talk & signing
    SACRAMENTO, CA: Thursday, February 21st: To be confirmed
    - wine tasting, talk & signing
    SAN MATEO, CA: Friday, February 22nd: M is for Mystery, 7pm
    - wine tasting, talk & signing
    CORTE MADERA, CA: Saturday, February 23rd: Book Passage, 7pm
    - talk & signing
    SACRAMENTO, CA: Sunday, February 24th: To be confirmed
    - wine tasting, talk & signing
    SCOTTSDALE AZ:  Tuesday, February 26th, 2008: Poisoned Pen with Barnes & Noble and Alliance Francaise
    - wine-tasting, talk & signing
    HOUSTON TX:  Monday, March 3rd 2008: Murder By The Book 6pm
    - talk & signing
    HOUSTON TX:  Tuesday, March 4th, 2008: Murder By The Book and Alliance Francaise
    - wine-tasting, talk & signing
    BOULDER CO: Wednesday, March 5th: High Crimes, 7pm
    - talk & signing
    DENVER CO: March 6th - 9th, LEFT COAST CRIME
    DENVER CO: Thursday, March 6th: Murder By The Book 5.30pm
    - talk & signing
    DENVER CO:  Friday, March 7th, 2008: Alliance Francaise
    - talk & signing
    MINNEAPOLIS MN:  Tuesday, March 11th, 2008: Uncle Edgar's
    - drop-by signing
    MINNEAPOLIS MN:  Tuesday, March 11th, 2008: Alliance Francaise with Once Upon A Crime 7pm
    - wine-tasting, talk & signing
    ROCHESTER NY:  March 14th/16, 2008: To Be Confirmed
    - wine-tasting, talk & signing
    NEW YORK NY: Tuesday, March 18th: Partners & Crime
    - drop-by signing

Autumn 2007

Peter May wins French Literary Award...


Peter won the 2007 PRIX INTRAMUROS at Cognac's annual Festival of Crime Writing "Polar&Co" on October 19th.

He found himself facing all-French competition in the final shortlist of seven writers for France's most unusual literarly award.  The PRIX INTRAMUROS - literally "within the walls" - is decided by juries made up of inmates of French penitentiaries, and the shortlisted authors had to arrive a day early at the book festival to present themselves at various French jails for interviews with the detainees.

After deliberation, the prisoners awarded the prize to Peter for “Snakehead” (Cadavres Chinois à Houston) the fourth in the China Thrillers series of books, which was published in France this year.  "Snakehead" will be published in the USA in 2008.

This is the second time that Peter's books have been honored in his adopted homeland.  French Elle Magazine shortlisted the first of his China Thrillers series, "The Firemaker" for their "Grand Prix" of Literature two years ago.

Summer 2007

Festival Inter-Celtique in Lorient

The summer has been devoted to the writing of Peter's third book in The Enzo Files series. However Peter had to take a break in the middle of writing when he received an invitation he couldn't refuse from Maette and RachidMaëtte Chantrel and Rachid Oujdi.  Both are respected book critics and radio presenters who regularly host live events at the major French book festivals.  They are huge fans of his China Thrillers and have previously invited Peter to speak at events such as The Paris Book Fair and Saint-Malo's "Etonnant Voyageurs" book festival.  Peter says, "They're a pleasure to be with and always do their utmost to make me feel at ease on stage with them.  They even manage to make it look as if I can actually speak French."

Maëtte and Rachid invited Peter as Guest of Honour to the "Bistrot Litteraire" in Lorient, Brittany as part of the Inter-Celtic Festival in August.

Lorient is a Breton port town, a favourite with sailors and pleasure cruisers.  The last time Peter had been there was for the Celtic Film and Television Festival in the early 90s, when the Gaelic drama serial Machair, which he co-created and produced, was nominated for an award.

This Festival Inter-Celtique was mainly centred around music and for once Peter wasn't alone in France in his kilt.  Scottish and Irish singers and musicians filled the streets of the Breton port.  The Guinness flowed in the beer tents and Rachid provided some fine Scotch malt whisky in the "Bistrot Litteraire".  One whole side of the harbour was taken over with tents of bookstalls (pic above), where authors signed their works for the public in the sunshine.

Peter May signing booksOne rather bizarre event occurred while Peter was there.  The festival in Lorient coincided with a fete day at Bretenoux, the small town close to Peter's home in South West France.  Artzimut, an arts organisation, had decided to conduct a tour of the hamlet where Peter lives and had wanted him to give a talk about his work.  When they discovered that he would be at the other end of the country, they insisted that there had to be some other way of having him "attend".  To that end, they set up an internet link so that he could give his talk by video.

... So on the Saturday afternoon, Peter got connected from his computer via the Lorient hotel's WIFI to a computer set up by Artzimut in the garden of his home.

Peter May at his computer in Lorient    Event at Peter May's house

Peter was expecting a group of 15 or so people, but he discovered that it would be more than that when the organisers asked if he would deliver his talk twice, as they had split the tour into two groups. They then announced that each group would contain around 150 people!  They had arranged to project his image on to a large screen and had set up loudspeakers so that everyone would be able to hear him. In all, more than 300 people ended up coming to Peter's garden to hear him talk about his writing.

groix1While in Lorient, Peter took the opportunity to visit the island of Groix where he found the beaches surrounded by white painted houses with steeply-sloped slate roofs very reminiscent of those in the Western Isles of Scotland.groix2

Spring 2007

French Festivals March/April 2007

Just back from a successful two months spent touring the United States.

Now Peter has been invited to appear at several book festivals in France.  First is the Salon du Livre in Paris (23-27 March) the biggest in France, then on to Limoges, (30 March - 1 April) another festival just south of Limoges (14-15 April) followed by a special event in Rodez (17 April).  More details can be found on Peter's French website.

Then Peter will go into hibernation to write the third book in The Enzo Files series - with all this touring, talking and signing there's no time for writing!

The second book in The Enzo Files series is finished and is the hands of Poisoned Pen Press.  It will be published in November 2007.  Details of title to follow.

Winter 2006/7

2nd USA TOUR - February/March 2007

Peter will be visiting bookstores all over the USA, talking about EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, the first of his new series set in France - The Enzo Files.  Also, THE FOURTH SACRIFICE, the second of his China Thrillers will be published by St Martin's Press in time for his tour.
For the latest list of confirmed locations and dates, click here.

To visit the new website for The Enzo Files and EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, click here.

Autumn 2006

Peter will be visiting the USA in February and March of next year.  Starting in Seattle at the Left Coast Crime conference, he plans to visit West and East Coasts, with some stops in between!  Watch this space for further details. So far he has confirmed events in  Seattle WA,  San Mateo CA,  San Francisco CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Los Angeles CA,  San Diego CA, Scottsdale AZ, Denver CO, Boulder CO, Minneapolis MN, Pittsburgh PA, New York NY.


"A sharp edged tale woven with the intricacy of a spider's web.  Intelligent, involved, and ingenious"

The first reactions to the Advance Reading Copies of "Extraordinary People" have started to come in.  Here are a selection:
"Read an astoundingly good book the other day. Just outstanding.
...As much an examination of French intellectual culture as a thrilling and tension-filled mystery, the novel is filled with multi-dimensional flawed individuals.  The author's examination of society and the human condition is fascinating and enthralling.  The conclusion is as exciting and entertaining as one could ask for.  A dynamite novel and a fine beginning to what promises to be an outstanding crime fiction series."

“Intelligent, ever-moving and beautifully written, it is the best book I have read this year.  I highly recommend it!!”
Barbara Douglas, Murder By The Book.

" excellent novel that will keep you in suspense all the way ... Hopefully Peter May will follow-up this book with future adventures of Enzo MacLeod."
Patricia Reid,
"Peter May's "Extraordinary People" is an extraordinary novel ... Action escalates at every turn and becomes breathtaking at the denouement."
Mary Ann Smyth Bookloons

"brisk and thrilling ...  the layers of complexity bode well for future installments."
The Baltimore Sun

"May paces his tale of a burst-open cold case with teasingly professional precision"
DIBS - early buzz on upcoming books

"Lots of twists and turns. Fast-paced. Lots of energy throughout the book."
Ollie’s world of books

"the intriguing first book in a series of thrillers set in modern France by talented author Peter May ... The presumed premise for this series, celebrated unsolved murders, is a captivating one"
Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

"This taughtly written thriller moves from the catacombs under Paris through the countryside surrounding this great city.  I found it hard to put down."
Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon CA

"Twists, turns and a whirl wind tour of France ... smart and engaging ... Peter May does a wonderful job ... This is an intelligent story that every mystery fan should read."
Sondra Fowler for

"As a fan of forensics, this reader finds the interpretation of the clues a highlight to the high-paced adventure."
Jen Oliver for

"The climax is a fabulous finale that will leave readers clamoring for more inquiries by the Professor and his team."
Harriet Klausner, Midwest Book Review

"action-packed second half and rather thrilling denouement in the catacombs of Paris"
Entertainment Weekly

"this travelogue–cum–murder mystery makes for a fun puzzle"
Publisher's Weekly

"a throughly engaging puzzle mystery"
Library Journal

"I read THE FIREMAKER and loved it.  I'm also reading an ARC of EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE from Poison Pen Press and find it very hard to put down!!"
Deb Andolino, Aliens & Alibis Books, Columbia, SC  29209

visit the website of the book's here, Enzo Macleod at:

Remember "Extraordinary People" will be available in November. To place your order:

US readers click here for

UK readers click here for

Summer 2006


The first in Peter's new series - The Enzo Files - entitled"Extraordinary People" will be published by The Poisoned Pen Press in November 2006.
The series features Scottish/Italian university professor Enzo Macleod who lives and teaches in South West France.
Rising to a challenge from the local police chief, Enzo accepts a bet to prove that the latest science and technology could bring cold case killers to justice.  His quest takes him on a journey through French landmarks and the Paris catacombs on the trail of one of France's most notorious unsolved mysteries.
For an advance taster, a chance to meet Enzo and his clan, visit Enzo's website at:
Author Carl Brookins had this to say about "Extraordinary People":
"Read an astoundingly good book the other day.
Watch for it when the issue date comes (November)
by Peter May from Poisoned Pen Press.
Just outstanding.
Remember the title.  Read the book."

To place your order for "Extraordinary People":

US readers click here for

UK readers click here for
Try your hand at amateur sleuthing! Enzo lets you in on the first set of clues which turn up in "Extraordinary People".  Solve the puzzle, decode the message which they contain, and you could win a peronalised, autographed copy of the book.  You'll find all the information on the website:

...but remember - you'll have to search!


After the French version of The Firemaker (Meurtres à Pékin) was shortlisted by Elle magazine for their Grand Prix, this summer Peter found himself nominated for both a Barry and  Macavity Award for The Firemaker, but had to withdraw himself from both shortlists.
He'd been nominated in the category of "first" novel.  It was an easy mistake for people to make.  Due to the years he spent writing and producing drama serials for Brirtish Television, The Firemaker was the first novel he'd had published in the US for a very long time, but the truth is, he had been published there before, so he had to let the organisers know and take his name off the shortlists.
But it was nice to receive the nominations!
You can read all about it at

Spring 2006

Peter spent February in California researching his latest book and came back to a busy month of March in France with the French editions of The China Thrillers, so there is a lot of news to catch up with...


and last but not least...
MEURTRES A PEKIN ("The Firemaker") has been selected by readers of the French ELLE  Magazine as their Crime Book of the Month and is a finalist in this year's GRAND PRIX - the winner will be announced in May.

LE QUATRIEME SACRIFICE ("The Fourth Sacrifice") was launched at the Paris Book Fair last month, and Peter was invited to spend a couple of days signing books at the Editions Rouergue stand.  He also participated in a forum at the fair where he and two other crime writers were interviewed by a journalist on stage in front of an audience... entirely in French.

The sixth book in the series L'EVENTREUR DE PEKIN ("Chinese Whispers") will be published by France Loisirs, the biggest book club in France, in June.

Peter has been invited to appear at book fairs and bookstores in France all across the summer.  He'll be going to Saint Céré, Toulouse, Rion Des Landes, Figeac, Saint Malo, Frontignan, Vaucluse, Montauban and Marseille. Details can be found at his French website... on the "quoi de neuf" page.

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Peter's New York publisher St. Martin's Press has confirmed that they will be publishing books two and three in the China Series.

"The Fourth Sacrifice" will come out in the States in 9 months' time, on January 7th, 2007, with "The Killing Room" following shortly after.


After CHINESE WHISPERS Peter began researching and developing a new series of books.  This series is a move away from China and will introduce a whole new group of characters.

Peter is delighted to announce that US publisher - Barbara Peters' Poisoned Pen Press will be publishing the first book in this series, EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, in the US and the UK this autumn, in November, 2006.
The second book in the series, which Peter is currently researching, has been commissioned and Peter says that working with Barbara has been "an absolute joy".

We'll be bringing you more information about these new books in the very near future.  So check back on the website soon, or write to Peter and ask to be put on his "latest news" list, by clicking here.

January 2006


After the successful launch of MEURTRES A PEKIN at the Brive Book Fair, requests for Peter to visit other Book Fairs in France are now coming in.  He visited Cressensac Book Fair in December.

He will be at the Paris Book Fair (the biggest in France) from March 17 to 22, where LE QUATRIEME SACRIFICE will be launched.

He has been invited to take part in a debate at Rion de Landes Festival of Mystery and Crime books in May. And he's also been asked to attend the St Malo Book Fair in June.

MEURTRES A PEKIN was featured in this month's French PRIMA magazine, and it has been selected for ELLE magazine's readers in March.

France's biggest book club, France Loisirs will be bringing out the last in the series, CHINESE WHISPERS, soon.  Details of French title and publication date will follow.
November 2005


Peter has produced a 30-minute talk about THE FIREMAKER on audio which will is available on iTunes as a podcast.

You can listen to it now by clicking here...


The Book Fair at Brive La Gaillard was an extraordinary experience, with more than 500 authors, elbow to elbow, signing their books for upwards of 120,000 visitors over the weekend.

Danielle Dastugue and Michèle Blanc of Editions du Rouergue were very pleased that over 100 copies of MEURTRES A PEKIN were sold.  Apparently an author who is "unknown" to the French might expect to sell only one or two copies!  Plans are in place for more signings in other French cities.  Watch this space for information.

October/November 2005

THE U.S. Tour was a terrific success!
Read all about it at:
The first dates for the promotion of the French version of The Firemaker, (MEUTRES A PEKIN) have been announced with the publication and launch of the book at the prestigious Brive Book Fair at the beginning of November.
On Friday November 4th at 6pm
Peter will be at
The Librairie De Trois Epis
9, avenue de Paris
Brive La Gaillarde

On Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th
he will be at the Editions du Rouergue stand at the Brive Book Fair.
To celebrate the launch of the French editions of his China thrillers, he now has a French website.  Click here to visit it.
September 2005
THE U.S. Tour is now underway!
See full list of dates under "August" entry, below.
Come along and meet him if you can, or tell friends and relatives across the USA about his bookstore talks and signings.


Peter has decided to keep everyone up to date with what is happening through and online weblog.
You can find it at:


Great news, at last, the books will be translated into French and published in the country which Peter has made his home.  Editions Rouergue will be bringing out MUERTRES A PEKIN (THE FIREMAKER) in November.  More about that, and Peter's French Tour later!

August 2005



    CHICAGO, IL: Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th September
            Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
            301 East North Water Street
            Chicago, IL 60611
            Telephone: (312) 464-1000
            Bouchercon Panel with Peter May:
            "Far Away Places"
            Friday 2nd September, 4pm - 5pm
    ROCHESTER, NY - Tuesday 6th September
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Wednesday, 7th September, 7pm
            Once Upon a Crime
            604 W 26th St,
            Minneapolis MN 55405
            Telephone: (612) 870-3785
    BOULDER, CO: Thursday 8th September, 7pm
            High Crimes
            946 Pearl Street
            Boulder, CO 80302
            Telephone:(303) 443-8346
    DENVER, CO: Saturday 10th September, 12 noon
            Murder by the Book
            1574 South Pearl St.
            Denver, CO 80210
            Telephone: (800) 300-2595  (toll free voice)
            Telephone: (303) 871-9401  (voice in Colorado)
    HOUSTON, TX: Monday, 12th September, 6.30pm
            Murder by the Book
            2342, Bissonnet Street
            Houston TX, 77005
            Telephone: (713) 524-8597
    HUNTSVILLE, TX: Tuesday, 13th September
            Sam Houston State University
            College of Criminal Justice
            Huntsville TX 77341
            (Time and venue to be confirmed)
    SCOTTSDALE, AZ: Wednesday, 14th September, 7pm
            The Poisoned Pen
            4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Suite 101
            Scottsdale, AZ 85251
            Telephone: (480) 947-2974
    SEATTLE, WA: Friday, 16th September, Noon
            Seattle Mystery Bookshop
            117 Cherry St
            Seattle, WA  98104
            Telephone: (206) 587-5737
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Saturday 17th September
            China Books
            Time and venue to be confirmed
    SACRAMENTO, CA:  Sunday 18th September
            Book Launch Party
            Invited Guests
    DAVIS, CA: Monday 19th September 7.30pm
            The Avid Reader
             617 Second Street
             Davis, CA 95616
             Telephone: (530) 758-4040
    SAN MATEO, CA: Tuesday 20th September, 7pm
            M is for Mystery
            74 Third Avenue
            San Mateo, CA 94401
            Telephone: (650) 401-8077
            Toll-free: 888-405-8077
    LOS ANGELES, CA: Wednesday 21st September
            The Mystery Bookstore
            1036-C Broxton Avenue
            Los Angeles CA 90024
            Telephone: 310-209-0415

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA: Thursday 22nd September
            Book Launch Party
            Invited Guests
    SAN DIEGO, CA: Friday 23rd September, 7pm
            Mysterious Galaxy
             7051 Clairmont Mesa Blvd.
             San Diego, CA 92111
             Telephone: 858-268-4747
             Toll-Free: 800-811-4747
             Fax: 858-268-4775
    BETHESDA, MD: Sunday 25th September, 4pm
            The Writer's Center
            4508 Walsh Street,
            Bethesda, MD 20815
            Phone: 301 654-8664
            Fax: 301 654-8667
    OAKMONT, PITTSBURG, PA: Tuesday 27th September, 6.30pm
            Mystery Lovers Bookshop
            (Chinese Buffet before talk)
            514 Allegheny River Boulevard
            Oakmont PA 15139
            Telephone: (412) 828-4877
    NEW YORK, NY: September 28th
            Mysterious Bookshop
            129 West 56th Street
            New York, NY 10019
            Tel: 212-765-0900
            Fax: 212-265-5478
            drop-in signing
    NEW YORK, NY: September 29th or 30th
            Partners & Crime
            44 Greenwich Avenue
            New York, NY 10011
            Tel: 212-243-0440
            Fax: 212-243-4624
            (date and time to be confirmed)
    CAMBRIDGE, BOSTON, MA: Saturday 1st October, 4pm
            Kate's Mystery Books
            2211 Massachusetts Ave
            Cambridge, MA
            Tel: (617) 491-2660

April 2005


Peter is planning a U.S. tour, to introduce himself and The Firemaker to American readers, and will be visiting the following cities...

    CHICAGO, IL: 1st - 4th September (Bouchercon)
    5th September - Labor Day
    ROCHESTER, NY - 6th September
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN: 7th September (Once Upon A Crime, 7pm)
    BOULDER, CO: 8th September (High Crimes, 7pm)
    DENVER, CO: 9th September
    ATLANTA: 10th -11th September
    HOUSTON, TX: 12th September (Murder by the Book, 6.30pm)
    AUSTIN: 13th September
    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - 14th September (The Poisoned Pen, 7pm)
    SEATTLE: 16th September (Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Noon)
    SACRAMENTO, CA:  Sunday 18th September
            Book Launch Party (Invited Guests)
    DAVIS, CA: Monday 19th September (The Avid Reader,7.30pm)
    SAN MATEO, CA: Tuesday 20th September (M is for Mystery, 7pm)
    NEWPORT BEACH, CA: Thursday 22nd September
            Book Launch Party (Invited Guests)
    SAN DIEGO, CA: 23rd September

    EAST COAST: 24th - 30th September
        NEW JERSEY,
        NEW YORK.

These are provisonal dates, for the latest - constantly updated - information regarding his tour schedule, visit Peter's new MEDIA ROOM website at

If you would like information about his tour E-mailed to you, or if you would like to suggest a venue for Peter to visit and give a talk, please send a message to Peter via the form on his contact page

March 2005


The Firemaker will be published in the U.S. by St Martin's Press (Minotaur) this year.  Peter is hoping to arrange a tour to introduce himself and his China Thrillers series to American readers.

Watch this space for all news about this as we get it!
August 2004
Some pictures of Peter and the 50 or so guests gathered at the annual party in France to celebrate Peter's latest book, CHINESE WHISPERS....
For all of Peter's fans in the USA - there will be some exciting news soon....
July 2004
READERS DIGEST are now to translate THE RUNNER for their Finnish and Hungarian editions.

Isis Audio books have released CHINESE WHISPERS as an audio book.

February 2004


        The recent publication of HET VIERDE OFFER (The Fourth Sacrifice) in Holland led to Peter making a trip there at the end of January. Dutch and Belgian readers should look out for forthcoming features in:
        China Nu
        * Nieuw * klik hier voor onze pagina's over de Nederlandse uitgaves


        Click here to read Peter's interview with Ayo Onatade for SHOTS, The Crime and Mystery Magazine

January 2004


        READERS DIGEST are planning to translate THE RUNNER for their Norwegian edition.

        * Nieuw * klik hier voor onze pagina's over de Nederlandse uitgaves
        Welcome to all the Dutch readers of Peter's books. With The Firemaker recently published in The Netherlands under the title of de Vuurmaker, and The Fourth Sacrifice coming out in January under the title of Het Vierde Offer, we are pleased to be able to introduce Pages in Dutch on the website, with extracts from the books.

        Peter will be making a trip to Holland January 27/28. Dutch fans... watch this space!

        CHINESE WHISPERS published in UK and Commonwealth
        "beautifully written and very evocative" (Tangled Web)
        Get your copy of NOW!


        Out this month in paperback and hardback simultaneously. Click here to read an extract and find out more about the book.


November 2003

        READERS' DIGEST have just published THE RUNNER as a condensed book.

        Click here to see details on their website


        ALSO... news about CHINESE WHISPERS...

        The paperback edition will be published at the same time as the hardback, in January 2004.

July 2003


        The sixth book in Peter May's CHINA THRILLER series will be published in hardback in January 2004


        Peter had a full page photo and article written about him in Beijing Weekend under the title; "WRITER FINDS THAT CRIME PAYS". If you'd like to read the text of the article, click on this link.


        The annual French Launch of Peter's latest paperback will take place at 4pm on Sunday 27th July. This year it's THE RUNNER. Peter will be bringing everyone up to date with stories and video from his latest research trips and sharing some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the book.

        Peter at the launch of THE RUNNER in London, recently

June 2003


        Reader's Digest will be producing a condensed version of THE RUNNER in their November edition of Condensed Books.


        There is currently a Poster campaign for THE RUNNER in major UK Railway Stations.
        Click here to E-mail us if you spot one - and more importantly, let us know if you're having difficulty finding a copy of the book.

May 2003

        THE RUNNER - Paperback Launch, May 2003
        Thanks to everyone who came along to hear Peter speak about THE CHINA THRILLERS and THE RUNNER at:

        CRIME IN STORE, 32 Store Street, LONDON WC1E 7BS:
        Thursday, 6.30 pm, 8th May 2003
        click here to visit Crime in Store's website

        OTTAKARS, Buchanan Galleries, GLASGOW:
        Tuesday, 6.30 pm, 13th May 2003
        click here to visit Ottakars Glasgow's website


        THE FIREMAKER will be published later this year, and Dutch publisher, Uitgeverij BZZTOH, has just announced they intend to follow it up with THE FOURTH SACRIFICE and THE KILLING ROOM.

March 2003


        The first of the reviews for THE RUNNER...
        "a tense and atmospheric thriller with a heart-stopping ending"

        To read the whole review, click below to visit the page on Tangled Web's site:


        Although not yet published in America, some American bookshops are going to extraordinary lengths to stock The China Thrillers. This month another huge box containing copies of THE RUNNER arrived in France to be signed by Peter. The books were then to travel all the way back to Britain from whence they would be shipped to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Arizona USA to satisfy Peter's growing army of collectors and fans. With people prepared to go all this trouble, surely it won't be long before an American publisher realises the potential...

February 2003


        The fifth in the China Thrillers series, THE RUNNER, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback on January 6th, 2003. This latest in the series sees Li Yan and Margaret Campbell back in Beijing attempting to solve a series of murders which threatens the future of international athletics as the city begins its preparations to host the Olympics. The "Talking Books" rights have already been snapped up by Isis.


        Dutch publisher, Uitgeverij BZZTOH, has bought the Dutch rights to THE FIREMAKER, and will publish in 2003


        The first book in the series, "The Firemaker", has been translated into Chinese and is being serialised in 20 instalments from January 2003 in a Chinese crime magazine called "Detective World". The publisher is currently negotiating to buy the Chinese translation rights in the first four books to publish in paperback over the next two years.


        A Chinese production company based in Beijing is negotiating the buy the rights in the first four of the China Thrillers to adapt for TV audiences in China - which can be as big as 600 million people.


        CONTEMPORARY WORLD POLICE, a magazine published by the Chinese police, has commissioned Peter May to write a monthly column in 2003, describing his experiences during research into the workings of the Beijing and Shanghai police forces, and providing a westerner's view of the criminal justice system in China.


        Work on the sixth China Thriller has already begun. CHINESE WHISPERS is due for completion in the Spring of 2003, and should appear in the shops in January 2004.

Nov 2002


        Isis have announced their intention to turn both SNAKEHEAD and THE KILLING ROOM into 'Talking Books'. These unabridged versions will be available soon, read by American actress Laurence Bouvard. Details of release dates will be given as soon as we have them.


        Following the success in Germany of CHINESISCHES FEUER (The Firemaker) THE FOURTH SACRIFICE has now been published in Germany under the title of DAS ROTE ZEICHEN.

        The Italian translation of THE FOURTH SACRIFICE is due to be launched this autumn with a major promotional campaign in the Mediterranean country THE FIREMAKER is already available there under the title, SETTE NOTTI DI SANGUE.

July 2002


        The, now annual, French launch of Peter's latest paperback will take place at 4pm on Sunday 21st July. This year it's SNAKEHEAD. As well as telling some of the stories behind the the book, Peter will be showing some interesting video clips from his research trips to the USA and China.

April 2002


        SNAKEHEAD (coronet £5.99) the latest in Peter May's China Thriller series, has just been released in paperback and has been chosen by Ottakar's as their 'Crime Book of the Month' for April 2002. Ottakar's say:
        'The action is fast, the love story painful and tender, and the result is a gripping and compelling mystery.' read more at:


        Peter will be in London at Crime in Store, 14 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London at 6.30pm on Thursday 18th April 2002. If you're in London at that time, why not come along and see him?

(and worldwide on the internet)

        He will also doing an interview on Radio Scotland on the Gary Robertson Show sometime between 11 AM and 12 NOON on Friday 19th April 2002. You can listen in from anywhere in the world via the internet if you have QuickTime Player or RealPlayer. Just go to:
        In East Coast US it'll be between 6 AM and 7 AM on Friday 19th April
        In China it'll be between 7 PM and 8 PM on Friday 19th April

March 2002


        Peter received a surprise invitation to return to China last month. He was asked to speak at a press conference in Hong Kong launching TOM.COM's new broadband service "China Interactive TV" and its flagship programme "China Police Report". TOM.COM were also keen to discuss the possibility of TV adaptations of Peter's China Thrillers and the publication of his novels in Chinese.

Dec 2001


        While Peter was in Beijing and Shanghai in December on a research trip for his next China Thriller, he met the Chinese translators who are currently working on THE FIREMAKER which is due to be serialised in China's 'Detective World' magazine. The contract was signed under the auspices of a Supreme Court judge (who also happens to be a writer of crime stories) at a large banquet which the Chinese Crime Writers had arranged to celebrate Peter's birthday. It took place in the Hall of Longevity in one of China's oldest Restaurants with a menu of traditional specialities including sea slugs, jelly fish and "Five-Flavoured Stuffed Intestine".

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