• Sussex Life Hero at the Celebration of Sussex Life – 2017 – Winner – given to ‘Someone who makes a tangible difference to the lives of people in Sussex’
  • CAMEO Award – Book to Stage Category, 2017 Shortlist – Not Dead Enough 
  • Poland – Lubimyczytac.pl Book of the Year award, Horror Category.  2017 Winner – The House on Cold Hill
  • Howick Little Theatre, Auckland. Best Production 2016 – The Perfect Murder
  • Dead Good Readers Tess Gerritsen Award for Best Series – 2016 Winner – Roy Grace
  • CWA Diamond Dagger Award, 2016 Winner
  • Honorary Mastership of the Open University, 2015
  • The CWA Dagger in the Library Award, 2015 Shortlisted
  • Dead Good Readers Dr Lecter Award for Scariest Villain, 2015 Winner – “You Are Dead”
  • WHSmith, The Best Crime Author of All Time, 2015 Winner
  • Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year, 2014 Winner – “Want You Dead”
  • Sounds of Crime award for best audio novel, 2014 Shortlisted – “Dead Man’s Time”
  • Specsavers National Book Awards, Crime Thriller Of The Year 2013 Shortlisted – “Dead Man’s Time”
  • The 2013 Argus Outstanding Contribution To Sussex Award
  • Specsavers National Book Awards, Crime Thriller Of The Year 2012 Shortlisted – “Perfect People”
  • Sussex Police – Outstanding Public Service Award 2012
  • Welcome Trust Book Prize 2012 Shortlist – “Perfect People”
  • US Barry Award, 2012 Best British Crime Novel of 2011, “Dead Man’s Grip” – winner.
  • ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards: Winner, People’s Bestseller Dagger for Crime Novel Of The Year 2011 Winner
  • Sounds of Crime Award for best abridged novel, 2011 Winner – “Dead Like You”
  • Sounds of Crime Award for best unabridged novel, 2011 Shortlisted – “Dead Like You”
  • Galaxy British Book Awards – Sainsbury Popular Fiction Book of the Year. 2010 Shortlisted – “Dead Like You”
  • Quick Reads Readers’ Favourite Award 2010 Winner – “The Perfect Murder”
  • Sounds of Crime Award for best abridged novel, 2010 Shortlisted – “Dead Tomorrow”
  • Sounds of Crime Award for best unabridged novel, 2010 Shortlisted – “Dead Tomorrow”
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the University of Brighton, 2009 Made a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his “ongoing contribution to the arts and to the status, infrastructure and culture of Brighton and Hove.”
  • CWA Dagger In The Library, 2009 Shortlisted
  • Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, 2009 Shortlisted – “Dead Man’s Footsteps”
  • ITV Crime Thriller Author Of The Year 2008 Shortlisted – “Not Dead Enough”
  • Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2008 Shortlisted – “Not Dead Enough”
  • Le Grand Prix de littérature policèreShortlisted – “La Mort Leur Va Si Bien”
  • Prix SNCF du polar 2007 Shortlisted – “La Mort Leur Va Si Bien”
    (French translation of Looking Good Dead)
  • Richard & Judy Galaxy British Book Awards – Crime Thriller Of The Year, 2007 Shortlisted – “Looking Good Dead”
  • Le Prix Coeur Noir 2007 Winner – “Comme Une Tombe”
  • Le Prix Polar International award, 2006 Winner – “Comme Une Tombe”
    (French translation of Dead Simple)
  • Krimi-Blitz – winner, 2005 Peter James voted Best Crime Writer of the year in Germany
  • Rose D’Or nominationat the 2004 Montreux Television Festival for Best Sitcom
  • Public Awareness Of Science Award 2000 Runner Up. Alchemist
  • BAFTA nomination The Merchant Of Venice, (Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Ralph Fiennes), which had a Royal Premiere in the presence of HRH The Prince Of Wales on 29th November 2004
  • Honorary Fellowship, FHS Emeritus award by the Hypnotherapy Society, 1999 “in recognition of the sympathetic and well researched portrayal in your works of hypnotherapy in particular and alternative medicine in general.”
  • Sitges International Horror Film Festival, 1974 Best Foreign Film, Dead of Night
  • Esquire Magazine International College Film Festival 1969 – The Island
  • Charterhouse school poetry prize, 1967