Vote For Peter At The British Book Awards!

Today the voting opens for the Galaxy British Book Awards. This is like the Oscars of the British book publishing industry, but the voting is done by you, the readers. The winners of the Galaxy British Book Awards receive a Nibbie, an Oscar-like golden ornament shaped like a giant pen nib which could also double…

A What Of Pathologists?

Recently I went to a drinks party at the Royal College of Pathology. Being pathologists, I’d kind of expected them to be in a damp, tiled basement lined with drain gulleys, serving Bloody Marys out of the chest cavities of opened-up cadavers, in soup ladles…. Instead to my surprise the organization occupies very spacious, swish…

Oh, The Embarrassment

We all have those moments when we really would like the ground to open up and disappear us whole! Well, I do, at any rate, with alarming frequency… My latest was earlier this month in Paris, where I had gone to receive my award, Le Prix Coeur Noir. I was staying at the Plaza Athénée…

The Blogs That Bind

A couple of blog mentions of winning Le Prix Coeur Noir – Macmillan CEO Richard Charkin chips in with Vive Le Anglais! while Mark Farley, of my favourite London bookstore, Waterstones in Notting Hill Gate, very kindly says Congrats Crime Master. If you’ve seen – or write! – a blog that’s mentioned me or my…

Prix Coeur Noir Winner!

I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the French prize Le Prix Coeur Noir. Here’s some pics from the awards ceremony and the slighty cheeky press release! French beaten on home turf for major literary prize by plucky Brit Crime novelist Peter James wins prestigious Prix Coeur Noir British Author Peter James has been awarded the…

Bug Eyed In Melbourne

So, could you fall in love with a city where this ugly looking crustacean is the local and very seriously expensive, speciality? It’s called a Moreton Bay Bug. Although it doest actually taste a lot better than that other Melbourne speciality – flies… Morton Bay Bug You’ve all seen those comic Aussie hats with corks…

Singapore Slingshot

Reluctantly leaving New Zealand (blog on which to follow) where I’ve been treated wonderfully, and the amazing Pennys’s bookstore who put on the best window display for my books I’ve ever seen – spot all the artefacts from Dead Simple – the shovel, the whisky bottle, the walkie talkie, etc… and the CDs from Looking…

New Zealand Coming Up

Currently in Australia on a tour to promote Looking Good Dead, with New Zealand next up. (You can see my full public appearance schedule here if you’re interested). There was a nice clipping in the New Zealand press which explains my upcoming appearance in Hamilton (you can read it here), and Linda at Penny’s Bookstore…

Making Elmore Leonard Disappear!

So I’m just back from a glorious week in the ski resort of Courmayeur, high in the Italian Alps, where I was President of the film jury at the Courmayeur In Noir film and book festival. Sounds grand, “President”, but actually (as the pic shows) the reason I got voted President is because I was…