Peter Robinson Analysis


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Nearly every published work by Peter Robinson has been on a best-seller list or earned some sort of recognition. Robinson received an Arthur Ellis Award for best short story in 1990 for “Innocence”; Arthur Ellis awards in 1990 and 1991 for The Hanging Valley (1989) and Past Reason Hated (1991); an Author’s Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters in 1995 for Final Account (1994); an Arthur Ellis Award in 1996 for Innocent Graves (1996); and the Barry Award in 1999, the Anthony Award in 2000, Sweden’s Martin Beck Award in 2001, and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 2001 for In a Dry Season (1999). His novel Cold Is the Grave (2000) won an Arthur Ellis Award in 2000 as well as the Palle Rosen Krantz Award for the Danish edition. His short stories have won the Ellis, the Edgar, the Macavity, and other honors. He has been translated into more than fifteen languages. He creates dignified yet riveting, mostly gore-free tales with a concentration on both the key characters and the intriguing landscape, in the manner of his inspiration, writer Ruth Rendell. He wanted, he says, to write social and psychological crime novels to gain insight into society and individuals and to investigate crimes in a particular region, in his case, Yorkshire, which he adds, is actually the main character of his series.


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Bethune, Brian. “Working-Class Boys Made Good.” McLean’s 117, no. 8 (February 23, 2004): 48-49. Discusses Canadian crime fiction and Robinson’s domination of the field.

Hanson, Gillian Mary. City and Shore: The Function of Setting in the British Mystery. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2004. A discussion of the importance of setting in British crime fiction. Sheds light on Robinson’s use of Yorkshire for his settings although it does not deal with him in particular.

Priestman, Martin, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Contains a chapter on postwar British fiction that provides perspective on Robinson’s work.

Robinson, Peter. “Peter Robinson.” Interview. Writer 116, no. 9 (September, 2003): 66. Short biography of the writer, plus answers to questions regarding how he writes and why.

Robinson, Peter. Peter Robinson: Author of the Inspector Banks novels. The author’s Web site provides information on the author’s life, his books, and upcoming events.

Windolf, Jim. “Soundtrack for Murder.” Review of Piece of My Heart, by Peter Robinson. The New York Times Review of Books, July 2, 2006, p. 9. Reviewer praises Piece of My Heart and notes how Inspector Banks’s personal life is developed with each work in the series. Briefly discusses the series and its development.