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Peter Lovesey

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Peter Lovesey has published 38 novels and five collections of short stories since he joined the CWA in 1969. His work has been adapted for radio, TV and film and is translated into over 20 languages. His first novel, Wobble to Death, won the Macmillan/Panther first crime novel prize of £1000 and featured Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian policeman, the first of an eight-book series that was televised by Granada in 1979-80, starring Alan Dobie as Cribb.

He has written three other series, one featuring Bertie, the Prince of Wales, as an inept amateur sleuth, and two with modern police : Hen Mallin, a female Chief Inspector, and Peter Diamond, a detective superintendent with Bath CID. The long-running Diamond series has won three Silver Daggers and a number of American awards, including the Anthony, the Barry and the Macavity.

Peter won the Gold Dagger for The False Inspector Dew in 1982 and in 2000 he was honoured by the CWA with the Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 2018 the Mystery Writers of America made him a Grand Master. He is also a Grand Master of the Swedish Academy of Detection and a winner of the French Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He was Chair of the CWA in 1991-2. His son Phil is also a crime writer and both father and son have won the CWA short story dagger.


Short story - 2007
Diamond - 2000
Silver - 1996
Silver - 1995
Gold - 1982
Silver - 1978

Books by Peter Lovesey

  • The Stone Wife

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  • The House Sitter

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  • The Secret Hangman

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  • Tooth Tattoo


  • Cop to Corpse

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  • Diamond Dust

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  • Stagestruck

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  • Skeleton Hill

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  • The Circle

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  • Headhunters

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  • Down Among the Dead Men
  • Another One Goes Tonight

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