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Peter Lovesey

(Peter Harmer Lovesey)
UK flag (b.1936)
Father of Phil Lovesey

aka Peter Lear

Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world. He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.

Genres: Mystery

Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1988) : Rough Cider
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : The Last Detective
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (1995) : The Summons
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (1996) : Bloodhounds
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1996) : The Summons
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (1997) : Bloodhounds
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2002) : The Reaper
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (2004) : The House Sitter

Peter Lovesey recommends
Winding Up the Serpent (1995)
(Joanna Piercy, book 1)
Priscilla Masters
"Hauntingly atmospheric."
The Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Murder Case (1997)
(Jacob Singer, book 13)
George Baxt
"An author of rare ingenuity."
The Ambitious Stepmother (2002)
(Countess Ashby De La Zouche, book 3)
Fidelis Morgan
"I challenge you to open a Fidelis Morgan at any page and not to be grabbed and plunged into a story where the action is non-stop and outrageous. The Countess Ashby de la Zouche books are a joy, written with tremendous energy and flair. It goes without saying that Fidelis has done her history homework, but no one ever made history more fun."
Still Life (2005)
(Chief Inspector Gamache, book 1)
Louise Penny
"What a joy it is to discover a detective like Armand Gamache, strong, calm and charismatic and at work on a good mystery in a believable setting."
A High Mortality of Doves (2016)
(Albert Lincoln, book 1)
Kate Ellis
"Imagine a plot as devious as anything Agatha Christie devised, locate it in a Derbyshire village in 1919 and with writing as close to the pulse as Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth and you will have some idea of the extraordinary power of Kate Ellis's new novel."
Amnesia (2017)
Michael Ridpath
"Highly ingenious and engaging: a mystery within a mystery within a mystery, like one of those Russian dolls. I was gripped. The irony in all this is that Amnesia will lodge in my memory for years to come."
The Marsh King's Daughter (2017)
Karen Dionne
"Totally compelling and different from anything I can remember reading before."
The Syndicate Six Murder (2020)
Geoffrey Osborne
"Wholly original, superbly crafted and told with pace and insight."
Don't Know Tough (2022)
Eli Cranor
"Don't Know Tough really packs a punch. I enjoyed reading between the lines, dreading the trouble Billy was bringing on himself and his fragile life-chances. At the heart of the book is the pull of loyalties - the football team, the family and religion. The characters involved in all the stresses and strains are well drawn and convincing. It's tough reading, but the humanity shines through."

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