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April 2012
"The Lewis Man"
13 weeks in
UK hardback best-sellers' list

"The Lewis Man" has been shortlisted for the following awards in France:
  • the Prix des Lecteurs of Le Télégramme newspaper, winner to be announced in May 2012
  • the Prix des Lecteurs at Les Ancres Noires Festival, Le Havre, winner to be announced in June 2012
  • the Prix International at the Polar&Co Festival, Cognac, winner to be announced in October 2012

"The Lewis Man"
7 weeks in
Top 20 UK hardback best-sellers' list

Check out the Reviews of The Lewis Man.
"the second novel in May's Isle of Lewis trilogy is as good as its superb predecessor"
The Guardian
"Peter May is the [crime] genre’s fine wine; his writing is refined and complex, offering pleasure on many levels."

"an outstanding example of the storyteller's art"
Undiscovered Scotland
"I absolutely loved this second book in the series and can safely state that May is currently unveiling a cracking series."
"Peter May weaves his wonderful magic and the story unfolds before you in vivid detail"
"story-telling at its primordial best"
"The plot throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets;
the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog."
The Times
"Peter May has struck creative gold with the Lewis Trilogy."
The LitWitch
"utterly compelling"
The Express
"May is a masterful story-teller."
The Irish Examiner

"The Lewis Man"
#5 in UK hardback best-sellers' list in 1st full week of sales

Look at the fantastic trailer Quercus commissioned for  The Lewis Man....

Reviews are coming in now for The Lewis Man and the general consensus seems to be that it is as good if not even better than The Blackhouse.

Peter May in Ayr,

"The Blackhouse"
voted Favourite Read of
Richard and Judy 2011 Autumn Book Club

Readers voted via the WHSmith website for their favourite read from the eight titles in Richard and Judy’s Autumn 2011 Book Club and the winner for 2011 was The Blackhouse.

Peter said, "I am absolutely delighted that readers of The Blackhouse have voted it the best read of the Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club. It is a fantastic vote of confidence in the choices made by Richard and Judy, and in the prominence which WHSmith gives to their promotion. Nothing is more satisfying for a writer than to receive the plaudits of his or her readers. I am honoured and humbled."

"The Blackhouse"
wins top French Literature Award
The CEZAM Prix Litteraire Inter-CE 2011

The Blackhouse has won France's biggest reader's prize, judged by more than 3500 readers sitting in committees the length and breadth of France. The judges read and deliberated on a shortlist of ten European novels and then their votes were adjudicated and counted by professional librarians and bookshop owners, who then announced the winners at two levels, regional and national.  Peter May's The Blackhouse won 21 out of the 26 regional prizes and won the majority of votes nationwide to lift the national award. Watch the video below to see images from the National Award ceremony in Strasbourg October 2011.  Peter is now in the middle of a national tour of France to pick up his regional awards.

"The Blackhouse"
chosen for Richard and Judy Book Club Autumn list

The Blackhouse has been selected by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan for the Richard and Judy Book Club (the UK's equivalent of the Oprah Book Club).  The paperback edition which is published this week by Quercus, will be featured prominently in more than 1000 WH Smith high street and travel locations across the UK throughout the Autumn.  Richard and Judy interviewed Peter to discuss the book and you can watch the video here, below...

September 7th - article in The stated:
"All eight members of the latest W H Smith-exclusive Richard and Judy book club ("Autumn Reads") earn bestseller status this week—four charting in the Top 20 Mass-market Fiction chart and the other four earning places in the Fiction Heatseekers list. Peter May, the winner of the three French literary awards, was the bestseller of the bunch
" entered the Top 20 paperback fiction list at #14 after 3 days and rose to #9 after its first full week in print.  It spent eight weeks in the UK bestsellers' list.

If you haven't read The Blackhouse yet, now is the time to seek it out.  You should find it in any branch of WH Smith's in the UK, or online.

The Blackhouse paperback is also available from The Book Depository with an offer of Free Worldwide Delivery

"The Blackhouse"

The Blackhouse wins another prize - the 2011 PILP (Prix Inter Lycées Professionels) Literary Award was judged by students in lycees across Northwestern France who voted for L'île des chasseurs d'oiseaux (The Blackhouse) as their favourite from a shortlist of ten books.

The Blackhouse was released in Australia and has been received well...
“All the accolades are deserved.
...the best book I’ve read all year
...It’s an intense, psychological drama that’s all about atmosphere and character,
a book that clings to you long after you’ve put it down.

... a study of tragedy, resentment and even redemption
...a powerful, beautifully paced story that drips with malice.”
The Chronicle (Australia)
(read the full review)

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February 2011
"The Blackhouse"
UK release

The Blackhouse, after just over a week in the bookstores, came into the UK best selling hardback fiction list at #15! 

"...melancholy … brilliant"
The Literary Review

"impeccably written murder thriller"
Daily Express

"A chilling setting for a gripping novel... impressive writing"
The Times (London)

"thrilling ...bleak, wild, atmospheric novel ...400 pages of pitch-perfect dialogue and creepy, spine-tingling storytelling."
The Scotsman

"...beautifully written, haunting and powerful outstanding page-turning murder mystery"
The Independent (Ireland)

"unique and cutting edge ...probably like nothing you have read before."
The Big Thrill

"May handles the plot, pace and characterization with a freshness and fluidity that make it a delight to read"
The Big Issue

For all the reviews and latest information about The Blackhouse, click here.

The UK launch began with gatherings in Scotland in Glasgow and Edinburgh weather permitting! The Blackhouse was named Waterstones' Book of the Month for February and is being featured in Asda and Sainsburys.

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"The Blackhouse
Spanish Page

Celebrating the Spanish launch with a new Spanish page on the website: la bienvenida a mis lectores españoles!
Check it out and watch the videos of the Spanish book trailer and an interview with Peter.

"Ian the Elf"
UK publisher Quercus loves it!

Finally, something for diehard Peter May fans, a chance to read his first ever book, online.  New technology has made it possible to create a VIDEO book of his first work!  UK publisher Quercus has featured it on their website, here


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"The Blackhouse"
Awards and Publications

There have been further French award nominations for The Blackhouse, it was nominated for the Prix des Lecteurs at the Villeneuve lez Avignon book Festival, and for the Prix International at the Cognac Book Festival "Polar&Co", and has also just been nominated for the Prix Litteraire Cezam, a National French Literature Prize for which the winner will be announced in 2011. 

The French daily newspaper, L'Humanité, reviewed the book describing it as:
"A thriller with an intensity that never slackens, chilling and igneous at the same time, like the great country that serves as its setting. A masterpiece indeed."  Read a full English translation here.

The Literary Review said of the UK edition: "His [the hero’s] gradual enlightenment is conveyed with subtle, tragic conviction …. melancholy … brilliant"
and the UK's Daily Express describes it as: "[May's] finest work... an impeccably written murder thriller"

The Big Thrill wrote an article about Peter and The Blackhouse which you can read, here.  And the reviews have begun to arrive, read one from Cornflower Books here.  And London's CityAM said: "This is a novel of subtlety and horror. Award-winning author Peter May has deftly constructed a story that gets into the heart of human darkness while presenting an intriguing thriller you won’t be able to put down."

Also a review on The Crime Squad's website: It's hard to choose a single quote, so here's a selection from it...
"This is much, much more than a murder mystery, revealing the depths to which human beings are driven by passion and jealousy. Fin is a complex and attractive character plunged into an emotional whirlpool"

But the big news for the new year is that the book will be published in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany in 2011.  Here is Peter's account of the story behind the publication...

Peter also recounts a moving story concerning the inspiration behind one of the characters for The Blackhouse, on his new blog, here

You can pre-order the hard cover book from The Book Depository (Quercus publisher's UK supplier who offers 25% off and free worldwide delivery) or from Amazon UK, using one of the links below....


European Book Launches

Peter has been invited to attend the Crime Writing Festival in Barcelona at the end of January/beginning of February 2011.  He will also be making trips to England and Scotland in February and perhaps March 2011.

If you want to keep up to the minute with Peter's news and travels, you can interact with him personally...
on Facebook, at, and
on Twitter at @authorpetermay

Movie News

Progress continues on the French movie version of The Killing Room.

- named one of the "Best Mysteries of 2010"

#4 in The Enzo Files Series, Freeze Frame, having already been lauded by the New York Times, and given starred reviews in both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, has just been name one of the "Best Mysteries of 2010 by Omnimystery News, Mysterious Reviews.  Read the entire review here.  And see the collected critics remarks here.

Peter wins the
at Les Ancres Noires, Le Havre, France

Just back from a hectic US tour, followed by several library and bookstore talks and signings in the south of France, Peter drove fifteen hours from Fréjus on the Mediterranean, to Le Havre in Northern France for Les Ancres Noires - a festival of crime writing.marquee

This festival takes place in a large marquee on the beach where more than 20 authors shortlisted for its annual award spend the weekend meeting the public, giving talks, and signing books. 

busInterviews and panels take place in a bus parked on the promenade, and authors are treated to fabulous food and wine in local restaurants over the weekend. 

Highlight of the festival is Sunday lunch and the announcement of the winner of the PRIX DES LECTEURS (the readers' prize) - a prize voted for by readers in more than 20 libraries in Le Havre and the surrounding area. 

By a unanimous vote (unprecedented in the history of the book festival) this year's voters chose Peter's "L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux".
Peter receives the award, in the presence of filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.  The prize itself is a sculpture by French artist and sculptor, Jean-Paul Carnet.

"L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux" ("The Blackhouse" in English) is the first of a trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.  Published first in France, it will be released in other European countries - including the United Kingdom early in 2011.

Within one hour of the announcement of the award, the bookseller hosting Peter's stand had sold out of all the copies of the book!
Peter with his award, and some remaining copies of the China Thrillers.

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Spring 2010
On the Road

USA TOUR, March - May 2010 - check here for dates and come to see Peter.

French film producers have just bought the rights to #3 in the China Thrillers series: The Killing Room and have commissioned Peter May and Janice Hally to write the screenplay.

Starred reviews in Library Journal and Publishers Weekly as well as praise  in the New York Times...
"The author of the much acclaimed "China Thrillers" surpasses himself here in misdirection, placing clues in plain sight and leaving the reader anticipating the fifth entry in this outstanding series." Library Journal (starred review)

"May’s excellent fourth Enzo McLeod mystery... With its intricate plot, compelling characters, and bombshell denouement, this unsettling Enzo Files installment is a must-read." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"We are in the presence of a writer in complete control of his subject and his characters, and not just at the level of day to day activity. This is a truly multi-level work with thoughtful excursions into the painful inner lives of the characters, even as we follow them to inevitable and tragic conclusions. A most satisfying novel." Carl Brookins

"The formula is a neat one, going back to the golden age of detective fiction... Although May obviously (and justifiably) prides himself on his grasp of the plot mechanics, something must be said for his vivid settings, which remove the story from the library and send it out into the wide, wide world."  New York Times

"Spending time with Peter May's charming and clever Enzo Macleod in Brittany is pure pleasure. In May's fourth installment of the Enzo Files series, the remote Ile de Groix, with its turbulent coast, rough weather, and laconic and secretive residents, tests Macleod intellectually and physically as he attempts to solve a case so cold it's frigid... the truth hidden inside the mystery of Freeze Frame is fascinating and Enzo Macleod is great fun to hang out with."

"fast-paced... The Enzo Files are a great series that is four for four." Genre Go Round Reviews

"This mystery is rich in story development and characterization... enticing the reader to become a fan of this cerebral series.”

February 2010
Tour, Appearances, Interviews...

USA TOUR, March - May 2010
The dates are starting to come together for the US Tour check here for details.

February has another live (in pixels at least) interview in Second Life, where Peter will be talking about Virtually Dead:
February 14th (Sunday)
Second Life Television "Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe"
at 6pm PST/SLT  (for anyone living in UK or Europe this airs in the early hours of Feb 15th Monday morning: UK 2am and Central Europe 3am)

The URL to watch the show live IN Second Life is:
The URL to watch the show live broadcast over the internet is:
The URL to watch a recording of the show (any time from 15th February onwards) is:

Peter will be in Montauban for a Soirée Ecossaise hosted by Le Scribe on February 11th details on his French website.

Read the latest interview with Peter in the International Thriller Writers magazine.

January 2010
Virtually Dead

The standalone thriller Virtually Dead is published this month in the USA. Flick Faulds, Private Eye, has the lowdown on Peter's latest activity... and here is the book trailer...

In other news, planning for Peter's US tour in April/May 2010 is already underway. 

November 2009
Coming Up...

The publication in French of Peter's latest book, "L'Ile des Chasseurs D'Oiseaux" is creating a lot of excitement.  When Peter's French publishers read it, they liked it so much that they insisted on buying world rights, and so the book - set in the Outer Hebrides - was published in French before it came out in any other language!  Several European publishers became involved in bidding wars when it was unveiled at the Frankfurt book fair in October and it will shortly be published in most European languages.  French speakers may be interested to check out the reviews on Peter's French website, and English speakers will be pleased to know that they won't have to wait too much longer to read it.  Watch this space for more info...

October 2009

Here's a repeat of Peter's webcast for PPWebCon, the world's first online crime and mystery convention, which was hosted by Poisoned Pen Press.

September 2009
Bumper Crop...

Just looking at the proposed list of Peter's books scheduled for publication this winter and discovered that there will be...


editions published in the USA between October 2009 and February 2010!

Peter will arrive in the US again in March 2010 for a Spring tour, so it looks like he will have plenty to talk about, including...

The brand new standalone:
Virtually Dead
January, 2010
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

The brand new 4th Enzo File (latest in the series):
Freeze Frame
March, 2010
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

The 3rd of the Enzo Files:
Blacklight Blue
March, 2010

And a flurry of China Thrillers in hardcover and paperback...

The Firemaker
October, 2009

Chinese Whispers
October, 2009
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

The Killing Room
February, 2010

The Runner
February, 2010
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)

So with The Fourth Sacrifice and Snakehead which came out in Feb 2009 - that means by next Spring, all the China Thrillers paperbacks will be available for the first time in the USA.


There will be one more new book by Peter out in October 2009...

(English title: The Blackhouse)

A brand new novel set in the remote Outer Hebridean Isle of Lewis, will be published in France in October.  Editions Rouergue bought the world rights and so the book will be available in French before it is published anywhere else in the world in English!

June 2008
Peter's Broadcasts Available now...

Blacklight Blue Playlist

Snakehead Playlist

April 2008
New Live Internet Broadcast...

Details of the broadcast follow, but first, have a look at author Carl Brookins' interview with Peter.  You can find it here... Carl Brookins talks to Peter

Join Peter for more videos, excerpts, and live Q&A by clicking:


there will be two shows, at the following times around the world...

EST: 10am  &  1pm
CST: 9am  &  Noon
MST: 8am  &  11am
PST: 7am  &  10am

UK: 3pm  &  6pm

Central Europe: 4pm  &  7pm

Bangkok, Thailand: 10pm  &  1am

Beijing, China: 11pm  &  2am

Perth, Australia: midnight  &  3am

Sydney, Australia: 2am  &  5am
If you click on the above link at the moment you'll find some video clips of the last broadcast.  And if you miss next Sunday's broadcast, you'll be able to catch repeat viewings afterwards - you'll just miss the live Q & A.

February 2008
Busy Month...

Poisoned Pen Press are publishing the 4th China Thriller, Snakehead in hardback
and the 2nd China Thriller, The Fourth Sacrifice in Paperback. 
                    Sac  snakehead

THE FOURTH SACRIFICE #2 in the China Thrillers series  Buy now from Amazon...

SNAKEHEAD  #4 in the China Thrillers series  Buy now from Amazon...
BLACKLIGHT BLUE #3 in the Enzo Files series  Buy now from Amazon...

December 29, 2008
Peter's Live Internet Broadcasts...

...were an experience!  The first broadcast went incredibly smoothly.  Too smoothly.  The second made up for that when Peter lost his internet connection 2 minutes before the broadcast was scheduled.  Re-setting the modem and re-booting proved useless.  So a telephone call from France to New York resulted in Peter's brother-in-law logging on, taking control of the online studio, locating the pre-recorded segments and getting the show on the air only 3 minutes after the scheduled time!  That gave Peter 27 minutes to locate someone with hi-speed internet that was working, and persuade them to let him come and use it... Another 4 telephone calls later he was away with his laptop, driving through narrow country roads in the dark, through France.  Across a long ridge, and through a jumble of stone buildings, he came to a converted 18th century barn where an artist/photographer friend has his studio with internet connection.  After all the required French formalities: kisses, handhakes, pleasantries, some hasty explanations (what's French for "live internet broadcast"?!), trying to remember forgotten security passwords for modem, giving up on Wifi, finally locating the ethernet cable, Peter slumped into a seat with his laptop camera online and cued up, just in time to hear himself say "So if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them..." End of recorded segment.  Cue live camera... Action!

You can now view the recorded part of the show, which is running on a loop on the station, here...

In the meantime to whet your appetite, here are the first reviews of Blacklight Blue...

Blacklight Blue
"A cerebral, chilling tale bound to burnish May's reputation.”
Kirkus Reviews

"May's dark, intense third mystery to feature Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod... an unusually compelling ongoing saga”
Publishers Weekly

"This complicated tale weaves threads of the past into the present...
 An engrossing mystery"
Library Journal

To get your copy...
(In the USA, Click here to support your local independent mystery store by ordering Peter's books from one of them)
or order from:
Amazon UK
Blacklight Blue (Enzo Files)
Amazon US
Blacklight Blue: The third Enzo File (Enzo Files)
Amazon  FRANCE
Blacklight Blue

December 28, 2008
Join Peter on his
Live Internet Broadcasts

Peter will be making two live video broadcasts and you will be able to see and hear him wherever you are in the world, on...

Sunday 28th December

UK: 3pm & 6pm
Central Europe: 4pm & 7pm

USA Times
EST: 10am & 1pm
CST: 9am & Noon
MST: 8am & 11am
PST: 7am & 10am

To view the broadcast simply go to:

But this isn't just a one-way show!  The broadcast will include a Question and Answer session, in which you will be able to participate, by sending questions to him, live by text or by E-mail in advance from this form.

Peter will be giving you all his news live, and talking about his new Enzo File...

Blacklight Blue

Blacklight Blue, the latest in The Enzo Files series was published on November 10th 2008, by Poisoned Pen Press. 

Remember, to view the broadcast simply go to:

In the meantime to whet your appetite, here are the first reviews of Blacklight Blue...

(In the USA, Click here to support your local independent mystery store by ordering Peter's books from one of them)

or order from:
Amazon UK
Blacklight Blue (Enzo Files)
Amazon US
Blacklight Blue: The third Enzo File (Enzo Files)
Amazon  FRANCE
Blacklight Blue
"A cerebral, chilling tale bound to burnish May's reputation.”

Kirkus Reviews

"May's dark, intense third mystery to feature Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod... an unusually compelling ongoing saga”
Publishers Weekly

"This complicated tale weaves threads of the past into the present...
 An engrossing mystery"
Library Journal

September 2008

Peter live from France by video link
at Bettendorf Public Library, Iowa USA

From his home in France, Peter will be present via Skype live video link at a discussion with readers and members of the public in Iowa, USA.  The discussion will be led by librarian Hedy Hustedde in the

Bettendorf Public Library’s
Malmros Conference Room,
Saturday, October 11,
from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
and will centre on the first book in Peter's China Thrillers series,
The Firemaker”.
New members are always welcome. 
More information: Bettendorf Public Library


May 2008

VIDEO and AUDIO developments
A new page on the website is an archive of all things video and audio.  As well as the videos which can be found on Peter's Youtube page, you'll find podcasts and TV interviews in English and in French

Click here to visit PETER'S VIDEO & AUDIO ARCHIVE


Peter has two new channels where he will be able to broadcast worldwide live.  Right now he's busy writing his next book (well, it has to be done sometime!) but we'll let you know as soon as there will be a LIVE broadcast where you will be able to put your comments by E-mail or text to him live during the transmission.  For a preview of the channels, which are running some tapes of talks and interviews right now, click on the links below...

Peter's English Language webcast channel

Peter's French Language webcast channel

Spring 2008

- and another nomination

Peter arrived back from the USA tour to find that the French edition of "Chinese Whispers" (L'Eventreur de Pekin) has been shortlisted for the PRIX INTERNATIONAL at the Cognac "Polar & Co" Literary Festival!  Winners will be announced in October.


Two interesting newspaper pieces about "The Critic" and Peter by San Diego wine critic and journalist, Mathew Lickona can be found


The Enzo Files - latest...

The third book in The Enzo Files series will be published later this year and Peter is already thinking about book #4.  To whet your appetite for more of Enzo, click on the "play" button on the video below to catch a glimpse of Enzo's home town, Cahors.  Visit Peter's YouTube page where you can find more of his research videos from France and China.

February 2008

click here for dates and details

Follow Peter's trip across the USA during February and March 2008 on his blog at

If you can, come along and hear Peter talk about his two latest books published in the US, "The Critic" (#2 in the Enzo Files series) and "The Killing Room" (#3 in the China Thrillers series.  At some events, you can even get a chance to tast the wines mentioned in "The Critic"!

Click here for all the confirmed dates on the tour



January 2008


Peter was made a Chevalier de l'ordre de la Dive Bouteille as a result of all the research he did on Gaillac wines for his latest book.  Read all about the experience on his blog at


The latest in the Enzo Files series THE CRITIC has just been published by Poisoned Pen Press.  (read the latest reviews here)

The book takes place in the vineyards of Gaillac in South West France, and involves the death of a world-famous wine critic.  On this year's tour Peter will not only talk about the book, but will also be able to let readers taste it! 

The wines that he mentions in the book will be available for the first time in the USA and on Peter's tour, many of the venues have been able to arrange for him to do a wine-tasting with readers.  So come along and get a "taste" of Peter's books...


Still with some details to be confirmed, here is the latest news about Peter May's 2008 tour of thr USA...

  • THOUSAND OAKS, CA: Saturday, February 16th: Mysteries to Die For, 11am
    - talk & signing

  • NEWPORT BEACH, CA: Sunday, February 17th: To Be Confirmed
    - wine tasting,
    talk & signing

  • SAN DIEGO, CA: Monday, February 18th: Mysterious Galaxy, 3.30pm
    - wine tasting,
    talk & signing

  • SAN DIEGO, CA: Monday, February 18th: Alliance Francaise and Mysterious Galaxy, 6pm
    - wine-tasting,
    talk & signing

  • LOS ANGELES, CA: Tuesday, February 19th: The Mystery Bookstore
    - drop-by

  • LOS ANGELES, CA: Tuesday, February 19th: Alliance Francaise, 7pm
    - wine tasting,
    talk & signing

  • SACRAMENTO, CA: Thursday, February 21st: To be confirmed
    - wine tasting,
    talk & signing

  • SAN MATEO, CA: Friday, February 22nd: M is for Mystery, 7pm
    - wine tasting,
    talk & signing

  • CORTE MADERA, CA: Saturday, February 23rd: Book Passage, 7pm
    talk & signing

  • SACRAMENTO, CA: Sunday, February 24th: To be confirmed
    - wine tasting,
    talk & signing

  • SCOTTSDALE AZ:  Tuesday, February 26th, 2008: Poisoned Pen with Barnes & Noble and Alliance Francaise
    - wine-tasting,
    talk & signing

  • HOUSTON TX:  Monday, March 3rd 2008: Murder By The Book 6pm
    talk & signing

  • HOUSTON TX:  Tuesday, March 4th, 2008: Murder By The Book and Alliance Francaise
    - wine-tasting,
    talk & signing

  • BOULDER CO: Wednesday, March 5th: High Crimes, 7pm
    talk & signing

  • DENVER CO: March 6th - 9th, LEFT COAST CRIME

  • DENVER CO: Thursday, March 6th: Murder By The Book 5.30pm
    talk & signing

  • DENVER CO:  Friday, March 7th, 2008: Alliance Francaise
    talk & signing

  • MINNEAPOLIS MN:  Tuesday, March 11th, 2008: Uncle Edgar's
    - drop-by signing

  • MINNEAPOLIS MN:  Tuesday, March 11th, 2008: Alliance Francaise with Once Upon A Crime 7pm
    - wine-tasting,
    talk & signing

  • ROCHESTER NY:  March 14th/16, 2008: To Be Confirmed
    - wine-tasting,
    talk & signing

  • NEW YORK NY: Tuesday, March 18th: Partners & Crime
    - drop-by signing

Autumn 2007

Peter May wins French Literary Award...


Peter won the 2007 PRIX INTRAMUROS at Cognac's annual Festival of Crime Writing "Polar&Co" on October 19th.

He found himself facing all-French competition in the final shortlist of seven writers for France's most unusual literarly award.  The PRIX INTRAMUROS - literally "within the walls" - is decided by juries made up of inmates of French penitentiaries, and the shortlisted authors had to arrive a day early at the book festival to present themselves at various French jails for interviews with the detainees.

After deliberation, the prisoners awarded the prize to Peter for “Snakehead” (Cadavres Chinois à Houston) the fourth in the China Thrillers series of books, which was published in France this year.  "Snakehead" will be published in the USA in 2008.

This is the second time that Peter's books have been honored in his adopted homeland.  French Elle Magazine shortlisted the first of his China Thrillers series, "The Firemaker" for their "Grand Prix" of Literature two years ago.

Summer 2007

Festival Inter-Celtique in Lorient

The summer has been devoted to the writing of Peter's third book in The Enzo Files series. 

However Peter had to take a break in the middle of writing when he received an invitation he couldn't refuse from
Maette and RachidMaëtte Chantrel and Rachid Oujdi.  Both are respected book critics and radio presenters who regularly host live events at the major French book festivals.  They are huge fans of his China Thrillers and have previously invited Peter to speak at events such as The Paris Book Fair and Saint-Malo's "Etonnant Voyageurs" book festival.  Peter says, "They're a pleasure to be with and always do their utmost to make me feel at ease on stage with them.  They even manage to make it look as if I can actually speak French." 

lorientMaëtte and Rachid invited Peter as Guest of Honour to the "Bistrot Litteraire" in Lorient, Brittany as part of the Inter-Celtic Festival in August.

Lorient is a Breton port town, a favourite with sailors and pleasure cruisers.  The last time Peter had been there was for the Celtic Film and Television Festival in the early 90s, when the Gaelic drama serial Machair, which he co-created and produced, was nominated for an award.

guinnessThis Festival Inter-Celtique was mainly centred around music and for once Peter wasn't alone in France in his kilt.  Scottish and Irish singers and musicians filled the streets of the Breton port.  The Guinness flowed in the beer tents
and Rachid provided some fine Scotch malt whisky in the "Bistrot Litteraire".  One whole side of the harbour was taken over with tents of bookstalls (pic above), where authors signed their works for the public in the sunshine.

Peter May signing booksOne rather bizarre event occurred while Peter was there.  The festival in Lorient coincided with a fete day at Bretenoux, the small town close to Peter's home in South West France.  Artzimut, an arts organisation, had decided to conduct a tour of the hamlet where Peter lives and had wanted him to give a talk about his work.  When they discovered that he would be at the other end of the country, they insisted that there had to be some other way of having him "attend".  To that end, they set up an internet link so that he could give his talk by video. 

... So on the Saturday afternoon, Peter got connected from his computer via the Lorient hotel's WIFI to a computer set up by Artzimut in the garden of his home.

Peter May at his computer in
                                  Lorient    Event at Peter May's house

Peter was expecting a group of 15 or so people, but he discovered that it would be more than that when the organisers asked if he would deliver his talk twice, as they had split the tour into two groups.
They then announced that each group would contain around 150 people!  They had arranged to project his image on to a large screen and had set up loudspeakers so that everyone would be able to hear him. In all, more than 300 people ended up coming to Peter's garden to hear him talk about his writing. 

groix1While in Lorient, Peter took the opportunity to visit the island of Groix where he found the beaches surrounded by white painted houses with steeply-sloped slate roofs very reminiscent of those in the Western Isles of Scotland.groix2

Spring 2007

French Festivals March/April 2007

Just back from a successful two months spent touring the United States. 

Now Peter has been invited to appear at several book festivals in France.  First is the Salon du Livre in Paris (23-27 March) the biggest in France, then on to Limoges, (30 March - 1 April) another festival just south of Limoges (14-15 April) followed by a special event in Rodez (17 April).  More details can be found on Peter's French website.

Then Peter will go into hibernation to write the third book in The Enzo Files series - with all this touring, talking and signing there's no time for writing!

The second book in The Enzo Files series is finished and is the hands of Poisoned Pen Press.  It will be published in November 2007.  Details of title to follow.

Winter 2006/7

2nd USA TOUR - February/March 2007

Peter will be visiting bookstores all over the USA, talking about EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, the first of his new series set in France - The Enzo Files.  Also, THE FOURTH SACRIFICE, the second of his China Thrillers will be published by St Martin's Press in time for his tour. 
For the latest list of confirmed locations and dates, click here.

To visit the new website for The Enzo Files and EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, click here.


For all the latest reviews, click here

Buy the book from Amazon Now by clicking on the link below...

Autumn 2006


Peter will be visiting the USA in February and March of next year.  Starting in Seattle at the Left Coast Crime conference, he plans to visit West and East Coasts, with some stops in between!  Watch this space for further details. So far he has confirmed events in  Seattle WA,  San Mateo CA,  San Francisco CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Los Angeles CA,  San Diego CA, Scottsdale AZ, Denver CO, Boulder CO, Minneapolis MN, Pittsburgh PA, New York NY.


"A sharp edged tale woven with the intricacy of a spider's web.  Intelligent, involved, and ingenious"

The first reactions to the Advance Reading Copies of "Extraordinary People" have started to come in.  Here are a selection:

"Read an astoundingly good book the other day. Just outstanding.
...As much an examination of French intellectual culture as a thrilling and tension-filled mystery, the novel is filled with multi-dimensional flawed individuals.  The author's examination of society and the human condition is fascinating and enthralling.  The conclusion is as exciting and entertaining as one could ask for.  A dynamite novel and a fine beginning to what promises to be an outstanding crime fiction series."

“Intelligent, ever-moving and beautifully written, it is the best book I have read this year.  I highly recommend it!!”
Barbara Douglas, Murder By The Book.

" excellent novel that will keep you in suspense all the way ... Hopefully Peter May will follow-up this book with future adventures of Enzo MacLeod."

Patricia Reid,

"Peter May's "Extraordinary People" is an extraordinary novel ... Action escalates at every turn and becomes breathtaking at the denouement."
Mary Ann Smyth Bookloons

"brisk and thrilling ...  the layers of complexity bode well for future installments."
The Baltimore Sun

"May paces his tale of a burst-open cold case with teasingly professional precision"
DIBS - early buzz on upcoming books

"Lots of twists and turns. Fast-paced. Lots of energy throughout the book."
Ollie’s world of books

"the intriguing first book in a series of thrillers set in modern France by talented author Peter May ... The presumed premise for this series, celebrated unsolved murders, is a captivating one"
Hidden Staircase Mystery Books

"This taughtly written thriller moves from the catacombs under Paris through the countryside surrounding this great city.  I found it hard to put down."

Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon CA

"Twists, turns and a whirl wind tour of France ... smart and engaging ... Peter May does a wonderful job ... This is an intelligent story that every mystery fan should read."
Sondra Fowler for

"As a fan of forensics, this reader finds the interpretation of the clues a highlight to the high-paced adventure."
Jen Oliver for

"The climax is a fabulous finale that will leave readers clamoring for more inquiries by the Professor and his team."
Harriet Klausner, Midwest Book Review

"action-packed second half and rather thrilling denouement in the catacombs of Paris"
Entertainment Weekly

"this travelogue–cum–murder mystery makes for a fun puzzle"

Publisher's Weekly

"a throughly engaging puzzle mystery"
Library Journal

"I read THE FIREMAKER and loved it.  I'm also reading an ARC of EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE from Poison Pen Press and find it very hard to put down!!"
Deb Andolino, Aliens & Alibis Books, Columbia, SC  29209

visit the website of the book's here, Enzo Macleod at:

Remember "Extraordinary People" will be available in November. To place your order:

US readers click here for

UK readers click here for

Summer 2006


The first in Peter's new series - The Enzo Files - entitled"Extraordinary People" will be published by The Poisoned Pen Press in November 2006.
The series features Scottish/Italian university professor Enzo Macleod who lives and teaches in South West France. 

Rising to a challenge from the local police chief, Enzo accepts a bet to prove that the latest science and technology could bring cold case killers to justice.  His quest takes him on a journey through French landmarks and the Paris catacombs on the trail of one of France's most notorious unsolved mysteries.

For an advance taster, a chance to meet Enzo and his clan, visit Enzo's website at:

Author Carl Brookins had this to say about "Extraordinary People":
"Read an astoundingly good book the other day. 
Watch for it when the issue date comes (November)
by Peter May from Poisoned Pen Press.
Just outstanding.
Remember the title.  Read the book."

To place your order for "Extraordinary People":

US readers click here for

UK readers click here for

Try your hand at amateur sleuthing! Enzo lets you in on the first set of clues which turn up in "Extraordinary People".  Solve the puzzle, decode the message which they contain, and you could win a peronalised, autographed copy of the book.  You'll find all the information on the website:

...but remember - you'll have to search!


After the French version of The Firemaker (Meurtres à Pékin) was shortlisted by Elle magazine for their Grand Prix, this summer Peter found himself nominated for both a Barry and  Macavity Award for The Firemaker, but had to withdraw himself from both shortlists. 


He'd been nominated in the category of "first" novel.  It was an easy mistake for people to make.  Due to the years he spent writing and producing drama serials for Brirtish Television, The Firemaker was the first novel he'd had published in the US for a very long time, but the truth is, he had been published there before, so he had to let the organisers know and take his name off the shortlists.

But it was nice to receive the nominations! 

You can read all about it at

Spring 2006

Peter spent February in California researching his latest book and came back to a busy month of March in France with the French editions of The China Thrillers, so there is a lot of news to catch up with...



and last but not least...


MEURTRES A PEKIN ("The Firemaker") has been selected by readers of the French ELLE  Magazine as their Crime Book of the Month and is a finalist in this year's GRAND PRIX - the winner will be announced in May.

LE QUATRIEME SACRIFICE ("The Fourth Sacrifice") was launched at the Paris Book Fair last month, and Peter was invited to spend a couple of days signing books at the Editions Rouergue stand.  He also participated in a forum at the fair where he and two other crime writers were interviewed by a journalist on stage in front of an audience... entirely in French.

The sixth book in the series L'EVENTREUR DE PEKIN ("Chinese Whispers") will be published by France Loisirs, the biggest book club in France, in June.

Peter has been invited to appear at book fairs and bookstores in France all across the summer.  He'll be going to Saint Céré, Toulouse, Rion Des Landes, Figeac, Saint Malo, Frontignan, Vaucluse, Montauban and Marseille. Details can be found at his French website... on the "quoi de neuf" page.

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Peter's New York publisher St. Martin's Press has confirmed that they will be publishing books two and three in the China Series.

"The Fourth Sacrifice" will come out in the States in 9 months' time, on January 7th, 2007, with "The Killing Room" following shortly after.

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After CHINESE WHISPERS Peter began researching and developing a new series of books.  This series is a move away from China and will introduce a whole new group of characters.

Peter is delighted to announce that US publisher - Barbara Peters' Poisoned Pen Press will be publishing the first book in this series, EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, in the US and the UK this autumn, in November, 2006

The second book in the series, which Peter is currently researching, has been commissioned and Peter says that working with Barbara has been "an absolute joy".

We'll be bringing you more information about these new books in the very near future.  So check back on the website soon, or write to Peter and ask to be put on his "latest news" list, by clicking here.

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January 2006


After the successful launch of MEURTRES A PEKIN at the Brive Book Fair, requests for Peter to visit other Book Fairs in France are now coming in.  He visited Cressensac Book Fair in December. 

He will be at the Paris Book Fair (the biggest in France) from March 17 to 22, where LE QUATRIEME SACRIFICE will be launched.

He has been invited to take part in a debate at Rion de Landes Festival of Mystery and Crime books in May. And he's also been asked to attend the St Malo Book Fair in June.

MEURTRES A PEKIN was featured in this month's French PRIMA magazine, and it has been selected for ELLE magazine's readers in March.

France's biggest book club, France Loisirs will be bringing out the last in the series, CHINESE WHISPERS, soon.  Details of French title and publication date will follow.

November 2005


Peter has produced a 30-minute talk about THE FIREMAKER on audio which will is available on iTunes as a podcast.

You can listen to it now by clicking here...


The Book Fair at Brive La Gaillard was an extraordinary experience, with more than 500 authors, elbow to elbow, signing their books for upwards of 120,000 visitors over the weekend.

Danielle Dastugue and Michèle Blanc of Editions du Rouergue were very pleased that over 100 copies of MEURTRES A PEKIN were sold.  Apparently an author who is "unknown" to the French might expect to sell only one or two copies!  Plans are in place for more signings in other French cities.  Watch this space for information.

October/November 2005

THE U.S. Tour was a terrific success!

Read all about it at:

The first dates for the promotion of the French version of The Firemaker, (MEUTRES A PEKIN) have been announced with the publication and launch of the book at the prestigious Brive Book Fair at the beginning of November. 

On Friday November 4th at 6pm
Peter will be at
The Librairie De Trois Epis
9, avenue de Paris
Brive La Gaillarde

On Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th
he will be at the Editions du Rouergue stand at the Brive Book Fair.

To celebrate the launch of the French editions of his China thrillers, he now has a French website.  Click here to visit it.

September 2005

THE U.S. Tour is now underway!
See full list of dates under "August" entry, below.
Come along and meet him if you can, or tell friends and relatives across the USA about his bookstore talks and signings.

Peter has decided to keep everyone up to date with what is happening through and online weblog.
You can find it at:

Great news, at last, the books will be translated into French and published in the country which Peter has made his home.  Editions Rouergue will be bringing out MUERTRES A PEKIN (THE FIREMAKER) in November.  More about that, and Peter's French Tour later!

August 2005


The Firemaker by Peter May

A Thomas Dunne Book
St Martin's Minotaur

5 1/2" X 8 1/4"

ISBN-13: 978-0-312-34294-2


  • CHICAGO, IL: Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th September
      • Bouchercon
        Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
        301 East North Water Street
        Chicago, IL 60611
        Telephone: (312) 464-1000

      • Bouchercon Panel with Peter May:
        "Far Away Places"

        Friday 2nd September, 4pm - 5pm

  • ROCHESTER, NY - Tuesday 6th September

  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Wednesday, 7th September, 7pm
      • Once Upon a Crime
        604 W 26th St,
        Minneapolis MN 55405
        Telephone: (612) 870-3785

  • BOULDER, CO: Thursday 8th September, 7pm
      • High Crimes
        946 Pearl Street
        Boulder, CO 80302
        Telephone:(303) 443-8346

  • DENVER, CO: Saturday 10th September, 12 noon
      • Murder by the Book
        1574 South Pearl St.
        Denver, CO 80210
        Telephone: (800) 300-2595  (toll free voice)
        Telephone: (303) 871-9401  (voice in Colorado)

  • HOUSTON, TX: Monday, 12th September, 6.30pm
      • Murder by the Book
        2342, Bissonnet Street
        Houston TX, 77005
        Telephone: (713) 524-8597

  • HUNTSVILLE, TX: Tuesday, 13th September
      • Sam Houston State University
        College of Criminal Justice
        Huntsville TX 77341
        (Time and venue to be confirmed)

  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ: Wednesday, 14th September, 7pm
      • The Poisoned Pen
        4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Suite 101
        Scottsdale, AZ 85251
        Telephone: (480) 947-2974

  • SEATTLE, WA: Friday, 16th September, Noon
      • Seattle Mystery Bookshop
        117 Cherry St
        Seattle, WA  98104
        Telephone: (206) 587-5737

  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Saturday 17th September
      • China Books
        Time and venue to be confirmed

  • SACRAMENTO, CA:  Sunday 18th September
      • Book Launch Party
        Invited Guests

  • DAVIS, CA: Monday 19th September 7.30pm
      • The Avid Reader
         617 Second Street
         Davis, CA 95616
         Telephone: (530) 758-4040

  • SAN MATEO, CA: Tuesday 20th September, 7pm
      • M is for Mystery
        74 Third Avenue
        San Mateo, CA 94401
        Telephone: (650) 401-8077
        Toll-free: 888-405-8077

  • LOS ANGELES, CA: Wednesday 21st September
      • The Mystery Bookstore
        1036-C Broxton Avenue
        Los Angeles CA 90024
        Telephone: 310-209-0415

  • NEWPORT BEACH, CA: Thursday 22nd September
      • Book Launch Party
        Invited Guests

  • SAN DIEGO, CA: Friday 23rd September, 7pm
      • Mysterious Galaxy
         7051 Clairmont Mesa Blvd.
         San Diego, CA 92111
         Telephone: 858-268-4747
         Toll-Free: 800-811-4747
         Fax: 858-268-4775

  • BETHESDA, MD: Sunday 25th September, 4pm
      • The Writer's Center
        4508 Walsh Street,
        Bethesda, MD 20815
        Phone: 301 654-8664
        Fax: 301 654-8667

  • OAKMONT, PITTSBURG, PA: Tuesday 27th September, 6.30pm
      • Mystery Lovers Bookshop
        (Chinese Buffet before talk)

        514 Allegheny River Boulevard
        Oakmont PA 15139
        Telephone: (412) 828-4877

  • NEW YORK, NY: September 28th
      • Mysterious Bookshop
        129 West 56th Street
        New York, NY 10019
        Tel: 212-765-0900
        Fax: 212-265-5478
        drop-in signing

  • NEW YORK, NY: September 29th or 30th
      • Partners & Crime
        44 Greenwich Avenue
        New York, NY 10011
        Tel: 212-243-0440
        Fax: 212-243-4624
        (date and time to be confirmed)

  • CAMBRIDGE, BOSTON, MA: Saturday 1st October, 4pm
      • Kate's Mystery Books
        2211 Massachusetts Ave
        Cambridge, MA

        Tel: (617) 491-2660

April 2005

The Firemaker,
                      US cover

The Firemaker by Peter May

A Thomas Dunne Book
St Martin's Minotaur

5 1/2" X 8 1/4"

ISBN-13: 978-0-312-34294-2

Peter is planning a U.S. tour, to introduce himself and The Firemaker to American readers, and will be visiting the following cities...
  • CHICAGO, IL: 1st - 4th September (Bouchercon)
    5th September - Labor Day
  • ROCHESTER, NY - 6th September
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN: 7th September (Once Upon A Crime, 7pm)
  • BOULDER, CO: 8th September (High Crimes, 7pm)
  • DENVER, CO: 9th September
  • ATLANTA: 10th -11th September
  • HOUSTON, TX: 12th September (Murder by the Book, 6.30pm)
  • AUSTIN: 13th September
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ - 14th September (The Poisoned Pen, 7pm)
  • SEATTLE: 16th September (Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Noon)
  • SACRAMENTO, CA:  Sunday 18th September
      • Book Launch Party (Invited Guests)
  • DAVIS, CA: Monday 19th September (The Avid Reader,7.30pm)
  • SAN MATEO, CA: Tuesday 20th September (M is for Mystery, 7pm)
  • NEWPORT BEACH, CA: Thursday 22nd September
      • Book Launch Party (Invited Guests)
  • SAN DIEGO, CA: 23rd September
  • EAST COAST: 24th - 30th September
    • BOSTON,
    • NEW YORK.
These are provisonal dates, for the latest - constantly updated - information regarding his tour schedule, visit Peter's new MEDIA ROOM website at

If you would like information about his tour E-mailed to you, or if you would like to suggest a venue for Peter to visit and give a talk, please send a message to Peter via the form on his contact page

March 2005

The Firemaker will be published in the U.S. by St Martin's Press (Minotaur) this year.  Peter is hoping to arrange a tour to introduce himself and his China Thrillers series to American readers.

Watch this space for all news about this as we get it!

August 2004

Some pictures of Peter and the 50 or so guests gathered at
the annual party in France to celebrate Peter's latest book, CHINESE WHISPERS....

For all of Peter's fans in the USA - there will be some exciting news soon....

July 2004

READERS DIGEST are now to translate THE RUNNER for their Finnish and Hungarian editions.

Isis Audio books have released CHINESE WHISPERS as an audio book.

February 2004

The recent publication of HET VIERDE OFFER (The Fourth Sacrifice) in Holland led to Peter making a trip there at the end of January. Dutch and Belgian readers should look out for forthcoming features in:
China Nu
* Nieuw * klik hier voor onze pagina's over de Nederlandse uitgaves

Click here to read Peter's interview with Ayo Onatade for SHOTS, The Crime and Mystery Magazine

January 2004

READERS DIGEST are planning to translate THE RUNNER for their Norwegian edition.

* Nieuw * klik hier voor onze pagina's over de Nederlandse uitgaves
Welcome to all the Dutch readers of Peter's books. With The Firemaker recently published in The Netherlands under the title of de Vuurmaker, and The Fourth Sacrifice coming out in January under the title of Het Vierde Offer, we are pleased to be able to introduce Pages in Dutch on the website, with extracts from the books.

Peter will be making a trip to Holland January 27/28. Dutch fans... watch this space!

CHINESE WHISPERS published in UK and Commonwealth
"beautifully written and very evocative" (Tangled Web)
Get your copy of NOW!


Out this month in paperback and hardback simultaneously. Click here to read an extract and find out more about the book.


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November 2003

READERS' DIGEST have just published THE RUNNER as a condensed book.

Click here to see details on their website


ALSO... news about CHINESE WHISPERS...

The paperback edition will be published at the same time as the hardback, in January 2004.


July 2003

The sixth book in Peter May's CHINA THRILLER series will be published in hardback in January 2004

Peter had a full page photo and article written about him in Beijing Weekend under the title; "WRITER FINDS THAT CRIME PAYS". If you'd like to read the text of the article, click on this link.

The annual French Launch of Peter's latest paperback will take place at 4pm on Sunday 27th July. This year it's THE RUNNER. Peter will be bringing everyone up to date with stories and video from his latest research trips and sharing some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the book.

Peter at the launch of THE RUNNER in London, recently

June 2003

Reader's Digest will be producing a condensed version of THE RUNNER in their November edition of Condensed Books.

There is currently a Poster campaign for THE RUNNER in major UK Railway Stations.
Click here to E-mail us if you spot one - and more importantly, let us know if you're having difficulty finding a copy of the book.

May 2003

THE RUNNER - Paperback Launch, May 2003
Thanks to everyone who came along to hear Peter speak about THE CHINA THRILLERS and THE RUNNER at:

Thursday, 6.30 pm, 8th May 2003
click here to visit Crime in Store's website

OTTAKARS, Buchanan Galleries, GLASGOW:
Tuesday, 6.30 pm, 13th May 2003
click here to visit Ottakars Glasgow's website

THE FIREMAKER will be published later this year, and Dutch publisher, Uitgeverij BZZTOH, has just announced they intend to follow it up with THE FOURTH SACRIFICE and THE KILLING ROOM.

March 2003

The first of the reviews for THE RUNNER...

"a tense and atmospheric thriller with a heart-stopping ending"

To read the whole review, click below to visit the page on Tangled Web's site:

Although not yet published in America, some American bookshops are going to extraordinary lengths to stock The China Thrillers. This month another huge box containing copies of THE RUNNER arrived in France to be signed by Peter. The books were then to travel all the way back to Britain from whence they would be shipped to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Arizona USA to satisfy Peter's growing army of collectors and fans. With people prepared to go all this trouble, surely it won't be long before an American publisher realises the potential...

February 2003

The fifth in the China Thrillers series, THE RUNNER, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback on January 6th, 2003. This latest in the series sees Li Yan and Margaret Campbell back in Beijing attempting to solve a series of murders which threatens the future of international athletics as the city begins its preparations to host the Olympics. The "Talking Books" rights have already been snapped up by Isis.

Dutch publisher, Uitgeverij BZZTOH, has bought the Dutch rights to THE FIREMAKER, and will publish in 2003

The first book in the series, "The Firemaker", has been translated into Chinese and is being serialised in 20 instalments from January 2003 in a Chinese crime magazine called "Detective World". The publisher is currently negotiating to buy the Chinese translation rights in the first four books to publish in paperback over the next two years.

A Chinese production company based in Beijing is negotiating the buy the rights in the first four of the China Thrillers to adapt for TV audiences in China - which can be as big as 600 million people.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD POLICE, a magazine published by the Chinese police, has commissioned Peter May to write a monthly column in 2003, describing his experiences during research into the workings of the Beijing and Shanghai police forces, and providing a westerner's view of the criminal justice system in China.

Work on the sixth China Thriller has already begun. CHINESE WHISPERS is due for completion in the Spring of 2003, and should appear in the shops in January 2004.

Nov 2002

Isis have announced their intention to turn both SNAKEHEAD and THE KILLING ROOM into 'Talking Books'. These unabridged versions will be available soon, read by American actress Laurence Bouvard. Details of release dates will be given as soon as we have them.

Following the success in Germany of CHINESISCHES FEUER (The Firemaker) THE FOURTH SACRIFICE has now been published in Germany under the title of DAS ROTE ZEICHEN.

The Italian translation of THE FOURTH SACRIFICE is due to be launched this autumn with a major promotional campaign in the Mediterranean country THE FIREMAKER is already available there under the title, SETTE NOTTI DI SANGUE.

July 2002

The, now annual, French launch of Peter's latest paperback will take place at 4pm on Sunday 21st July. This year it's SNAKEHEAD. As well as telling some of the stories behind the the book, Peter will be showing some interesting video clips from his research trips to the USA and China.

April 2002

SNAKEHEAD (coronet £5.99) the latest in Peter May's China Thriller series, has just been released in paperback and has been chosen by Ottakar's as their 'Crime Book of the Month' for April 2002. Ottakar's say:
'The action is fast, the love story painful and tender, and the result is a gripping and compelling mystery.' read more at:

Peter will be in London at Crime in Store, 14 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London at 6.30pm on Thursday 18th April 2002. If you're in London at that time, why not come along and see him?

LIVE ON RADIO SCOTLAND (and worldwide on the internet)
He will also doing an interview on Radio Scotland on the Gary Robertson Show sometime between 11 AM and 12 NOON on Friday 19th April 2002. You can listen in from anywhere in the world via the internet if you have QuickTime Player or RealPlayer. Just go to:
In East Coast US it'll be between 6 AM and 7 AM on Friday 19th April
In China it'll be between 7 PM and 8 PM on Friday 19th April

March 2002

Peter received a surprise invitation to return to China last month. He was asked to speak at a press conference in Hong Kong launching TOM.COM's new broadband service "China Interactive TV" and its flagship programme "China Police Report". TOM.COM were also keen to discuss the possibility of TV adaptations of Peter's China Thrillers and the publication of his novels in Chinese. Read their full Press Release with mention of Peter at...

Dec 2001

While Peter was in Beijing and Shanghai in December on a research trip for his next China Thriller, he met the Chinese translators who are currently working on THE FIREMAKER which is due to be serialised in China's 'Detective World' magazine. The contract was signed under the auspices of a Supreme Court judge (who also happens to be a writer of crime stories) at a large banquet which the Chinese Crime Writers had arranged to celebrate Peter's birthday. It took place in the Hall of Longevity in one of China's oldest Restaurants with a menu of traditional specialities including sea slugs, jelly fish and "Five-Flavoured Stuffed Intestine".

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