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
outstanding example of the storyteller's
Undiscovered Scotland "I
absolutely loved this second book in the
series and can safely state that May is
currently unveiling a cracking series."
May weaves his wonderful magic and the
story unfolds before you in vivid
at its primordial best"
plot throbs with past and present
passions, jealousies, suspicions and
emotional secrets of the bleak island
are even deeper than its peat bog."
The Times "Peter
May has struck creative gold with the
The LitWitch "utterly
The Express "May is
a masterful story-teller."
The Irish Examiner
#5 in UK hardback best-sellers' list
in 1st full week of sales
Look at the
fantastic trailer Quercus commissioned
for The Lewis Man....
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
IN WATERSTONES AYR, FOR
THE LAUNCH OF THE
"The Blackhouse" voted
Favourite Read of
Richard and Judy 2011 Autumn
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
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
wins top French Literature Award
The CEZAM Prix Litteraire Inter-CE
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
chosen for Richard and Judy Book Club
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...
7th - article in The Bookseller.com
"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.
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
The Blackhouse was released in
Australia and has been received well...
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
Blackhouse, after just over a week in
the bookstores, came into the UK best selling
hardback fiction list at #15!
The Literary Review
written murder thriller"
setting for a gripping novel... impressive
The Times (London)
...bleak, wild, atmospheric novel ...400
pages of pitch-perfect dialogue and creepy,
written, haunting and powerful ...an
outstanding page-turning murder mystery"
The Independent (Ireland)
cutting edge ...probably like nothing you
have read before."
The Big Thrill
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
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.
* * *
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.
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.
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.
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,
Cornflower Books here.
"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
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....
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.
Progress continues on the French movie version of The
- 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.
2010 PRIX DES LECTEURS
at Les Ancres Noires, Le Havre, France
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.
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.
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
By a unanimous vote (unprecedented in the history of
the book festival) this year's voters chose Peter's "L'Ile des Chasseurs
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
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
USA TOUR, March -
May 2010 - check here for
dates and come to see Peter.
THE KILLING ROOM
TO BECOME A MOVIE
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
Library Journal (starred review)
fourth Enzo McLeod mystery... With its intricate
plot, compelling characters, and bombshell
denouement, this unsettling Enzo Files
installment is a must-read." Publishers Weekly
"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."Bookbrowse
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.”RebeccasReads.com
TOUR, March - May 2010
The dates are starting to come together for the US
Tour check here for
In other news, planning for Peter's US tour in
April/May 2010 is already underway.
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
a repeat of Peter's webcast for PPWebCon, the world's
first online crime and mystery convention, which was
hosted by Poisoned Pen Press.
at the proposed list of Peter's books scheduled for
publication this winter and discovered that there will
FOUR HARD COVER and SEVEN PAPERBACK
editions published in the USA between October 2009 and
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
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)
The brand new 4th Enzo File (latest in the series): Freeze Frame
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)
The 3rd of the Enzo Files: Blacklight Blue
And a flurry of China Thrillers in hardcover and
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)
The Killing Room
(hardcover and paperback simultaneously)
So with The Fourth Sacrificeand 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.
AND ONE MORE...
There will be one more new book by Peter out in
DES CHASSEURS D'OISEAUX
(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
Broadcasts Available now...
the broadcast follow, but first, have a look at author
Carl Brookins' interview with Peter. You can
find it here... Carl
Brookins talks to
Join Peter for more videos, excerpts, and live
Q&A by clicking:
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.
and the 2nd China Thriller, The Fourth Sacrifice in
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...
"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:
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, the latest in The
Enzo Files series was published on November
10th 2008, by Poisoned Pen Press.
"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
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
at a discussion with readers and members of the
public in Iowa, USA. The discussion will be
led by librarian Hedy Hustedde in the
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
New members are always welcome.
More information: Bettendorf
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!
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 arrived back
from the USA tour to find that the French edition
Whispers" (L'Eventreur de
Pekin) has been shortlisted for the PRIX INTERNATIONAL
at the Cognac "Polar & Co" Literary
Festival! Winners will be announced in
newspaper pieces about "The Critic" and Peter by San Diego wine critic
and journalist, Mathew Lickona can be
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 pagewhere you can find more of his research
videos from France and China.
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"!
for all the confirmed dates on the tour
THE KILLING ROOM
de l'ORDRE de la DIVE BOUTEILLE
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 http://petermaylive.blogspot.com
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
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
Inter-Celtique in Lorient
has been devoted to the writing of
Peter's third book in The Enzo Files
However Peter had to take a break in the
middle of writing when he received an
invitation he couldn't refuse from Maëtte
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
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."
Maëtte 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.
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.
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
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
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.
Festivals March/April 2007
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
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.
USA TOUR - February/March 2007
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
For the latest list of confirmed
locations and dates, click here.
To visit the new website for The Enzo
Files and EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, click
EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE - EXTRAORDINARY
Buy the book from Amazon Now by clicking
on the link below...
USA TOUR IN THE PLANNING STAGES
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.
The first reactions to the Advance Reading
Copies of "Extraordinary
People" have started to come
in. Here are a selection:
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." Carl
Brookins (Author of THE CASE OF
THE GREEDY LAWYERS, OLD SILVER, A
SUPERIOR MYSTERY and INNER PASSAGES)
“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.
"...an 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
"Extraordinary People" is an extraordinary novel ...
Action escalates at every turn and becomes
breathtaking at the denouement." Mary
"brisk and thrilling ... the layers of
complexity bode well for future installments." The
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
Fowler for ReaderViews.com
"As a fan of
forensics, this reader finds the interpretation of
the clues a highlight to the high-paced adventure." Jen
The first in Peter's new series - The Enzo
Files - entitled"Extraordinary People" will
be published by The Poisoned Pen Press in
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
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) it's called
EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE by Peter May from
Poisoned Pen Press. Just outstanding. Remember the
title. Read the book."
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:
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
Award for The
Firemaker, but had to withdraw himself from
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.
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...
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.
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
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... http://www.petermay.fr
on the "quoi de neuf" page.
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
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.
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.
NOW THE FRENCH TOUR.... 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
On Friday November 4th at
Peter will be at The Librairie De
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.
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.
PUBLISHER TO PUBLISH THE CHINA THRILLERS
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
Peter is planning a U.S. tour, to introduce himself
and The Firemaker to American readers, and will be
visiting the following cities...
1st - 4th September (Bouchercon)
5th September - Labor Day
ROCHESTER, NY - 6th September
September (Once Upon A Crime, 7pm)
8th September (High Crimes, 7pm)
CO: 9th September
ATLANTA: 10th -11th September
12th September (Murder by the Book,
AUSTIN: 13th September
September (The Poisoned Pen, 7pm)
September (Seattle Mystery Bookshop,
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
NEWPORT BEACH, CA: Thursday 22nd
Party (Invited Guests)
SAN DIEGO, CA:
24th - 30th September
These are provisonal dates, for the latest -
constantly updated - information regarding his tour
schedule, visit Peter's new MEDIA ROOM website at http://www.petermay.info
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
U.S. PUBLICATION OF 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!
PICS: Some pictures of
Peter and the 50 or so guests gathered at the annual party in
France to celebrate Peter's latest book, CHINESE
For all of Peter's fans in the USA - there will be
some exciting news soon....
RUNNER MAKES IT TO FINLAND and HUNGARY READERS DIGEST are now to translate THE
RUNNER for their Finnish and Hungarian editions.
Isis Audio books have released CHINESE WHISPERS as an
THE RUNNER MAKES IT TO NORWAY READERS DIGEST are planning to translate THE
RUNNER for their Norwegian edition.
NEW CHINA THRILLERS PAGES FOR DUTCH READERS * Nieuw * klik
hier voor onze pagina's over de Nederlandse
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.
HOLLAND VISIT 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!
The paperback edition will be published at the
same time as the hardback, in January 2004.
SIXTH CHINA THRILLER ANNOUNCED The sixth book in Peter May's CHINA THRILLER
series will be published in hardback in January
BEIJING WEEKEND 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.
FRENCH LAUNCH 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
READER'S DIGEST take THE RUNNER Reader's Digest will be producing a
condensed version of THE RUNNER in their
November edition of Condensed Books.
DUTCH PUBLISHER BZZToH TAKE MORE OF THE
CHINA THRILLERS 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
The first of the reviews for THE RUNNER...
"a tense and atmospheric thriller with
a heart-stopping ending"
AMERICAN DEMAND FOR THE LATEST CHINA
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...
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
CHINA THRILLERS GO DUTCH Dutch publisher, Uitgeverij BZZTOH, has
bought the Dutch rights to THE FIREMAKER,
and will publish in 2003
CHINESE PUBLICATION 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.
CHINESE TV SERIES 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.
NEW COLUMN 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
WORK IN PROGRESS 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.
TALKING BOOKS 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
THE FOURTH SACRIFICE TO BE PUBLISHED IN
GERMANY AND ITALY 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.
FRENCH LAUNCH 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.
SNAKEHEAD - CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH 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: http://www.ottakars.com/Internet/werecommend/default.jsp
BOOK SIGNING IN LONDON
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? http://www.crimeinstore.co.uk/
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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/radioscotland/
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
HONG KONG COMPANY INTERESTED IN TV
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... http://corp.tom.com/about/en/press/20020311.shtml
OF THE FIREMAKER FOR CHINESE DETECTIVE MAGAZINE
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".