Author Archives: Author Peter May

About Author Peter May

International best-selling author of several series of books: the Lewis Trilogy - "The Blackhouse", "The Lewis Man" and "The Chessmen" - The Enzo Files and the China Thrillers, as well as standalone novels including "Entry Island", "Runaway" and "Coffin Road".

LOCKDOWN – fighting crime in a world in quarantine

After a successful career creating and writing top-rated drama for British television, and with 8 novels published in the UK and USA, I hit a period around fifteen years ago when I could not find a publisher for anything I … Continue reading

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A Silent Death: the making of

click here to order now from Amazon.co.uk BEHIND THE SCENES A Silent Death will be published in January 2020, and before its publication, I thought I would share some of the research and development that went into the writing of … Continue reading

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A Silent Death – UK Tour

Click here to pre-order A Silent Death from Amazon.co.uk My latest book, A Silent Death, a brand new thriller set in the South of Spain near Gibraltar will be coming out in January in the UK and March in the … Continue reading

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The Man With No Face

Happy New Year! And I’m happy to announce the publication of The Man With No Face.  This book was originally written and published in 1981, it’s a fast-moving political thriller is set in 1979 but is contemporary in its themes, … Continue reading

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Spring 2018 news

I’ll Keep You Safe reached #2 in the UK hardback charts and has just been published in the USA and Canada. The good news is that publication dates are bringing North America closer with the UK, Australia and New Zealand. … Continue reading

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Nae Pasaran

A few months ago I came across a Kickstarter project called Nae Pasaran.  I was intrigued to read that a Chilean documentary-maker working in Scotland had completed filming the story of Rolls Royce workers at East Kilbride, near Glasgow, who … Continue reading

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Farewell Joe

It is with great sadness that I write, belatedly, in tribute to my friend and adviser on all things scientific, Professor Joe Cummins, who died just over two years ago after a lengthy battle with cancer. I didn’t know of … Continue reading

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I’ll Keep You Safe – new book coming January 2018

Peter May’s explosive return to the Hebrides with his brand new thriller – I”ll Keep You Safe Continue reading

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Events and Book News for Summer and Autumn 2017

Festival Events I will be speaking at festival events this summer across the UK… HARROGATE Crime Writing Festival: Saturday 22nd July 8.30pm (click here for details and tickets) EDINBURGH International Book Festival: Tuesday 15 August (tickets go on sale Tuesday … Continue reading

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Flannan Isles Mystery Fundraiser

Those of you who have read my thriller, “Coffin Road”, will know that some of the action takes place on one of a group of tiny islands twenty miles off the west coast of Lewis and Harris in the Outer … Continue reading

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2016 – a year of travel and change

After almost twenty years of writing a book every year, 2016 was going to be a year where I wasn’t writing a book – a year off. I wrote Cast Iron, the final book in the Enzo Macleod series at … Continue reading

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The China Thrillers – new editions

I’m delighted that Quercus’ new imprint riverrun is bringing my series of six China thrillers back into print. The books were first published between 1999 and 2004 and the background to the books charts the extraordinary changes that took place … Continue reading

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Reflections on Oz

Now that the dust has settled on my three week trip to the Antipodes to promote my latest book, “Coffin Road”, I find myself looking back on my time in Oz with a certain wistful fondness.   I suppose most Brits … Continue reading

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Australia and New Zealand Tour

Dates and venues have just been confirmed for my tour of Australia and New Zealand… Perth, Australia Friday 19th February 11.30am – 12.30pm Perth Writers’ Festival Murdoch Theatre CRIMINALLY MINDED Three masters of the crime genre, Peter May, Alan Carter … Continue reading

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Returning to the Hebrides in 2016

First, I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous year in 2016! And I’d like to thank my readers around the world for their continued – and growing – support. I met many hundreds of you … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

It is with great sadness today that I have to record the passing of my friend and mentor Dr. Richard Ward. Dick was one of the most remarkable men I ever met.  After serving as a US Marine, he began … Continue reading

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2014 – What a Year!

As I look back on the year, it’s been quite a ride. 57,000 kilometres, 61 hotels, 35 flights, 9 countries and 2 major writing awards. January to June It began with a tour of the UK for the launch of … Continue reading

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Runaway

Forty-five years ago my best friend, Stephen, and I ran away to London. We had just turned 17. I had been expelled from school and taken an awful job at the DNS calculating interest in bank books. One early spring … Continue reading

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In Defence of Curling

I am not often moved to blog about things I read in the tabloid press, but I was incensed by this ignorant, poorly researched piece of trash “journalism” perpetrated by a pompous columnist called Richard Godwin in a rag called the … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings!

I’d like to wish you all a wonderful festive season, and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014! My sincere thanks to all of you who have supported my books over the years and who have contributed to the recent … Continue reading

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Entry Island – Behind the Scenes

With my new novel, Entry Island, due out on Kindle tomorrow, I thought I would share the story behind it with my readers. My decision to write Entry Island stemmed from my interest in the Highland Clearances. Like many of … Continue reading

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Priceless Words

When I was 18 years old I made my first serious attempt to write a novel.  I had written stories throughout most of my teenage years, including a teenage fantasy about the group I played in called “The Aristokrats”.  The … Continue reading

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US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel for The Blackhouse

I’ve just returned from the Bouchercon crime convention in Albany NY, USA, where George Easter of Deadly Pleasures magazine presented me with the Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel for “The Blackhouse”. In previous years, there were separate awards for … Continue reading

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The Heat is On for The Lewis Trilogy

The summer has arrived with a flurry of award nominations for The Lewis Trilogy. The trilogy has already won several awards in France where it was first published. Now nominations are arriving for major book awards in the UK and … Continue reading

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A Look Back… and Forward

The end of another year.  Another book published. Another book written, well, almost. I expect to finish it within the next ten days before I travel to the UK for the launch of The Chessmen, but more of that later.  … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Bookstores

During my 2005 US book tour to promote “The Firemaker”, I visited 15 independent mystery bookstores.  This year just 6 of them are still in business. The latest to fall by the wayside is Partners & Crime in New York … Continue reading

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Nae Rest Fur the Wicked!

Well, while awaiting the release of The Chess Men, the final book in The Lewis Trilogy – in September in France and next January in the UK, I was keeping my head down and getting to work on a new … Continue reading

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That Was The Year That Was

It’s been a helluva year! Most of you who follow my blogs will know something of the publication history of “The Blackhouse” – how it was rejected by all the major publishing houses in the UK before being snapped up … Continue reading

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French Award

The Blackhouse is the book that British publishers rejected en masse 6 years ago. Today it is at No.7 in the bestselling UK paperback chart – its 7th week in the Top Twenty. And yesterday it won one of the … Continue reading

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Jet2 Strike Back!

Following yesterday’s blog about our nightmare journey on Jet2 from Toulouse to Edinburgh via Nice, I made an amazing discovery… Jet2, it seems, employ internet spies. People who trawl the net looking for critical comments about their precious company and … Continue reading

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WTF

Yesterday I set off to research the third book in my Lewis trilogy. This entailed a two-leg flight. Toulouse to Edinburgh on Saturday. Overnight at an airport hotel in Edinburgh. Then Edinburgh to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides today. So … Continue reading

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Prix Cézam

I leave tomorrow morning on a seven-day trip to the north-west of France, which may determine the future of my career. My book “The Blackhouse”, published in French as “L’île des chasseurs d’oiseaux” (The Island of the Bird Hunters), has … Continue reading

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A Right Royal $&*@-Up

I make my living by licensing publishers to print and make available to the public my coyrighted material.  In return, I get a percentage of the retail price of the book – eight or ten percent.  It’s called a royalty … Continue reading

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First Feedback

I thought it might be interesting to publish a selection of excerpts from the emails that have come flooding into my website since the publication of “The Blackhouse”.  So here goes… My partner has just read The Blackhouse – she … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

Life for a writer living in France is very different from the UK or the US. Here, every small, medium and large town has its own annual book festival.  Writers from all over the country are invited to come and … Continue reading

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Full Circle

How often is it that everything in life comes full circle? Just three weeks ago, I returned for the first time to the city which was home to my first serious love.  Her name was Maria Nurita, and I was … Continue reading

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Beginnings and Ends

Most writers will be able to look back over their lives and remember the moment when they realised that writing was what they wanted to do. That moment for me came, perhaps, earlier than most. I wrote my first book … Continue reading

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D-Day Approaches

I have to confess to a certain nervous anticipation about the forthcoming publication of my book, “The Blackhouse”. This is the first of my books in several years to get a proper launch.  While seven of them have been published … Continue reading

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Tales Within Tales

The world of writing and publishing is full of horror stories about books turned down by major publishers which then went on to become bestsellers – J. K. Rowling and the first of the Harry Potter books being one of … Continue reading

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Fame in a Bottle

I live in a country where streets and squares are named after famous writers, inventors, soldiers and politicians.  But I think I have found a new slant on this – and one which has a very personal connection to me … Continue reading

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La fille de la ferme

Ce n’est pas le blog que je projetais d’écrire. Mais j’ai besoin de partager cette histoire – pour en atténuer la tristesse. Je n’avais que quatre ans quand je suis entré à l’école. C’était en 1956. Je me souviens parfaitement … Continue reading

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The Girl from the Farm

This isn’t the blog I planned to write.  But it’s a story I need to share, a kind of spreading of the pain. I was just four years old when I started school in 1956.  I remember that first day … Continue reading

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