the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellery Queen Readers’ Award and I think he must possess enough CWA daggers to furnish a good-size armoury. If I have counted correctly I think it comes to numerous CWA Awards, plus four Silver Daggers, one Gold Dagger and the Cartier Diamond Dagger for
Carol: The Sergeant Cribb novels were immensely successful and allowed you to leave teaching and become a full-time writer by 1975. Your knowledge of Victorian sporting pursuits was clearly very valuable when writing the Cribb books, but how hard did you find it to research all the Victorian social, political and scientific information you needed to make your novels so authentic?
Carol: The Peter Diamond series goes from strength to strength and, in my opinion, Diamond himself has grown stronger and more self-controlled with all the challenges you’ve thrown at him over the years. When you wrote The Last Detective, did you plan it as the first of a long series?
Carol: I see that Ann Cleeves has written a short story, Dreaming of Rain and Peter Lovesey, in which an ex-pat wife is driven to desperate measures when her husband threatens to thwart her chance to meet her favourite author. After years of putting your characters into criminal situations, what does it feel like to be cast as the catalyst for a fictional crime of passion?
36 Fiction novels, 5 Short Story Collections, 3 Edited Anthologies and 4 Non-fiction books on Athletics.
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