Peter Lovesey

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Peter Lovesey
Peter Lovesey
Born 1936
Whitton, Middlesex
Pen name Peter Lear
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Genre Detective fiction, Historical mystery
Notable works

Sergeant Cribb series

Peter Diamond series
Notable awards

Peter (Harmer) Lovesey (born 1936), also known by his pen name Peter Lear, is a British writer of historical and contemporary detective novels and short stories. His best-known series characters are Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian-era police detective based in London, and Peter Diamond, a modern-day police detective in Bath.


Peter Lovesey lives near Chichester. His son Phil Lovesey also writes crime novels. His son was born in 1963 and worked as an English teacher at Wolverhampton Grammar School until the end of the autumn 2012.[1]


Lovesey's novels and stories mainly fall into the category of entertaining puzzlers in the "Golden Age" tradition of mystery writing.

Most of Peter Lovesey's writing has been done under his own name. However, he did write three novels under the pen name Peter Lear.

Lovesey's novels and short stories have won him a number of awards, including both the Gold and Silver Daggers of the Crime Writers' Association, of which he was chairman in 1991/92.[2] In 2000, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in crime writing.[2]

Sergeant Cribb novels[edit]


The television series Cribb (1980–81) is available on DVD in the UK, the US, and Canada.

Peter Diamond novels[edit]

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales novels[edit]

Novels as Peter Lear[edit]

Other novels[edit]

Short story collections[edit]



  • The Kings of Distance (1968)
  • The Guide to British Track and Field Literature, 1275-1968 (1969), ISBN 0-902175-00-9 (with Tom McNab)
  • The Official Centenary History of the Amateur Athletic Association (1979), ISBN 0-900424-95-8
  • An Athletics Compendium (2001), ISBN 0-7123-1104-1 (with Tom McNab and Andrew Huxtable)


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  3. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards". Retrieved March 27, 2012. 

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