Sunday, 1 July 2018

DCI Banks meets Sam Stone

IT'S wall-to-wall sunshine here on the Irish Sea coast of Lancashire and the forecast promises more for days.
I fear it's probably only a matter of weeks before water rationing is announced but that, fortunately, usually accompanies plentiful rain (and flooding).
Later this month, on the 25th, I'll take a break from our present routine of tennis, gardening and cricket, to meet one of my favourite sleuths. Well, it's not the fictional detective himself but his creator, best-selling Yorkshire author Peter Robinson.
Peter (pictured, left, on YouTube) comes across (in online interviews) as a very pleasant fellow - for a Yorkshireman. He's also a tremendously capable and popular writer, having studied and taught creative writing up to university M.A. level and won many top literary awards. He splits his time, curiously enough, between rustic Richmond in North Yorkshire and teeming Toronto, Canada - no doubt seeing all sides of life that way.
The quaint bookshop Plackitt & Booth, in Lytham, is organising a book-signing lunch and, as well as getting a copy of Peter's latest novel, I shall be giving him one of mine.
His book, Careless Love, is the 25th featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, with a double-mystery set on the wild and at times menacing Yorkshire moors.
Mine is merely the fourth in the Sam-Stone-investigates series, entitled Waiting For The Ferryman and set mainly in equally picturesque North Wales. The hero, our troubled but handsome reporter Sam, is still based on the Fylde, also at Lytham. It is also, fittingly, there where the actor who plays DCI Banks on television, Stephen Tompkinson, was brought up.
I hope Peter enjoys his trip to our diverse holiday coast and also my book, as I hope you will too. However, as for what DCI Banks will make of Sam Stone we'll have to wait and see!

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