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Peter Turnbull Books In Order

Publication Order of P Division Books

Deep and Crisp and Even (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Knock (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fair Friday (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Money (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Way Cut (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condition Purple (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And Did Murder Him (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Day Monday (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Floor (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man With No Face (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hennessey and Yellich Books

Fear of Drowning (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deathtrap (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perils and Dangers (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Return (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the Flood (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Secrets (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Roads Leadeth (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treasure Trove (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dance Master (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hopes and Fears (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chill Factor (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Legacy (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
False Knight (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire Burn (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chelsea Smile (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once a Biker (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Stone Unturned (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Turning Point (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Informed Consent (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deliver Us from Evil (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aftermath (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Altered Case (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gift Wrapped (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Dreadful Past (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Harry Vicary Books

Improving the Silence (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Cover (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Garden Party (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Denial of Murder (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Vino Veritas (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Claws of the Gryphon (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Justice Game (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Embracing Skeletons (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reality Checkpoint (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet Humphrey (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trophy Wife (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Peter John Turnbull is a British writer born on October 23, 1950 in Yorkshire, England. He is best known for his mystery fictions and police procedural books that have been published worldwide. Peter Turnbull was trained as a social worker and pursued the profession while writing a number of his early books. This was before he decided to become a full-time writer in 1995. He has also worked as a crematorium assistant, steelworker and community developer with several institutions. Peter Turnbull is revered as British police procedural writer who brought in his own unique approach in storytelling. His fiction novels continue to influence the way of life of thousands of his readers worldwide. Turnbull has set a number of his book series in Glasgow, Scotland and in York, England. This fact cements his authentic British approach in solving murder mystery novels that makes him a darling to thousands or even millions of readers worldwide.

Books Written by Peter Turnbull

Peter has several police procedural series and a few other non-series books. Some of his famous book series include the Hennessey and Yellich series, Glasgow P Division series and the Harry Vicary series. All these series were set in Britain. Other non-series works by Peter Turnbull include Embracing Skeletons (1996), The Trophy Wife (2005) and Reality Checkpoint (2004). He has also written a number of short stories including a successful one that worn him an Edgar Award (2012) for the Best Short Story. The Hennessey and Yellich book series is perhaps the most frequently read writings by Peter Turnbull. Here is a short description of two books in the Hennessey and Yellich Series.

The Altered Case (2012)

The Altered Case is a book that is part of the Hennessey and Yellich series by Peter Turnbull. The book is set in York, England and describes a fear-provoking discovery of five sets of skeleton remains that are found buried in a remote piece of land belonging to a local farmer. DCI George Hennessy of York Constabulary is commissioned to conduct an investigation to this discovery. His right-hand man DS Somerled Yellich joins the investigation team in what turns out to be bloodcurdling fact-finding mission that leaves the readers alarmed with suspense. The two head an investigative team that comprise of other police officers who also appear on the previous books in the Hennessey and Yellich Series. The officers include Thomas Ventnor, Reginald Webster and Carmen Pharoah. The series’ forensic pathologist Louise D’Acre is also featured in The Altered Case. The book gambols with the characters in their different roles leaving the readers asking for more. The characters including George Hennessey reveal more about their personal life as the investigations continue. For a moment, readers of The Altered Case get a bizarre feeling that the fictional characters are real life people you can get to meet on the streets. The Parr family disappearance dominates the plot in The Altered Case but still readers get to realize other peculiar traits of the characters. The book also provides police procedural routines that are distinctive to Peter Turnbull storytelling techniques. New readers will surely reading enjoy The Altered Case. As for those who have already read this fictional British police procedural book that is part of the Hennessey and Yellich series set in York, you can verify to others who are yet to peruse the pages that the urge to re-read the content is irresistible.

Chill Factor (2005)

Peter Turnbull’s Chill Factor is set in York, England and is one of the books in Hennessey and Yellich book series. It is a police procedural that puts Detective Chief Inspector George Hennessey on the driving seat to an investigation of a bizarre death of Gary Sledge. The body of Sledge, who is also known as Hammer in the book, is found lying on the grass in one of York’s city parks. A Passerby realizes that the body has not moved an inch ever since seeing it earlier on at the park. This leads other passersby to check and find out if it is breathing. When it emerges that it is a dead body, DCI Hennessey and Detective Sergeant Somerled Yellich take over the investigation to find out what happened. Although the duo finally gets to solve the case, the enthralling atmosphere created by this police procedural book provides enough tension to scare away faint-hearted readers. However, if you are one of the crime-scene book lovers, Chill Factor by Peter Turnbull is a book that you will enjoy reading from the start to the end. You might even find yourself having a second look at the storyline with its persuasive characters and scenic descriptions. Other crime scene detectives of the Hennessey and Yellich series are also featured in Chill Factor. Finding the right balance between his personal life and the investigations he is carrying, makes the Hennessey character more intriguing in this book. As the chief protagonist, one would expect him to take full control of the investigation, but the inclusion of DS Yellich as his right-hand man provides another aspect in the storyline that pushes readers into realizing the importance of teamwork in police investigations. The dialogue between the two main characters is mature enough to make readers come into a conclusion that Turnbull is a wizard in finding the right chemistry between novel characters. Even though Chill Factor can stand out on its own, the book should be understood as only a fraction of the epic Hennessey and Yellich book series authored by Turnbull. Some of the characters in this book are also featured on the other entities in the series. These include Carmen Pharoah and Reginald Webster who are key characters in The Altered Case (2012) book in the same series.

Peter Turnbull Awards

Peter won an Edgar Award in the Best Short Story category for the 2012 year when his book, The Man Who Took His Hat Off To The Driver Of The Train won the short story category. This award is presented every year to distinguished writers in the mystery genre. He beat other contestants to win the Best Short Story category.

Peter Turnbull Books into Movies

Turnbull’s police procedural writing style is fit for adaptation into movies and TV shows. Although there were rumors that his 1996 book, Embracing Skeletons was to be adapted into a thriller movie, the plan ended up flopping. This was a big let down to thousands of Peter Turnbull fans who would have loved to see the plan succeed.

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