Saturday, May 9, 2009


Uriah Robinson's Crime Scraps blog recently ran a quiz in which readers had to name all 10 national parks in England - and nominate a crime novel set in each one. 

What a great idea. Dartmoor, of course, gives us 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' (one of the earliest examples of 'rural noir'). The Yorkshire Dales belong to Peter Robinson ('Gallows View') and one of the most recent national parks, the New Forest, is the setting for Anne Granger's 'A Mortal Curiosity'. 

Oh, and I'm happy to say that there were no challengers for the UK's very first national park, the Peak District, where most readers who entered the quiz named 'Black Dog'. 

For the full list and lots more, check out the blog:


  1. I'm looking forward to The Kill Call. I didn't know about your new one until I read your post, but I'll order it tomorrow!

    Here I am, another Peak District author... but I didn't dare set my one and only crime novel "Perilaus" (recently published in New York) in this area. Appear to compete with Stephen Booth? No chance! So I set it in Edinburgh, where I was at medical school hundreds of years ago. Agent and publisher seem to believe that American readers will like it. I'm not convinced, but we'll see...

    Anyway, it's great that you're still producing, and long may you go on doing so!

  2. Norman (Uriah)is a wonderful quiz master, and this month´s quiz was a great challenge for Anglofile crime fans.