Peter Robinson to replace Neil Cross,
Sunday 24 July, 11.30am

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Neil Cross is unable to attend the Festival next Sunday. We are delighted to announce today that Neil will be replaced by international number one bestselling author Peter Robinson. Yorkshire born and bred, Peter has won numerous awards in Britain, the US, Canada and Europe and is published in translation all over the world.  Peter’s brand new book ‘When The Music’s Over’, the 23rd in the Alan Bank Series which is now also seen on ITV, came out yesterday  and we are thrilled Peter will be joining us next week to speak about and sign copies of the new book, more on which can be found below.

It seems to be all about sex on DS Alan Banks’s Yorkshire patch in this, Peter Robinson’s 23rd Banks crime thriller … Alan Banks, newly promoted to Detective Superintendent, is given the precarious task of investigating a sex abuse claim. A media minefield, the accused is a long-retired but hugely popular entertainer – someone who had always thought himself untouchable – beloved by many in his day and protected by his well-publicised charity work. Banks knows he must read very carefully and be on top diplomatic form. He does, however, believe, and like, the old man’s accuser.

Annie Cabot (perhaps looking at the vacant position left by Banks’s promotion) is meantime tasked with investigating the death of a young girl – found in a country lane – battered, broken and naked. The case takes Annie deep into the sex trade and the local Asian community. It seems that in this case racial tension is alive and well in the Yorkshire Dales.

Tickets for the originally scheduled event are now valid for Peter Robinson’s event, and if you have booked a Weekend Rover ticket access to this event is included.

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