Peter Ritchie

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Peter Ritchie

Peter Ritchie is a retired senior police officer, and the author of the Grace Macallan crime fiction series. He grew up in the fishing communities of Musselburgh and Port Seton, East Lothian.

After eight years as a deep-sea fisherman, Peter joined the police service, working in CID, Murder, Serious Crime and Regional Crime Squads, NCIS London and Europol in The Hague.  In his final year he worked on a project in Croatia. His time in the service included investigating the Robert Black murders, at a time when it is now known three serial killers were operating in Scotland.

Following retirement Peter worked on a number of private investigations and a public inquiry in Northern Ireland.

He has occasionally appeared on BBC Radio Scotland, including interviewing other crime writers with his friend and former senior police officer Tom Wood. Guests have included Ian Rankin and Denise Mina (although they have not arrested either).

Peter lives in Musselburgh. He writes poetry, enjoys painting and volunteers at St Columba’s Hospice and a writing group organised by the Bethany.

Interviewed 28 September 2019

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

The sea formed me. The rest has been an education.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

A beautiful garden
A scary looking cat
A couple of pheasants
The remains of a bowl of porridge
My second cup of tea
A shelf full of old books
A book called Where Are The Women on the table
My diary
The clock telling me to get on with my work

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

I reckon I can make it to the chippie in that time so fish and chips

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

I’m including dead people
Michelle Obama (Just read her wonderful book)
Peter Mullan
Matthew Parris
Robert Burns
Abraham Lincoln
Vera Brittain
John Lennon

Six things you can't live without ...

Black tea
My glasses
The outdoors
The cinema

Five favourite words ...

Doodlesak (I lived in Holland for years and it’s their word for the bagpipes)
Kidding (As in ‘I’ve won the lottery - you’re kidding’)
Trauchled: Old lowland Scots for overburdened

Four places you'd run away to ...

Loch Melfort
Sirmione on Lake Garda
Crawfordsburn in N Ireland
Loch Tay area

Three books you've bought recently ...

Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

Two things that make you rant ...

The Tory Party and fairness

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don’t be so stupid. Don’t hate because life is just too short.