Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Crime writer Peter Robinson not amused by scandal

An English crime writer called Peter Robinson has urged people to stop contacting him via email to express their opinions on the Northern Ireland scandal.

The Canada-based author of best sellers like The Price Of Love, A Strange Affair and A Dedicated Man has found himself the centre of much unwanted attention after he was mistaken for the DUP leader with whom he shares his name.

But that’s where the similarities end and Robinson — who writes the Inspector Banks mystery series — is fed up with people emailing him to share their views and offer support and sympathy.

Writing on his website, under the title “I’m Not That Peter Robinson”, he said he had received an email from one person who branded his wife “homophobic”.

Mr Robinson went on: “But I must stress that I AM NOT Peter Robinson the politician, Northern Ireland’s First Minister.

“I would have thought InspectorBanks.com would be the first clue, as would even the most cursory glance at the site, but I guess people who send rude and insulting emails or push religion at the vulnerable were not, alas, at the front of the queue when the brains were handed out.”

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