Peter, famous for his popular children's books and detective novels, passed away following a brief illness, in Hampshire, England on Wednesday (16Dec15) with his family by his side, according to the BBC.

During his 47-year career he wrote dozens of books including fiction for older children, adult novels, and kids' stories.

He was the only author to twice win respected British literary award the Carnegie Medal, which is given to the writer of the year's most outstanding new book for children or young adults.

His works were translated into more than 50 different languages, and in 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to literature.