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Mark Hebden - Author

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Books by Mark Hebden

Pel and the Staghound

Pel and the Staghound

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Temperatures are dropping as winter takes Burgundy into a tight grip, but the crime rate shows no sign of freezing, and Inspector Pel and his team of detectives are as busy as ever. A well-known fraudster is found dead in an alleyway - could gang rivalry be to blame? And who is behind a series of attacks targeting gay men in the town? On top of all this, a wealthy local businessman, Francois Rensselaer, disappears - but oddly, none of his family seem very bothered about it. Only Archer, his favourite staghound, is anxious for his missing master. It's down to Pel to unravel the mystery, uncovering motives as dark as the blackest winter night along the way. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Pel and the Bombers

Pel and the Bombers

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

When five murders disturb his sleepy Burgundian city on Bastille night, Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel has his work cut out for him. A terrorist group is at work and with the President due to make an official visit in a few weeks' time, the pressure is on to uncover them and stop them in their tracks. Meanwhile, Pel continues his courtship of the delightful Madame Faivre-Perret, and hopes one day to escape the tyranny of his TV-addicted landlady - but none of this distracts him from his goal of unmasking the murderers and stealing the would-be assassins' power. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Pel and the Predators

Pel and the Predators

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Murders circle around Burgundy where Pel has just been promoted to Chief Inspector, starting with the case of a woman whose body is found on the beach one morning. A death that appeared to be suicide at first glance turns out to have plenty of suspects, each with their own particular motive. Pel's personal life is going far from smoothly, as he discovers himself to be the target of a letter-bomb sent by an old enemy - aside from the obvious danger, this is yet another obstacle to his plans to marry Madame Faivre-Perret. Can Pel keep his life, his love and his career by solving the murder mysteries, and keeping the predators at bay? Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Pel and the Pirates

Pel and the Pirates

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Chief Inspector Pel is taking a well-deserved break from detective work, and setting off for his honeymoon with his new wife, Genevieve. Surely there's nothing more relaxing than an island getaway, and a bout of ferocious seasickness on the ferry journey there is a small price to pay. But the newlyweds' holiday plans are disrupted when a local taxi driver is murdered on their first night. More puzzling is his attempt to reach Pel before the brutal killing and his message is one of murder, arson and smuggling. Can Pel break the silence surrounding the Islanders, and catch the killer? Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Pel Under Pressure

Pel Under Pressure

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

The irascible Inspector Pel has failed to give up smoking. A Gauloise magically calms his nerves, in spite of his efforts, and good nerves are just what he needs when a student's mysterious death and the discovery of a corpse in the boot of a car start to uncover a fledgling drug ring. What is worse, the ring is operating within the university of his own Burgundian city. More murders follow and the trail leads Pel to Innsbruck, where the soignee mistress of a professor turns out to be rather more than she seems. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection 'Mark Hebden's best novel yet... will please the Inspector's many fans.' Coventry Evening Telegraph

Pel Is Puzzled

Pel Is Puzzled

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Inspector Pel's home life is far from peaceful, thanks to his housekeeper's addiction to watching television at full volume in all her waking hours - and with the Tour de France about to begin, things are not set to improve any time soon. Pel's work life is just as stressful, as a series of thefts of priceless treasures from churches and chateaux has landed on his desk. Matters take a darker turn when a suspicious death is confirmed as murder, and it becomes even more vital for Pel to uncover the true nature of who's behind the crime wave. The case leads him from Paris to Scotland Yard and a climax involving the Tour de France cycle race - not through the small screen this time, but up close and personal. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Pel and the Faceless Corpse

Pel and the Faceless Corpse

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Irritable, dyspeptic Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel did not need another murder case added to his already Herculean workload, especially not this ghoulish business of a mutilated, headless corpse, the anonymous victim of a desperate and determined killer. Yet, if the murder was so deliberate, so well-planned, why was the identity of the dead man obscured? Pel's investigation moves from Burgundy to the frontier and back again, stirring echoes of the horror and trauma of the War - and meeting a blank wall of non-cooperation so far as the murder is concerned. The trail is muddied by mistaken identities and ancient grievances, driving the chain-smoking Inspector close to distraction. Until, amid the cloud of acrid Gauloise smoke, Pel sees a ray of enlightenment and closes in with his inimitable savoir faire. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Death Set to Music

Death Set to Music

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Deep in the Burgundy countryside, a murder case is perplexing Inspector Pel. The body was found in the salon, an elegant room with a grand piano and a Louis XIV escritoire. The shutters were still closed and the dead end of a record of Rigoletto was still turning. There are some obvious suspects, yet the clothes of none of them show any signs of blood. And what were the tensions that must have torn at this family? It's only when a second murder takes place that the method of the first becomes startlingly clear. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection