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1979. Pel and the Parked Car

About the Author:
Mark Hebden was one of the pen names of John Harris, who wrote "The Sea Shall Not Have Them" and "Covenant With Death"; he also wrote adventure stories under the name of Max Hennessy.

Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a sailor, an airman, a journalist, a travel courier and a history teacher. During World War II, he served with two forces and two navies. His daughter, Juliet Hebden kept the Inspector Pel series alive, penning two further novels: "Pel Picks Up The Pieces" and "Pel and the Perfect Partner"

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Hebden, Mark. "Pel and the Parked Car", published in 1995 in Great Britain by Constable & Company in hardback with dustjacket, 190pp, ISBN 0094748802. Condition: very good, but with a wrinkled edge to the dustjacket and a samaritans bookplate just inside the front cover. Price: £5.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK customers and more for overseas buyers
1995, Constable & Company, hbk
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  • Pel and the Parked Car [top]
    First published in 1979 in Great Britain as "Death Set to Music" by Hamish Hamilton in hardback with dustjacket
    Reprinted in 1995 in Great Britain by Constable & Company, in hardback with dustjacket, 190pp, ISBN 0094748802
    The 1st of the author's seventeen Inspector Pel crime novels

Storyline: Inspector Pel investigates the savage murder of the comely Madame Chenandier, demolished with a heavy instrument. A murder has been committed in provincial France, and it is as puzzling a case as any that Inspector Pel has handled. The body has been severely battered, as if by a lunatic. 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? Moody, irascible, sharp-tongued, worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Evariste Clovis Désiré Pel knows there is something about the case he ought to understand, but it constantly eludes him until another murder and a small boy suddenly make it clear. Mark Hebden, in his first "Pel" novel, introduces a set of detectives, each as individual as the Patron himself - sharp, shrewd and quick at repartee. The locale is Dijon and Burgundy, one of the largest and proudest provinces of France


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