Dry humour is raised to a fine art by Inspector Pel, the heir to Simenon's Maigret. Life isn't going smoothly for Inspector Pel: he can't give up smoking, his TV-addicted housekeeper is driving him up the wall, and he can't seem to get anywhere with his latest lady friend. To make matters worse, new varieties of crime are popping up everywhere in his beloved Burgundy. Raids on a historical chateau and surrounding churches have led to the plunder of priceless treasures. But when theft becomes murder, Pel is called 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 famous Tour de France cycle race. 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' - Observer 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better.' - The Times 'Written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' - Financial Times 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' - London Mystery Selection AUTHOR: Mark Hebden was one of the pen names of novelist John Harris, who died in 1991. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a sailor, an airman, a journalist, a travel courier and a history teacher. He also wrote popular war fiction as Max Hennessy.