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Achilles' Helmet (Commissaire Pierre Rousseau Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Graham Bishop
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Book Description

Desperate to own the battle helmet Prince Achilles wore at the siege of Troy 3000 years ago, a private art Collector commissions two London art dealers to bring it to him. After making extensive enquiries, they approach a team of experienced and well known Italian tombaroli to find the tomb where the ashes of Achilles and his friend Prince Patroclus were placed, mingled together, in a single urn. Interpol's Art Fraud division gets wind of the plan and tasks a team of French and Greek detectives to prevent the theft and to identify the Collector. Then a second Collector enters the fray and keeps watch on his rival's gang, ready to pounce once the helmet is discovered. The resulting dramatic sea chase around the Greek islands and across the Mediterranean involves treachery and double-cross, murder and romance. The concluding twist will catch you unawares. This mix of high drama at sea, Greek mythology, exotic locations and foreign detectives will leave you wishing you had been there.

Product Details

  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: The Vicocq Press; 3 edition (January 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGS4NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too tangled April 4, 2013
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Book seemed hard to believe and was too complicated. Characters were good but plot was soft. Hope next book is better.
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More About the Author

After publishing several French text books during my career in education I am now enjoying writing fiction. This is in part due to a challenge from my daughters who suggested I try fiction instead of 'all those boring text books'! My novels still reflect my love of languages and travelling and so have an international flavour, both in terms of the characters and locations. Another enthusiasm is photography and this has influenced the very visual way in which I describe places and people.

Joker in the Pack (,

is a spy novel in which a former student radical in the 60s, David Raffo, now a Cabinet Minister decides to investigate the file MI5 kept on him in the past in an attempt to identify those who informed on him. Word quickly spreads and threatening emails appear on his pc. It becomes clear that someone high up in the secret services is desperate not to have his identity revealed. As David and his researcher, Anna, get closer to identifying all the informers it becomes clear that the final clues lie in Prague. David had gone there with a student delegation just days before the Russian invasion crushed the Prague Spring of 1968. Anna goes to Prague and is helped by an old girlfriend of David's, but their lives are put in danger by unexpected CIA involvement...

The Pierre Rousseau Mysteries series:

Achilles' Helmet, [],

The Athenian Connection, [],

The Crusader's Chronicle, [])

Return to the Parthenon []

features French and Greek detectives who are fighting to prevent the illegal export of stolen works of art.(This sort of theft is sometimes referred to as 'elginism'.)

Secret collectors commission thefts to order and a colourful gang of Italian tombaroli, tomb robbers, do the spade work. The settings are in France, Italy, Greece, England and Scotland with an international cast of detectives and villains.

There is treachery, murder, kidnap and romance. If you like 'foreign' detectives such as Aurelio Zen and Guido Brunetti then you will love Commissaire Pierre Rousseau and Chief Inspector Antonia Antoniarchis. The theme of each novel also involves some historical background and time switching betwen the present and the past.

First chapters are on my website: for you to sample. Do go to the site for more about me and the background to the books.

Commissaire Pierre Rousseau also writes his own blog on called Pierre Rousseau's Diary

All my novels are available on Kindle of course.

I have now returned to my roots too! As a result of my time as a lecturer at the Open University of the UK I researched into methods of learning languages and have now put on Kindle the fruits of this experience in the form of short books entitled:

How to improve your French when working on your own

How to improve your German when working on your own

How to get the best out of your French/English Dictionary

How to get the best out your German/English Dictionary

I agree! The titles are not very sexy but they do exactly what they say and I hope you will find them useful.


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