Pen Avram

Biography

This one-time piano tuner turned conductor fled to the West from the former Soviet bloc, finally finding a new home in Australia. Growing up in a family touched by the horrors of the holocaust and communism, Pen Avram has spent his life studying what drives people of different faiths around the world to act the way they do. His insights now inform the mysteries investigated by the intrepid team of Hendrych and Kroupa.

Books

The League of Free Men
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,470. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
A bone is uncovered by the roadside after a fatal car accident. Elsewhere parents are reporting a string of disappearances. Are the missing children and the dead body linked? As our intrepid duo investigate, they uncover a terrorist network preparing to bring down civilisation as we know it.
The Brain Farm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,710. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Truth is often stranger than fiction. A suburban hit and run should be an open and shut case for our intrepid duo. However Kroupa and Hendrych soon realise that things are far more complicated than they look and once again they find themselves plunged into the underbelly of the city. One clue leads to the next, each turn becoming more twisted and dangerous, until finally all is bared, literally!
The Isleworth Smile Part 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,090. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Left for dead in Zurich, is this the end for Kroupa and Benoît? The horrors of the past have come back to life and at the centre of it all is the Mona Lisa. With Hendrych left in the dark, and Kroupa nowhere to be found, it looks as though evil plans laid down over a hundred years ago may finally be realised
The Isleworth smile - part 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The repercussions of a 1911 art theft are still being felt today. As Kroupa and Hendrcyh find themselves at the heart of an international conspiracy that began over a century ago, even they are baffled. Is Leonardo da Vinci really laughing at them from beyond the grave?
The Golden Cigar Case
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,010. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When a wealthy jeweller is found battered do death, Kroupa and Hendrych find themselves in double trouble. As their investigations focus on a pair of identical twin sisters, danger comes too close to home for Kroupa's liking. This time his faithful police dog, Sara, is at the centre. With a golden cigar case full of jewels as their main clue, they tackle that most corrupting sin of all..
The Return from the Death
You set the price! Words: 15,470. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Having survived two separate terrorist attacks, the intrepid team of Hendrych and Kroupa had hoped to put the horrors of their run-in with the extremist group, AVPW, behind them. However, the prospect of world domination is too strong and they're soon facing a nightmare from beyond the grave.
St. Emilion's Secret
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Kroupa needs a holiday, so an invitation to a premiere in Bordeaux comes at just the right time. However, 'in vino veritas' and the region's vineyards soon reveal that the sins of the past still have devastating ramifications to this day. If Kroupa was hoping to avoid a murder, he's in for a disappointment, and this time the stakes are very high!
The Enemy Within
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,040. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Hendrych goes undercover to join a dangerous paramilitary group. Playing a dangerous game, he befriends one of the anarchists in an attempt to thwart their terrorist plot. This time however, the stakes are too high, and Kroupa is scared for the first time in his life, because not even he can pre-dict who lives and who dies.
The Death in Parliament
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The unthinkable happens. In the heart of the most secure building in the nation, the Speaker of the House of Representatives is shot. While she clings onto life, yet another parliamentarian is struck down. As our intrepid duo enter the world of politics, they soon realise that there's much trickery afoot.
The Woolworth's Massacre
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,440. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Peaceful mountain getaway or terrorist target? When a mountain resort's reputation is threatened by an explosion at a supermarket opening, Hendrych and Kroupa are on hand to sift through the rubble. However, faced with the biggest body count in their careers, there's no shortage of suspects to choose from.
The Missing Patek Philippe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
When Kroupa's faithful police dog, Sara, digs up an absurdly small human bone on an anthill, our dynamic duo have no idea what they're in for. A class reunion has clearly ended badly, but are they looking for a murderer, or a missing diamond watch? The trouble is, they simply don't know.
The Baby Jane Murders
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,560. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Two co-dependent old ladies live next door to one another until one of them is brutally murdered and the other is found holding the murder weapon in her hands. It should be an open and shut case, but Hendrych and Kroupa soon learn otherwise, and it could cost them their lives. And why are Coke cans to be found, everywhere they go?
The Gag and the Centrefold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,100. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A club owner and a pole dancer are murdered within a few blocks of each other. Are the crimes linked? It certainly seems that way, but this time the investigation threatens to drive our intrepid duo apart when Hendrych gives in to temptation. With the help of their dog, Sara, they try to uncover the truth, but their search takes them around the globe and someone is out to kill them.
Off the Rails
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,400. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Hendrych visits India's Kashmir to attend a wedding, our intrepid duo go off the rails... literally. The train is derailed in a catastrophic accident and Kroupa and Hendrych find themselves amongst those lucky enough to have survived. Thoughts turn to terrorism, but there are too many coincidences for Kroupa's liking. He decides to investigate, with the help of his true four-legged friend.
Membrane
Price: Free! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
From the mind that brought us Hendrych and Kroupa comes another unconventional adult night at the theatre. They say, "In vino veritas"... and a student reunion puts the old saying to the test. But as the gathering gets drunker by the minute, the truth serum kicks in with devastating results for at least one person at the table.
The Beautiful Lady
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,600. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
New-age pulp-fiction for an old-fashion price. Hendrych and Kroupa check into a luxury resort, but they're there on business, not pleasure. A notorious judge is found dead in the sauna and soon everybody at the hotel either is or wants to be a suspect. With no shortage of potential murderers, it's what's not there that matters, as well as a keen sense of smell to unearth all the clues.
Boletus
Price: Free! Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
Hendrych and Kroupa take to stage again, in their second play.
the Confession
Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2012. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
The hero is haunted by the memories of his past. He tries desperately to escape them. But how? A play in three acts. It is the first play in a double-bill, the second being "The Cemetery", also published on Smashwords.
The Cemetery
Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian
The hero is obsessed with revenge for the suffering he faced during his youth. His pursuit brings him to a cemetery and the acquaintance of a graveyard-attendant, before the macabre climax. A play in two acts. It is the second play in a double-bill, the first being "The Confession", also published on Smashwords.
The Blue Mountains Secret
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,120. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A series of deaths and accidents take Hendrych and Kroupa from the luxury of a Blue Mountains resort to the Western Suburbs of Sydney. Are these multiple murders, and could they be related? Only time will tell as our intrepid duo once again face danger while they try to find out whodunnit. However, with the court case fast approaching, will they have enough time uncover the truth?
Tales of an Uneven Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,610. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mashups
As the title says: Twenty-four Tales of an Uneven (or shall we say ‘disturbed’) Mind?
The JUNZI
Price: Free! Words: 8,710. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Plays » Asian / Japanese
Kroupa and Hendrych go to the theatre! In their first full-length stage play, our intrepid duo go deeper than ever before while investigating a suspicious death, which leads them to the the Chinese underworld. However, while all the clues point to a gangland killing, could the real motive be far more personal?
The Lovers' Crime
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,990. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
An unexpected commission to cover a wedding for a community paper leads Hendrcyh and Kroupa to murder. In the depths of Jewish tradition they uncover a very unconventional menage a quatred and, as they become more and more entangled in a web of intrigue, the bloodshed begins.
Who Killed Don
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,370. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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When Kroupa and Hendrych investigate the death of an Italian crime boss, the trail leads to Venice, where they dredge up deadly secrets from its murky waters. However, the hunter soon becomes the hunted, while following a lead to La Paz, in their most dangerous case yet.
The Fires and the Bullets
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,100. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A seemingly accidental gas explosion destroys a suburban house. However, when Kroupa and Hendrych arrive on the scene their investigation leads them to two rival bikie gangs and a bloody feud, seemingly without end. As the death toll rises, the pair find themselves in a race against time.
The Seaside Clinic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,750. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Kroupa and Hendrych face their toughest case yet when patients at a psychiatric hospital begin to die. Going undercover, Hendrych checks into the clinic. However, with his sidekick on the inside, Kroupa begins to fear for his friend's sanity as, one by one, more patients are found dead.
The Mystery of the 'E' String
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,450. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A mysterious death leads Kroupa and Hendrych to the hallowed halls of a music academy. Could a love of music hide a darker passion for murder? As they delve deeper in the lives of the students and the teachers, our intrepid duo uncover a web of deceit and jealousy.

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