Pen Avram


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.


The Baby Jane Murders
By Pen Avram
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,560. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Category: Fiction
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,100. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Fiction
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,400. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
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.
By Pen Avram
Price: Free! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Category: Plays
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,600. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
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.
By Pen Avram
Price: Free! Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Category: Plays
Hendrych and Kroupa take to stage again, in their second play.
the Confession
By Pen Avram
Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2012. Category: Plays
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
By Pen Avram
Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Category: Plays
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,120. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,610. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
As the title says: Twenty-four Tales of an Uneven (or shall we say ‘disturbed’) Mind?
By Pen Avram
Price: Free! Words: 8,710. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Plays
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,990. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,370. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
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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
By Pen Avram
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,100. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,750. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Pen Avram
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,450. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
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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