Michael Bond was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1926 and started writing whilst serving in the army during the Second World War. In 1958 the first book featuring his most famous creation, Paddington Bear, was published and many stories of his adventures followed. In 1983 he turned his hand to adult fiction and the detective turned gastronome par excellence Monsieur Pamplemousse was born. This is the fourteenth book to feature Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound Pommes Frites. Michael Bond was awarded the OBE in 1997. He is married, with two grown up children, and lives in London.
'Engaging mix of farce, detection and fine cuisine' The Times 'Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful dog Pommes Frites are true and original comic inventions' Guardian