The Vidocq Press

The Vidocq Press is the personal imprint of writer
and photographer

Graham Bishop

Welcome to my website where you can sample the first chapters of my crime thrillers and buy direct through the Amazon in paperback or ebook.

About me

    After a career in education where I was involved in writing French text books and French and German courses for the Open University, I am enjoying the great freedom of writing fiction - crime thrillers in particular.

    No more set formats, just inspiration and imagination!  Researching the historical background to the plots fascinates me and I try to keep as much authenticity as possible whilst indulging in a certain amount of author's licence.

    I don't plan every twist and turn of the plot in advance, but allow the characters to lead me, sometimes in unexpected directions. At times just when I think I know my characters, they introduce twists into the plot which catch me by surprise. And I thought I was in control!

    My novels still reflect my love of languages and travelling and so have an international cast of characters and locations.

    I have a photographic eye and this has influenced the very visual way in which I describe places and people.


    I have also written some self study guides to improving your knowledge of French and German based on my experience teaching these languages over many years.

     For details press the Study Books button in the sidebar.

  Books by Graham Bishop

    The Pierre Rousseau Mysteries crime thriller series:

    Achilles' Helmet, The Athenian Connection, The Crusader's Chronicle, Return to the Parthenon and The Walking Man (so far!) feature French and Greek detectives, who are fighting to prevent international art theft.

    The locations are in France, Italy, Greece, England and Scotland with an international cast of detectives and villains. 

    There is treachery, murder and romance.

   Those of you who like European detectives such as Aurelio Zen, Guido Brunetti and Salvo Montalbano will love Pierre Rousseau and Antonia Antoniarchis, with their partners Patrick Bruni and Eleni Tsikas. 

Outside the series above:

    Joker in the Pack is a spy novel, set in England and in the dramatic city of Prague, in which a former student radical in the 1960s, now a Labour Cabinet Minister, asks to see the file MI5 kept on him in his students days.
     Immediately after making his request he receives threatening emails. It soon becomes clear that someone who informed on him in the past will go to any lengths, including murder, to avoid his or her identity being discovered. 

The French Connection

    If you enjoy reading in French then my novella Le Grand Mystère de Gornac set in a small village in the Gironde near Bordeaux is for you. (Version in English also available!)

    After the encouraging reception in my local French village library of the first part of the story I wrote a second part and combined the two into a single novel entitled Le Grand Mystère de Gornac.

    For the English version search for 'A Local French Affair'.

To read the first chapters of all of these novels select the buttons in the sidebar for each novel.

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