Marius Gabriel Cipolla studied Shakespeare in the University of Newcastle in northern England. To finance his postgraduate research, he began writing romance fiction. He sold his first novel to Mills & Boon, published in 1983 under the female pseudonym Madeleine Ker. He left his academic pursuits to become a full-time writer.

Marius Gabriel (born 13 November 1954 in Mafikeng, South Africa) is an international romance and mystery writer, and artist. Under the pseudonym Madeleine Ker, he is a popular writer of over 30 romance novels since 1983. As Marius Gabriel he has written mystery best-sellers and historical novels. He has also written and illustrated children's books, including Smartypig, the tale of a genetically modified piglet.

He has lived in Cairo, Egypt and in London.

Book List in Order:11 titles

  • Paris, 1940. The Nazis have occupied the city­ -- and the Ritz. The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses. For American Olivia Olsen, working as chambermaid at the hotel m...


  • As war engulfs Europe, 1,500 passengers risk everything to find a brighter future. Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest o...


  • In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she’s stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation. ...


  • Tensions between three sisters, divided by life and love, are about to spill over into all-out conflict. It is 1942 and the world is at war. The eldest of the Redcliffe sisters, Isobel, impulsive and ideological, strives to make herself heard in a...


  • In a period of irreversible change, the Redcliffe sisters face monumental love and loss that will stretch the bounds of sisterhood to their limits… As the perils of World War II loom ever closer, Chiara is more interested in the joyful whirl of ...


  • From the international bestselling author of THE MASK OF TIME, THE ORIGINAL SIN and THE SEVENTH MOON comes an enchanting novel of late 19th Century Africa. Intelligent, charming and handsome, Jean-Patrice has Paris at his feet. But when he embarks o...


  • The year is 33 AD and Marcellus arrives in Jerusalem with a letter for Pontius Pilate. From the international bestselling author of THE MASK OF TIME, THE ORIGINAL SIN and THE SEVENTH MOON comes a spellbinding novel of the ancient world. The life an...


  • As World War II rages, Francine Lawrence and her small daughter, Ruth, wait in the fading splendor of Raffles Hotel in Singapore for Francine's British husband. But when he is delayed, Francine, half-Chinese and unwelcome there, is forced to begin a ...


  • No one is surprised when Michael Florio is suspected of setting the fire that killed his wealthy, estranged wife, Barbara. Michael arrived at the Pacific Heights mansion just in time to save his two daughters--but not Barbara. Handsome, charismatic, ...






  • Kate Kelly's quest for the truth about the secrets of her past lead her on a dangerous journey to Moscow, where a savage attack nearly takes her life, forcing her journalist-daughter, Anna, to continue the search. 40,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/pr...


  • Eden van  Buren lies chained to an iron bedstead in a homemade  cell. Her captor is a handsome tormented young  sculptor who lives alone in the Arizona desert. He  is honest, compassionate, and uninterested in  money. Why then has he kidnap...