Nicholas Rhea is the pen-name of Peter N. Walker, formerly an inspector with the North Yorkshire police and the creator of the Constable series of books from which TV series Heartbeat has been derived. Two omnibus editions of these books, Heartbeat: Constable Across the Moors and Heartbeat: Constable Among the Heather are aslo available from Headline. Peter N. Walker is married, with four children, and lives in North Yorkshire.

Book List in Order: 55 titles


  • Newly qualified for promotion, Constable Nick must continue his duties in Aidensfield while he waits for a vacancy. Once again, strange incidents have to be investigated: why would a man dump financial magazines in a stream? What were the fearsome cr...





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    Detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton needs a holiday. Hoping to get him out of his workaholic rut, his Chief assigns him a more laid-back case: providing security for US Vice-President Hartley on his trip to the UK.Hartley is visiting to research ...



  • This unique omnibus edition features two of P.C. Nick Rhea’s charming adventures in the Yorkshire village of Aidensfield. Constable Around the Village Nick Rhea is busy settling into his role as a Police Constable in Aidensfield, getting to grips w...



  • Whilst serving as an aide to the CID, Detective Constable Rhea is kept busy in the seaside resort of Strensford as he endeavours to trace a stolen garden spade, the thief of a makeshift hearse with a corpse on board, and the phantom knicker-pincher o...



  • Detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton is the first on the scene as he witnesses a fatal car accident.In the victim’s last living moments he makes a confession that sets Pemberton’s senses on full alert. James Browning admits murdering a woman ...



  • When Constable Nick leads a procession of villagers around Aidensfield's parish boundaries as part of an ancient custom, he realizes his work involves practices that have little connection with his constabulary duties. In this collection of tales, he...



  • Britain's most popular bobby turns detective! A delightful account of Constable Rhea's foray into the CID, whose initials are said to mean 'Constable in Disguise'. Young Rhea is appointed as an Aide to the CID, an essential part of every constable's ...







  • As Rhea's beat is modernised, with the replacement of his police bike for a mini-van, Nick gets more than he bargained for as his work draws him into closer contact with villagers, in more ways than one! There are compromising positions aplenty in th...



  • In the fifth book of the "Constable" series, Nicholas Rhea continues his highly popular police stories - this time with a seaside flavour. As a seasonal break from his usual village beat on the North Yorks Moors, young Police Constable Rhea finds him...



  • To an untrained eye, the villages of rural Yorkshire may seem quiet enough but, as he patrols his beat on foot or on his trusty Francis Barnett motorcycle, young PC Nick is privy to many an unfolding drama. He is on hand to help out when Aidensfield ...



  • Nicholas Rhea, the local policeman, settles into his country beat in Aidensfield, getting to know his colleagues. He tells of many offences encountered during his work where villains try to outwit the police and vice versa....



  • North Yorkshire, 1950s another tale from the Man from the Pru - Matthew, at home with a broken leg, is asked to edit Micklesfields new village magazine, as well as looking after some of his clients from home. The task of producing the magazine, looki...



  • With at least 3,000 possible offences, many of a very minor nature, it was a good or a very lucky driver, who survived without breaching one of them.With a new sergeant keeping all the constables around Aidensfield in order, PC Nick is focused on put...



  • There is crime to solve when a smallholder gets his wages stolen, raiders are disturbed on a lonely farm, and garden equipment is being stolen. Constable Nick copes with it all. Part of the Constable series which inspired the largely successful TV...



  • When it comes to growing prize-winning gooseberries, the village of Aidensfield has always been surpassed by nearby Egton Bridge. As the annual show approaches, the rivalry between the two villages intensifies.'...









  • From the TV series, Heartbeat, comes a story of tragedy and humour set in the dramatic landscape of the North York Moors. Featuring PC Nick Rowan, Dr Kate Rowan and the rogue Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, the story ranges from Claude's mysterious grass...



  • Tells the story of a small boy who plays truant, a confidence trickster who is tricked into digging up a field and the tale of a coal man who complains of people stealing his coal. The author's previous Constable books inspired the Yorkshire TV progr...



  • Britain's most popular bobby gets back on the beat! In this latest addition to a highly popular series, PC Rhea proves once again that a policeman's lot on the windswept heather-clad moors of North Yorkshire was a very happy one. In this delightful c...




  • Police Constable Nicholas Rhea continues his enthralling account of rural bobbying on the North Yorkshire Moors and finds himself dealing with a host of intriguing characters who live and work on these spectacular heights. Among the hilarious anecdot...



  • Reassigned to the North Yorkshire village of Aidensfield, Constable Rhea is struck by the beauty of the area and the eccentricities of its inhabitants, including his colleague-a policeman who does not believe in arresting people...



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    This is a cheerful and entertaining insight into the daily life of a rural police officer. A book to make you laugh - and cry. Crime comes to Aidensfield when haystacks are fired, and Arnold Merryweather's ancient bus helps catch a car thief. And whe...



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    For centuries the parish church has been the focal point round which the hubbub of village life circulates. And for police constable Nick Rhea, the village of Aidensfield proves to be no exception.Aidensfield’s churchgoers unite to cause constant ...



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    As Constable Nick contemplates leaving the village in a bid for promotion, his wife begins her new job and doesn't want to leave their moorland home. Nick's constabulary duties continue, despite his personal dilemma - there is drama when children go ...








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    Things are changing at Ashfordly Section police station. The sergeant is retiring and Police Constable Nick Rhea finds himself rising through the ranks, only to realise just how little he really knows about the locals of Aidensfield.Rhea is determine...



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    Rural Yorskhire. Dealing with the local population of this rural village shouldn’t provide too much crime.Yet the days are never boring for Constable Nick…Settled into his family life, he is now a popular resident of Aidensfield.Regularly approa...



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    In the splendid countryside of North Yorkshire, there’s barely time to stop for Constable Nick Rhea… Not when missing sheep need locating, stray dogs need homing and thieves need identifying!As Britain’s most popular copper continues his work ...





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    Constable Nicholas Rhea very much enjoys the quiet nature of policing such a sleepy, countryside village… Not once has he had a murder or other serious crime on his hands while living and working in Aidensfield, however that doesn’t mean the vil...



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    Though they have both opted for careers far from the city smoke, even amidst the rural calm of the North York Moors the lives of PC Nick Rowan and his doctor wife Kate are never less then eventful. Both are continually on call, whether it be from an ...



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    In the peaceful village of Aidensfield, deep in the North Yorkshire Moors, Constable Nick continues his daily patrol.With mysterious cash popping up from nowhere, a Girl Guide tumbling down a waterfall, and a group of men taking the law into their o...



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    Nick Rhea is the constable in charge of patrolling Aidensfield: a wonderful idyllic village located in the Yorkshire Moors…Although crime in this area is low, the first suspect for any suspicious activity is Claude Jeremiah Greengrass.Always coasti...



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    When Montague Pluke, England's most eccentric detective, and international authority on horse troughs, visits the Italian town of Siena he is determined to find the world famous Golden Trough of Siena. As it has not been seen for six hundred years, h...







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    Inspector Harold Ambrose Meynell - known as "Black Harry", was perhaps the most meticulous of all police officers and supervised his tiny country police station with a rod of iron. When the first murder in years was committed, his methods were put to...



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    Following the discovery of a body, Inspector Pluke has to call on his knowledge of local legend, as his research reveals that others have died in Devil's Dump - and now Susan Featherstone has gone missing. Is Susan a victim - or a killer?...



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    Walking over the fog-bound moors, ex-policeman Martin Metcalfe found a dead pilot, still strapped in the seat of his plane. He also found a briefcase which was filled with œ24,000 in cash! Martin decided to hand it in to the authorities, but as he w...



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    "Whiskey Niner", the experimental Royal Air Force jet, was flying in the clear September sky above the historic town of Fossford. Aboard the aircraft were three young men, a dedicated and highly trained team in a valuable machine. In Fossford, it was...



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    Inspector Frank Mortimer wanted to be a detective, although it seemed he was destined to remain in the uniform branch. When he decided to visit a couple he and his wife had met in Torremolinos, he found himself involved in a crime which enabled him t...



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    Ross MacAllister was walking through the woods when he heard an approaching horse. Its rider was unaware of his presence; she rode out of sight and out of his life. Within minutes she was murdered by a knife-man. After questioning by the police Ross ...



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    Whilst taking a stroll around the shores of Ullswater, Ross MacAllister found a drowned hiker. As any citizen would do, Ross called the police. Then the police came back because the man hadn't drowned - he'd been shot. Ross had become their prime sus...



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    Detective Inspector Montague Pluke is an extremely superstitious man.So when he notices the solitary crow upon the roof of No. 15 Padgett Grove — the home of Cyril and May Crowther — he knows it is an omen of death.As the officer in charge of the...



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    With a telephone installed and a car called Betsy to aid his fledgling business, Matthew Taylor continues his work for Premier Assurance in the wild landscape of the North York Moors. Meanwhile, his wife Evelyn learns to drive to further her career a...







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    More stories of the Man from the Pru Matthew and Evelyn have now bought their new home ? and are worried about the cost of maintaining it as well as providing the family with food and clothing. So there's no alternative but to work harder than ever b...



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    Kenneth Flint, a harmless old man, was shot in the chest, and the gunman left no trace behind him. As DS Mark Pemberton and his team begin to dig, Flint's unsavory character comes to the surface. The villagers kept their children away from him, so it...



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    A brand new series about an insurance man in the Yorkshire Dales from the author of the Constable / Heartbeat books. Matthew Taylor was an apprentice butcher in the village shop at the outbreak of war. Not much call for that in the Army, who re-train...



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    A Detective Superintendent Mark Pemberton novel of suspense. The chances of discovering the killer of Muriel Brown were remote. She had been raped and murdered - fifteen years ago. Detective Superintendent Pemberton wanted to solve the case before he...



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    Hardworking Detective Inspector Montague Pluke has decided to take a much-needed holiday from his job at the Crickledale CID to go in search of the Lost Giants' Horse Trough of Trippingdale. Fresh country air and a visit to the prestigious Trippingda...


Complete Series List in Order

Heartbeat

1) Constable on the Hill (Aug-1979)
2) Constable on the Prowl (Sep-2008)
3) Constable Around the Village (Aug-1982)
4) Constable Across the Moors (Jun-1982)
5) Constable in the Dale (Oct-2008)
6) Constable by the Sea (Nov-2008)
7) Constable Along the Lane ()
8) Constable Through the Meadow (Jan-2009)
8.5) Constable at the Double (Apr-2018)
9) Constable in Disguise (Feb-2009)
10) Constable Among the Heather (Jul-1990)
11) Constable by the Stream ()
12) Constable on Call ()
14) Constable Beneath the Trees (Apr-1995)
15) Constable in Control (Aug-1995)
16) Constable in the Shrubbery ()
17) Constable Versus Greengrass ()
18) Constable about the Parish ()
19) Constable at the Gate ()
20) Constable at the Dam (Oct-1998)
21) Constable over the Stile ()
22) Constable under the Gooseberry Bush (Jan-2000)
23) Constable in the Farmyard (Jan-2000)
24) Constable Around the Houses ()
25) Constable along the Highway (Jan-2001)
26) Constable Over the Bridge (Jun-2021)
27) Constable Goes to Market ()
28) Constable Along the River-Bank ()
29) Constable in the Wilderness (Aug-2021)
30) Constable Around the Park (Sep-2021)
31) Constable Along The Trail ()
32) Constable in the Country ()
35) Constable Beats the Bounds (Nov-2010)
35.5) Constable on Trial (Jan-2016)