In the Matter of Isabel

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  • Author Name: Paul A. Mendelson
  • Publication Date: 28/06/2017
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781911320876

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STAFF PICK: A beautifully told story from start to finish, a true page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last sentence. Isabel is the debut of what should be the start of an exciting story-telling journey.   [Philippa Iliffe, Marketing Controller]

Rick, a wannabe corporate whiz-kid from Hackney, is transfixed when the exotic Isabel Velazco walks into his Edgware Road law office. She desperately needs his help to get her son Sebastian back. Three years ago, following a divorce from Sebastian’s father, Isabel took her son back to Argentina – with his dad’s consent. But when Sebastian visited his dad for Christmas, he never returned. Now, five long months later, she has raised the money to try and get him back. Cocky Rick believes he holds all the cards as he takes on Isabel’s case. But who exactly is playing whom? Is the ‘helpless’ Isabel all that she seems?

Paul A. Mendelson is a British writer known for his work on television and radio. His comedy series include the long-running, BAFTA-nominated BBC series May to December as well as So Haunt Me and My Hero. He wrote Losing It, a film for ITV starring Martin Clunes, which was nominated for the Televisual Best Writing Award and has been broadcast worldwide. Paul wrote the Radio 4 plays I am I said, Fireworks at the Villa Lucia and A Meeting In Seville. He has adapted the latter into a screenplay, which is currently in development. Recent radio dramas have included six adaptations of Joyce Porter’s crime novels about the appalling Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover and the highly-acclaimed CS Forester dramatisations, CS Forester’s London Noir. Paul created the cult series Neighbors From Hell, broadcast in the US. He has written two new US pilots and three movies with LA screenwriter Alan Moscowitz and is also developing comedy and drama projects elsewhere.

10 reviews for In the Matter of Isabel

  1. 5 out of 5


    Paul A. Mendelson manages to write a comic novel that effortlessly mixes broad farce and beautifully drawn cameos with twists, tension and a touching love story. A wonderfully funny debut novel from an accomplished TV scriptwriter.

  2. 5 out of 5


    In the Matter of Isabel has it all – humor, romance, and a compelling narrative. Paul Mendelson’s experience as a young Cambridge-educated lawyer and his decades as a successful TV comedy writer have enabled him to write a splendid novel. In the Matter of Isabel has the page-turning drama of a John Grisham legal thriller and the comedy chops of a Woody Allen script. Mendelson is a terrific writer.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Roguishly funny, heartwarming, unexpectedly exciting and, a cracking courtroom drama.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Wow. What a terrific first novel – a rom-com that builds to an intensely dramatic climax and a courtroom drama full of laughs. Very moving. I loved it.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Paul A. Mendelson’s highly enjoyable tale fizzes with a series of surprises that beautifully capture the bewilderment of being young and out of your depth.

  6. 5 out of 5


    This novel is extremely compelling, deeply touching and very, very funny. There are few writers who can make me laugh several times in a single page: PG Woodhouse and now Paul A. Mendelson amongst them!

  7. 5 out of 5


    I was hooked from the very first line! ” In the Matter of Isabel” oozes mischievous charm and delightful wit. Paul A. Mendelson is a superb writer – it’s a gem of a book!

  8. 5 out of 5


    Funny. Touching. Suspenseful. And a sexy coming of age story.

  9. 5 out of 5


    A titillating thriller that is both warm and endlessly funny, a really wonderful connection by a talented farceur. Perfect for long-distance flights, longish trips to the bathroom, any sort of lull on the farm, in fact I can’t think of any situation that couldn’t be hugely enhanced by dipping into Mendelson’s delightful novel.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Nail-bitingly wonderful! I read the book in less than 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down… an amazing story, told beautifully. I was hooked until the last sentence and I can now see why people are falling in love with Isabel. A definite must-read this summer!

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