John Mannering, the former jewel thief known as ‘The Baron’ and now a respectable antique dealer in London’s Mayfair, was selling a fabulous diamond ring known as the ‘Red Eye of Love’. The ring, however, was not wanted by its intended recipient, who only reluctantly placed it on her finger. Could a sixth sense be at work, as the ring is surely associated with death? There is genuine mystery and a bloody mess for ‘The Baron’ to sort out with all of his usual panache and attention to detail.
As John Mannering's wife paints a portrait of a celebrated beauty, Lady Deirdre Vandemeyer, she begins to doubt the authenticity of her subject. Then she is stabbed and Mannering (aka 'The Baron') goes undercover as a personal assistant to try and get to the bottom of the mystery. What he discovers sets the mind reeling and as always keeps the reader enthralled to the very last moment.
A ruthless killer is on the loose and forces the John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’), a retired jewel thief and master cracksman, to once again step outside of the law in order to hunt down the murderer, and also save his own skin. A victim had issued a cryptic warning before dying: 'Tell M. danger from Paul K'. It is clear Mannering is in extreme danger, but why, in what form the fatal blow might be delivered, and where he can start the pursuit remains to be deduced. Events lead to a hair-raising trail in which Mannering cannot afford any mistakes.
Now that he is retired as a master ‘cracksman’, John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is sometimes consulted by Scotland Yard when they have a particularly difficult, or unusual, case. When a jeweller who himself walks the fine line between acceptable and unlawful behaviour is robbed, the Baron’s opinion is sought. However, he is on the trail with another case involving missing diamonds. Then he discovers that not only are the two crimes connected, but he is himself the chief suspect.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is a retired cracksman and jewel thief who now runs an antique shop, ‘Quinns’, in London’s Mayfair. He decides to open a branch in Boston and at the same time move to an Elizabethan Manor House known as Harden Court. However, the present owner of the house disappears, and a man is found dead in one of its secret stairways. Further mystery ensues and then ‘The Baron’ suffers a devastating blow before he can open his new branch, and before he can get to grips with determining what is going on – he is arrested for murder.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) owns Quinns, a shop in London’s Mayfair, dealing in antique and precious stones. Used to solving seemingly impossible crimes, this time he is the victim. A young man seizes diamonds being shown to him, strikes ‘The Baron’ and makes off. Mannering is taken to hospital and is seriously ill, and whilst Scotland Yard is working hard on the case they have very little to go on.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is an ex-cracksman, who is not only now ‘straight’, but can also act when needed in solving crimes. His wife has painted and exhibited and the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy what may critics believe to be the finest work that year. She learns from her contacts that Quinns, a curio shop in London’s Mayfair is for sale, and urges Mannering to buy it. His attempt to do so, however, is shrouded in mystery, and the police start to wonder if once again he has turned his hand to being a master jewel thief.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) had purchased the Adalgo diamond, primarily out of curiosity as it was known as the ‘Blood Diamond’ because violent death had overtaken so many of its previous owners. Mannering did not believe in such myths, but soon after he was robbed, his wife was kidnapped and a friend was brutally murdered. Just what was the truth behind the legend and could Mannering solve the various mysteries? The suspense may be killing, but it lasts right up until the end!
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) runs Quinns, an upmarket emporium in London’s Mayfair. He is often called upon to solve difficult crimes, but this one is different. ‘The Baron’ is himself the victim as Quinns has suffered a night time burglary. To make matters worse, a cold-blooded killing has taken place and now he is the suspect. The chase to find the culprits is on and it is a question of who gets there first in the face of both mystery and danger.
When John Mannering - alias the Baron - picked up the receiver he heard a frightened man at the end of the line. When he later opened his front door he found a superbly confidant and supremely beautiful woman standing there. She had been robbed of diamonds and she needed Mannering's help. Were the two linked? As the story unfolds it consumes Mannering's friends and enemies, and sees the Baron and his wife put in grave danger. As the tension increases and time ticks by, Mannering must use his wits to escape the trap by which he has been ensnared and in which he might ultimately perish.
It seemed to be only a light vapour, but it was evil incarnate, strong enough to knock a tough man down. Dr. Palfrey is up against an enemy greater than any he has faced before, who moves in a white, insidious mist that brings death to all but one. The swirling fog dissipates just as suddenly as it appears and the people engulfed within it simply disappear. They are the sons and daughters of politicians, religious clergy, and other notables. The world is threatened with disaster, but Palfrey is completely puzzled by the terror being ranged ...
The Prince of Barbares, or the scourge of India? Dr. Palfrey and Z5 are up against an Indian mystic who is said to possess the ability to transmit images straight into the minds of his victims. They can take the form of depicting either a glorious picture of heaven, or a horrible one of hell, depending upon the Swami’s desire. Palfrey believes his real goal is to rekindle trouble between India and Pakistan and set them further against each other.
Fires have broken out. At first they appear to be natural disasters, but they are spreading globally and into cities. Now, an ultimatum from Faustus has been issued. Governments everywhere are prepared to meet the problem by betraying Z5 and everything it stands for. Dr. Palfrey is completely discredited, but is not prepared to take the situation lying down and is determined to get to Faustus and unlock the secret behind the fires.
At first sight there is no connection between the deaths of three agents in West Africa and the fact that one of Dr. Palfrey’s friends has suddenly lost a great deal of weight. However, behind both is an organisation using a drug that puts world domination within the reach of a few ruthless individuals. Blackmail ensues and Palfrey must deal with what could be the worst situation he has ever faced; an overwhelming and brutal conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions of people.
Dr. Palfrey is faced with one of the most difficult problems and a more powerful adversary than he has previously met. A mysterious disease strikes down some of the world’s most powerful figures; then their daughters also become victims. Palfrey and Z5 undertake a perilous journey to oust the cause and the truth and to prevent domination of the planet by an irresponsible power and fearful new weapons.
As World War II enters what may be the ‘beginning of the end’, Dr. Palfrey and his Z5 colleagues are tasked with locating many of the doctors, scientists and other prominent people who have been imprisoned by the Nazis all over Europe. They will be needed in the re-building of the war-torn countries and Palfrey must lead them to safety. This action packed adventure follows the team’s progress as they proceed from the Baltic to the very heart of the enemy’s stronghold: Berlin.
Towards the end of World War II elements of the German High Command flee to Japan. Could this mean that the war in Europe will end only for the Allies to find resistance in the East to be even fiercer than expected? Dr. Palfrey leaves for the East on a mission of great daring. Disguised as a German officer he seeks ‘The Colony of the Fourth Reich’ believed to be situated in China. His disguise uncovered, he must find a way out with vital information concerning a possible kidnapping that will affect the whole outcome of the war. This story is a truly great espionage thriller.
Every social call brings Richard Rollison, aka ‘The Toff’, closer to death in this thriller that is dominated by characters from all ends of the spectrum. There is Renway, an Amontillado- sipping ‘old school’ art buff who is far from being suited to Irma, who in turn flaunts and teases with a come-on smile and eyes full of promise – but is ready with the doublecross. Old Renway has business on his mind and is restless, whilst Phyllis Bailey, an appealing girl who writes novels and who is to marry his nephew may be in danger because the mufflered ‘Mr. Brown’ has no qualms about torturing young lady writers. At The Blue Dog, in London’s East End, Charlie Wray’s smile is as dangerous as ever and in an alley nearby, a cheap bread knife and some hob-nailed boots are found near the murdered man. As ‘The Toff’ leaves his calling cards the killer’s pace grows and his confidence with it. Can ‘The Toff’ escape death himself and at the same time unravel the mystery?
Desperate War Criminals are fleeing justice and Dr. Palfrey comes to appreciate the difficulties and dangers associated with peace. This thriller is set in post-war Rome and Moscow and tests Palfrey and Z5 to their limits. A thrilling adventure in which John Creasey excels in keeping the reader entertained from start to finish.
Paul Laking is dead and the police suspect suicide. Yet Sir John Laking, a highly respected local landowner and magistrate, is missing along with his daughter, and the telephone wires have been cut. And what is this to do with the ‘Mensak Incident’ in which a village has been subjected to bombardment, and the Toff’s (The ‘Honourable Richard Rollison’) fascination with weapons of all kinds, especially from the East? There are hidden crimes, including murder, to be uncovered and it would seem that only the Toff has any chance of getting at the truth, or has he?