John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is a retired jewel thief and cracksman who now runs a respectable antique business, Quinns, in London’s Mayfair. He buys and sells objet d’art and also provides safe-keeping for many precious items – gold, silver and especially jewellery. A new generation of criminals see him as an obvious target – can they outsmart the man who was a legend amongst their fraternity in his time? They find, however, that robbing their ‘man’ isn’t quite as easy as they might have hoped, although ‘The Baron’ does come perilously close to disaster in a tale that has an unexpected twist. Unless he acts, at least two people will be condemned to a life of unhappiness.
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.
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’) is a retired jewel thief who is regularly consulted about cases by Scotland Yard. Now, however, he finds himself the chief suspect in a murder and robbery and is locked up in jail where, from his prison cell, he must find the answer to thirteen difficult questions in order to solve the crime and prove his innocence. Meanwhile, the real perpetrators are free and able to further complicate matters and make Mannering’s task even more difficult.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’), now retired from being the country’s top jewel thief, receives a visitor in his Mayfair antique shop. It is Prince Taria, son of an old acquaintance of Mannering’s, the ruler of a small island off the coast of Malaysia. The Prince has embarked upon a desperate search for his dynastic treasures. He is also determined to give his small tropical island a true democracy, but his life is now threatened by the enemies of his people ....
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.
John Mannering (aka ‘The Baron’) is a retired jewel thief who now runs a respectable antique business in London’s Mayfair. His curiosity is aroused when he is invited to Hong Kong by a dealer to view a unique exhibition of Chinese art, but is even more astounded by the lengths someone is prepared to go to so as to prevent him attending.
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 (‘The Baron’) is called in by Scotland Yard’s Superintendent Bristow to help catch the mysterious jewel thief ‘The Shadow’. No one knows the thief’s identity, but he has managed to pull off many high profile robberies. However, as Mannering proceeds to track down the target, he finds the pursuer becomes the pursued . . . .
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.
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.
Z5 is given the task of finding and capturing a Nazi fugitive. It’s chief agent, Dr. Palfrey, manages to learn more than anyone expected when he discovers that far from being alone, the man is only one of a growing and powerful band who, resenting their country’s defeat, are now bent on revenge upon those that brought it about. He must defeat them and their objective.
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?
The Honourable Richard Rollison (aka ‘The Toff’) received what he thought to be a letter, addressed simply to ‘The Toff, London W1.’ Remarkable in itself in reaching him, inside the envelope there was nothing more than a photograph of a beautiful, but unidentified, woman. In fact, the previous evening the woman herself had attended a society ball, looking somewhat pale but dressed immaculately in black satin and mink. No one knew who she was and she said she had lost her memory. Then, within days, the mystery deepened and The Toff was pitched against her cunning, with murder as the backdrop, whilst his own heart and feelings were both getting in the way of a solution and putting more lives in danger.
The Honourable Richard Rollison (aka ‘The Toff’) had been playing rugby at Taunton. About to head off back to London he discovered a woman in the back seat of his car. She had apparently sought him out and was determined to meet him. A curious story then emerged as to why Alice Hellier was frightened for the safety of her playboy cousin, an acquaintance of the Toff’s, and why only the ace investigator could help. All is not as it seems, however, and the Toff becomes caught up in a desperate financial plot.
A case of a wife who jumps backwards out of a window, a murder investigation, and another involving an ill-treated child have only one thing in common - they require the attention of Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard. He had thought the criminals had taken time off during the hot weather, and had even been tempted to relax himself, but things quickly changed.
It’s a time of shortage and rationing. The Honourable Richard Rollison (aka ‘The Toff’) is in the army, but gets permission to visit his aunt, Lady Matilda Wirrington, who is supposedly on her death bed. Had she died, things would have been different, but as it was a recovery led from one thing to the other and ‘The Toff’ found himself involved in an investigation of the black market – profiteering by dishonest ‘businessmen’ in order to earn huge amounts of money out of people’s needs in times of inadequate supply. This, though, went beyond that and wholesale murder raised its ugly head as both ‘The Toff’ and Scotland Yard battle it out with those involved.
The Honourable Richard Rollison (aka ‘The Toff’) is in a good mood. He is looking forward to a delightful weekend pursuing one of his favourite pastimes: playing cricket in the English countryside. Unfortunately, there is a plot afoot to remove the head of a wealthy family. This and other events take over and ‘The Toff’ finds himself once again on the investigative trail. It starts with a member of his team being found stabbed and a pretty girl flees with ‘The Toff’ in hot pursuit. She is then spirited away after a somewhat unusual conversation with her pursuer; another young woman is murdered in London and bullets are fired at a man from a speeding car. Blackmail is afoot and events all seem to revolve around two young ladies who appear to look completely alike.
The Honourable Richard Rollison (aka ‘The Toff’) receives a telephone call from a seemingly charming and very enticing girl late at night, and as a result sets off to rescue her. He takes her back to his apartment where, to his great surprise he meets an identical person. The following morning there is a knock on the door, and there she is again! What is going on and why is ‘The Toff’ involved, and was the first girl, or any other quite as charming as she sounded? This question is only the start of what turns out to be a hair-raising adventure worthy of ‘The Toff’s’ undoubted talents and attention.
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.