Call for the Baron
(Writing as Anthony Morton)
A series of minor thefts at Vere House prompts the owners to call in their old friend, John Mannering, to investigate. Whilst Mannering is doing so, the jewels and the famous Deverall necklace belonging to Lady Usk, a guest of the Vere's, are stolen. Reluctantly, the police are brought in and much to Mannering's disquiet, Scotland Yard send in Inspector Bristow, one of the few who suspect Mannering to be The Baron the cleverest jewel thief in the country. Mannering must prove his innocence when he discovers someone has planted the stolen Deverall necklace in his room . . .
Author biography:John Creasey Master crime fiction writer John Creasey's near 600 titles have sold more than 80 million copies in over 25 languages under both his own name and ten other pseudonyms. His style varied with each identity and led to him being regarded as a literary phenomena. Amongst the many series written were 'Gideon of Scotland Yard', 'The Toff', 'The Baron', 'Dr. Palfrey' and 'Inspector West', as JJ Marric, Michael Halliday, Patrick Dawlish and others.
During his lifetime Creasey enjoyed an ever increasing reputation both in the UK and overseas, especially the USA. This was further enhanced by constant revision of his works in order to assure the best possible be presented to his readers and also by many awards, not least of which was being honoured twice by the Mystery Writers of America, latterly as Grand Master.
He also found time to found the Crime Writers Association and become heavily involved in British politics - standing for Parliament and founding a movement based on finding the best professionals in each sphere to run things.
'He leads a field in which Agatha Christie is also a runner.' - Sunday Times.