John Mannering (aka “the Baron”) makes his first appearance in this volume. Lord Fauntley cannot help showing off both his daughter and the security under which his precious jewels are kept. Mannering finds himself attracted to both. Money is tight and so he plans a burglary, but this fails and unexpected consequences result. The relationship with Lorna Fauntley flourishes, and a series of high-profile thefts and adventures ensure Mannering’s future, so he believes, until Lorna equates him with the Baron.
All characters are well suited to the story line.
This is the story of Baron before he became simply John Mannering. Working as a modern day Robin Hood, The Baron is one of Scotland Yard’s, and in particular Detective-Superintendent William Bristow’s, most hated but respected robbers. The press can’t get enough of him, the public are intrigued and quickly the legend is born.
John Mannering – alias the Baron – finds himself forced to save the life of an accused murderer. Even he doesn’t know if Halliwell is guilty or innocent. Forced to resume his gentleman cracksman activities in order to find out, he finds himself suspected of complicity. In doing so, he encounters Kate Loffatt, known to her criminal associates as ‘The Cat’…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 multiple other pseudonyms.
Once the inheritance of a noble family, the five beautiful jewels of Castille were stolen, separated and their identity lost. Few men could recognize them for what they were, but John Mannering – alias the Baron – was such a man. In pursuit of jewels, Mannering has the misfortune to come up against three of the ugliest criminals he has ever met. To these men, robbery and violence are merely a game, and the Baron an inconvenient pawn who must fight for his life as well as the prize.
When Mannering – alias the Baron – bought the beautiful and expensive Dellamont Emeralds in Paris, he chose to ignore their history of misfortune. But then things started to go wrong – an attempted robbery of the precious jewels, an argument with Lorna Fauntley. Strangely, there seemed to be a connection between these incidents. Stranger still, someone was impersonating the Baron…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 multiple other pseudonyms.
It was to be an historic occasion. The Kallinov collection, jewels worth a quarter of a million pounds, were to be collected under one roof, and John Mannering – alias the Baron – had been invited to bring along his own Gloria diamonds. What his hosts were unaware of, however, was that their charming, elegant guest was in fact the legendary and highly successful jewel thief! So when Mannering is roused by a gunshot in the night and arrives on the scene to witness the whole collection being driven away by thieves, he has much cause for concern.
When John Mannering - alias The Baron - is offered a superb set of diamonds, he is faced with a dangerous dilemma. For these are not just any jewels - they are, in fact, 'hot stones', which have been stolen from the Louvre in Paris in one of the most daring robberies for years. Should he handle the diamonds in the hope that they'll lead him to a murderer? Should he become the Baron again; jewel thief and the greatest of all cracksmen? To stand idly by would to see the murderer go free, and the potential death of a girl.
Vere House, Hampshire, was once a peaceful have for Professor Martin Vere and his wife Diana until a series of minor thefts occur and the pair has to call in the help of undercover agent, John Mannering. What the couple don’t know is that Mannering’s expertise comes from his previous work as The Baron, a devious and deceitful jewel thief. When guest Lady Usk’s famous Deverell necklace goes missing more help comes in the form of Chief Inspector Bristow of Scotland Yard.
Although John Mannering – alias the Baron – had been enjoying his retirement from his ‘Baronial’ activities as a jewel thief, he was nonetheless tempted by the offer of the strange little Frenchman who visited him late one night. So tempted, in fact, that he accepts, and resurrects the Baron in return for a superb diamond. In doing so, Mannering is plunged into the search for a famous collection of precious stones smuggled into the country by an organization which, he suspects, is also dealing in human contraband.
Superintendent Bristow of New Scotland Yard needs help in tracking down several stolen precious stones. He is reluctant to ask but desperately needs the help of John Mannering aka The Baron, once mastermind jewel thief. Mannering suspects a crafty trap but accepts, once he lays down his own terms. But quickly things take a turn for the worst as Mannering finds himself involved in more than petty theft but a murder.
When the Royal Hotel falls victim to theft, and every one of its rooms is ransacked, John Mannering – alias The Baron – is one of the first guests that Superintendent Bristow wishes to see. Nearly fifteen thousand pounds worth of jewellery has vanished. And when Mannering receives a call from a man with diamonds to sell and a confession to make, the scene is set for another thrilling John Creasey mystery…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 multiple other pseudonyms.
John Mannering is adapting well to his new, respectable life. However, when he tries to buy an antique shop he is forced to revive the skills of his former occupation as the Baron - master cracksman and jewel thief. Before the deal is sealed, Mannering faces murders, smuggling, and antique switching, and works with the Yard to beat the criminals once and for all.
As the owner of Quinn's - an exclusive Mayfair antiques shop - John Mannering had purchased the Adalgo mainly out of curiosity. It had come to be known as a "blood diamond" as violent death had overcome many of its previous owners. Mannering - alias the Baron - scoffed at the legend but from the moment he acquires it he is beset with misfortune. He becomes the victim of theft, his wife is kidnapped and an old friend is brutally murdered. Could the curse of the "blood diamond" be coming true?
It seemed like an ordinary theft by night, at first. So why then should John Mannering, aka the Baron, take an interest? The reason – the scene of the crime, Quinns, was owned by Mannering and known across the globe for its rare, old and beautiful things. For the first time, the Baron finds himself the victim of theft, as well as a suspect in a cold-blooded murder case.
John Mannering was making his way to Hallen House, a lonely old country mansion, to purchase the famous Lake Emeralds from a man who called himself Silas Bellamy. But on his way across the moors, he meets two mysterious strangers who warn him that he will be in mortal danger if he continues with his journey. Though Mannering - alias the Baron - finds the house quite normal at first, he soon discovers that two young girls are imprisoned within its walls. What’s more, those who visit can never leave!
When the Earl of Lithom, a highly skilled rider, is thrown by his horse and dies of a broken neck, some question whether it is an accident or a murder. What’s more, Gloria, his stunning daughter and heiress, claims to have seen a bloody corpse in the library, its throat slit. Was this a hallucination or a murder? John Mannering - alias the Baron - must seek the answers to these questions, all the while facing a thrilling mixture of danger, temptation, espionage and even death.
The Diamond of Tears had a murderous history. Four people had owned it and each one had been tortured and brutally murdered. When Jacob Bernstein acquired it, he was to become the fifth victim. This death plunges the Baron into a mystery filled with both danger and intrigue, at its root a priceless jewel. The Baron must solve it or die.
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.
A shot rang out from Quinns, a shop in Mayfair dealing in antiques and precious stones. John Mannering - alias the Baron - had been showing some diamonds to an amiable-looking young man. However, looks can be deceiving, as the young man seized the jewels and shot the Baron in the head before fleeing. Now Mannering was lying gravely ill in Westminster Hospital, undergoing an emergency operation. Scotland Yard were on the case, but did they didn't have much to go on....
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
‘Tell M. danger from Paul K’ read the cryptic warning from a dying man. The ‘M’ in question was John Mannering – alias the Baron – and the warning was not wrong. Faced with two murders and the threat of his own impending death, the Baron steps outside the law to hunt down the ruthless, unknown, killer who has claimed their third victim - Paul K.
The Maharajah of Ganpore had a collection of blue diamonds to sell, so it wasn't surprising that John Mannering - alias the Baron - was making his way to India to start the bidding. But some people had other plans for the diamonds. The Bundi, a group of fanatical patriots, intend to deal with the dealers in no uncertain terms, and the Baron soon finds himself bidding for his life.
When somebody broke into the safe of respected jeweler, Bernard Dale, he obviously hadn't reckoned on any interference. His first mistake. His second mistake - killing Dale - was just downright stupid. For Dale was an old friend of John Mannering - alias the Baron - and Mannering didn't like his old friends getting shot. But although all the evidence pointed firmly at Dale's young partner, Tony Bennet, Mannering wasn't convinced.
When John Mannering - alias the Baron - agreed to buy some jewels on behalf of an anonymous client, he thought it would be a simple transaction. However, he did not know that the jewels had been owned by three former business associates of the unknown client, nor of the mysterious tragedy that connects the past to the present. Mannering soon finds out that all is not as it seems, and, as murder follows murder, and the Baron himself is wanted by the police, it is a race against time to solve the dangerous puzzle and clear his name.
There was a lot at stake for the Baron in this new case; far more than the mere recovery of the Wannaker jewels. He was also working for the safety of Helen Chadwick, seeking to uncover the truth about Robbie Chadwick, and on the hunt for ‘Dizzy’ who was no ordinary crook. And meanwhile, the net steadily closes around him and he has to work fast.…
Five jewelled eggs in a golden nest sat in the strong room of Quinn’s on Bond Street. Outside, John Mannering - alias the Baron - guarded the treasure for his clients - an ugly old man and his stunningly beautiful niece. While Miranda Smith waited in the showroom, her uncle took a taxi to the bank to procure proof of ownership. But Pendexter Smith has not returned, and Mannering has a problem on his hands - Miranda is deaf, deaf and is a state of severe shock.
The Fioras jewels are missing and Francesca Lisle, one of John Mannering’s (aka The Baron) neighbors, is mysteriously asked by her father to retrieve a leather holdall from underneath the floorboards and take it to him at Waterloo station. Francesca is kidnapped, however, and ends up in the River Thames. Meanwhile, Joy Lessing is also kidnapped, or so it would seem. Mannering is unwittingly involved and sets off to investigate, but cannot tell the police everything he discovers.
The Midi diamonds were not insured. So when they are stolen, it is bad news for their owner - until she manages to enlist the help of John Mannering in their recovery. Mannering - better known as the Baron - has a higher success rate that the police in the business of recovering stolen property, and it is not beyond some disgruntled policemen to believe that he'd had a hand in the thefts in the first place. Soon he is suspected of robbery and, indeed, murder, and he has to strike hard and fast if he is going to clear his name and solve the case.
>John Mannering - alias the Baron - had always been fascinated by art. Though once a jewel thief, he was now a respectable Mayfair antiques dealer. So when a well-known Chinese dealer invites him to a unique exhibition of art treasures in Hong Kong, Manning’s interest is piqued - even more so when he realizes the extreme lengths someone is prepared to go to prevent him reaching his destination.
In John Creasey’s favorite of his own novels, John Mannering - alias the Baron - ventures to Australia. The ‘Alda insignia’ is set to be sold at auction but Mannering refuses to purchase it for a mysterious Australian. However, when threatened by the seller’s lawyers he sets off Down Under, where he meets with a particularly hostile reception, to try to uncover the truth. The Baron is not deterred and the plot thickens when he comes across a manor house almost identical to one in England and a family clearly divided between the two countries.
Deep in the heart of Wiltshire, John Mannering steps into the home of an old lady who wishes him to value her paintings. He has no idea that he is also walking into a hornet’s nest of blackmail, arson, and murder. Under the watchful eyes of masterpieces, the Baron must battle for the truth. Who was blackmailing whom? Why were people out to kill him? What is the girl, Joanna, hiding?
John Mannering’s day at Quinns had been quiet and pleasant, and he moved amongst the treasures that he displayed and sold with a sense of ease. His days as the Baron – the master cracksman, jewel thief and crime solver – were long since over. Josh Larraby – Mannering’s confidant and a reformed thief - answers the telephone to hear a man’s calm yet urgent plea, ‘They’re trying to kill me!' A second later, it is interrupted by a soft laugh, which grows and grows until Larraby’s head is ringing with dread.
Mannering quite admired the arrogance of the self-opinionated young artist who asked him for patronage for a subsidy to keep him painting. It was also clear that the young painter wasn’t actually asking for a favour, he was conferring one! With so much youthful confidence on display, Mannering wasn’t expecting the phone call later. On arriving at a flat in Fulham, he finds the artist near death. Was it attempted suicide, or was it, in fact, attempted murder? Once again, Mannering must revive his skills as the Baron to save lives from terrible danger.