John Creasey is one of the 20th century’s most prolific British writers. He wrote countless mystery novels as well as diping into many other genres. This episode of his Baron series was, in fact, originally written under one of his many pen names; Anthony Morton. It involves a fairly classic mystery trope: a mysterious, priceless diamond whose owners all come to violent ends. Carl Prekoff has the perfect delivery style for this type of novel. He performs the narration with a well-paced, warm, British articulation but has a lot of fun with the varied characters' accents and attitudes coming from every strata of society.
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.
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. 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.