A Branch for the Baron
(Writing as Anthony Morton)
John Mannering (aka The Baron) is a retired cracksman and jewel thief who now runs an antique shop, Quinns, in Londons 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.
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.