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. Mannering is immediately a suspect, made worse when he discovers the Deverell necklace in his own room.
'The King of Crime' wrote an astonishing number of crime and mystery books, selling more than 80 million copies worldwide in 28 languages over five decades. His most famous characters include The Baron, Inspector West, and Gideon. The Creasey Dagger is the UK's top award for first time crime novelists with winners including Patricia Cornwell and Minette Walters. Creasey is an inspiration to the aspiring but as yet unpublished author. He had 743 rejection slips before his first book was accepted. He never stopped believing in himself and he never gave up. He wasn't afraid to take risks either - writing under 10 different names and changing styles with each character.