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John Creasey


UK flag (1908 - 1973)

aka Gordon Ashe, M E Cooke, Norman Deane, Robert Caine Frazer, Patrick Gill, Michael Halliday, Charles Hogarth, Brian Hope, Colin Hughes, Kyle Hunt, Abel Mann, Peter Manton, J J Marric, Richard Martin, Rodney Mattheson, Anthony Morton, Jeremy York

John Creasey (September 17, 1908 - June 9, 1973) was born in Southfields, Surrey, England and died in New Hall, Bodenham, Salisbury Wiltshire, England. He was the seventh of nine children in a working class home. He became an English author of crime thrillers, published in excess of 600 books under 20+ different pseudonyms. He invented many famous characters who would appear in a whole series of novels. Probably the most famous of these is Gideon of Scotland Yard, the basis for the television program Gideon's Way but others include Department Z, Dr. Palfrey, The Toff, Inspector Roger West, and The Baron (which was also made into a television series). In 1962, Creasey won an Edgar Award for Best Novel, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Gideon's Fire, written under the pen name J. J. Marric. And in 1969 he was given the MWA's highest honor, the Grand Master Award.
 
Series
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Baron (as by Anthony Morton)
1. Meet the Baron (1937)
     aka The Man in the Blue Mask
2. The Baron Returns (1937)
     aka The Return of Blue Mask
3. The Baron Again (1938)
     aka Salute Blue Mask
4. The Baron at Bay (1938)
     aka Blue Mask at Bay
5. Alias the Baron (1939)
     aka Alias Blue Mask
6. The Baron at Large (1939)
     aka Challenge Blue Mask!
7. Versus the Baron (1940)
     aka Blue Mask Strikes Again
8. Call for the Baron (1940)
     aka Blue Mask Victorious
9. The Baron Comes Back (1943)
10. A Case for the Baron (1945)
11. Reward for the Baron (1945)
12. Career for the Baron (1946)
13. The Baron and the Beggar (1947)
14. Blame the Baron (1948)
15. A Rope for the Baron (1948)
16. Books for the Baron (1949)
17. Cry for the Baron (1950)
18. Trap the Baron (1950)
19. Attack the Baron (1951)
20. Shadow the Baron (1951)
21. Warn the Baron (1952)
22. The Baron Goes East (1953)
23. The Baron in France (1953)
24. Danger for the Baron (1953)
25. The Baron Goes Fast (1954)
26. Nest-Egg for the Baron (1954)
     aka Deaf, Dumb and Blonde
27. Help from the Baron (1955)
28. Hide the Baron (1956)
29. Frame the Baron (1957)
     aka The Double Frame
30. Red Eye for the Baron (1958)
     aka Blood Red
31. Black for the Baron (1959)
     aka If Anything Happens to Hester
32. Salute for the Baron (1960)
33. A Branch for the Baron (1961)
     aka The Baron Branches Out
34. Bad for the Baron (1962)
     aka The Baron and the Stolen Legacy
35. A Sword for the Baron (1963)
     aka The Baron and the Mogul Swords
36. The Baron on Board (1964)
37. The Baron and the Chinese Puzzle (1964)
38. Sport for the Baron (1966)
39. Affair for the Baron (1967)
40. The Baron and the Missing Old Masters (1968)
41. The Baron and the Unfinished Portrait (1969)
42. Last Laugh for the Baron (1970)
43. The Baron Goes A-Buying (1971)
44. The Baron and the Arrogant Artist (1972)
45. Burgle the Baron (1973)
46. The Baron - King Maker (1975)
47. Love for the Baron (1979)
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Toff
1. Introducing the Toff (1938)
2. The Toff Goes On (1939)
3. The Toff Steps Out (1939)
4. Here Comes the Toff (1940)
5. The Toff Breaks In (1940)
6. Salute the Toff (1941)
7. The Toff Proceeds (1941)
8. The Toff Goes to Market (1942)
9. The Toff Is Back (1942)
10. The Toff Among Millions (1943)
11. Accuse the Toff (1943)
12. The Toff and the Curate (1944)
     aka The Toff and the Deadly Parson
13. The Toff and the Great Illusion (1944)
14. Feathers for the Toff (1945)
15. The Toff and the Lady (1946)
16. The Toff on Ice (1946)
     aka Poison for The Toff
17. Hammer the Toff (1947)
18. The Toff in Town (1947)
19. The Toff Takes Shares (1948)
20. The Toff and Old Harry (1949)
21. The Toff on Board (1949)
22. Fool the Toff (1950)
23. Kill the Toff (1950)
24. A Knife for the Toff (1951)
25. The Toff Goes Gay (1951)
     aka A Mask for the Toff
26. Hunt the Toff (1952)
27. Call the Toff (1953)
28. The Toff Down Under (1953)
     aka Break the Toff
29. Murder Out of the Past (1953)
30. The Toff at Butlin's (1954)
31. The Toff at the Fair (1954)
     aka Last Laugh For The Toff
32. A Six for the Toff (1955)
     aka A Score for the Toff
33. The Toff and the Deep Blue Sea (1955)
34. Make-Up for the Toff (1956)
     aka Kiss the Toff
35. The Toff in New York (1956)
36. Model for the Toff (1957)
37. The Toff on Fire (1957)
38. The Toff and the Stolen Tresses (1958)
39. The Toff on the Farm (1958)
     aka Terror for the Toff
40. Double for the Toff (1959)
41. The Toff and the Runaway Bride (1959)
42. A Rocket for the Toff (1960)
43. The Toff and the Kidnapped Child (1960)
44. Follow the Toff (1961)
45. The Toff and the Teds (1961)
     aka The Toff and the Toughs
46. A Doll for the Toff (1959)
47. Leave It to the Toff (1962)
48. The Toff and the Spider (1965)
49. The Toff in Wax (1966)
50. A Bundle for the Toff (1967)
51. Stars for the Toff (1968)
52. The Toff and the Golden Boy (1969)
53. The Toff and the Fallen Angels (1970)
54. Vote for the Toff (1971)
55. The Toff and the Trip-Trip-Triplets (1972)
56. The Toff and the Terrified Taxman (1973)
57. The Toff and the Sleepy Cowboy (1974)
58. The Toff and the Crooked Copper (1977)
59. The Toff and the Dead Man's Finger (1978)
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Patrick Dawlish (as by Gordon Ashe)
1. Death on Demand (1939)
2. The Speaker (1939)
     aka The Croaker
3. Terror by Day (1940)
4. Secret Murder (1940)
5. 'Ware Danger (1941)
6. Murder Most Foul (1942)
7. There Goes Death (1942)
8. Death in High Places (1942)
9. Death in Flames (1943)
10. Two Men Missing (1943)
11. Rogues Rampant (1944)
12. Death on the Move (1945)
13. Invitation to Adventure (1945)
14. Here Is Danger (1946)
15. Give Me Murder (1947)
16. Murder Too Late (1947)
17. Dark Mystery (1948)
18. Engagement with Death (1948)
19. A Puzzle in Pearls (1949)
20. Kill or Be Killed (1949)
21. The Dark Circle (1950)
22. Murder with Mushrooms (1950)
23. Death in Diamonds (1951)
24. Missing or Dead? (1951)
25. Death in a Hurry (1952)
26. The Long Search (1953)
     aka Drop Dead
27. Sleepy Death (1953)
28. Double for Death (1954)
29. Death in the Trees (1954)
30. The Kidnapped Child (1955)
     aka The Snatch
31. Day of Fear (1956)
32. Wait for Death (1957)
33. Come Home to Death (1958)
     aka The Pack of Lies
34. Elope to Death (1959)
35. Don't Let Him Kill (1960)
     aka The Man Who Laughed at Murder
36. The Crime Haters (1961)
37. Rogues' Ransom (1962)
38. Death from Below (1963)
39. The Big Call (1964)
40. A Promise of Diamonds (1965)
41. A Taste of Treasure (1966)
42. A Clutch of Coppers (1967)
43. A Shadow of Death (1968)
44. A Scream of Murder (1970)
45. A Nest of Traitors (1970)
46. A Rabble of Rebels (1971)
47. A Life for a Death (1973)
48. A Herald of Doom (1973)
49. A Blast of Trumpets (1975)
50. A Plague of Demons (1976)
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Inspector West
1. Inspector West Takes Charge (1942)
2. Inspector West Leaves Town (1943)
     aka Go Away to Murder
3. Inspector West at Home (1944)
4. Inspector West Regrets (1945)
5. Holiday for Inspector West (1946)
6. Battle for Inspector West (1948)
7. Triumph for Inspector West (1948)
     aka The Case Against Paul Raeburn
8. Inspector West Kicks Off (1949)
     aka Sport for Inspector West
9. Inspector West Alone (1950)
10. Inspector West Cries Wolf (1950)
     aka The Creepers
11. A Case for Inspector West (1951)
     aka The Figure in the Dusk
12. Puzzle for Inspector West (1951)
     aka The Dissemblers
13. Inspector West at Bay (1952)
     aka The Blind Spot
14. A Gun for Inspector West (1953)
     aka Give a Man a Gun
15. Send Inspector West (1953)
     aka Send Superintendent West
16. A Beauty for Inspector West (1954)
     aka The Beauty Queen Killer
17. Inspector West Makes Haste (1955)
     aka The Gelignite Gang
18. Two for Inspector West (1955)
     aka Murder: One, Two, Three
19. Parcels for Inspector West (1956)
     aka Death of a Postman
20. A Prince for Inspector West (1956)
     aka Death of a Assassin
21. Accident for Inspector West (1957)
     aka Hit and Run
22. Find Inspector West (1957)
     aka The Trouble at Saxby's
23. Murder, London - New York (1958)
24. Strike for Death (1958)
     aka The Killing Strike
25. Death of a Racehorse (1959)
26. The Case of the Innocent Victims (1959)
27. Murder on the Line (1960)
28. Death in Cold Print (1961)
29. The Scene of the Crime (1961)
30. Policeman's Dread (1962)
31. Hang the Little Man (1963)
32. Look Three Ways at Murder (1964)
33. Murder, London - Australia (1965)
34. Murder, London - South Africa (1966)
35. The Executioners (1967)
36. So Young to Burn (1968)
37. Murder, London - Miami (1969)
38. A Part for a Policeman (1970)
39. Alibi (1971)
     aka Alibi for Inspector West
40. A Splinter of Glass (1972)
41. The Theft of Magna Carta (1973)
42. The Extortioners (1974)
43. A Sharp Rise in Crime (1978)
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Liberator (as by Norman Deane)
1. Return to Adventure (1943)
2. Gateway to Escape (1944)
3. Come Home to Crime (1945)
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Fane Brothers (as by Michael Halliday)
1. Take a Body (1951)
2. The Lame Dog Murder (1952)
3. Murder in the Stars (1953)
4. Man on the Run (1953)
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Mark Kilby (as by Robert Caine Frazer)
1. R.I.S.C. (1959)
     aka Mark Kilby Solves a Murder
2. Secret Syndicate (1960)
     aka Mark Kilby and the Secret Syndicate
3. The Miami Mob (1960)
     aka Mark Kilby and the Miami Mob
4. The Hollywood Hoax (1961)
5. Mark Kilby Takes a Risk (1962)
6. Mark Kilby Stands Alone (1962)
     aka Mark Kilby and the Manhattan Murders
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Novels
The Dark Shadow (as by Rodney Mattheson)
The Secret of Ferrars (as by Rodney Mattheson)
Seven Times Seven (1932)
Men, Maids and Murder (1933)
Fire of Death (1934) (as by M E Cooke)
The Black Heart (1935) (as by M E Cooke)
The Casino Mystery (1935) (as by M E Cooke)
The Crime Gang (1935) (as by M E Cooke)
The Death Drive (1935) (as by M E Cooke)
No 1's Last Crime (1935) (as by M E Cooke)
The Stolen Formula Mystery (1935) (as by M E Cooke)
The Big Radium Mystery (1936) (as by M E Cooke)
The Day of Terror (1936) (as by M E Cooke)
The Dummy Robberies (1936) (as by M E Cooke)
The Hypnotic Demon (1936) (as by M E Cooke)
The Moat Farm Mystery (1936) (as by M E Cooke)
The Secret Formula (1936) (as by M E Cooke)
The Successful Alibi (1936) (as by M E Cooke)
The Fighting Footballers (1937) (as by Patrick Gill)
Four Find Danger (1937) (as by Michael Halliday)
The Greyvale School Mystery (1937) (as by Peter Manton)
The Hadfield Mystery (1937) (as by M E Cooke)
The Laughing Lightweight (1937) (as by Patrick Gill)
The Moving Eye (1937) (as by M E Cooke)
Murder Manor (1937) (as by Peter Manton)
The Raven (1937) (as by M E Cooke)
Stand By for Danger (1937) (as by Peter Manton)
Three for Adventure (1937) (as by Michael Halliday)
Circle of Justice (1938) (as by Peter Manton)
Four Motives for Murder (1938) (as by Brian Hope)
Three Day's Terror (1938) (as by Peter Manton)
Two Meet Trouble (1938) (as by Michael Halliday)
The 10,000 Trophy Race (1939) (as by Patrick Gill)
The Battle for the Cup (1939) (as by Patrick Gill)
The Crime Syndicate (1939) (as by Peter Manton)
Death Looks On (1939) (as by Peter Manton)
The Fighting Tramp (1939) (as by Patrick Gill)
For Her Sister's Sake (1939) (as by M E Cooke)
The Mountain Terror (1939) (as by M E Cooke)
Murder in the Highlands (1939) (as by Peter Manton)
The Mystery of the Centre-Forward (1939) (as by Patrick Gill)
Heir to Murder (1940) (as by Michael Halliday)
The Midget Marvel (1940) (as by Peter Manton)
Murder by the Way (1940) (as by Michael Halliday)
Murder Come Home (1940) (as by Michael Halliday)
The Secret Super-Charger (1940) (as by Patrick Gill)
Triple Murder (1940) (as by Colin Hughes)
The Verrall Street Affair (1940) (as by M E Cooke)
Who Was the Jester? (1940) (as by Gordon Ashe)
     aka The Masked Gunman
By Persons Unknown (1941) (as by Jeremy York)
Who Saw Him Die? (1941) (as by Michael Halliday)
Foul Play Suspected (1942) (as by Michael Halliday)
Who Died at the Grange? (1942) (as by Michael Halliday)
Five to Kill (1943) (as by Michael Halliday)
Mr. Quentin Investigates (1943) (as by Anthony Morton)
Murder at King's Kitchen (1943) (as by Michael Halliday)
Murder Unseen (1943) (as by Jeremy York)
Introducing Mr. Brandon (1944) (as by Anthony Morton)
Murder on Largo Island (1944) (as by Charles Hogarth)
No Alibi (1944) (as by Jeremy York)
No Crime More Cruel (1944) (as by Michael Halliday)
Who Said Murder? (1944) (as by Michael Halliday)
Crime with Many Voices (1945) (as by Michael Halliday)
Yesterday's Murder (1945) (as by Jeremy York)
Murder Makes Murder (1946) (as by Michael Halliday)
Play for Murder (1946) (as by Norman Deane)
The Silent House (1946) (as by Norman Deane)
Keys to Crime (1947) (as by Richard Martin)
Lend a Hand to Murder (1947) (as by Michael Halliday)
First a Murder (1948) (as by Michael Halliday)
Intent to Murder (1948) (as by Norman Deane)
No End to Danger (1948) (as by Michael Halliday)
Policeman's Triumph (1948) (as by Peter Manton)
Vote to Murder (1948) (as by Richard Martin)
Why Murder? (1948) (as by Norman Deane)
The Dying Witnesses (1949) (as by Michael Halliday)
The Man I Didn't Kill (1949) (as by Norman Deane)
Who Killed Rebecca? (1949) (as by Michael Halliday)
Death to My Killer (1950) (as by Jeremy York)
Dine with Murder (1950) (as by Michael Halliday)
Murder Week-End (1950) (as by Michael Halliday)
No Hurry To Kill (1950) (as by Norman Deane)
Sentence of Death (1950) (as by Jeremy York)
Thief in the Night (1950) (as by Peter Manton)
Double for Murder (1951) (as by Norman Deane)
Quarrel with Murder (1951) (as by Michael Halliday)
Golden Death (1952) (as by Norman Deane)
Look at Murder (1952) (as by Norman Deane)
Voyage of Death (1952) (as by Jeremy York)
Murder Ahead (1953) (as by Norman Deane)
No Escape from Murder (1953) (as by Peter Manton)
Safari with Murder (1953) (as by Jeremy York)
Adrian and Jonathan (1954) (as by Richard Martin)
The Charity Killers (1954) (as by Peter Manton)
     aka The Charity Murders
The Crooked Killer (1954) (as by Peter Manton)
Death in the Spanish Sun (1954) (as by Norman Deane)
Death Out of Darkness (1954) (as by Michael Halliday)
Incense to Death (1954) (as by Norman Deane)
Out of the Shadows (1954) (as by Michael Halliday)
Cat and Mouse (1955) (as by Michael Halliday)
     aka Hilda, Take Heed
The Man Who Stayed Alive (1955) (as by Gordon Ashe)
Murder at End House (1955) (as by Michael Halliday)
So Soon to Die (1955) (as by Jeremy York)
No Need to Die (1956) (as by Gordon Ashe)
     aka You've Bet Your Life
Seeds of Murder (1956) (as by Jeremy York)
Sight of Death (1956) (as by Jeremy York)
Death of a Stranger (1957) (as by Michael Halliday)
     aka Come Here and Die
Kill Once, Kill Twice (1957) (as by Kyle Hunt)
Runaway (1957) (as by Michael Halliday)
The Children of Despair (1958)
Kill a Wicked Man (1958) (as by Kyle Hunt)
Missing from Home (1958) (as by Michael Halliday)
     aka Missing
Murder Assured (1958) (as by Michael Halliday)
My Brother's Killer (1958) (as by Jeremy York)
Hide and Kill (1959) (as by Jeremy York)
Kill My Love (1959) (as by Kyle Hunt)
Thicker Than Water (1959) (as by Michael Halliday)
Go Ahead with Murder (1960) (as by Michael Halliday)
     aka Two for the Money
How Many To Kill? (1960) (as by Michael Halliday)
     aka The Girl with the Leopard-Skin Bag
The Mountain of the Blind (1960)
To Kill a Killer (1960) (as by Kyle Hunt)
To Kill or to Die (1960) (as by Jeremy York)
     aka To Kill or Die
The Edge of Terror (1961) (as by Michael Halliday)
The Foothills of Fear (1961)
The Man I Killed (1961) (as by Michael Halliday)
Hate To Kill (1962) (as by Michael Halliday)
The Quiet Fear (1963) (as by Michael Halliday)
Guilt of Innocence (1964) (as by Michael Halliday)
Danger Woman (1966) (as by Abel Mann)
The Masters of Bow Street (1972)
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