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John Creasey MBE was an English crime and science fiction writer who wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty eight different pseudonyms.

He created several characters which are now famous. These include The Toff, Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard, Inspector Roger West, The Baron, and Doctor Stanislaus Alexander Palfrey.

The most popular of these was Gideon of Scotland Yard, who was the basis for the television series ‘Gideon’s Way’ and for the John Ford movie ‘Gideon of Scotland Yard’ (1958), also known by its British title ‘Gideon’s Day’. The Baron character was made into a 1960s TV series starring Steve Forrest as The Baron.

In 1953, John Creasey founded the UK’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA). The CWA New Blood Dagger is awarded in his memory for first books by previously unpublished writers. Sponsored by BBC Audiobooks, it includes a prize of £1000. This award was known previously as the John Creasey Memorial Dagger.

John Creasey died in June 1973.

“Creasey is creating his own kind of Comedie Humane-Policière – and a splendid achievement it is.” – Anthony Boucher, The New York Times

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The Commander George Gideon series (published under the pseudonym “J. J. Marric,” 1955–1976)
Gideon’s Day (1955)
Gideon’s Week (1956)
Gideon’s Night (1957)
Gideon’s Month (1958)
Gideon’s Staff (1959)
Gideon’s Risk (1960)
Gideon’s Fire (1961)
Gideon’s March (1962)
Gideon’s Ride (1963)
Gideon’s Vote (1964)
Gideon’s Lot (1965)
Gideon’s Badge (1966)
Gideon’s Wrath (1967)
Gideon’s River (1968)
Gideon’s Power (1969)
Gideon’s Sport (1970)
Gideon’s Art (1971)
Gideon’s Men (1972)
Gideon’s Press (1973)
Gideon’s Fog (1975)
Gideon’s Drive (1976)
The series was continued after Creasey’s death by William Vivian Butler (“as J.J. Marric”)
Gideon’s Force (1978)
Gideon’s Law (1981)
Gideon’s Way (1983)
Gideon’s Raid (1986)
Gideon’s Fear (1990)

Traitor’s Doom (November 1942)
The Valley of Fear (May 1943)
a.p.a. The Perilous Country
The Legion of the Lost (November 1943)
Dangerous Quest (1944)
Death in the Rising Sun (1945)
The Hounds of Vengeance (1945)
Shadow of Doom (1946)
The House of the Bears (1946)
Dark Harvest (1947)
The Wings of Peace (1948)
The Sons of Satan (1948)
The Dawn of Darkness (1949)
The League of Light (1949)
The Man Who Shook the World(1950)
The Prophet of Fire (1951)
The Children of Hate (1952)
a.p.a. The Killers of Innocence
The Touch of Death (1954)
The Mists of Fear (1955)
The Flood (1956)The Plague of Silence (1958)
The Drought (1959) a.p.a. Dry Spell
The Terror (1962)
The Depths (1963)
The Sleep (1964)
The Inferno (1965)
The Famine (1967)
The Blight (1968)
The Oasis (1969)The Smog (1970)
The Unbegotten (1971)
The Insulators (1972)
The Voiceless Ones (1973)
The Thunder-Maker (1976)
The Whirlwind (1979)
Four additional Z5 stories have been written by the author’s son Richard; in these, the central figure is Thomas Palfrey, the doctor’s grandson: Eternity’s Sunrise (2012); Hard Targets (2013, an omnibus of three shorter adventures – “Wings of Fear,” “Burning Night,” and “Deadly Sleep”).


Inspector West Takes Charge (1942)
Inspector West Leaves Town(1943)
a.k.a. Go Away to Murder (1972)
Inspector West at Home (1944)
Inspector West Regrets (1945)
Holiday for Inspector West (1946)
Battle for Inspector West (1948)
Triumph for Inspector West (1948)
a.k.a. The Case Against Paul Raeburn (1958)
Inspector West Kicks Off (1949)
a.k.a. Sport for inspector West (1971)
Inspector West Alone (1950)
Inspector West Cries Wolf (1950)
a.k.a. The Creepers (1952)
A Case for Inspector West (1951)
a.k.a. The Figure in the Dusk(1952)
Puzzle for Inspector West (1951)
a.k.a. The Dissemblers (1967)
Inspector West at Bay (1952)
a.k.a. The Blind Spot (1954),
a.k.a. The Case of the Acid Throwers (1960)
A Gun for Inspector West (1953)
a.k.a. Give a Man a Gun (1954)
Send Inspector West (1953)
A Beauty for Inspector West (1954)
a.k.a. The Beauty Queen Killer (1956),
a.k.a. So Young, So Cold, So Fair(1958)
Inspector West Makes Haste(1955)
a.k.a. Murder Makes Haste (1955),
a.k.a. The Gelignite Gang (1956),
a.k.a. Night of the Watchman(1966)
Two for Inspector West (1955)
a.k.a. Murder: One, Two, Three(1960),
Murder Tips the Scales (1962)
Parcels for Inspector West (1956)
a.k.a. Death of an Assassin (1960)
Accident for Inspector West (1957)
a.k.a. Hit and Run (1959)Find Inspector West (1957)
a.k.a. The Trouble at Saxby’s(1959),
a.k.a. Doorway to Death (1961)Murder, London – New York (1958)
Strike for Death (1958)
a.k.a. The Killing Strike (1961)
Death of a Racehorse (1959)
The Case of the Innocent Victims(1959)
Murder on the Line (1960)
Death in Cold Print (1961)
The Scene of the Crime (1961)
Policeman’s Dread (1962)
Hang the Little Man (1963)
Look Three Ways at Murder (1964)
Murder, London – Australia (1965)
Murder, London – South Africa(1966)
The Executioners (1967)
So Young to Burn (1968)
Murder, London – Miami (1969)
A Part for a Policeman (1970)
Alibi (1971) a.k.a. Alibi for Inspector West(1973)
A Splinter of Glass (1972)
The Theft of Magna Carta (1973)
The Extortioners (1974)
A Sharp Rise in Crime (1978)

Introducing the Toff (1938)
The Toff Goes On (1939)
The Toff Steps Out (1939)
Here Comes the Toff (1940)
The Toff Breaks In (1940)
Salute the Toff (1941)
The Toff Proceeds (1941)
The Toff Goes to Market (1942)
The Toff Is Back (1942)
The Toff Among Millions (1943)
Accuse the Toff (1943)
The Toff and the Curate (1944)
a.k.a. The Toff and the Deadly Parson
The Toff and the Great Illusion(1944)
Feathers for the Toff (1945)
The Cinema Crimes (1945)
The Toff and the Lady (1946)
The Toff on Ice (1946)
a.k.a. Poison for The Toff
Hammer the Toff (1947)
The Toff in Town (1947)
The Toff Takes Shares (1948)
The Toff and Old Harry (1949)
The Toff on Board (1949)
Fool the Toff (1950)
Kill the Toff (1950)
A Knife for the Toff (1951)
The Toff Goes Gay (1951)
a.k.a. A Mask for the Toff
Hunt the Toff (1952)
Call the Toff (1953)
The Toff Down Under (1953)
a.k.a. Break the Toff
Murder Out of the Past (1953)
The Toff at Butlin’s (1954)
The Toff at the Fair (1954)
a.k.a. Last Laugh For The Toff
A Six for the Toff (1955)
a.k.a. A Score for the Toff
The Toff and the Deep Blue Sea(1955)
Make-Up for the Toff (1956)
a.k.a. Kiss the Toff
The Toff in New York (1956)
Model for the Toff (1957)
The Toff on Fire (1957)
The Toff and the Stolen Tresses(1958)
The Toff on the Farm (1958)
a.k.a. Terror for the Toff
Double for the Toff (1959)
The Toff and the Runaway Bride(1959)
A Rocket for the Toff (1960)
The Toff and the Kidnapped Child (1960)
a.k.a. The Kidnapped ChildFollow the Toff (1961)
The Toff and the Teds (1961)
a.k.a. The Toff and the Toughs
A Doll for the Toff (1959)
Leave It to the Toff (1962)
The Toff and the Spider (1965)
The Toff in Wax (1966)
A Bundle for the Toff (1967)
Stars for the Toff (1968)
The Toff and the Golden Boy(1969)
The Toff and the Fallen Angels(1970)
Vote for the Toff (1971)
The Toff and the Trip-Trip-Triplets(1972)
The Toff and the Terrified Taxman(1973)
The Toff and the Sleepy Cowboy(1974)
The Toff and the Crooked Copper(1977)
The Toff and the Dead Man’s Finger (1978; written by William Vivian Butler)

The Case of the Murdered Financier (1937)
The Great Air Swindle (1939)
The Man from Fleet Street (1940)
The Case of the Mad Inventor (1942)
Private Carter’s Crime (1943)

Seven Times Seven (1932)
Men, Maids and Murder (1933)
The Men Who Died Laughing(1935)
Yesterday’s Murder (1945)
The Mountain of the Blind (1960)
The Foothills of Fear (1961)
The Masters of Bow Street (1972)
He also wrote a series of 10 novels in the 1930s about a hardboiled FBI agent named Lemmy Caution, and it was the success of these which allowed him to retire from the police force and become a full time writer. The French singer/actor Eddie Constantine who played the part in 10 films, was identified with Lemmy Caution to such a degree,that many film goers were not sure not which was his real name.
Standalone novels (written under the pseudonym “Peter Manton,” 1937–1954)
The Greyvale School Mystery(1937)
Murder Manor (1937)
Stand By for Danger (1937)
Circle of Justice (1938)
Three Days’ Terror (1938)
The Crime Syndicate (1939)
Death Looks On (1039)
Murder in the Highlands (1939)
The Midget Marvel (1940)
Policeman’s Triumph (1948)
Thief in the Night (1950)
No Escape from Murder (1953)
The Charity Killers (1954)
The Crooked Killer (1954)
Standalone novels (as “Gordon Ashe,” 1940–1957)
Who Was the Jester? (1940)
No Need to Die (1955)
The Man Who Stayed Alive (1955)
You’re Bet Your Life (1957)
Standalones as “Jeremy York,” 1941–1960
By Persons Unknown (1941)
Murder Unseen (1943)
Murder in the Family (1944)
No Alibi (1944)
Yesterday’s Murder (1945)
Wilful Murder (1946)
Close the Door on Murder (1948)
The Gallows are Waiting (1949)
Death to My Killer (1950)
Sentence of Death (1950)
Voyage of Death (1952)
a.p.a. Voyage with MurderSafari with Murder (1953)
a.p.a. Safari with Fear
So Soon to Die (1955)
Seeds of Murder (1956)
Sight of Death (1956)
My Brother’s Killer (1958)
Hide and Kill (1959)
To Kill or to Die (1960)
a.p.a. To Kill or Die

The Baron series (under the pseudonym “Anthony Morton,” 1937–1979)
Meet the Baron (1937)
(U.S. title The Man in the Blue Mask)
The Baron Returns (1937)
(U.S. title The Return of Blue Mask)
The Baron Again (1938)
(U.S. title Salute Blue Mask)
The Baron at Bay (1938)
(U.S. title Blue Mask at Bay)
Alias the Baron (1939)
(U.S. title Alias Blue Mask)
The Baron at Large (1939)
(U.S. title Challenge Blue Mask)
Versus the Baron (1940)
(U.S. title Blue Mask Strikes Again)
Call for the Baron (1940)
(U.S. title Blue Mask Victorious)
The Baron Comes Back (1943)
A Case for the Baron (1945)
Reward for the Baron (1945)
Career for the Baron (1946)
The Baron and the Beggar (1947)
Blame the Baron (1948)
A Rope for the Baron (1949)
Books for the Baron (1949)
Cry for the Baron (1950)
Trap the Baron (1950)
Attack the Baron (1951)
Shadow the Baron (1951)
Warn the Baron (1952)
The Baron Goes East (1953)
The Baron in France (1953)
Danger for the Baron (1953)
The Baron Goes Fast (1954)
Nest-Egg for the Baron (1954)
(U.S. title Deaf, Dumb and Blonde)
Help from the Baron (1955)
Hide the Baron (1956)
Frame the Baron (1957)
(U.S. title The Double Frame)
Red Eye for the Baron (1958)
(U.S. title Blood Red)
Black for the Baron (1959)
(U.S. title If Anything Happens to Hester)
Salute for the Baron (1960)
A Branch for the Baron (1961)
(U.S. title The Baron Branches Out)
Bad for the Baron (1962)
(U.S. title The Baron and the Stolen Legacy)
A Sword for the Baron (1963)
(U.S. title The Baron and the Mogul Swords)
The Baron on Board (1964)
The Baron and the Chinese Puzzle (1965)
Sport for the Baron (1966)
Affair for the Baron (1967)
The Baron and the Missing Old Masters (1968)
The Baron and the Unfinished Portrait (1969)
Last Laugh for the Baron (1970)
The Baron Goes A-Buying (1971)
The Baron and the Arrogant Artist (1972)
Burgle the Baron (1973)
The Baron, King-Maker (1975)
Love for the Baron (1979)
Secret Errand (1939)

The Bruce Murdoch Series (under the pseudonym “Norman Deane,” 1939–1942)
Dangerous Journey(1939)
Unknown Mission(1940)
The Withered Man(1940)
I Am the Withered Man(1941)
Where is the Withered Man(1942)

The Liberator series (as “Norman Deane,” 1943–1945)
Return to Adventure(1943)
Gateway to Escape(1944)
Come Home to Crime(1945)

The Mark Kilby series (under the pseudonym “Robert Caine Frazer,” 1959–1964)
Mark Kilby Solves a Murder(1959) a.p.a. I.S.C. (1962), a.p.a. The Timid Tycoon (1966)
Mark Kilby and the Secret Syndicate (1960)
Mark Kilby and the Miami Mob (1960)
Mark Kilby Stands Alone(1962)
Mark Kilby Takes a Risk (1962)
The Hollywood Hoax (1964)

The Superintendent Folly series (under the pseudonym “Jeremy York,” 1942–1948)
In the asterisked titles, Folly was added for the revised editions of novels originally written as standalones.
Foul Play Suspected (1942)*
Crime With Many Voices (1945)*
No Crime More Cruel (1945)*
Find the Body (1945)
Murder Came Late (1946)
Mystery Motive (1947) *
Run Away to Murder (1947)
First a Murder (1947)
Close the Door on Murder (1948)
Let’s Kill Uncle Lionel (1948)
The Gallows are Waiting (1948)

Written under the pseudonym “Michael Halliday” for UK publication (1952–1955), but published under the pseudonym “Jeremy York” in the US (all in 1972).
Take a Body (1952)
Murder in the Stars (1953)
Man on the Run (1953)
Lame Dog Murder (1955)

Written under the pseudonym “Michael Halliday” for UK publication (1965–1975), but published under the pseudonym “Jeremy York” for US.
Cunning as a Fox (1965)
Wicked as the Devil (1966)
Shy as a Serpent (1967)
Cruel as a Cat (1968)
Too Good to Be True (1969)
A Period of Evil (1970 in UK, 1971 in US)
As Lonely as the Damned (1971 in UK, 1972 in US)
As Empty as Hate (1972)
As Merry as Hell (1972 in UK, 1973 in US)
This Man Did I Kill? (1974)
The Man Who Was Not Himself(1975)

(written under the pseudonym “Gordon Ashe,” 1939–1975)
The Speaker (1939)
Death on Demand (1939)
Terror by Day (1940)
Secret Murder (1940)
‘Ware Danger (1941)
Murder Most Foul (1941)
There Goes Death (1942)
Death in High Places (1942)
Death in Flames (1943)
Two Men Missing (1943)
Rogues Rampant (1944)
Death on the Move (1945)
Invitation to Adventure (1946)
Here is Danger (1946)
Give Me Murder (1947)
Murder Too Late (1947)
Engagement with Death (1948)
Dark Mystery (1948)
A Puzzle in Pearls (1949)
Kill or Be Killed (1949)
Murder with Mushrooms (1950)
The Dark Circle (1951)
Death in Diamonds (1951)
Missing or Dead (1951)
Death in a Hurry (1952)
Sleepy Death (1953)
The Long Search (1953) (U.S. title Drop Dead, 1954)
Death in the Trees (1954)
Double for Death (1954)
The Kidnapped Child (1955) (a.p.a.The Snatch)
Day of Fear (1956)
Wait for Death (1957)
Come Home to Death (1958) (U.S. title The Pack of Lies, 1959)
Elope to Death (1959)
Don’t Let Him Kill (1960) (U.S. title The Man Who Laughed at Murder, 1960)
The Crime Haters (1961)
Rogues’ Ransom (1962)
Death from Below (1963)
The Big Call (1964)
A Promise of Diamonds (1964)
A Taste of Treasure (1966)
A Clutch of Coppers (1967)
A Shadow of Death (1968)
A Scream Of Murder (1969)
A Nest of Traitors (1970)
A Rabble of Rebels (1971)
Life for a Death (1972)
A Herald of Doom (1973)
A Blast of Trumpets (1974)
A Plague of Demons (1975)

One-Shot Marriott and Roaring Guns were written under the pseudonym “Ken Ranger”; the rest were written under the pseudonyms “Tex Riley” (asterisked below) or “William K. Riley” (indicated below by # sign after date of publication).
Gun-Smoke Range (1938) *
One-Shot Marriott (1938)
Two-Gun Girl (1938) *
Roaring Guns (1939)
Gunshot Mesa (1939) *
Range War (1939) #
Two Gun Texan (1939) #
Gun Feud (1940) #
Masked Riders (1940) *
Rustler’s Range (1940) *
The Shootin’ Sheriff (1940) *
Stolen Range (1940) #
Outlaw’s Vengeance (1941) #
War on the Lazy-K (1941) #
Death Canyon (1941) *
Guns on the Range (1942) *
Guns over Blue Lake (1942) #
Riders of Dry Gulch (1943) #
Range Justice (1943) *
Long John Rides the Range (1944) #
Outlaw Hollow (1944) *
Miracle Range (1945) #
Hidden Range (1946) *
The Secrets of the Range (1946) #
Forgotten Range (1947) *
Trigger Justice (1948) *
Bullet Justice (1949) *
Lynch Hollow (1949) *
Outlaw Guns (1949) #
Range Vengeance (1953) #

Those indicated by “1” after the publication date were written under the pseudonym “Margaret Cooke”;
those indicated by “2” after the publication date were written under the pseudonym “Elise Fecamps”;
those indicated by “3” after the publication date were written under the pseudonym “Henry St John Cooper”.
For Love’s Sake (1934) 1
Lover of Hate (1936) 2
False Love or True (1937) 1
Troubled Journey (1937) 1
Love’s Triumph (1937) 2
True Love (1937) 2
Chains of Love (1937) 3
Love’s Pilgrimage (1937) 3
A Mannequin’s Romance (1938)1
Fate’s Playthings (1938) 1
Love Calls Twice (1938) 1
The Road to Happiness (1938) 1
Web of Destiny (1938) 1
Whose Lover? (1938) 1
The Greater Desire (1938) 3
The Tangled Legacy (1938) 3
The Turn of Fate (1939) 1
Crossroads of Love (1939) 1
Love Comes Back (1939) 1
Love Triumphant (1939) 1
Love’s Ordeal (1939) 3
Love’s Journey (1940) 1
The Lost Lover (1940) 3

Titles from John Creasey