Raffles: Caught Out follows on from the events of Raffles: A Perfect Wicket. Harry “Bunny” Manders returns to London to find a message in his apartment from Raffles, summoning him to the Albany. Their mutual friend “Ranji”, the great batsman of the age, has been compromised by a beautiful and mysterious widow, Iris Adams. Their task is to retrieve a ruby ring in her possession – and if diplomacy fails Raffles vows to use his skills as a cracksman. Yet has he met his match in the captivating Iris Adams who, like Raffles, possesses a secret? Will our hero finally be caught out?
Raffles: Stumped takes place before Raffles: The Gentleman Thief. Although Harry “Bunny” Manders has worked a few jobs with Raffles he still finds himself in debt. Bunny must pay off a loan to an unscrupulous moneylender, Alexander “Shylock” Cardinal, or else lose all of his assets, or worse his life. Bunny puts his faith in his best friend to save the day but can even Raffles pull off a job at such short notice – and raise such a large sum of money?
Richard Foreman’s Raffles Series has been widely praised:
‘A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!’ David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries.
Praise for Raffles: Bowled Over:
‘This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the rest of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality. I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry – here a friend of Raffles – naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you’re witnessing history first hand.’ Dawn – The Baker Street Babes.
Richard Foreman is a literary consultant and publicist. He cut his teeth in the book trade as a bookseller, before founding Chalke Authors.