Manning Coles was the author of the Tommy Hambledon series of books. The name of Manning Coles is actually a pen name for two British authors, Adelaide Oke Manning and Cyril Coles. The two would write 26 books with Thomas Hambledon as the protagonist.

Coles and Manning met after living close to each other in East Meon. They both worked during World War I as Manning was employed at the war office and Coles worked for British intelligence. This lead to their early books being very grimy and realistic. After the war, their books calmed down a bit and featured a more lighthearted tone. Many of the original adventures of Hambledon were based on experience that Coles had during his time in World War I, including his time spent behind enemy lines.

Publication Order of Tommy Hambledon Books

Drink to Yesterday (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pray Silence / A Toast to Tomorrow (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
They Tell No Tales (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Without Lawful Authority (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Green Hazard (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fifth Man (1946)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Let the Tiger Die (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
With Intent to Deceive / A Brother for Hugh (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Among Those Absent (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Diamonds to Amsterdam (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not Negotiable (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dangerous by Nature (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Now or Never (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Alias Uncle Hugo /.Operation Manhunt (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night Train to Paris (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Knife for the Juggler /The Vengeance Man (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All that Glitters / Not For Export / The Mystery of the Stolen Plans (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man in the Green Hat (1955)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Basle Express (1956)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Beans / Birdwatcher's Quarry (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Of An Ambassador (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Entry (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime in Concrete / Concrete Crime (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Search for a Sultan (1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House at Pluck's Gutter (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Charles and James Latimer Books

Brief Candles (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Happy Returns (1955)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Come and Go (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Far Traveller (1956)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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A Toast to Tomorrow takes place in the mid-1930s as the Nazis are running wild. There is dissension in the Nazi party as the Minister of Propaganda is allowing Jews to slip out of Germany in return for eighty percent of their assets. However, the chief of the German police is not going to let him get away with it. On the British side, they are reeling as they have been getting messages sent from inside Germany in a code that hasn’t been used since World War I.

They Tell No Tales sees the British Admiralty ask British Intelligence for help in nailing down saboteurs and they send Tommy Hambledon. He is sent to the Portsmouth naval base with instructions to meet a dockyard workman who has a story to tell. Before the workman can talk, he is shot dead. Now, Tommy will need to work hard to put a name and face to the killer.

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