BIGGLES AND THE NOBLE LORD
First Published in August 1969 - 152 pages
Biggles is on the trail of a master-criminal behind a number of cleverly planned crimes. A plan is hatched to encourage a robbery with Ginger posing as a rich Indian princess and with Bertie as "her" chauffeur. Publicity is given to the fact that the princess is staying at the Savoy Hotel and will be travelling with her case of jewels. After an initial attempt to bribe Bertie, the anticipated robbery actually takes place and the thieves get away in a helicopter. Meanwhile, Algy has been investigating who collects antique French porcelain at the auction houses, as there is reason to believe that the man they are looking for has a taste for such items. Lord Malboise buys some porcelain similar to some previously stolen and Algy goes to Brindon Hall where Lord Malboise lives to make some enquiries and sees a helicopter arrive. Putting these clues together, Biggles, pays a visit to Brindon Hall and faking engine trouble lands. Here he meets Lord Malboise and his brother Clarence and sees a building that he suspects is a hanger for their aircraft. Checking in Who's Who, Algy finds out that Clarence is an experienced pilot and ex-SAS. Biggles and Ginger return to Brindon Hall at night to investigate the mysterious hanger and the helicopter returns while they are there. Taking Algy with him, Biggles calls on Lord Malboise for a sherry, having previously been invited to do so. Here, Biggles sees a strange whitewashed wall with a brick missing. Following another robbery, Ginger and Bertie fly to investigate and see the helicopter. They follow it all the way to France where it lands near a Chateau. Landing their Auster aircraft in a field, Bertie and Ginger find that it has been wired and their plane is disabled. Captured, they are both imprisoned high up in the Chateau de Malboise. Marcel Brissac of the French police is informed of the crash and passes the details to Biggles who realises that Bertie and Ginger must be prisoners in the Chateau so he goes to France to find them. In the Chateau, Ginger and Bertie make paper planes with SOS messages on and send them out of the window. This is the picture on the dust cover of the book. With the help of a local Gendarme called Antoine Charlot, Biggles and Algy enter the Chateau by way of an old secret passage and free Bertie and Ginger. However, they are trapped in the tower when the villains light a fire in order to smoke them out. They are only saved by the timely arrival of Marcel. Lord Malboise and his brother Clarence escape in the helicopter and get clean away, but hordes of stolen gold are found back in England camouflaged as whitewashed bricks in the suspicious wall.
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Biggles and the Noble Lord
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