- By Christopher Bush
- First published: UK: Macdonald, 1962; US: Macmillan, 1963
Labelled “a Ludovic Travers Mystery Novel”, this has no mystery, no puzzle plot, and no real reason to exist.
Travers ties together three seemingly unrelated cases. Prelude: A photographer thinks his aunt is being swindled. Five years later, an American impostor hires Travers to find one Harry Wale, and a French club-owner wants Ludo to stop his blackmailer.
“A three-ring puzzle, in fact, and as ingeniously intriguing a one as that old master of the genuine detective story, Christopher Bush, has ever challenged his readers to solve,” promises the blurb.
The first victim dies on page 158; two more follow a page later – and the murderer is already “handcuffed and looking stolidly down at the floor”. All over bar the shouting, really.
Blurb (1962 Macdonald)
Ludovic Travers remembered Brian Jedmont as a photographer whose ambition outran his sense of ethics. The Broad Street Detective Agency had stopped using his services in unfortunate circumstances, and Travers was accordingly surprised when one day Jedmont turned up at the office anxious to become a client on his own account. Specifically, he wanted Travers to investigate an American who was busily beguiling Jedmont’s aunt into the purchase of some questionable oil shares. Was it the old story of the con-man and the gullible wealthy widow? Travers agreed to try to find the answer, but in doing so he became involved in matters of blackmail and murder as well. A three-ring puzzle, in fact, and as ingeniously intriguing a one as that old master of the genuine detective story, Christopher Bush, has ever challenged his readers to solve.