The Case of the Fighting Soldier (Bush)

By Christopher Bush First published: Cassell, 1942 The third of Bush’s wartime detective stories, following TCOT Murdered Major (1941) and Kidnapped Colonel (1942). This one is set in a Home Guard training school. The ‘Fighting Soldier’ is Captain Mortar, a swaggering Pistol of a man, broad shouldered and bull necked. Although Travers likes him, the … Continue reading The Case of the Fighting Soldier (Bush)

The Case of the Three-Ring Puzzle (Christopher Bush)

By Christopher Bush, 1962 Macdonald 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 … Continue reading The Case of the Three-Ring Puzzle (Christopher Bush)

The Case of the Leaning Man (Christopher Bush)

By Christopher Bush First published: UK, Cassell, 1938; US, Holt, 1938, as The Leaning Man Blurb (UK) This “Case” of Ludovic Travers and Superintendent Wharton is packed full of sleuthing excitement, during which three men die and the careers of four people are ruined before the round-up is accomplished. The leaning man was the king-pin of the … Continue reading The Case of the Leaning Man (Christopher Bush)

The Case of the Hanging Rope (Christopher Bush)

By Christopher Bush First published: UK, Cassell, 1937; US, Holt, 1937, as The Wedding Night Murder Blurb Who murdered the beautiful Sonia Vorge in her bridal bed?  Why was that sinisterly looped rope hanging from the oak-beam?  And what had the Ghost of Montage Court to do with it all? These are the problems confronting Ludovic Travers … Continue reading The Case of the Hanging Rope (Christopher Bush)

The Case of the Kidnapped Colonel (Christopher Bush)

By Christopher Bush First published: UK, Cassell, 1942 Blurb (UK) Once again we meet our old friend Ludovic Travers.  He is in charge of Camp 55 and nearby is living the rather mysterious Colonel Brende – mysterious because he is in possession of certain facts relating to aerial defence. Travers’s suspicions that all is not … Continue reading The Case of the Kidnapped Colonel (Christopher Bush)

The Case of the Unfortunate Village (Christopher Bush)

By Christopher Bush First published: UK, Cassell, 1933 Blurb Was the village possessed of a devil?  Death, destruction, demoralization was its destiny till Travers, by progressive deduction and detection, discovered the awful truth. My review I first read this in 2004.  Back then, TCOT Unfortunate Village was one of Bush's rarest.  It had never been … Continue reading The Case of the Unfortunate Village (Christopher Bush)