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, … Continue reading The Case of the Fighting Soldier (Bush)

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

By Christopher BushFirst 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 … 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 ★★ This is the one in which Travers' wife, Bernice, is introduced. Otherwise, unfortunately, it's rather the mixture as before. The situation is good; after all, who can resist a murdered maharajah in a London hotel?  But it puts one in mind at … 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 ★★ It's not ropy, but it's far from silken smooth.  The situation is Carrian: dead woman in one room, her drugged newlywed husband in the next, an unconsummated marriage, a noose, skulduggery with glasses, and someone pretending to be a ghost.  … 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 ★★ Christopher Bush wrote four military mysteries, in which Ludovic Travers, in uniform, investigates a Murdered Major, a Kidnapped Colonel, a Fighting Soldier, and a Corporal's Leave.  These were strictly for Home Front consumption; they were well received in Britain, but never published in the US. (John … Continue reading The Case of the Kidnapped Colonel (Christopher Bush)