Christopher Bush

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Born: 25 December 1885, Great Hockham, UK

Died: 21 September 1973, Bury St. Edmunds


Overview

Dean Street Press is releasing all Bush’s detective stories, with introductions by mystery scholar Curtis Evans.

 

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Christopher Bush was to the unbreakable alibi what John Dickson Carr was to the impossible crime.

Ludovic Travers, his lanky, bespectacled economist turned private eye, has a knack for busting alibis.  While unbreakable alibis were the speciality of Freeman Wills Crofts, Bush is a livelier, more imaginative writer.  Many of his plots are gloriously Baroque, and he has a sense of the detective story as a game alien to Crofts.  Bush will challenge the reader to solve the mystery, or give the reader a cryptic clue and dare him to make sense of it.

Bush’s post-WWII novels take a different tack.  They’re genteelly hard-boiled novels narrated by Travers himself, now running a private detective agency.  He ties together seemingly unrelated cases, and brushes up against the underworld.

 

Bush’s best books include:

  • Dead Man Twice (1930)
  • Cut Throat (1932)
  • The Case of the April Fools (1933)
  • The Case of the Missing Minutes (1937)

Works

Ludovic Travers in all.

  1. The Plumley Inheritance (1926)
  2. The Perfect Murder Case (1929)
  3. Dead Man Twice (1930)
  4. Murder at Fenwold (1930; published in the US as The Death of Cosmo Revere)
  5. Dancing Death (1931)
  6. Dead Man’s Music (1931)
  7. Cut Throat (1932)
  8. The Case of the Unfortunate Village (1932)
  9. The Case of the April Fools (1933)
  10. The Case of the Three Strange Faces (1933; published in the US as The Crank in the Corner)
  11. The Case of the 100% Alibis (1934; published in the US as The Kitchen Cake Murder)
  12. The Case of the Dead Shepherd (1934; published in the US as The Tea-tray Murders)
  13. The Case of the Chinese Gong (1935)
  14. The Case of the Monday Murders (1936; published in the US as Murder on Monday)
  15. The Case of the Bonfire Body (1936; published in the US as The Body in the Bonfire)
  16. The Case of the Missing Minutes (1937; published in the US as Eight O’clock Alibi)
  17. The Case of the Hanging Rope (1937; published in the US as The Wedding Night Murder)
  18. The Case of the Tudor Queen (1938)
  19. The Case of the Leaning Man (1938; published in the US as The Leaning Man)
  20. The Case of the Green Felt Hat (1939)
  21. The Case of the Flying Ass (1939)
  22. The Case of the Climbing Rat (1940)
  23. The Case of the Murdered Major (1941)
  24. The Case of the Kidnapped Colonel (1942)
  25. The Case of the Fighting Soldier (1942)
  26. The Case of the Magic Mirror (1943)
  27. The Case of the Running Mouse (1944)
  28. The Case of the Platinum Blonde (1944)
  29. The Case of the Corporal’s Leave (1945)
  30. The Case of the Missing Men (1946)
  31. The Case of the Second Chance (1946)
  32. The Case of the Curious Client (1947)
  33. The Case of the Haven Hotel (1948)
  34. The Case of the Housekeeper’s Hair (1948)
  35. The Case of the Seven Bells (1949)
  36. The Case of the Purloined Picture (1949)
  37. The Case of the Happy Warrior (1950; published in the US as The Case of the Frightened Mannequin)
  38. The Case of the Corner Cottage (1951)
  39. The Case of the Fourth Detective (1951)
  40. The Case of the Happy Medium (1952)
  41. The Case of the Counterfeit Colonel (1952)
  42. The Case of the Burnt Bohemian (1953)
  43. The Case of the Silken Petticoat (1953)
  44. The Case of the Red Brunette (1954)
  45. The Case of the Three Lost Letters (1954)
  46. The Case of the Benevolent Bookie (1955)
  47. The Case of the Amateur Actor (1955)
  48. The Case of the Extra Man (1956)
  49. The Case of the Flowery Corpse (1956)
  50. The Case of the Russian Cross (1957)
  51. The Case of the Treble Twist (1958; published in the US as The Case of the Triple Twist)
  52. The Case of the Running Man (1958)
  53. The Case of the Careless Thief (1959)
  54. The Case of the Sapphire Brooch (1960)
  55. The Case of the Extra Grave (1961)
  56. The Case of the Dead Man Gone (1961)
  57. The Case of the Three-Ring Puzzle (1962)
  58. The Case of the Heavenly Twin (1963)
  59. The Case of the Grand Alliance (1964)
  60. The Case of the Jumbo Sandwich (1965)
  61. The Case of the Good Employer (1966)
  62. The Case of the Deadly Diamonds (1967)
  63. The Case of the Prodigal Daughter (1968)