The Caseo of the good employer Author:Christopher Bush Ludovic Travers of the Broad Street Detective Agency finds himself involved in a web of double identity, double nationality, and double purposes as he works out the solution to an age-old theft and a brand new murder. — The story begins when Travers, visiting an auction of Impressionists paintings at Sotheby's strikes up an acquaintanceship with ... more »Leonard Woode, an elderly gentleman on one of his rare outings. When Woode is suddenly taken ill, Travers escorts him home to his London mansion. Woode later asks him, without giving his reasons, to trace the whereabouts of a French family named Coulard.
Travers swiftly accomplished his mission in France and reports his findings to Woode, who promises him a future assignment, for which he advances an additional 200 pounds as a retainer. But Traves is not to find out until the very end of the story what that assignment was to be. Woode suddenly dies, ahd his house is burned to the ground. It becomes a matter for the police, for not only arson is involved but also a charred corpse, a missing Monet, and badly copied Monet. To say nothing of a great many people who may or may not be who they say they are.
Travers soon finds himself popping back and forth between England and France teaming up, as he has so many times before, with his old friend Inspector Jewle of the Yard.
This is grade-A Chritopher Bush, with a fresh, inventive plot, and one of the most intriguing cases Ludovic Travers, has ever been called on to solve.
This was Bush's 32nd mystery. He was 81 at that time and wrote like a young author with a fresh new mystery every time. He is now deceased. I loved this book, but it is time for it to move on. I hope someone out there collects Bush mysteries and will love this book, not only for a good story, but because it is a collector's special.« less