Ludovic Travers

Created by Christopher Bush
Pseudonyms include Noel Barclay and Michael Home.
(1885-1973)

LUDOVIC TRAVERS, a tall, skinny, bespectacled and introspective economist and amateur sleuth eventually turns pro when he becomes the owner of the Broad Street Detective Agency of London.

This seemingly endless series by British novelist Christopher Bush evolved right along with Travers, moving away from the elaborate puzzle plots (Travers' speciality was breaking "unbreakable" alibis) and tropes of the "classic" British detective fiction (there was even a Scotland Yard detective, Superintendent Wharton, hanging around during this era, serving as Travers' chief rival and sometime-ally) and towards a style leaning more towards the American "hard-boiled" school, his cases taking on a decidedly more random and violent nature, with Travers even occasionally encountering organized crime.

But don't be fooled -- while the cases may lean towards "hard-boiled" they don't lean far enough. It would be kind to say the series hasn't aged well, but even in its prime the reviews were sorta meh. Kirkus called The Case of the Corner Cottage "slowpoke but solid," while The Saturday Review suggests the "story moves amiably without exceeding speed limit."

Still, someone must have liked them -- there were over sixty-one books in the series, all published under the author's own name. He also wrote a small numbers of crime and thriller novels as by Noel Barclay and Michael Home.

NOVELS

  • The Plumley Inheritance (1926)
  • The Perfect Murder Case (1929)
  • Murder at Fenwold (1930; aka "The Death of Cosmo Revere")
  • Dead Man Twice (1930)
  • Dancing Death (1931)
  • Dead Man's Music (1931)
  • Cut Throat (1932)
  • The Case of the Unfortunate Village (1932)
  • The Case of the Three Strange Faces (1933; aka "The Crank in the Corne")
  • The Case of the April Fools (1933)
  • The Case of the Dead Shepherd (1934; aka "The Tea Tray Murders")
  • The Case of the 100% Alibis (1934; aka "The Kitchen Cake Murder (1934)
  • The Case of the Chinese Gong (1935)
  • The Case of the Bonfire Body (1936; aka "The Body in the Bonfire")
  • The Case of the Monday Murders (1936; aka "Murder on Monday")
  • The Case of the Hanging Rope (1937; aka "The Wedding Night Murder")
  • The Case of the Missing Minutes (1937; aka "Eight O'Clock Alibi")
  • The Case of the Tudor Queen (1938)
  • The Case of the Leaning Man (1938; aka "The Leaning Man")
  • The Case of the Green Felt Hat (1939)
  • The Case of the Flying Ass (1939)
  • The Case of the Climbing Rat (1940)
  • The Case of the Murdered Major (1941)
  • The Case of the Fighting Soldier (1942)
  • The Case of the Kidnapped Colonel (1942)
  • The Case of the Magic Mirror (1943)
  • The Case of the Running Mouse (1944)
  • The Case of the Platinum Blonde (1944)
  • The Case of the Corporal's Leave (1945)
  • The Case of the Missing Men (1946)
  • The Case of the Curious Client (1947)
  • The Case of the Haven Hotel (1948)
  • The Case of the Housekeeper's Hair (1948)
  • The Case of the Seven Bells (1949)
  • The Case of the Purloined Picture (1949)
  • The Case of the Happy Warrior (1950; aka "The Case of the Frightened Mannequin")
  • The Case of the Fourth Detective (1951)
  • The Case of the Corner Cottage (1951)
  • The Case of the Happy Medium (1952)
  • The Case of the Counterfeit Colonel (1952)
  • The Case of the Burnt Bohemian (1953)
  • The Case of the Silken Petticoat (1953)
  • The Case of the Three Lost Letters (1954)
  • The Case of the Red Brunette (1954)
  • The Case of the Amateur Actor (1955)
  • The Case of the Benevolent Bookie (1955)
  • The Case of the Extra Man (1956)
  • The Case of the Flowery Corpse (1956)
  • The Case of the Russian Cross (1957)
  • The Case of the Treble Twist (1958; aka "The Case of the Triple Twist")
  • The Case of the Running Man (1958)
  • The Case of the Careless Thief (1959)
  • The Case of the Sapphire Brooch (1960)
  • The Case of the Extra Grave (1961)
  • The Case of the Dead Man Gone (1961)
  • The Case of the Three-Ring Puzzle (1962)
  • The Case of the Heavenly Twin (1963)
  • The Case of the Grand Alliance (1964)
  • The Case of the Jumbo Sandwich (1965)
  • The Case of the Good Employer (1966)
  • The Case of the Deadly Diamonds (1967)

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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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