The Case of the Flying Donkey: A Ludovic Travers Mystery

The Case of the Flying Donkey: A Ludovic Travers Mystery

by Christopher Bush


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As Travers’s finger touched the dead hand, he felt the warmth, and wondered if the man were still alive. Then he saw the knife that stuck sideways in the ribs.

It was three years after Ludovic Travers had acquired a painting by the famous contemporary French artist, Henri Larne, that a mysterious art dealer named Braque turned up, showed great interest in the picture, and invited Travers to visit him in Paris. But all Travers saw of Braque in Paris was his dead body: a knife–almost warm from the murderer’s hand—was stuck in his ribs.

Travers and his old friend Inspector Gallois soon found some very pertinent questions to answer. What was Braque’s “gold mine”? Why had he been so interested in paintings by Larne? What were his relations with Pierre Larne, and with Elise, the model? But not until Travers suddenly realised the significance of the flying donkey was the murderer’s astonishing identity revealed.

The Case of the Flying Donkey was originally published in 1939. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912574070
Publisher: Dean Street Press
Publication date: 07/02/2018
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 1,213,555
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Christopher Bush was born Charlie Christmas Bush in Norfolk in 1885. His father was a farm labourer and his mother a milliner. In the early years of his childhood he lived with his aunt and uncle in London before returning to Norfolk aged seven, later winning a scholarship to Thetford Grammar School.
As an adult, Bush worked as a schoolmaster for 27 years, pausing only to fight in World War One, until retiring aged 46 in 1931 to be a full-time novelist. His first novel featuring the eccentric Ludovic Travers was published in 1926, and was followed by 62 additional Travers mysteries. These are all to be republished by Dean Street Press.
Christopher Bush fought again in World War Two, and was elected a member of the prestigious Detection Club. He died in 1973.

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