The Case of the Corner Cottage(1951)
(Book 36 in the Ludovic Travers series)
A novel by Christopher Bush
Ludovic Travers runs his own detective agency, and vows to solve the murder off his own bat when one of his operatives is murdered - à la The Maltese Falcon. There is very little interest in finding out the murderer's identity; indeed, we know almost from the beginning who the villain is; instead, the chief interest is in the unwinding of a trail leading from the burglary of the corner cottage back to a murder and forward to another, involving a rather depressingly sordid professional crime milieu. Fortunately, there is plenty of interest in the second half (the first comes to a grinding halt but picks up again with what appears to be a rather staggering coincidence), the details all fit neatly together, and, although the reader will anticipate most of the solution, there is a neat twist at the end.
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