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Biggles Sets a Trap, by W. E. Johns was first published in 1962 by Hodder and Stoughton. The title page carried the subtitle "An unusual investigation by Biggles of the Air Police". There has only been one subsequent edition in the English language. The events in the book take place in 1961 in Britain.

SynopsisEdit

Leofric Landaville, a young man whom Air Police had once prosecuted for a flying offence, looks up Biggles and tells him that he believes he is under a curse and expects to be killed soon. Biggles is intrigued and goes off with Bertie to investigate.

The novel includes a foreword touching on the Battle of Bosworth Field during the Wars of the Roses and on the origins of inn signs. Both topics play a significant role in the story.

PlotEdit

Note: The sections below contain spoilers. In particular, the plot subpage (click here) has an extended summary of the narrative in the book

CharactersEdit

The Special Air PoliceEdit

  • Air Commodore Raymond
  • Biggles
  • Bertie Lissie

OthersEdit

AircraftEdit

  • There are no aircraft in this story.


PlacesEdit

VisitedEdit

  • Ringlesby, Hampshire - a village in the New Forest
    • Ringlesby Hall
    • "The Spurs"
    • Local village church

MentionedEdit

Research NotesEdit

  • Algy and Ginger are mentioned as being on leave in this book.

References to the pastEdit

IncongruitiesEdit

ChronologyEdit

(see also table at Timeline of the Biggles Stories)

  • In Chapter 1, Biggles states that it has been 476 years since 1486.
  • In Chapter 3, Leofric states clearly that they are in 1961.

EditionsEdit

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