WorldCat Identities

Bruce, Leo 1903-1979

Overview
Works: 49 works in 189 publications in 6 languages and 4,045 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6005.R673, 823.912
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Leo Bruce
Bosie, Lord Alfred Douglas, his friends and enemies by Leo Bruce( Book )

1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bone and a hank of hair by Leo Bruce( Book )

9 editions published between 1911 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death in Albert Park by Leo Bruce( Book )

9 editions published between 1964 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a gloomy London suburb, a modern Jack the Ripper stalks at night, killing at random with brutal knife thrusts from behind. Three women fall victim, and the terrorized residents wait to see who will be next
Death at Hallows End by Leo Bruce( Book )

4 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this ""rousing mystery"" (Booklist), Gentleman Detective Carolus Deene, the schoolmaster created by Bruce and featured in so many of his other books, has his work cut out for him . A respectable solicitor has vanished into thin air in the remote village of Hallows End. Deene senses foul play, and when he goes on the hunt for the missing lawyer, the wealthy client himself suffers a heart attack in what proves to be too much of a coincidence for Deene. Deene ferrets out the culprits in his own inimitable style. Julian Symons of the Sunday Times has said of this series, ""Mr. Leo Bruce is one
Death in the middle watch by Leo Bruce( Book )

3 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carolus Deene is enjoying himself on a holiday cruise. On the first night aboard the Summer Queen, he hears a shout of ""Man Overboard!"" From that point on to the moment of Deene's unexpected revelations, the reader will find that unique mixture of artless fun and grim terror Leo Bruce devotees savor
Cold blood by Leo Bruce( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1983 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the police fail to arrest the seemingly obvious suspect in the murder of an eccentric millionaire with a croquet mallet, Sergeant Beef is called in to investigate
Case for Sergeant Beef by Leo Bruce( Book )

13 editions published between 1947 and 1989 in English and German and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the cleverly plotted Case for Sergeant Beef, Mr. Wellington Chickle, a retired watchmaker, plans the perfect murder, but he chooses the wrong victim. The dead man's sister refuses to accept the idea that her brother committed suicide and calls in the unprepossessing Sgt. Beef who unravels the plot with the aid of the local police. Meanwhile, Townsend, Beef's indefatigable chronicler, comes to a completely different—and completely wrong—conclusion. A delightful read by one of the best mystery plotters who ever lived
Neck and neck : a "Sergeant Beef" detective novel by Leo Bruce( Book )

11 editions published between 1951 and 1986 in English and Italian and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death at St. Asprey's School by Leo Bruce( Book )

3 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>There are strange goings-on at St. Asprey's, an expensive boys' preparatory school: footsteps in passages at night ... strange lights ... rabbits with battered skulls. Carolus Deene has some spine-tingling experiences before he solves the mystery.</div>
Furious old women by Leo Bruce( Book )

10 editions published between 1960 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Another Carolus Deene novel, this mystery in particular is considered one of Bruce's cleverest and best plotted
Case with no conclusion by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1939 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>Once again Lionel Townsend, Beef's Dr. Watson, faithfully records the redoubtable Sergeant's escapades. Beef has left the Braxham police and gone into business for himself. Beef gets a client: Stewart Ferrars, who has been arrested for the Sydenham Murder. Beef is hired by Stewart's brother Peter to prove Stewart is innocent of the murder of Dr. Benson, who has been found stabbed in the throat in the library of Peter's gloomy Victorian mansion, The Cypresses. An ornamental dagger with Peter's fingerprints on it has been left on a table near the dead man's armchair.</div>
Our jubilee is death by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1959 and 2005 in English and French and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Case with ropes and rings by Leo Bruce( Book )

4 editions published between 1940 and 1981 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Case for three detectives by Leo Bruce( Book )

6 editions published between 1936 and 1995 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Possibly the most unusual mystery ever written. A murder is committed, behind closed doors, in bizarre circumstances. Three amateur detectives take the case: Lord Simon Plimsoll, Monsieur Amer Picon, and Monsignor Smith (in whom discerning readers will note likeness to some familiar literary figures). Each arrives at his own brilliant solution, startling in its originality, ironclad in its logic. Meanwhile Sergean Beef sits contemptuously in the background. ""But, "" says Sergean Beef, ""I know who done it!""
Die all, die merrily by Leo Bruce( Book )

3 editions published between 1961 and 1986 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>Richard Hoysden's body is discovered in his country flat, apparently a suicide. Missing from the room is a tape of Hoysden's last moments in which he confesses to the murder of a young woman. Lady Drombone, a Member of Parliament and the young man's aunt, hires Carolus to find the tape and help suppress it. He himself insists on reconstructing the confusing circumstances in order to solve the baffling crime.</div>
Death of a commuter by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1967 and 2005 in English and French and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Five men occupied their usual places in a first-class carriage, but the sixth place was empty ... "" It is most unusual for the sixth man, Mr. Parador, to be late. The five commuters are wondering what happened to him, when a strange-looking man enters the compartment, dressed in black and wearing dark glasses. When he is told that the sixth seat is taken, he replies, in a deep sepulchral voice, ""He won't be coming."" He was right. Parador does not come, and his companions never see him alive again. And if Carolus Deena had not taken an interest in the case, the coroner's verdict of suicide w
Death with blue ribbon by Leo Bruce( Book )

3 editions published between 1969 and 1974 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>Carolus Deene becomes involved in his latest adventure when a famous restaurateur is threatened by a protection racketeer and a well-known writer of cookbooks is murdered under extraordinary circumstances.</div>
Dead man's shoes by Leo Bruce( Book )

7 editions published between 1958 and 2005 in English and German and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>Everyone knew there'd been a murder, everyone knew who the murderer was, and when this murderer committed suicide by jumping overboard from the cargo boat Saragossa, they thought ""Good riddance."" Everyone, that is, except Carolus Deene.</div>
Death on Allhallowe'en by Leo Bruce( Book )

4 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carolus Deene is summoned to a small Kentish village where the presence of a possible coven of witches lends an eerie aura to the presumed "accidental" death of a young local boy a year ago on Hallowe'en. Before his work is completed, Carolus Deene has the answers to this and two other deaths
Death of a bovver boy by Leo Bruce( Book )

3 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Billed as "the ugliest case that Carolus Deene ever chose to investigate," Leo Bruce's 'Death of a Bovver Boy' finds the redoubtable schoolmaster-turned-detective involved in yet another mystery murder--this time among teenage outcasts and skinheads in rural 1970s England."--P.4 cover
 
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Death at Hallows End
Alternative Names

controlled identityCroft-Cooke, Rupert, 1903-1979

Bruce, Leo pseud

Croft-Cooke, Rupert

Leo Bruce britisk skribent

Leo Bruce Brits schrijver (1903-1979)

Leo Bruce brittisk författare

Leo Bruce écrivain britannique

Leo Bruce scrittore britannico

ブルース, レオ

レオ・ブルース

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Death at Hallows EndDeath in the middle watchDeath at St. Asprey's SchoolFurious old womenOur jubilee is deathDie all, die merrilyDeath of a commuterDeath on Allhallowe'en