WorldCat Identities

Bruce, Leo 1903-1979

Overview
Works: 42 works in 272 publications in 7 languages and 6,132 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction  Novels 
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 338 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 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death in Albert Park by Leo Bruce( Book )

16 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 224 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
Case for three detectives by Leo Bruce( Book )

22 editions published between 1936 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 218 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!""
Death at Hallows End by Leo Bruce( Book )

7 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 213 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 of the few criminal practitioners who keep the tattered old flag of pure detection flying high."
Cold blood by Leo Bruce( Book )

9 editions published between 1952 and 2010 in English and Dutch and held by 211 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 )

17 editions published between 1947 and 1989 in English and German and held by 198 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 )

13 editions published between 1951 and 1986 in English and Italian and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Jack on the gallows tree by Leo Bruce( Book )

12 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dead bodies of two elderly ladies are discovered; both had been strangled. Each is found lying full-length, clasping in her hand the stem of a Madonna lily
Such is death by Leo Bruce( Book )

7 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The place: a remote shelter on the promenade at Selby-on-Sea; the occasion: a stormy evening in late November; the victim: somebody ready-made for a crack-of-doom from a coal hammer
Death in the middle watch by Leo Bruce( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 169 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
Furious old women by Leo Bruce( Book )

11 editions published between 1960 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The amateur detective, Carolus Deene, is asked to investigate the baffling murder of a woman found dead in an open grave
Case with no conclusion by Leo Bruce( Book )

9 editions published between 1939 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 116 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>
Case without a corpse by Leo Bruce( Book )

13 editions published between 1937 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is one of Sgt. Beef's most interesting and perplexing cases. It involves a murder, but one in which no body can be found. Young Rogers announces to Beef and others assembled in a local pub that he has committed a murder, then takes his own life. But where is the victim? How did it happen? ""I always supposed," says Beef, "a murder case started with a corpse, and then you had to find out 'oo done it. This time we know 'oo's done it, but we can't find the corpse."
Our jubilee is death by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in English and French and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walking on the sand before breakfast, Carolus Deene's cousin Fay, who was staying on the Suffolk coast, had come upon the head of Lilliane Bomberger, the celebrated and universally detested novelist. The body was buried in the sand with only the head protruding; at least one tide had washed over it. Before this frustrating case ends, three murders are committed. This is vintage Bruce, mixing thrills and chills with unique humor
Dead man's shoes by Leo Bruce( Book )

9 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in English and German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Death on Allhallowe'en by Leo Bruce( Book )

6 editions published between 1970 and 2005 in English and held by 47 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 )

6 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and held by 46 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. When Carolus's housekeeper, stoic Mrs. Stick, announces one evening that her husband has seen the naked body of a youth lying in a peculiar hunched-up position in a ditch beside the road, his hair shorn and his wrists slashed, Carolus knows that he has, at last, met the supreme challenge to test his powers of deduction. And this is just the beginning: from this point on, the detective is involved in a lively series of adventures infiltrating England's provincial underworld and gaining insight into the dead boy's unhappy background and surroundings. A rude collection of thugs and punks become involved in the search for the murderer; all are equally dangerous and each might be to blame. Only through his ingenuity and determination to persevere despite all the forces urging him to the contrary does Carolus finally solve the mystery. This is one of Leo Bruce's grittiest novels, giving the reader an insight into the milieu of rebellious 1970s England, a world where prejudice was the order of the day and hostility and violence were the only means of survival
Case with 4 clowns : a Sergeant Beef mystery by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1939 and 2010 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the rarest mysteries in the author's Sergeant Beef series, Case with Four Clowns, which has only been published once in the US more than fifty years ago - is now available in paperback for the first time. It is regarded by critics as one of Leo Bruce's most baffling mysteries. A murder is yet to be committed that much is certain but who will be the victim? In addition, who will be the murderer? It is Sgt. Beef's job to discover these facts, if he can, in time to prevent the deed from being done. However, when he reaches the small traveling circus where the murder is to take place, he finds that practically everyone there is seething with hatred, each has a motive, which might make him a killer; and any one of a dozen people could easily be the victim. The doughty Sgt. Beef has broken some tough cases, and this one with mystery entangled within mystery stirs the bulldog within him. The clues are there, but unless the reader is very astute, he or she will overlook them; but Sgt. Beef misses nothing
 
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Death at Hallows End
Alternative Names

controlled identityCroft-Cooke, Rupert, 1903-1979

Bruce, Leo

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Croft-Cooke, Rupert

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Case for three detectivesDeath at Hallows EndDeath at St. Asprey's SchoolSuch is deathDeath in the middle watchFurious old womenCase without a corpseOur jubilee is death