WorldCat Identities

Bruce, Leo 1903-1979

Works: 49 works in 268 publications in 6 languages and 5,734 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6005.R673, 823.912
Publication Timeline
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 334 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 234 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 225 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
Cold blood by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1952 and 2010 in English and held by 218 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
Death at Hallows End by Leo Bruce( Book )

7 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 215 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."
Case for three detectives by Leo Bruce( Book )

12 editions published between 1936 and 2005 in English and held by 202 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!""
Case for Sergeant Beef by Leo Bruce( Book )

14 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 194 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 188 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
Such is death by Leo Bruce( Book )

7 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in English and held by 175 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 174 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 127 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 117 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 2014 in English and French and held by 110 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
Case without a corpse by Leo Bruce( Book )

10 editions published between 1937 and 2014 in English and held by 107 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. However, 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 has done it, but we can't find the corpse."
Nothing like blood by Leo Bruce( Book )

5 editions published between 1962 and 1985 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the request of Helena Gort, an old family friend, Carolus Deene travels to a seaside guesthouse called Cat's Cradle to investigate two suspicious deaths
Death with blue ribbon by Leo Bruce( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 2005 in English and held by 77 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>
Die all, die merrily by Leo Bruce( Book )

7 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Death of a bovver boy by Leo Bruce( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and held by 47 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
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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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Leo Bruce écrivain britannique

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ブルース, レオ


Death at Hallows EndCase for three detectivesDeath at St. Asprey's SchoolSuch is deathDeath in the middle watchFurious old womenOur jubilee is deathCase without a corpse