WorldCat Identities

Bruce, Leo 1903-1979

Overview
Works: 80 works in 216 publications in 6 languages and 3,879 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Detective and mystery stories 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent
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 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death in Albert Park by Leo Bruce( Book )

10 editions published between 1964 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>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.</div>
Death in the middle watch by Leo Bruce( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and held by 311 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
Death at Hallows End by Leo Bruce( Book )

6 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 299 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
Case for Sergeant Beef by Leo Bruce( Book )

13 editions published between 1953 and 1989 in English and German and held by 273 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&#x97;and completely wrong&#x97;conclusion. A delightful read by one of the best mystery plotters who ever lived
Cold blood by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1952 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 239 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
A bone and a hank of hair by Leo Bruce( Book )

6 editions published between 1961 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 1967 and 2005 in English and held by 218 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>
Case with no conclusion by Leo Bruce( Book )

5 editions published between 1939 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 206 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>
Neck and neck : a 'Sergeant Beef' detective novel by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1951 and 1986 in English and Italian and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Such is death by Leo Bruce( Book )

5 editions published between 1963 and 2005 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div></div>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
Case for three detectives by Rupert Croft-Cooke( )

8 editions published between 1936 and 2005 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<P>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 of a Bovver Boy A Carolus Deene Mystery by Leo Bruce( )

6 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carolus Deene's housekeeper, the stoic Mrs. Stick, announces one evening that her husband has seen the body of a youth lying in a ditch with his hair shorn and his wrists slashed. Carolus knows that he has, at last, met a supreme challenge to test his powers of deduction. The redoubtable schoolmaster-turned-detective then becomes involved in a lively series of adventures infiltrating England's provincial cockney underworld and gaining insight into the dead boy's unhappy background and surroundings. Realizing that it is all too easy to blame the obvious suspects, skinheads and greasers, Carolus
Our jubilee is death by Leo Bruce( Book )

8 editions published between 1959 and 2005 in English and French and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div>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.</div>
Case with 4 Clowns A Sergeant Beef Mystery by Leo Bruce( )

6 editions published between 1939 and 2010 in English and held by 97 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? And 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. But when he reaches the small traveling circus where the murder is to take place, he finds
Die all, die merrily by Leo Bruce( Book )

4 editions published between 1961 and 2005 in English and held by 77 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 with blue ribbon by Leo Bruce( Book )

5 editions published between 1969 and 2005 in English and held by 70 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 )

5 editions published between 1958 and 2005 in English and held by 60 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 )

6 editions published between 1970 and 2005 in English and held by 58 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
Jack on the gallows tree by Rupert Croft-Cooke( Book )

7 editions published between 1960 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Div></div>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
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identityCroft-Cooke, Rupert, 1903-1979

Bruce, Leo pseud

Croft-Cooke, Rupert

ブルース, レオ

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Death in the middle watchDeath at Hallows EndDeath at St. Asprey's SchoolSuch is deathOur jubilee is deathCase with 4 Clowns A Sergeant Beef MysteryDie all, die merrilyDeath on Allhallowe'en