Tag Archives: Leo Bruce

Neck and Neck (1951) by Leo Bruce

In today’s read, the narrator, Lionel Townsend, who chronicles the cases Sergeant Beef solves, is in for a more personal case, as his brother Vincent rings to tell him of their Aunt Aurora’s sudden death. It soon transpires that she … Continue reading

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Death of a Commuter (1967) by Leo Bruce

I have read a few books by Leo Bruce, (Case for Three Detectives (1936), Case for Sergeant Beef (1951) and Cold Blood (1952)), but this is the first book I have read in his Carolus Deene series, this being the … Continue reading

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Birthday Books

A couple of days ago it was my birthday, (I’m so glad there’s a social convention of not being allowed to ask a woman their age), which of course means some new additions to my TBR pile. So I thought … Continue reading

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Serpents in Eden (2016) ed. By Martin Edwards

This book has spent quite a while on my TBR pile, since I bought it from Barter Book last year, but at long last it made it to the top and I’m rather glad it did. Like Auden I find … Continue reading

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Case for Sergeant Beef (1947) by Leo Bruce

Leo Bruce is one of the many brilliant writers I have come across since starting my blog and reading everyone else’s (much better) blogs on classic crime, so it’s always great to return to his work. Case for Sergeant Beef … Continue reading

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Book of the Month: February 2017

Unlike last month, February didn’t give me as much time for reading and nor did it give me as many good reads, in fact quite a few of them were ‘meh’ reads (very technical term I know). Though to look … Continue reading

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Cold Blood (1952) by Leo Bruce

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Blunt Instrument This is the last novel Bruce wrote featuring his serial characters Sergeant Beef and journalist and writer Townsend, who narrates Beef’s case. One significant change though is that unlike in the other Bruce … Continue reading

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Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (2015) ed. Martin Edwards

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Any Other Holiday Object Invariably late to the party as usual, I have finally got round to reading one of the British Library Crime Classics short story collections. There were a few familiar stories in … Continue reading

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Book of the Month: May 2016

It has been a busy month on the blog with 14 reviews, a post looking at Agatha Christie in translation with contributors from all over the world and a series of spoof posts looking at what Christie has to say … Continue reading

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Case for Three Detectives (1936) by Leo Bruce

Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt Item: Blue Object I have known of this author for a while now, but this is my first time reading his work and I had heard a lot of good things about the Case for Three … Continue reading

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