New Arrivals Because I was in the mood for some quiet British mystery, I decided to pick up a few more of these novels by Leo Bruce. I got them all from PaperBack Swap.
Leo Bruce (pseudonym for Rupert Croft-Cooke (1903-1979) wrote this series featuring Carolus Deene, Senior Master of History at Queen’s School, and another series featuring Sgt. Beef, a sometimes bumbling but more-clever-than-he-looks Policeman. The Deene series has all the traditional elements: murder, suspects with secrets, red herrings and hidden clues, a denouement reveal. There is humor, which many readers will appreciate though it’s near my admittedly very low tolerance level for it in mysteries. Fortunately it doesn’t get in my way of enjoying these. I’m not sure the best label for these, for those who insist on such. Classic British mystery, the violence always occurs off stage, puzzle to be solved, murderer not revealed until the end but fair play for the sharp reader to solve from the clues. They might be called cozy-like in the same vein as a Margery Allingham or Catherine Aird novel.
Kudos to Chicago Academy Press for bringing these back into print. I’ll have a review on Our Jubilee is Death in a few days.
Any comments on these books or this author? Have you read any of these?