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Case for Sergeant Beef written by Leo Bruce
c[1953] UK Penguin paperback edition, London
A solid reading copy - no copyright page
Book has no names etc tanning to pages and cover
Lean to spine but still tightly bound
A good solid readers copy, a classic and scarce out-of-print title
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Case for Three Detectives written by Leo Bruce
1947 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A solid reading copy
Book has no names etc tanning to pages and cover
Bit of edge wear but still solid

A classic mystery and a scarce out of print title
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Death of a Bovver Boy
1974 UK hardback first edition, first impression, WH Allen London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dustwrapper
Book has clean contents and cloth, no names etc
The jacket shows no loss or tears
A nice clean copy
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Crack of Doom
1963 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression, Peter Davies London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
Book has clean contents and cloth, no previous owner names
The jacket shows some minor wear to extremities
Excellent cover design, as always, by Biro
A scarce book is such a nice jacket
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Dead for a Ducat - Leo Bruce
1956 English hardcover first edition, 1st issue, Peter Davies London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book is clean, square and bright
No names inscriptions or stamps
The jacket shows minor rubs to extremities
Biro has, as usual, done the business with the artwork
A very scarce title, especially in this condition
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Neck and Neck - Leo Bruce
1951 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression, Gollancz London
A VG+ book in VG indeed price clipped dust jacket
Book has clean contents and cloth, no previous owner names etc
The jacket shows some rubs to edges, nicer than the usual fragile Gollancz of the period
A fairly early Sergeant Beef title
A very rare book, especially so in jacket, the only copy we have seen in fact.
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Furious Old Women - Leo Bruce
1960 English hardcover 1st edition, 1st issue, Peter Davies London
A VG++ book in VG+ price clipped dust cover
The book is clean, square and bright
Without previous owner marks etc
The jacket shows minor wear to extremities, short closed tear
A Carolus Deane 'whodunit'
A rare title and an attractive looking copy
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Dead Man's Shoes - Leo Bruce
1958 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression, Peter Davies London
A VG indeed book in unclipped dust jacket
Book has clean contents and cloth, no previous owner names but previous price eraser mark to endpaper
The jacket shows wear to top panel corner and some light wear to extremities
A Carolus Deene mystery
Whilst some wear to jacket, still a solid example of a rare title.
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Our Jubilee is Death - Leo Bruce
1959 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Davies London
A VG indeed book in unclipped (penline thro' price) dustwrapper
Book has previous owner stamp to pastedown and also neat onwer emboss
The jacket shows shallow loss to spine and shelf wear to edges
One of the rarest titles of the period
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A Bone and a Hank of Hair - Leo Bruce
1961 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Davies London
A VG++ book in VG++ price clipped dust jacket
Book has clean contents and cloth, no names etc
The jacket displays very minor rubs to edges
Famous cover artwork by Biro
A very attractive book
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Die All Die Merrily
1961 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Davies London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
The book shows clean contents and cloth,
No names inscriptions or stamps
The jacket shows minor rubs to edges
Excellent artwork by Biro
A particularly nice copy
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A Louse for the Hangman
1958 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Davies London
A VG+ book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
Book has clean contents and cloth, no names etc
The jacket shows slightest wear to extremities
Fabulous artwork by Biro
A rare book especially in such a nice jacket
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Nothing Like Blood
1962 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Davies London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
The book is solid and clean,
No names inscriptions or stamps
The jacket has chip to spine lettering and rear panel some other light edge wear
Another cracking effort at the artwork by Val Biro
Once again a very scarce book
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Case Without a Corpse
[1939] book dated 1937 UK hardback second edition, Geoffrey Bles London
A VG+ book in VG indeed unclipped dustwrapper
1st edition sheets, red cloth black titles, jacket priced 2/6
The book is tight and square, as the 1st bar black titles not white
No names inscriptions or stamps
The jacket has light wear to edges, clean and bright, artwork as the first
A nice full size 'fat' format book and the author's second book
Extremely rare and a true 1st is all but inpossible in a jacket, a viable and hugely cheaper option
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Case for Three detectives - Leo Bruce
UK hardback second edition book dated 1936 , Geoffrey Bles London
No mention of reprint, 1st issue sheets. Same as first bar cloth colour and lettering
In second issue 2/6 unclipped dustwrapper
The book has a contemporaneous newspaper review pasted to the front endpaper and and pastedown
The book is tight and square, little bit of age tanning
No names inscriptions or stamps
The jacket has chip to spine top, general edge wear etc, artwork as the first
A nice full size 'fat' format book and the author's first book
Extremely rare and a true 1st is all but impossible in a jacket, if one did turn up then you could comfortably stick a nought on this price !
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Case for Sergeant Beef - Leo Bruce
UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Nicholson and Watson in London London
A VG indeed book 8/6 1st issue unclipped dustwrapper
The book has a neat inscription to endpaper
The book is tight and square, little bit of age tanning
The jacket has small chip to spine bottom, bit of edgewear, rear panel bit marked and 'dusty' neat repairs to rear of jacket.
A solid copy overall, great artwork and still looks nice and a very scarce book indeed and priced very much to sell !
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see also our Leo Bruce Bibliography

Brief Biography
BRUCE, Leo. Pseudonym for Rupert Croft-Cooke. British. Born in Edenbridge, Kent, 20 June 1903. Educated at Tonbridge School, Kent; Wellington College, now Wrekin College; University of Buenos Aires. 1923-26. Served in Field Security, 1939-46: Captain; British Empire Medal. Founding Editor, La Estrella, Buenos Aires, 1923-24; antiquarian bookseller, 1929-31; Lecturer, Institute Montana, Zugerberg, Switzerland. 1931; Book Critic. The Sketch, London, 1946-53. Died 10 June 1979,

Leo Bruce - The Characters
Sergeant Beef
The burly, red-faced Sergeant William Beef is a lackadaisical but remarkably astute village policeman who solved a number of intriguing cases in the late 1930's. After several successes, he retired from the force to return as a private inquiry agent. In his first case he matched wits with thinly-disguised versions of Father Brown, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Hercule Poirot,and outwitted them all.

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