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  • Author:
    Leo Bruce
  • ISBN:
    0897330412
  • ISBN13:
    978-0897330411
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  • Publisher:
    Academy Chicago; 1st American ed edition (1980)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
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    4.6
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Neck and Neck: A Sergeant Beef Mystery (Paperback). Published April 2nd 2019 by Academy Chicago Publishers. Paperback, 224 pages. Author(s): Leo Bruce. ISBN: 0897330404 (ISBN13: 9780897330404).

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Neck and Neck: A Sergeant Beef Mystery. Neck and Neck - Leo Bruce. Lionel Townsend, Sergeant Beef's priggish biographer, has surprisingly found himself the prime suspect of a murder. Like others I had refused to take him seriously as a detective, for his methods seemed outwardly slap-dash and he himself openly scorned the modern scientific methods-mucking about with microscopes as he called them. But his hardy common sense, so blunt and English, so boorish as I sometimes thought, had prevailed too often to leave any doubt about his really profound cleverness.

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Leo Bruce - the complete book list . Ten stories feature the popular sleuth Sgt Beef, eight stories feature Sgt Grebe, and ten stories have no series character. Death in the Middle Watch. Death in the Middle Watch is vintage Leo Bruce, enhanced by the effortless humour that is a hallmark of all Leo Bruce mysteries. This time, Carolus is enjoying himself on a holiday cruise. On the first night aboard the Summer Queen, there is a shout.

Lionel Townsend, Sergeant Beef's priggish biographer, has surprisingly found himself the prime suspect of a murder.

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1980, American hardcover edition (This book was copyrighted by the author in 1951; there was another English edition published in 1976. Here this title appears for the first time in America), published by Academy Chicago Ltd., Chicago, Illinois. 224 pages. British detective fiction, featuring Sgt. Beef who manages to trample his "flatfooted way" in his investigation of a publisher who is found hanged. The unpopular man apparently committed suicide; or did he? Until this American publication, most of the Beef books were unavailable in America. Leo Bruce, by the way, is the pen name of Rupert Croft-Cooke, who wrote many great, very well respected biographies of famous writers in the U.K. and these very well done Sgt. Beef mysteries.

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Lionel Townsend's Aunt Aurora, only in her sixties and healthy as a horse, became ill at lunchtime and was dead before tea. Her doctor shocked the household by declaring she had been poisoned, then quickly summoning the police. Lionel's schoolmaster brother Vincent was visiting her at the time, and all the household staff had been with her forever. Who would have wanted to poison her?

When Vincent calls, Lionel hastens down to Hastings, to find himself in a strangely familiar scene, like something out of the detective stories he both writes and reads. The brothers have many happy boyhood memories of summer visits to Aunt Aurora, when, once prayers were over, she allowed them to do and go whatever and wherever they wished. She had always been the perfect aunt, living comfortably and contentedly through the years in the substantial house she had inherited from her father. Her nephews remained as fond of her as they had always been.

Of course, Lionel's first impulse is to call in ex-Sergeant, now P.I. Beef, having finally recognized him as a kind of detecting genius, if not a scientific one, at least one of the commonsensical sort. But Vincent is opposed, accusing his brother of trying to make use of their aunt's murder as material for another book. Vincent gives in when Lionel reminds him that heirs are always prime suspects in a murder case, and they along with their cousin Hilton Gupp stand to inherit whatever their aunt had to leave. When the will is read, however, cousin Hilton has been cut out.

Beef arrives in time for the funeral, and begins his somewhat eccentric investigations. He's already committed to another case, that of a publisher found hanged in the Cotswolds, but for his friend, and biographer, he is more than willing to do double duty. In return, he would like Lionel's company (and car) when he returns to the Cotswolds to pursue that case. The publisher's clergyman brother who hired Beef is hoping that the death was murder rather than suicide. The vicar's children are the beneficiaries of his brother's enormous life insurance policy, but if he killed himself they get nothing. The dead man lived in a vast Jacobean mansion outside a village with the ominous sounding name of Cold Slaughter. Bring an overcoat, advises Beef. From a practical point of view, Beef thinks the two cases written up side by side, or "neck and neck" (they've just enjoyed an afternoon at the races) would make a very good book. For one thing, there would be a contrast: Aunt Aurora was a woman everyone loved, while the publisher was universally hated (he owned a "vanity" press). Coincidentally, they died on the same day.

These Sergeant Beef stories are relaxed, cheerful, easy-going mysteries. Beef is always optimistic that when he is in charge things will somehow turn out just fine, and confident that his wits will always be sufficient to keep the beer flowing. Also intriguing throughout the Beef series: the metafictional playfulness. Beef and Lionel can never quite decide whether they are inhabiting a real or an imaginary world. Is Lionel Beef's Watson or his Boswell?