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Murder in Miniature: The Short Stories of Leo Bruce
As an exponent of the classic detective novel in its pure form, Leo Bruce is unquestionably in the front rank. These stories complete the oeuvre of a major detective novelist. Here Bruce's gift for entertaining dialogue is at its peak, and so is his extraordinary gift for mystery: he teases, tangles and contrives with cunning. Even the slightest of the stories is deft and ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 30th 2000 by Chicago Review Press
(first published August 1993)
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I love Leo Bruce's stories especially the Sergeant Beef ones. These weren't all Sergeant Beef and usually the ones that weren't were not as good as the ones that were. There were some very short ones which were ok to pass a few moments but consequently hadn't got a lot of character and were more about being tricky. A few were just unpleasant and two were just variations on the same mystery. So not my favourite outing with Leo Bruce but still has entertainment value.
Short stories by the master. The best The scene of the crime. A man talks to an old man who lives in a house where a murder has been committed many years ago. Buy some clever deduction he comes to the conclusion that the nephew had been the murderer only to learn that the old guy was indeed the nephew. Some years older than the uncle. Very nice. Other stories not quite as strong.
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