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by Leo Bruce

  • ISBN: 0897330331
  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Leo Bruce
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (August 30, 2005)
  • Pages: 240
  • ePub book: 1609 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Case for Three Detectives: A Sergeant Beef Mystery (Sergeant Beef Series). Sergeant William Beef, retired from the country constabulary after solving two difficult cases that had Scotland Yard stumped, is setting himself up in London as a private investigator

Case for Three Detectives: A Sergeant Beef Mystery (Sergeant Beef Series). Sergeant William Beef, retired from the country constabulary after solving two difficult cases that had Scotland Yard stumped, is setting himself up in London as a private investigator. So far he hasn't had a client. And whose fault is that? Beef puts the blame on Lionel Townsend, who wrote up and published the stories of Beef's successes. For reasons of his own Townsend made Beef appear simple and slow-witted, made him speak in an uneducated dialect, and led readers to believe Beef was just lucky rather than smart.

Case for Sergeant Beef: A Sergeant Beef Mystery. In the cleverly plotted Case for Sergeant Beef, Mr. Wellington Chickle, a retired watchmaker, plans the perfect murder, but he chooses the wrong victim. The dead man's sister refuses to accept the idea that her brother committed suicide and calls in the unprepossessing Sgt. Beef who unravels the plot with the aid of the local police. Meanwhile, Townsend, Beef’s indefatigable chronicler, comes to a completely differentand completely wrongconclusion.

Case for Three Detectives. March 1994 : USA Paperback. 1936) (The first book in the Sergeant Beef series) A novel by Leo Bruce (Rupert Croft-Cooke). Possibly the most unusual mystery ever written. A murder is committed, behind closed doors, in bizarre circumstances.

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Possibly the most unusual mystery ever written. What is Kobo Super Points? A loyalty program that rewards you for your love of reading. Explore rewards Explore Kobo VIP Membership. Leo bruce Literary crime is all baffling mystery and startling clues. The Sergeant seemed to be suffering from the effects of his visit to the Red Lion last night. Literary crime is all baffling mystery and startling clues. Whereas in real life, murder, for instance, nearly always turns out to be some sordid business of a strangled servant girl. There are only two kinds of murder which could baffle the police for one second. I shouldn't 'ardly 'ave thought you'd of bothered with a little case like this, he said slowly.

Meanwhile Sergean Beef sits contemptuously in the background. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9781613732571, 1613732570. The print version of this textbook is ISBN: 9780897330336, 0897330331.

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Possibly the most unusual mystery ever written. A murder is committed, behind closed doors, in bizarre circumstances. Three amateur detectives take the case: Lord Simon Plimsoll, Monsieur Amer Picon, and Monsignor Smith (in whom discerning readers will note likeness to some familiar literary figures). Each arrives at his own brilliant solution, startling in its originality, ironclad in its logic. Meanwhile Sergean Beef sits contemptuously in the background. "But, " says Sergean Beef, "I know who done it!"


A truly unique mystery, with a plausible solution given by each investigator. Leo Bruce writes well and his character Sargent Beef is wonderful.
CASE FOR THREE DETECTIVES (1936) by Leo Bruce (pen name of Rupert Croft Cooke, 1903-1979) is a cleverly conceived murder mystery. It combines a humorous premise with a humorous plot: WHAT IF ... parodies of three famous infallible fictional detectives present solutions to a Locked-Room Murder ... all different, all brilliantly imaginative, and all WRONG ... while a seemingly dull-witted policeman called Sergeant Beef has had another, totally different solution--the RIGHT solution--almost from the very beginning?

By the way, this is NOT A SPOILER: the rear cover blurb printed on the Academy Chicago Publisher's edition (including a quotation from a NY TIMES book review) tells everyone the same information ... and more!

On the face of it, this sounds at least three times more fun than if Inspector Lestrade were to solve a mystery that Sherlock Holmes totally botched.

For me, however, three things go awry with this book in its execution. First the parodies are rather lamely done and are very seldom funny. Lord Simon Pimsoll (Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey), Monsieur Amer Picon (Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot), and Monsignor Smith (G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown) are characterized with only two or three recurrent peculiarities each: e.g., snobbish, expensive tastes combined with a drawling manner of speaking; immense vanity combined with occasionally garbled English syntax and a sprinkling of French words; and apparent sleepiness combined with irrelevant paradoxical statements.

Second, although readers are invited to try to solve the mystery along with the four detectives, we are not given the full information that they have. Most readers can fairly easily come up with one or two additional "solutions" that are different from those presented ... and as valid as the three wrong solutions, but this book is NOT a "Fair-Play Puzzler." (My own "best" solution involved the killer being still hidden in the locked room ... with the take-charge person who first searched that room being an accomplice who did not tell the truth about a closet being empty.)

Third and certainly more important, the story centers around and repeatedly discusses the brutal slashing of a kindly, middle-aged woman's throat. This is NOT a good ingredient for a COMIC crime novel. And near the ending, a second brutal murder of another kindly, middle-aged person occurs. SPOILER ALERT: it's the dead woman's grieving husband who is also killed. True, we are not made to "like" these two victims very deeply (not as much, say, as we like Luke in the film COOL HAND LUKE or Sir Thomas More in the play or film A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS). But we--like most of the novel's characters--TAKE THEIR DEATHS SERIOUSLY.

Yes, some comic works HAVE successfully dealt with murders. The play ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is one that comes to mind, and the film KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS is another. And the detective novel THE POISONED CHOCOLATES CASE (1929) by Anthony Berkeley (pen name of Anthony Berkeley Cox, 1893-1971) is a VERY relevant third. In these and in all the other successful comic instances I know of, the killings are "buffered" or "distanced" by one or more factors: the killings are done at some distance or "out of our sight," and/or the victims are not particularly "nice" or "innocent" people, and/or the means of killing is relatively gentle (painless poison, perhaps, rather than an axe, a club, a knife, or a gun--with lots of blood), and/or the killer has some extenuating circumstance, such as insanity or a fairly reasonable motive--unlike in THIS book by Leo Bruce.

As I said before, CASE FOR THREE DETECTIVES has a great recipe, combining a good plot with parodies. But other crime writers have produced far better parodies--"The Stolen Cigar Case" by Brett Harte, "Greedy Night" by E. C. Bentley (parody of Lord Peter Wimsey), "A Case of Mis-Identity" by Colin Dexter, SCHLOCK HOLMES: THE COMPLETE BAGEL STREET SAGA by Robert L. Fish (pen name of Robert L. Pike), "The Peppermint-Striped Goodbye" by Ron Goulart, "I'm Tough" by Brett Halliday (pen name of Davis Dresser), "Monastic Mayhem: An Echo of Eco" by John Harris (with a parody of Christie's Poirot), "The Moriarty Gambit" by Fritz Leiber, "The White Rabbit Caper" by James Thurber, "The Body Upstairs" and "Holmes and the Dasher" by Anthony Berkeley (Cox), and of course the dozens of excellent parodies by Norma Schier in her collection THE ANAGRAM DETECTIVES and by Jon L. Breen in his collection HAIR OF THE SLEUTHHOUND.

As for the relevance of Anthony Berkeley's THE POISONED CHOCOLATES CASE, that book provided the comic plot that Leo Bruce followed ... and tried to improve upon. Berkeley's novel has a comic plot with SIX AMATEUR DETECTIVES arriving at SIX DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS to a case of poisoning, with the lowly underdog of the group (just as in this case) being the one who arrives at the correct solution. (Note, by the way, that Berkeley, in the preceding paragraph, is the author of two funny parodies--one parodying one of his own detectives; the other parodying Sherlock Holmes (narrated in the comic style of P. G. Wodehouse).

Weighing the strengths and the flaws of CASE FOR THREE DETECTIVES, if I were giving the book a letter grade, it would be a solid "C+".
Felolak Felolak
A light mystery, which highlighted the reader's (or, at least, this reader's) desire to suspend disbelief and not think too hard about what evidence has been presented and what it amounts to (and what a scientific analysis might reveal). Yes, like the previous reviewer said, the parodies of the three detectives are a bit superficial -- but I found them hilarious and well-done. Yes, there are other plausible alternatives possible -- but I found the four presented in the book much stronger and better "grounded" than many other mysteries. The book also sends up a trope of the genre -- of having the narrator be the confidant of the detective(s), for seemingly no particular reason. (Yes, I did find the second death a bit too much, and took off one star from my review for that).
Inth Inth
A psuedo-tongue-in-cheek whodunit in the tradition of the golden age where all the suspects are gathered in one place during the crime and investigation. I found the three detectives, send ups of Lord Peter Wimsey, H. Poirot and Father Brown sort of unimpressive and didn't really go along for the ride that the author seemed to plan for the reader. The four plausible explanations of the crime were probably an original plot device in the 1930's but may be a bit stale now. It's an okay read for those looking for a light, undemanding British mystery.