MURDER IN MINIATURE by Leo Bruce

MURDER IN MINIATURE

The Short Stories of Leo Bruce
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A collection of 28 short--very short--stories by Leo Bruce (pseudonym of the late Rupert Croft-Cooke), all but one written in the 50's for the London Evening Standard. The stories share nearly identical plots--mostly involving the murder (designed to look like accident or suicide) of a character rich and often disagreeable, engineered by the victim's heir--wife, husband, nephew, etc. Summarily solved by Sergeant Beef or Sergeant Grebe, who share a talent for spotting the odd, out-of-focus detail, these bare-bones tales lack texture and resonance. Despite a few ingenious surprises and occasional ironic touches, then: a volume that adds little luster to the Bruce canon (Such is Death, etc.).

Pub Date: Sept. 2nd, 1993
ISBN: 0-89733-367-5
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Academy Chicago
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1993