Leo Bruce is the "nom de plume" of Rupert Croft-Cooke, who wrote some 125 mysteries, biographies and memoirs. He died in 1980. There are twenty-two mysteries featuring Deene, of which Academy Chicago has already published eleven. "Death at Hallows End" starts the new hardcover series. The remaining novels will be published over the next several seasons. First published in 1964, "Death at Hallows End"--like all Carolus Deene novels--appears in the U.S. for the first time under an American imprint.
"Academy Chicago is justifiably proud of having discovered Leo Bruce.... Typical of this British author's polished style are those mysteries solved by Carolus Deene, a haughty history schoolmaster whose ratiocinative instincts quicken in atmospheric settings." - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review "... even the seasoned mystery reader... will recognize Leo Bruce as a master of the genre." - Publishers Weekly "These books are superb examples of classic British mystery." - New York Times Book Review "Absolutely deadpan, Bruce roasts every old chestnut, tunes every old saw of the mystery genre." - Library Journal"