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Publication Order of Sergeant Cluff Books

Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Methods of Sergeant Cluff (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sergeant Cluff Goes Fishing (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Deaths for Sergeant Cluff (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sergeant Cluff and the Madmen (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sergeant Cluff and the Price of Pity (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Confounding Of Sergeant Cluff (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sergeant Cluff & the Day of Reckoning (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Procrastination of Sergeant Cluff (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Choice for Sergeant Cluff (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sergeant Cluff Rings True (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Corpse for Kofi Katt (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Female Detective (By: Andrew Forrester) (1864)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Walks by Night (By: John Dickson Carr) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castle Skull (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Gallows (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (By: John Dickson Carr) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Gil North is the pseudonym of Geoffrey Horne, a British author best known for his detective stories. His novels mainly revolve around Sergeant Cluff, based in Yorkshire. The series was adapted for the big screen dubbed Cluff by BBC in the 1960’s. Gil North was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and attended Ermysted’s Grammar School and later Christ’s College in Cambridge. In 1949, he married Betty Duthie. From 1938 to 1955, Gil served as a Civil Servant in the UK’s African Colonies. He passed away in Skipton in 1988.

Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm is book one in the Sgt. Cluff crime book series by Gil North, part of the British Library Crime Classics collection. Although North’s series enjoyed significant success, it had faded into obscurity. Thankfully, North’s initial two novels, along with various other forgotten British crime classics, have been republished. The series is based in Yorkshire, and its allure lies in its descriptions of the harsh landscapes, challenging weather, and desolate moors, as well as the central character, Sergeant Cluff.

When Sergeant Caleb Cluff responds to a sudden death scene, it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide. Amy Wright is found on her bed with doors and windows sealed and the gas turned on. She was 48 years old, devoting much of her life to caring for her well-off father and then her mother.

After her mother’s death, Amy entered into an ill-fated marriage with a man 20 years her junior who was only interested in her money. Although everyone holds Alf Wright morally accountable for her death, legally, he appears to escape blame. Cluff, burdened by his knowledge of Wright’s cruelty toward Amy, cannot accept the coroner’s verdict. With no official police investigation planned, Cluff takes leave and launches his pursuit of Wright.

The narrative is told in a concise style, with short sentences and limited exposition or background information. Sergeant Cluff, an older, confirmed bachelor, is not the most likable character. He is steadfast and quick to anger, and there’s a sense that something from his wartime experiences has brought him back to his hometown.

After the initial chapters and the death investigation, the focus shifts away from Amy to Wright’s behavior following the funeral and inquest and his response to Cluff’s persistent, silent pressure. Wright’s visit to a nearby farm he used as an alibi draws attention to the farm’s residents and the death of the much older farmer, Cricklethwaite, and his young wife, Jinny. An unhealthy relationship between Alf, Jinny, and another man named Ben leads to heightened tension and unexpected developments.

This book offers a departure from the typical style and tone of titles in the British Library Crime Classics series, featuring a level of violence that sets it apart from the traditional Golden Age books and places it firmly in the 1960s. The characterizations, including those of minor characters, are excellently crafted, adding depth to the portrayal of the town and its inhabitants.

Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm features a delightful and enlightening, spoiler-free introduction by Martin Edwards. He provides insights into the author’s life and places his works within the broader context of detective story development. It’s a fantastic beginning to the series, leaving one to wonder why such excellent books tend to fade into obscurity.

The writing style of this book is straightforward and unadorned, using minimal adjectives and adverbs. Despite this, the author masterfully paints a vivid picture of the characters, their environment, and the way of life of those involved in the story. This book could almost serve as a model for anyone studying creative writing, showcasing how to convey a compelling narrative with economy and precision.

The Methods of Sergeant Cluff is the second novel in the Sergeant Cluff book series, published in 1960. Even though Sergeant Caleb Cluff is still on leave following the events of the previous book when the body of a young woman is discovered in Gunnershaw, he’s the only CID officer in town, so he’s summoned to the scene. As a local man, Cluff knows the townspeople well and quickly identifies the girl as Jane Trundle. He immediately suspects a young man who has been in love with her despite her constant rejection. However, Cluff is not convinced that Jack could commit such a brutal act. He decides to widen his investigation, much to the frustration of his superiors, who prefer a swift resolution to the case.

Sergeant Cluff is paired with a uniformed officer, PC Barker. But he’s something of a loner and an early version of the unconventional cop we often see today.

He relies on his local knowledge, intuition, and an acute understanding of human emotions to determine who might be the culprit. He quietly intimidates and harasses his suspects until they either confess or reveal incriminating behavior.
Cluff has a strong sense of justice, but he doesn’t always believe that following the law is the best way to achieve it. His methods sometimes go beyond what was considered acceptable, even in the less politically correct early 1960s. Despite clashing with colleagues, his track record of getting results allows him to continue his unconventional approach.

The climax of the story becomes increasingly dramatic, pushing the boundaries of credibility, but somehow it works. The plot takes a dark turn, and Cluff’s actions, to put it mildly, raise moral questions. He resembles the old-school amateur detectives who let justice unfold outside the bounds of the law. Unlike the typical detective story with chases and a focus on finding clues, Cluff solves crimes by understanding the people in his village and their surroundings and by listening closely to what they say or don’t say to him.

The village setting is ideal, representing a working-class community left behind by the rapidly evolving industrial landscape, with some newcomers bringing middle-class sensibilities to the area. This reflects the post-World War II changes in many northern towns and villages. If you enjoy reading police procedurals set in the 1960s, then Gil North’s book series is a highly recommended read. Alternatively, you can opt to watch the adaptation version, Cluff, which was aired from 1964-1965.

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