Books: Mysteries of the Month: Mar. 28, 1938

Of last month's 20, four stood out as best bets. In order of merit:

THE SOUND OF ROWLOCKS—Wilbur Daniel Steele—Harper ($2.50). First detective novel of prolific Author Steele, best known for his short stories. The Sound of Rowlocks achieves a happy balance between a novel and the conventional detective story. Faced with the problem of presenting flesh-&-blood characters as pawns in a chess puzzle, most writers satisfy neither the novel reader nor the mystery addict. But Wilbur Daniel Steele does well by both. Background and atmosphere are authentic; the characters are clear...

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