Books: Murder in December

Best mysteries of the month:

THE THEME IS MURDER—Gown Holt—Simon and Schuster ($2). Death threats appear on scraps of Wagnerian scores, followed by murder in an English country house. The killing is suavely solved by ex-Scotland Yard Inspector Joel Saber and his wisecracking assistant, Ritzy. A bright horror tale peopled with cheerfully wacky Wodehousean characters.

THE MYSTERY BOOK—Anthony Abbot, Leslie Ford, David Frome, Mary Roberts Rinehart & Rex Stout—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50). Four novelettes, one full-length novel—all good—by five crack mystery mongers.

WHAT NIGHT WILL BRING—Hilea Bailey—Crime Club ($2). An arthritic private investigator and his pretty daughter crack a case involving murders...

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