Books: Murder in March, Apr. 6, 1942

THE APPREHENSIVE DOG—H. C. Bailey—Crime Club ($2). Mr. Reginald Fortune luxuriates at a museum-piece English inn while probing the violent death of a long-absent village siren, whose return to childhood scenes precipitates murder, suicide and confusion among the gentry. Intelligent, well-characterized and done with customary Bailey finesse.

FEAR STALKS THE VILLAGE—Ethel Una White—Harper ($2). An exceptionally good thriller by the English author of The Wheel Spins (filmed as The Lady Vanishes). A plague of vitriolic and well-informed anonymous notes to supposedly impeccable village worthies changes a bucolic paradise into a midden of fear, suspicion and death. Investigator Ignatius Brown follows...

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