Books: Murder in May, Jun. 1, 1942

CENTER OF THE WEB—Katharine Roberts —Crime Club ($2). A Nazi agent, captured on his way to Belgium, yields secrets that enable a British Intelligence officer to penetrate the inner spy circles of Antwerp, where he charms, obfuscates and finally defeats the dreaded Fraulein Doktor. Spy-stuff at its best.

BLACK ORCHIDS—Rex Stout—Farrar & Rinehart ($2). Nero Wolfe and his ebullient amanuensis Archie Goodwin are here at top form in two "novellas" —"Black Orchids" and "Cordially Invited to Meet Death." The first concerns a cleverly contrived murder at New York's annual Flower Show. The second features an adroit bit of poisoning in...

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