Books: August Mysteries

THE PINK UMBRELLA —Frances Crane— J. B, Lippincott ($2). Honeymooning in Manhattan, San Francisco Sleuth Pat Abbott encounters an acquaintance of Paris expatriate days and is plunged into the torrid troubles of a quarrelsome clan, culminating in double murders. Abbott's frequent clashes with a babyfaced, steel-willed police lieutenant enliven a tightly plotted, brightly told tale, with an unexpected finish.

DOUBLE TRAGEDY—Freeman Wills Crofts— Dodd, Mead ($2). A run-with-the-hare and hunt-with-the-hounds affair in which a hard-up English business man murders his wife's rich uncle, and covers his tracks from everybody but...

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