Books: Cock Robin Killing

THE BISHOP MURDER CASE−S.S. Van Dine−Scribners ($2).

The original title of this book was "The Mother Goose Murder Case." It was changed because the publishers probably feared that the public would think it a book for children−a gentle story with a fairytale murder.

A sportsman named Joseph Cochrane ("Cock") Robin was found dead with an arrow through his heart. A man named Sperling (German for sparrow) was suspected.

Who killed Cock Robin? "I" said the sparrow, "With my bow and arrow, I killed Cock Robin."

It was, of course, not as simple as...

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