Books: Mysteries of the Month: Oct. 31, 1938

Of this month's 13, four stood out as best bets:

THE FASHION IN SHROUDS — Margery Allingham — Doubleday, Doran ($2).

An ambitious attempt at a rounded story of detection, in which Albert Campion expertly solves three deaths in a professional and artistic London circle. Not only is it a skilful mystery, with a solution that stays in solution until the end, but it has good characterizations, and is a competent job of novel-writing.

A BLUNT INSTRUMENT — Georgette Heyer — Crime Club ($2). A blunt instrument finishes the philandering of a well-to-do English gentleman. Notable...

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