Books: Mysteries-of-the-Month: Apr. 25, 1938

Of 15 average and better-than-average detective stories last month, four stood as best bets. In order of merit :

THE CASE OF THE SUBSTITUTE FACE—Erle Stanley Gardner—Morrow ($2).

Mystery of a suspected embezzler, lost overboard on a trip from Honolulu to San Francisco, solved by Perry Mason with his usual combined detective-lawyer activity, culminating in some successful courtroom trickery. Excellent.

FRIDAY MARKET—Catherine Meadows —Macmillan ($2.50).

Slow-moving story, with first-rate characterizations and well-developed English village atmosphere, in which a fussy, ambitious lawyer turns into a murderer before the reader's eyes.

CRADLED IN MURDER—Rudd Fleming —Simon & Schuster ($2).

An instructor in a New Orleans college, involved in the...

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