Books: October Mysteries

MR. MIRAKEL —E. Phillips Oppenheim — Little, Brown ($2). The Oppen-heimily-colored, romantic and adventurous tale of a rich London hotel owner who transported a bevy of war-weary cosmopolites to a fantastic Utopia where man, of course, decided to be entertainingly vile. Good Oppenheim and pleasant diversion for an empty evening.

OLD BONES —Herman Peterson —Duell, Sloan and Pearce ($2). How a family skeleton that strayed from its closet to the bottom of an abandoned standpipe endangered the lives of several likable people and gave a rural doctor his chance to play sleuth. Well written, mystifying, capably plotted.

STALK THE HUNTER —Mitchell Wilson —Simon...

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