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Books: Murders of the Month: Dec. 31, 1934

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MR. PINKERTON FINDS A BODY—David Frome—Farrar & Rim hart ($2). Shy Welshman Pinkerton goes trustingly about Oxford; finds himself suspected of murder. Rescued by Yard’s Inspector Bull, Pinkerton reveals the necessary clue.

FOR THE HANGMAN—John Stephen Strange—Crime Club ($2). Snow, gossip, kidnapping and murder in Baltimore. Through pink note paper and pink cheeks, the U. S. Post Office’s Inspector Peel narrowly averts injustice.

THE EYES OF DEATH—John Bentley— Crime Club ($2). Introducing Sophisticate Richard Herrivell Bart, antiquarian, who suavely guides blunt Chief Inspector Barton through the psychological maze left by a brutal, clever murderer.

THE PERFECT ALIBI—C. St. John Sprigg —Crime Club ($2). All suspects have alibis when the armament king is murdered. Best are those of killer and victim, which are pierced when a smart young reporter helps the police. Jekyll-and-Hyde motif.

JOURNEY DOWNSTAIRS—R. Philmore— Crime Club ($2). Domestic murder at an English house party. Character study by the investigator quietly clears the crime.

THE SHOT FROM THE DOOR—Charles Barry—Button ($2). Scotland Yard’s trials with blackmailing, murder and gangdom.

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