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'The House of Whispers' (1918)

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  • miketooney49
    THE HOUSE OF WHISPERS. By William Johnston. Little Brown & Co. $1.40 net. The Forum, June 1918, New Books :
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2012
      THE HOUSE OF WHISPERS. By William Johnston.
      Little Brown & Co. $1.40 net.

      'The Forum,' June 1918, "New Books":

      <http://www.unz.org/Pub/Forum-1918jun-00749>

      "The detective story is coming back into its own. For
      the past few years there has been a hesitancy before
      buying a detective story on the part of a large class of
      readers who did not wish to read how a skillful sleuth
      unravels a baffling mystery. And now the pendulum
      has swung the other way, and the more mystery the
      better the book. The reason for this, so the publishers
      tell us, is that the big thinkers of the country need
      mental relaxation and the fighting men need a volume
      that will carry them away from the camp to romance-land.

      " 'The House of Whispers' is one of the best detective
      stories of the newer crop. It is from the pen of William
      Johnston, of 'Limpy' fame, and while the haunted house
      is familiar, the fact that this home was an apartment lends
      immediate interest to the volume. The theme of the story
      is not altogether unusual, nor do the characters stand
      prominently in the gallery of unique American types. The
      story has plenty of suspense, however, and the mystery
      is unsolvable until the very end."

      [No GAD Wiki entry for William Johnston]

      <http://www.unz.org/Author/JohnstonWilliam?Col=-1>

      THE HOUSE OF INTRIGUE. By Arthur Stringer.
      The Bobbs Merrill Co. $1.50 net.

      "Arthur Stringer's 'The House of Intrigue' is a second
      detective story with a familiar crew of thieves of both
      sexes, lawyers, a doctor, an heiress, and a detective,
      who at the end straightens out the whole affair. If only
      Mr. Stringer, who is a writer of real ability, had chosen
      a more startling climax and a better explanation for the
      mystery the book would have been one of the biggest
      successes ever offered to a public demanding to be
      thrilled. As it is, the story is entertaining and worthy of
      banishing sleep until the end is reached."

      [No GAD Wiki entry for Arthur Stringer]

      <http://www.unz.org/Author/StringerArthurJ?Col=-1>
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