'The House of Whispers' (1918)
- THE HOUSE OF WHISPERS. By William Johnston.
Little Brown & Co. $1.40 net.
'The Forum,' June 1918, "New Books":
"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."
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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."
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