THE MYSTERY AT THE BLUE VILLA. By
Melville Davisson Post. D. Appleton & Co.
THE BLOWER OF BUBBLES. By Arthur Beverl[e]y
Baxter. D. Appleton & Co.
'The Forum,' March 1920:
" 'The Mystery of the Blue Villa,' by Melville David-
son [sic] Post, and 'The Blower of Bubbles,' by
Arthur Beverly Baxter, can be reviewed as one, for
they are both volumes of short stories, widely
different in theme, but still appealing only to those
who are able to enjoy a short story when it appears
in book form. Why we do not have more volumes
of short stories, is the first thing that comes to mind
on picking up such volumes as these. The modern
American authors are really masters of the short story.
Mr. Post, for instance, can write a successful mystery
story, with the ease, the assurance, that is not excelled
or ever equalled by few living authors. He is a master
of suspense and a keen character analyst. Mr. Baxter
has not Mr. Post's skill, but he writes entertainingly,
and graphically. He has recently served overseas, and
most of his work mirrors his service. Both these books
will be of great interest to the ambitious short-story
writer, with which this country abounds."