12 JULY 1957, Page 32

The Late Uncle Max. By Mary Fitt. (Macdonald, 10s. 6d.)

Archaeology is all, these days, and here is yet another of those deaths at the diggings that are becoming as frequent as were dull thuds in the country-house libraries of the Twenties. Characters machine-made, denoue- ment wildly improbable, but author good at tech- nicalities of the trade and at Greek-island back- ground: Just the thing for the deck-chair on an Hellenic cruise.