14 MAY 1927, Page 40

THE FEATHERED SERPENT. By Edgar Wallace. (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s.

6d.)--This is the second book which has been published within the last two months by this master of detective stories. It is not, therefore, surprising that there is little originality in the weaving and solution of its plot, for this rate of output is what we have now learnt to expect from Mr. Wallace. But anyone who has not already read most of his books will find The Feathered Serpent full of thrills and surprises : and the clever young journalist, who discovers the truth of the case but does not disclose the murderer to the police until he has had time to flee the country, is a pleasant companion with whom to explore these dangerous paths.