16 FEBRUARY 1895, Page 24

The Bed House Mystery. By Mrs. Hun gerford. 2 vols.

(Chatto and Windus.)—We must own to a feeling of prejudice against novels that claim attention by the title of "mystery." If any reader shares this feeling, let it not hinder him from reading Mrs. Hungerford's story. There is something of the dreadful in it; the villain is a very bad villain indeed. But there is plenty that is good to read in it, to wit, two nice lovers, one pretty love-story, and another that, if not exactly pretty, ends satisfactorily ; a rascal is well beaten ; honest people get their own, and a very delightful Mr. Browne keeps us amused all the time. The Red- House Mystery, in short, is much better than its name.