21 AUGUST 1886, Page 26

Trust Me. By Mrs. John Kent Spender. 3 vols. (J.

and R. Maxwell.)—One of Mrs. Spender's characters had christened the town of Middleton, " Muddleton," a joke which, as the authoress remarks, was neither original nor particularly amusing. The same criticism, might be applied to Mrs. Spender's book. Neither the characters nor the story are very original or particularly amusing. When we have said this, we have said almost all that it is possible to say about Trust Me. It is in no respect either better or worse than scores of other novels which issue yearly from the London press. Like them, it will have a certain number of readers, and be forgotten.