21 SEPTEMBER 1956, Page 24

Wmow's WEB. By Ursula Curtiss. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 10s. 6d.)

This must be the fourth little masterpiece of suspense and ambiguity concocted by Miss Curtiss, and the magic is still at work : a man and a woman close in to catch a murderess, waiting for her one slip, or for her nerve to break. Quietly, persuasively done, combining realism with ingenuity to a degree as rare on the author's side of the Atlantic as on ours.