27 JUNE 1896, Page 11

The Heart of a Mystery. By T. W. Speight. (Jarrold

and Sons.) —The "Mystery" is of a sufficiently familiar kind. A certain Mr. Hazeldine is murdered. The secret to be discovered is,—who has murdered him ? Of course, it is not the person suspected and, indeed, pointed out by circumstances. The real culprit has to be guessed by the reader, who is assisted or confounded, as the case may be, by a vairiety of more or less interesting personages who are grouped round the central fact. The story, though a little too long for the matter in hand, is fairly good.