28 AUGUST 1926, Page 18


A pleasant " country house " type of story is Flame and Wind (by Norah John Beale, Leonard Parsons, 7s. 6d.), to which an, East African section gives zest and justifies the otherwise rather inappropriate title: There is humour and atmosphere here. * * * A very different aspect of the life of Europeans in Africa is depicted in Moonflowers, by Margaret Peterson (Hutchinson and Co. 7s. Orl.). A_sinister but beautiful African enchantress specializes in husbands who perish miserably in tarn. Certain of the characters strongly suspect this new 14felisande of being a vampire, others think she attains her ends by less esoteric means. Thei.reader. can judge for himself : he will find here a good pictyje of the repulsive fascination of the Dark Continent. * * * Miss Barnes Grundy gives us in Three People (Hodder and Stoughton, 7s. 6d.) an ingenuous but rather clever account of a sun cure in Switzerland. ' But what makes her attribute Sir Frederick Leighton's picture " Wedded " to Landseer, of all people ? * * * Readers who hope that Mr. Herbert Adams will show them Comrade Jill (Methuen, 7s. 6c1.) waving the Red Flag of the dust cover in the forefront of Revolution will be -disappointed. In the first chapters the scene is apparently set, the .StorY. Of 'revolutionaryoutbreak,' with characters of present day leaders thinly disguised. Then the author seems to tire- of the-whole theme and gives a very ordinary account of a kidnapping adventure with a thin background of Communism. -