THE BEST DETECTIVE STORIES OF THE YEAR 1929. (Faber and
Faber. 7s. 6d.)—We should recommend The Best Detective Stories of the Year 1929 were it only on account of the fact that this publication provides excellent reading for the public who cannot be bothered-to pick and chtlose from the countless " thrillers " and " shockers " published, and yet, on the other band, do enjoy a really good detective story, This book is more, however. Including, as it does, contribu- tions from G. K. Chesterton, J. S. Fletcher, E. Philips Oppenheim, H. de Vere Stacpoole, and other well-known writers, it is a compilation which should delight equally lovers of the short story, detective "fans," and readers of ordinary fiction. It would serve no purpose to describe any story as inent ; it is the book as a whole that pleases, and we 1)1Z-ern P this opportunity of congratulating the publishers on their initiative in producing a book that will appeal to so large a public.