11 MAY 1929, Page 31

MURDER ISLAND. By Wyndham Martyn. (Jenkins. 7s. 6d4-Murder Island is

the name which an American multi-millionaire gives to a lonely isle off the coast of Maine, where he builds a palatial home and entertains large house- Parties. For purposes of his own, he spreads the legend that he island was the scene of pirate exploits in bygone times, and is consequently haunted. His motives and real character are revealed at the end of a story that combines extravagant thrills with some essentially true, if highly coloured, pictures of modern American society. Anthony Trent, familiar to readers of Mr. Martyn's previous " shockers," reappears.