1 JUNE 1895, Page 26

The Lone Inn: a Mystery. By Fergus Hume. (jarrold and

Sons.)— " The Lone Inn," and another tale, "Professor Brankers Secret," which helps to make up the volume, are, we think, too much of the hard conundrum kind to be generally attractive. There should be

no difficulty in following a story of this kind with full comprehen- sion as one goes on. This condition is scarcely satisfied here. One criticism on the details of the first plot we may make. Surely the man who tells the story ought to have done, and indeed could have done, but one thing as soon as he found the dead body— give information to the police.