5 APRIL 1957, Page 28

Dead Man's Riddle. By Mary Kelly. (Seeker and Warburg, 15s.)

Other universities have had their laureates-if laureates, in this particular literary field, is the word-why not Edinburgh with murder taking place at a riotous Rectorial? Miss Kelly is still not entirely at home in her newly chosen genre, and flounders around in a rather complicated plot which includes a dottily unnecessary code. But she can 'write, and may well delight us all, anon.