5 APRIL 1957, Page 28

The Litmore Snatch. By Henry Wade. (Con- stable, 12s. 6d.)

Henry Wade's neo-Trollopean prose has a stately tread, like an old-fashioned policeman's, and it is old-fashioned policemen; admirably and admiringly characterised, who solve this very good, quite believable, down-to- provincial-earth mystery, of a kidnapping. Not all crimes are murders, but too many crime novels are: this is 'a refreshing and most readable change.