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Shadow on the Water. By Harriet Ainsworth. (Hodder and Stoughton,

12s. 6d.) Ladylike little number about a complicated series of murder attempts in Lisbon, narrated by the middle-aged English widow who sees all, understands every- thing and is doted upon (unaccountably) by everybody. Nice read for similar ladies.