Twenty-Four Hours Shows What a Difference a Day Makes

In Twenty-Four Hours, Louis Bromfield takes a plot that appears to be plodding off in one direction, gives it more twists than a bag of pretzels, and turns out a story that seems perfectly plausible. As the curtain rises, old Hector Champion is giving a dreary dinner to distract himself from worry over the results […]

Young Man of Manhattan, Grow Up!

In Young Man of Manhattan, Katherine Brush shows how a talented writer can make a scruffy boy-meets-girl plot sparkle. The boy in the story is a young sportswriter, Toby McLean. The girl is Ann Vaughn, a film reporter for another newspaper. Both are still tied to the apron strings of their upbringing. In Toby’s case […]

Take Chances Without Thinking

If you don’t look too closely, A. Hamilton Gibb’s 1930 bestseller, Chances, is a heart-warming tale of love between brothers. Tom and Jack Ingleside are 15 and 13½ respectively when they are packed off to boarding school in France to crack their British insularity.  Until they are finished at Oxford and launched on their careers, […]

Rogue Herrie Is a Spellbinder

In Rogue Herries, Hugh Walpole turns a trunkful of novelistic faults into a drama that makes Wuthering Heights seem cheerful. The Herries household moves to northwest England, a dark, foggy, isolated place whose superstition and backwardness is legendary even by 1735 standards. Some years after his wife dies, Herries falls in love with a girl […]

The Door Conceals Classy Murder Mystery

Mary Roberts Rinehart can be counted on for mysteries with a cast of people with motive for murder and a maze of clues. Her novel The Door is in the classic “the butler did it” tradition, complete with a butler. Readers get all the clues they need to solve the murder, with enough red herrings […]

Angel Pavement Business Failure Is Novelistic Success

Angel Pavement is a spellbinding insiders’ view of a small business failure. Twigg & Dersinghan at 8 Angel Pavement, London, sells veneers and inlays. The firm makes enough to pay the six-person staff, but business is steadily declining. Mr. Smeeth, the bookkeeper, fears Twigg & Dersinghan could go under. A stranger arrives with a business proposition. […]