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Sara Woods.

Toronto, Lester & Orpen Dennys, c1983.
191pp, cloth, $14.95.
ISBN 0-88619-003-7.

Grades 12 and up.

Reviewed by Elinor Kelly.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

Sara Woods's forty-somethingth mystery shows a sad falling off in quality in the work of this once favourite writer of detective fiction.

The plot is based on discredited and unscientific views of hypnotism and reincarnation of the Bridie Murphy sort. The legal London setting and the familiar characters, the noble Anthony, his irascible uncle, his faithful wife, have all lost their sparkle. There is no build-up of suspense and no doubt about the guilty. No mystery. No excitement. The once witty exchanges in conversation have grown tedious.

Read the early ones over again if you tire of sex and violence and like puzzles. This is not recommended, and it is too bad because there is a need, felt by insatiable readers, for this kind of mystery.

Elinor Kelly, Port Hope, ON.
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