Reviews by Leah A. Zeldes

Philo Gubb

by Ellis Parker Butler

Hilarious stories of Philo Gubb, Riverview, Iowa's greatest correspondence-school deteckative and wallpaper hanger. It might take you a couple of these stories to appreciate Gubb, and you won't want to read too many at a sitting, but these are very funny tales.

Reviewed on 2014.03.15

Patricia Brent, Spinster

by Herbert Jenkins

Charming. It may take a bit of doing to get into the social and moral sensibilities of World War I England, and the basic plot has been repeated enough that it's predictable, but it's still a lovely story.

Reviewed on 2014.03.04

The Betrayal

by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Fast moving, engrossing pulp thriller set in British high society. The mystery will keep you guessing. A nearly penniless young gentleman finds himself drawn into international intrigue amid unhappy revelations about his parents. Some of the characters are rather broadly drawn, but it's a very enjoyable read.

Reviewed on 2014.02.24

Sea Urchins

by W.W. Jacobs

One of my favorite ways of finding good books from the 19th and early 20th centuries is through mentions in other books. A character in Rose Macaulay's disappointing novel "The Furnace" reads this collection of sea stories as a distraction from worries. There was no description of the book, so I decided to check it out. Nautical yarns aren't my thing as a rule, but these are lively, wry and mostly pretty funny. You might not want to read them all at once, but taken in small doses, they are indeed cheering.

Reviewed on 2014.02.23

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