Re: RARA-AVIS: Hammett on Anthony Berkeley/Roger Sheringham

From: William Denton (
Date: 03 Apr 2006

On 2 April 2006, William Harker wrote:

> Hammett begins the review (this book was the first of six to be
> reviewed in that day's "The Crime Wave" column) in this fashion:
> "Of all the facetious amateurs -- count them yourself -- engaged in
> solving mysteries that are too much for the police Roger Sheringham
> is the most amusing -- well, anyhow, the least annoying -- to me."
> He then briefly describes the case and concludes by saying "you are
> not likely to guess the right one [murderer], but you can blame the
> author and not yourself, for this book runs a brisk, entertaining
> race to a flabby and unsporting end."

I've never read the book he's reviewing, but I sure do like that review.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : :

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