The author of Stately Homicide and Shark Among Herrings has already made an enviable reputation for himself as a writer of detective stories in which excitement is well mixed with excellent detection and spiced with wit. George Milner's new book. The Scarlet Fountains breaks new ground; it tells of an unofficial invasion of a miniature South-East European kingdom called Sokolavia, organised by David Dallas, an enigmatic figure who describes himself as a soldier or fortune. The intention of the invasion was to restore to the throne the exiled Queen Anna, who was not only young and beautiful, but possessed an inflexible determination inherited from her splendid ancestors. The expedition was financed by an American magazine, and was accompanied by a throng of journalists who almost at once found themselves confronted with a far more menacing situation than they had bargained for. George Milner has taken an original idea and round it written an adventure story in which suspense and a brooding atmosphere of menace play their parts, and he has made the imaginary country of Sokolavia vivid and almost tangible by the power of his pen.