I liked Death Is A Little Man. I was disappointed in Towers with Ivy. Now comes her third book, indicating that she can handle better than adequately her small town characters and atmosphere and that she can develop her story. She has a good theme here -- the effect on the lives of one small town family of the intrusion of old home week, with its reviving of old associations and memories and its infiltration of new. If she could have kept her story on the realistic plane of State Fair, she would have achieved something. As it is, the temptation to involve all her characters in melodrama proves too much, and her story ends on a wrong note. There is one delightful character, the old great-grandmother who wants to sow her wild oat to celebrate her 100th birthday. In spite of its defects, it is a good yarn and thoroughly readable.