Carleton cannot be pigeon-holed; his work shows versatility in interests and ability. His last novel, Under the Hog, had a brilliant critical reception. Now comes a novel of today, presenting an engaging group of people at an English spa. Carleton likes people and has a knack of sharp characterization, and of tart and original dialogue. His plot sense limps a bit, as his characters, thrown together fortuitously, meander together rather uneventfully, although delightfully, with talk that varies from the astute to the entertaining. The climax -- hard come by -- is fairly sensational, and precipitates two romantic denouements.