|Howard Maxfield Buffington|
For one thing, he got Simon to inscribe ("with cordial greetings") the aforementioned book. For another, slipped into the volume are two notes, one handwritten from someone else and one typed by Buffinton himself, both of which highly praise the novel.
Buffinton's note reads:
|Inscription from author Robert A. Simon|
in Howard M. Buffinton's copy of
Simon's novel Our Little Girl
Two review notes were slipped into the book
as well, one of which is quoted at right.
The novel seems to me to be exceptionally well-balanced particularly so for a book dealing almost exclusively with musical circle and folk. At no time did my interest lag; events march from beginning to end.
Our Little Girl deserves to be passed on--she is too good to keep to oneself.
Did Buffinton leave review slips in all the books he read? If so I would have loved to have seen his library! If Buffinton read mysteries he probably bought Simon's second novel, The Week-End Mystery. In it Simon demonstrates the same fine light touch and mastery of wry humor, only this time in service of a murder puzzle. The only thing that gets murdered in Our Little Girl is music, though that's a crime too!
Much more soon on Robert A. Simon and his mystery.