Category Archives: du Maurier, Daphne

“Defying Man and Storm”: Daphne du Maurier, Jamaica Inn

I’m no connoisseur of romantic suspense, but it’s hard to imagine it being done better than Jamaica Inn. Really, this book has it all: a grim, windswept, yet beautiful landscape; a grim, brooding, yet charismatic villain; a grim, twisted, yet convincing plot; Jamaica Inn itself, “a house that reeked of evil . . . a solitary […]

“He was my shadow, or I was his”: Daphne du Maurier, The Scapegoat

The Scapegoat is the third novel I’ve read recently with a plot that turns on stolen identities. It’s really interesting how differently they deal with the dangerous temptation to be someone else. In each case, the usurper is at least somewhat sympathetic because what he wants is so simple and recognizable: belonging, acceptance, communion. But […]

A Word to Canada: We are not dismayed.

Colleen of the always engaging blog Bookphilia is clearing out stock at her bookstore (side note: check out the website or, if you’re in Toronto, just show up, and you will find some great deals). In the process she came across a little gem which she sent along for my Daphne du Maurier collection. It’s […]

Daphne du Maurier, Frenchman’s Creek

A kind friend (thanks, SD!), on learning that I wanted to read some Daphne du Maurier besides Rebecca, sent me a wonderfully enticing stack of her novels, including the pictured 1959 edition of her 1941 novel Frenchman’s Creek. I was hooked from the moment I saw the cover (not just the picture, which you have […]

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