Books: Whodunit?

MY COUSIN RACHEL (348 pp.)—Daphne du Maurier—Doubleday ($3.50).

An up & coming British officer named Frederick Browning* confided to a boat builder in the late '30s that he hoped to buy a boat if his wife's next book turned out a success. No man ever had a sounder basis for hope. His wife is Novelist Daphne du Maurier, and the book she was working on was called Rebecca.

The latest Du Maurier novel, My Cousin Rachel (her tenth in 20 years), is no Rebecca, but it is still the stuff of which dreamboats are made. The movies have already bought it for a...

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