Books: Murder in August

MAIGRET KEEPS A RENDEZVOUS—Georges Simenon—Harcourt ($2). Two first-class exploits of phlegmatic French Detective Maigret: One is the case of a Breton sea captain, slain after a frenzied voyage, which Maigret closes on an extra-legal note; the other a rural tragedy, involving the death of an elderly countess by induced shock. Translation not so smooth as earlier Simenon but both tales have brilliant workmanship.

SEEING IS BELIEVING—Carter Dickson —Morrow ($2). At an English party, Vicky Fane, under a hypnotic spell, is forced to stab her husband with a rubber dagger—which changes to steel as she drives it home. Irascible Sir Henry Merrivale, interrupting...

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