Books: About Great-Great-Grandma

MARY ANNE (351 pp.)—Daphne du Maurier—Doubleday ($3.50).

Daphne du Maurier, 46, is one of the slickest pros now producing bestseller belles-lettres. She dips her pen into the inkpot of romance, melodrama or suspense and aims it like a dagger at the heart of the defenseless reader, who is usually quite willing to hold still for her.

Those who dodged such books as Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman's Creek, were probably nailed by the movie versions.

Novelist du Maurier's 18th book, a Book-of-the-Month-Club selection for July and a cinch to be both a bestseller and a movie, will not be escaped by many—and many may not...

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