A magician, a virtuoso. She can conjure up tragedy, horror, tension, suspense, the ridiculous, the vain, the romantic – Good Housekeeping Mary Farren went into the gun room one morning about half-past eleven, took her husbands revolver and loaded it, then shot herself. The butler heard the sound of the gun from the pantry… The fourteen haunting stories in this collection span the whole of Daphne du Mauriers writing career and explore every human emotion: an apparently happily married woman commits suicide; a steamer in wartime is rescued by a mysterious sailing-ship; a dull husband breaks loose in a surprising fashion; a con woman plays her game once too often; and a famous novelist looks for romance, only to meet with bitter disappointent. Each meticulously observed tale shows du Mauriers mastery of the genre.

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