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The one thing that all these stories have in common is that Dame Daphne does not hesitate to put her characters right in the midst of hell.
DON'T LOOK NOW is well known thanks to the Donald Sutherland - Julie Christie movie adaptation. Set in Venice, a couple looking for peace find anything but that in this tale of the paranormal, violence, and mystery.
NOT AFTER MIDNIGHT is, I think, the most creative story here. A school teacher and amateur painter looks forward to a vacation in Crete. He's working toward an exhibition and wants nothing more than to paint in solitude, but a loud-mouthed, swearing, drunken "ugly American" puts paid to that ambition. I absolutely loved this one. It has so many elements I love to see in a story.
A BORDERLINE CASE was disappointing. It is the lame story of a girl named Sheila who gets involved with something quite beyond her. Unlikely plot, unappealing characters.
THE WAY OF THE CROSS is an excellent satire. A group of Church of England pilgrims to the Holy Land are the focus of du Maurier's jaded eye. A wonderful mix of types and situations.
THE BREAKTHROUGH is an old school technological story that seems quaint today. An electronics electronics engineer finds himself in the midst of his most unusual work assignment to date when he is sent to an experimental group at a former radar station.
Recommended to du Maurier fans.
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