1907-1988 A Dame of the British Empire
I’ve never forgotten the story. (Lady Dona escapes into the British countryside to a family home. Someone has been sleeping in her room. What could be more intriguing than to discover it is a French pirate. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory.) This is a romantic tale, written as only DuMauier can write. Who can forget Rebecca with it’s famous ‘first line.’ “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” But it was only last week that I read The Flight of the Falcon where an Italian courier, Armino Fabbio, is leading a tour group in Rome. A mysterious murder compels him to return home to Ruffano. I’ll say no more.
Daphne DuMauier is a writers writer and a readers delight. I highly recommend the Falcon for a great story and memorable characters. Your stay in Ruffano will be filled with intrigue and action. Here is paragraph I loved.
“There was no further excuse for delay. I was a stranger; she had had enough of me. The house, my home, was equally indifferent. I smiled, bowed over her outstretched hand, and left. The door closed. I walked down the flagged path to the garden gate, and so into the street. An old, bent woman walking in the distance, the vanishing skirts of a priest, a dog sniffing at the wall, even the bright day, all of these belonged to the present time, to the Ruffano that was not mine.”