My Cousin Rachel

Maudlin tripe from Daphne du Maurier, but I should have known better. I seem to have lost all vestiges of quality control in my reading material. An heir to an estate is jealous when he discovers his benefactor has married a woman in Italy, who then dies and leaves him the estate because a new will was never signed. Phillip, the heir, at first hates the woman, cousin Rachel, but then falls in love with her. He has cryptic letters from his uncle that Rachel tormented him and caused his death, and a final letter hints at poison. Her knowledge of herbs and gardening does support this theory, but in the end she’s presumed innocent, yet Phillip kills her by sending her out on an unsafe walk alone while he ransacks her room looking for evidence that she tried to poison him, after he signed over his estate to her. It’s all very throw-your-hands-in-the-air-and-give-up type stuff.