Murder on the Cliffs

Murder on the Cliffs

A Daphne Du Maurier Mystery

Book - 2009
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The storm led me to Padthaway.

I could never resist the allure of dark swirling clouds, windswept leaves sweeping down cobbled lanes or a view of the sea stirring up its defiant nature. The sea possessed a power all of its own and this part of Cornwall, an isolated stretch of rocky cliff tops and unexplored beaches both enchanted and terrified me.

It is not a lie to say I felt drawn out that day, led to a certain destiny...

So begins this new mystery series featuring young Daphne du Maurier, headstrong, adventurous, and standing at the cusp of greatness.

Walking on the cliffs in Cornwall, she stumbles upon the drowned body of a beautiful woman, dressed only in a nightgown, her hair strewn along the rocks, her eyes gazing up to the heavens. Daphne soon learns that the mysterious woman was engaged to marry Lord Hartley of Padthaway, an Elizabethan mansion full of intriguing secrets.

As the daughter of the famous Sir Gerald du Maurier, Daphne is welcomed into the Hartley home, but when the drowning turns out to be murder, Daphne determines to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Padthaway--in part to find fresh inspiration for her writing, and in part because she cannot resist the allure of grand houses and long buried secrets.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780312367145
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jun 08, 2017


very good writing. story is believeable. no cursing or foul language in case you are sensitive.

Imitates dumaurier well.

Oct 21, 2016

FIRST IN A Daphne Du Maurier Mystery SERIES. Interesting idea for a protagonist, but the execution is poor. Only one small paw up from Abby Tabby and Kristi

Oct 16, 2015

I thought this read like a first draft - some good potential, but fragmented character development, too many details that don't connect, and unsubstantiated conclusions.

Dec 13, 2010

Daphne Du Maurier, not yet an author, finds the drowned body of a young woman while on vacation in Cornwall. Finding that it is infact murder, the killing reveals secrets that the local upper class would rather remained buried.

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