MURDER ON THE CLIFFS
St. Martin’s Press
Romance / Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups
Unlike her sisters and many young women her age, Daphne du Maurier has no interest in scoring herself a husband. To her mother’s dismay, Daphne is much more ecstatic to be spending her vacation in the ancient little seaside village of Cornwall.
With the death of his fiancée, it seems there is no escaping the family curse for Lord David Hartley. For generations there has been one mysterious death after another associated with the Hartleys and the Padthaway mansion in which they reside.
The mystery of ancient homes, churches, and documents feeds Daphne’s craving for adventure. She is going to be a great novelist, and in order to do so, she must experience every facet of human emotion and delve into all manner of literature and lore. Her great escape from London society to the sleepy little town of Cornwell turns out to be a most unexpected and intriguing font of information. She stumbles upon what appears to be a murder and is subsequently drawn into the family circle of the people most likely to have committed it.
This story is a step back in history to a small town caught in a turn of the century time warp. Daphne is definitely a progressive woman in a time and place where such attitudes are still uncommon but quite forcefully gains the respect and admiration of those around her. And while this story is not full of heart-pounding suspense or terribly romantic, it is a fantastic mystery. The descriptive settings and characterizations make this an extremely enjoyable read.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More