Murder on the Cliffs: A Daphne Du Maurier Mystery by Joanna Challis
Where did Daphne Du Maurier get her inspiration for the classic tale Rebecca? From becoming involved in a murder investigation! When Daphne comes across the body of a woman at the bottom of a cliff she finds herself in the center of a scandal. Did the bride-to-be commit suicide? Or was she pushed? There are a number of people who would want the young woman dead, but did any of them commit murder?
The author works the real-life authoress into this fictional mystery very well. Never do you feel like you are getting a history lesson or a biographical sketch. You learn about the times and the woman through the course of the narrative. It is also a well written mystery with a gothic air reminiscent of Rebecca.
If you are a mystery reader, you may be interested in joining the Mysterious Mornings discussions. Our next theme/sub-genre is Real People – Unreal Crimes. A list of suggested authors and titles is available at the Bridgewater Library and titles are on display right now.
If it’s a mystery and the main character is famous for something other than solving crimes, and is now solving crimes, then it fits this month’s sub-genre. Just keep in mind how the main character’s fame and profession affects the mystery because that will be a major talking point at our discussion on Wednesday, January 11th at 9:30am at the Bridgewater Library.