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Murder on the Cliffs (Daphne du Maurier Mystery #1)

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  285 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published November 24th 2009)
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It doesn't sound like a bad concept--the young, unfledged Daphne Du Maurier finding herself involved with a mystery that features a sinister housekeeper, a handsome, brooding man, and a huge, mysterious old mansion on the Cornish coast. And so Daphne stumbles across a frightened young girl and a dead woman...
The problem is that it's so badly written! If you want a mess of dangling participles, misplaced modifiers, anachronisms, overwrought diction and misused words, this is probably for you. Som
What a letdown! MURDER ON THE CLIFFS had so much potential -- gothic undertones, set in Cornwall, murder mystery, even featuring a young Daphne du Maurier. (REBECCA is one of my favorite books) To say it fell flat is an understatement. I labored through the first half, even though I was, quite frankly, bored, then skimmed through the rest to get to the ending. Daphne was a ninny, the writing was poor, the characters were uninteresting and dull, and there were confusing bits -- like that Lianne w ...more
Daphne Du Maurier read an article in the newspaper, The Times about an old abbey that is located on the Cornish coast. It dates all the way back to the Charlemagne era. Daphne loves rooting around and learning about the history of old places. She begs her parents to let her stay instead of going with them and trying to find a husband. Her parents agree on one condition…Daphne must stay with an old friend, Ewe Sinclaire.

While taking a morning walk, Daphne hears a woman scream. When she arrives at
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Daphne Du Maurier has begged off another London season to spend some time in Cornwall, a desire her family just can't grasp, but reluctantly agrees to if she will stay with her mother's old nurse, Ewe Sinclaire, an inveterate gossip. Daphne has ambitions of being a writer and the lure of the windswept cliffs calls to her, as does the lost scrolls of Charlemagne watched over by the nuns at R
Idril Celebrindal
I made it through two chapters but the writing was so completely terrible I just couldn't go on. Never mind that the main character (poor Daphne du Maurier, maligned by being presented as such an idiot) travels to a remote town on the Cornish coast for the sole purpose of visiting a specific abbey and then just wanders through the village and into the woods and wonders why that didn't suddenly reveal said abbey to her; never mind the at least five instances of tonal whiplash experienced in the f ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Patricia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: gave-up
This is the first in a projected series with Daphne du Maurier as the protagonist. I was predisposed to like it but just couldn't get beyond the fourth chapter. I realize that the atmosphere is supposed to be melodramatic, but the writing just isn't that good. "Sea spray foamed at the mouth of the restless sea." Etc. Oh well.....
Melanie Moore
This novel is a mystery with Daphne du Maurier as the main character. She is the author of Rebecca, one of my favorite books and films. It is set in Cornwall and so far it does have a Rebecca feel to it. The mystery has just unfolded and I can't wait to see "who-dunit"!
Enjoyable story with high marks for atmosphere but I thought the writing style was a bit unpolished.
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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 M
Wendy Hines
To solve a murder mystery while on holiday is no way to catch a suitable husband.

Daphne du Maureer gave up her London season to study and research ancient scrolls at an abbey on the Cornish coast. She stays with an old friend of her mother's, Ewe Sinclair. Ewe is a self-proclaimed busybody who knows almost everything about everyone in the small quaint town.

Not long after Daphne's arrival, she takes a walk along the coast and hears a terrifying scream. Running, she spies a young girl with a body
Mom wanted this one so I got it for her for the holidays. I’m not overly fond of mystery series that use authors as the protagonist. I’ve seen Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde, the Alquonquin Club, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and now this one brings us Daphne du Maurier. It was probably the best of the aforementioned bunch.

Young Daphne has gone to Cornwall to research an old abbey’s scrolls, staying with Ewe Sinclair, her mother’s old nurse. She has a love of Gothic architecture and wants to use it to wr
Murder on the Cliffs is a story intended to be the fictional inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier's Gothic novel, Rebecca. The story is told from the perspective of Daphne Du Maurier herself as a young girl, as she investigates the mysterious death of a young girl engaged to be married to the prominent Lord Hartley. The plot of this novel is a very intriguing one, yet oftentimes there seems to be a lot of suspenseful build-up to the too-brief encounters between characters. Too often, the meetings b ...more
In her attempt to capture the mood and impact of the romantic gothics produced by Daphne du Maurier, Joanne Challis has given us a rather flimsy and shadowy imitation of one of Ms. du Maurier's more famous works, REBECCA.....which itself was Ms.du Maruier's reworking of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

All of the ingredients are there. The young Daphne, enamored with old buildings and ancient history, unwittingly pulled into the lives of the Hartley family whose grand mansion holds a plethora of sec
Murder on the Cliffs is the first in a promising new mystery series by Joanna Challis. Daphne du Maurier is a young inspiring author who, instead of staying home to pursue a husband, as her mother would like, decides to take on an adventure by staying with her mother's old nanny. It doesn't take long for her to find adventure, as she discovers a dead body shortly after her arrival to Cornwall. Not only does she discover the dead body of a young woman, who she later finds out is named Victoria, b ...more
I am embarrassed to admit that I've never read anything by Daphne Du Maurier, but reading Challis' mystery has made me strongly desire to remedy that. Many thanks to Lance and the folks involved with the Omnimystery Book Tour for Joanna Challis' breathtaking first book in her Daphne Du Maurier series. I'm excited to be a part of this tour!

I could not put this book down. The writing was breezy and flowed beautifully and I couldn't help but get wrapped up in the mystery and the characters involved
A very entertaining read, for Du Maurier lovers and others as well...those who just like a good story and some good mystery. Challis takes the future authoress and fictionally creates her as an amateur sleuth, all the while allowing her to use her sleuthing for material for her novels, mostly Rebecca. Set in Cornwall, England (Du Maurier's home county in England), Challis sets up a Rebecca-esque story here with all the, a large manor house, an austere housekeeper, a mysterious ...more
Daphne du Maurier was my favorite authoress when I was younger and I loved reading "Rebecca", "Jamaica Inn" and "My Cousin Rachel" were three of my favorites. In this book, a young Daphne travels to Cornwall to visit the local abbey in order to escape her mother's plans to marry her off. She stays with her mother's old nanny and, while walking along the seaside cliff, comes upon the body of a young woman. She finds that the victim was the intended bride of David Hartley who lives at the palatial ...more
Pete Loveday
As a concept this book held much promise. Sadly, the execution was terrible. Poorly written and badly characterised. I struggled to read to halfway and then skimmed to the conclusion only to discover an in-plausible ending. Put it back on the shelf!
An entertaining mystery in the grand English tradition, with a young Daphne du Maurier as the leading character and sleuth.

The fun is in not only trying to figure out whodunit, but seeing the budding writer find the inspiration to write her most famous novel, Rebecca, as she investigates the murder of a beautiful young woman who was about to be married into the family of a strange group of people residing in an old mansion in the countryside of Cornwall.

Although the solution is a bit predictable
This book is exactly what I like about mysteries - fast-paced, informative and when needed, straight to the point. Joanna Challis' style is great - though I ruined it for myself by reading the second book first. As soon as I realized that I was reading the second book in the series, I should have just stopped. Usually, that's what I do. However, I couldn't. By page 5, it had sucked me in and I didn't want to stop reading it. I knew very little about Daphne but now, I am looking forward to readin ...more
Joan Horkey
Very enjoyable. Interesting to find out some of Daphne du Maurier's history.
The book started off really good, but then I felt it was dragged out to find out who did it.
An interesting read! I don't know anything about Daphne du Maurier other than she was a British author of mysteries. This fictional series places her as its main character. I enjoyed her and a lot of the main characters. I enjoyed the tie-ins to what I'm sure are her beginnings as an author and her book titled "Rebecca". I'm intrigued to look up more about her and to read "Rebecca" now. That said, the actual mystery of this novel left me wanting, but I can't seem to get enough of British mysteri ...more
Disclaimer: I have not read Rebecca. I started reading this because I'd finished the other book in my bag and needed something for the train ride home, and happened to have this sitting on my desk at work...

Reasonably entertaining, and would have gotten another star if not for the terrible character continuity. In one scene the POV character suspects another character of being the murderer; in the next she's shocked that anyone could suspect that character!
I normally love this type of book. It reminds me of the Barbara Michaels books and has all the gothic romance elements. And it should have been a much better book than it was. Although it had all the right elements, for some reason I just wasn't riveted. It did pick up a bit towards the end. Perhaps Major Browning could have been introduced sooner. Hopefully, he will be a recurring character with a larger role in the next book in the series.
I didn't actually finish reading this book--Less than halfway through I skipped ahead to the ending. I normally really enjoy reading these type books, but the main character was so childish and the writing was just bad. At times I would think, "What?" and look back trying to find something that tied to what I'd just read. It was almost as if the author felt you should read her thoughts and know what she intended to mean. Very disappointing.
Lindsay Houston
I didn't hate this book, but I was disappointed. "Rebecca" is one of my favorite books of all time and I really loved the idea of having Daphne du Maurier as a character so I had high hopes. I was hoping for a great mystery, with clues interwoven into the story so the reader could also be the detective, and that just didn't happen. The mystery seemed to be more of a backdrop and by the time you find out who did it, you just didn't care anymore.
Literally made it through three paragraphs and that was a chore.
Ashley Logan
I absolutely love Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca! To read a novel that, even though it is fictional, gives us a possible glance into Daphne's life as a young woman investigating a murder that leads her to write Rebecca is a wonderful read. It is very well done and stays true to the facts of her life. I just wish I had more time to read more of Daphne's books. I am young, maybe one day I will get to it.
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