The Villa of Death by Joanna Challis
A Mystery Featuring Daphne du Maurier (Daphne Du Maurier Mysteries)

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Young Daphne du Maurier must defend a friend who has been accused of murder in the next installment in the beguiling mystery series that readers of Rebecca will love.

It’s the summer of 1927 and aspiring novelist Daphne du Maurier is headed to Cornwall for the wedding of her dear friend Ellen Hamilton to American millionaire Teddy Grimshaw. Having met during the chaos of the Great War, the lovers were cruelly separated for nearly a decade by circumstance and family interference. Now the wedding ceremony—held at Thornleigh Manor, a grand estate that has been in the Hamilton family for five centuries—marks a renewed hope for the future.

But joy quickly turns to devastation when Teddy is found murdered right after the wedding. Wealth, jealousy, and buried secrets provide no shortage of suspects—or danger to everyone at Thornleigh, including Daphne herself. When Ellen is suspected of being the murderess, the independent-minded Daphne, along with the dashing Major Browning, is inspired to uncover the truth, and to write her next novel.


About Joanna Challis

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JOANNA CHALLIS lives and writes in Australia. Visit her online at
Published December 6, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 305 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Budding author Daphne du Maurier is leaving London for a trip to her beloved Cornwall to see her friend Ellen Hamilton finally marry Teddy Grimshaw, the father of their child, at her home, Thornleigh Manor.

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Young Daphne du Maurier is determined to solve a murder or two and write her first novel in Challis’s diverting third mystery featuring the future author of Rebecca (after 2010’s Peril at Somner House).

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Historical Novel Society

The third in a series of mysteries which feature author Daphne du Maurier as the heroine, The Villa of Death brings readers to a mansion on the Cornish coast, fraught with legends, secrets, romance, and murder.

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