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The Villa of Death

The Villa of Death

A Mystery Featuring Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier Mysteries (Volume 3)

Joanna Challis

Minotaur Books

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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.

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CHAPTER ONE

Cannon Hall,
Hampstead, London
Home of the du Mauriers


"Daphne, come away from that window at once. You haven't answered Lady Gersham."
Pulling at the curtain edge, I set my mouth...

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"Challis well renders the bucolic and socially stratified England of the 1920s." - Publishers Weekly

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