Peril at Somner House: A Mystery Featuring Daphne du Maurier

Peril at Somner House: A Mystery Featuring Daphne du Maurier

by Joanna Challis
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Peril at Somner House 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
sbd1988 More than 1 year ago
If you have ever read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, you will LOVE Peril at Somner House by Joanna Challis. Challis actually wrote a previous novel that goes along with this one, Murder on the Cliffs. I believe you'll love both because I love both novels. I picked up Murder on the Cliffs last summer at the Paoli Public Library because the book looked good, and I'm glad I did. Peril at Somner House is a very worthy sequel to Murder on the Cliffs. The heroine Daphne du Maurier, before becoming the famous writer, stumbles across another mystery while on vacation visiting her sister's friends, the Trevalyans, on an isle off the coast of Cornwall; at least she didn't stumble across the dead body this time! Daphne quickly sets about to finding out who-dun-it, and while island hopping with the family and guests of Somner House, they find another body! How will this turn out? You'll have to read in order to find out! Daphne du Maurier as a character is just as good as she is at being an author. The descriptions are beautiful, and you can see du Maurier's inspirations and allusions to Rebecca everywhere! This will not disappoint!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The two du Maurier sisters, wannabe novelists Daphne and Angela, are staying at the mansion of Max Trevalayan on St. Mary's, a barrier island off of Cornwall. Their idyllic time ends when their host is murdered while his wife's alibi is another man. The siblings decide to investigate the killing starting with interviewing those staying or working at Max's mansion, Somner House. The severe wintry weather helps and impedes their inquiry as no one can leave, but everyone uncooperatively grouches over being stuck inside especially with a murderer amongst them. As Daphne and Angela uncover secrets from those they question, almost all unrelated to the homicide, the killer watches the progress the siblings make because if they get to close Max will have company. The key to the entertaining second du Maurier murder mystery (see Murder on the Cliffs) is the tone of Joanna Challis' story line as the author emulates the gothic tone of the more famous of the writing siblings inside of an Agatha Christie style plot. In fairness that also takes an adjustment to a writing style that feels somewhat antiquated yet also enhances the plausibility of the two amateur sleuths detecting. Ironically the older sister Angela takes more of a lead on the whodunit as Daphne has a male distraction that fails to gel with the prime historical murder plot. Still readers will enjoy the du Maurier sisters investigate at their own Peril at Somner House. Harriet Klausner