Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Hello, All
Welcome to another edition of FYI. I hope this information will be useful and interesting to you.

Joanna Challis’ Murder on the Cliffs Giveaway

If you’re interested in Gothic mysteries, you may be interested in Joanna Challis’ Murder on the Cliffs.

Here’s the description:

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 Maurier, headstrong, adventurous, and standing at the cusp of greatness.
Walking on the cliffs in Cornwall, she stumbles upon the drowned body of a beautiful woman, dressed only in a nightgown, her hair strewn along the rocks, her eyes gazing up to the heavens. Daphne soon learns that the mysterious woman was engaged to marry Lord Hartley of Padthaway, an Elizabethan mansion full of intriguing secrets.
As the daughter of the famous Sir Gerald du Maurier, Daphne is welcomed into the Hartley home, but when the drowning turns out to be murder, Daphne determines to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Padthaway—in part to find fresh inspiration for her writing, and in part because she cannot resist the allure of grand houses and long buried secrets.

If you’d like to enter your name for a giveaway, you can visit Melissa’s Bookshelf, where you’ll find all the details. The contest is open internationally until Saturday 26 December. You’ll want to visit Melissa’s excellent book blog, anyway, as she’s always got lots of interesting posts on a wide variety of books. I especially like her “Mystery Mondays,” where she focuses on mystery and crime fiction.

Buckingham Books

Buckingham Books now has the following titles by Clare Curzon, creator of the Thames Valley mystery series. (priced as noted):

1. CURZON, CLARE. BODY OF A WOMAN. [London: Allison & Busby Limited, 2002]. First edition. Fine in dust jacket. Superintendent Mike Yeadings recognizes the exquisitely dressed corpse found in Shotters Wood, once her feathered mask has been removed, as local shopkeeper Leila Knightley. But notifying Leila's family proves difficult. Her philandering husband Aidan, is off canoodling somewhere; her stepdaughter Chloe, secretly writhing with frightful snippets of memory, is visiting her grandmother in France; and her brother Charles is away in Scotland. When the Knightleys return home, Aidan refuses to account for his absence, and he recognizes the death-dress as belonging to Chloe, but Chloe doesn't recognize it at all ... except to connect it somehow to bruises on her inner thighs and a terrible hangover. Whose dress was it? Sir Arthur Waites, spotting it in a newspaper article, thinks he bought it for his invalid wife years ago ... news that draws Yeadings to Waites' stately home in Henley, where a bookmaker's thugs act as bouncers at gambling evenings and a drug-damaged son croons lullabies to his incapacitated mum, then suffocates her. Yeadings will have to consider the grill on a Mercedes, a fistful of gambling IOUs and more of Chloe's resurfacing memories before he can determine exactly why Leila had to die and at whose hand. $45.00 (18020)
2. CURZON, CLARE. THE GLASS WALL. [London]: Allison & Busby Limited, [2005]. First edition. 8vo. Fine in fine dust jacket. Filipino barman, Ramon, witnesses a 94-year-old woman falling to her death from seven stories up. Strangely, he doesn't call the police but instead goes to the room from where she fell and cleans up the scene, wiping away all traces of foul play. Why would an innocent bystander go to such pains? The investigation of the death falls to Supt. Mike Yeadings. He begins searching for a link between a teenage drug victim, a missing care assistant and an unidentified corpse, and discovers further mysteries behind the glass wall of the luxury penthouse. $55.00 (22425)

Here’s the contact information if you’re interested:

Nancy Anderson

Buckingham Books, ABAA
8058 Stone Bridge Road
Greencastle, PA 17225(717) 597-5657Email:sales@buckinghambooks.com

You may want to check the website out, anyway, as they’ve got many, many other fine editions for the avid collector that I haven’t room to mention here.


  1. Wonderful FYI post. Can't wait to check out the new sites. Thanks.

  2. Mason - Thanks : )! I'm glad you find this info interesting.