My new book, THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY, begins in my English hometown of Brighton, but the action quickly moves west along the southern-most edge of the country to an imaginary village near Penzance in Cornwall, in the far southwest of the UK. It’s a beautiful part of the country—full of jagged, surf-pounded cliffs, golden sandy beaches, stark moors, and lush gardens, and remarkably unspoiled little fishing villages.
I’m not sure what made me pick Cornwall as a destination for my main character, but somehow I always knew that that was where she would end up. Whatever the reason, I’m not the first writer to have experienced the pull of Cornwall as a fictional backdrop. Here are a few of my favorite reads set in and around the Cornish countryside.
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I watched the classic Hitchcock film of Daphne Du Maurier’s gothic masterpiece starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine for the first time in years the other night, and in loving it was reminded of how much I also loved the book. Is there a first line of a novel more evocative than “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”? Only Hitchcock could do justice to the moodiness and plot twists of Du Maurier’s genius work.
Of course, no list of murder mysteries worth its salt can leave out legendary writer Agatha Christie. In EVIL UNDER THE SUN, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the trail of the killer of a sun-bronzed beauty whose death brings some rather shocking secrets to light.