Jan 15, 2016

Romantic Mystery: JAMAICA INN by Daphne Du Maurier

The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice.
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Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, a novel published September 1, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks.
It was a cold grey day in late November. The weather had changed overnight, when a backing wind brought a granite sky and a mizzling rain with it, and although it was now only a little after two o'clock in the afternoon the pallour of a winter evening seemed to have closed upon the hills, cloaking them in mist. It would be dark by four. The air was clammy cold, and for all the tightly closed windows it penetrated the interior of the coach.The leather seats felt damp to the hands, and here must have been a small crack in the roof, because now and again little drips of rain fell softly through, smudging the leather and leaving a dark blue stain like a splodge of ink.The wind came in gusts, at times shaking the coast as it travelled round the bend of the road, and in the exposed places on the high ground it blew with such force that the whole body of the coach trembled and swayed, rocking between the high wheels like a drunken man.  (first chapter)
So atmospheric, this first paragraph. I love reading DuMaurier's prose and enjoy the plots and characters in all of her romantic mystery novels, including this one set in Cornwall, a 2015 reprint.

Page 56: 
Even the horses appeared to understand the need for silence, for they stood motionless.
Would you keep reading, if you have not already read this novel? 


  1. Definitely, it sounds very nice!

  2. I read this one years ago and remember loving it...so I ordered a copy to reread it (someday!), along with Rebecca.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE CROSSING PLACES”

  3. Yes, I would definitely continue reading it - I haven't read this book but I've seen the movie based on it and enjoyed it and I'm sure the book is tons better. Here's my Friday post

  4. The first paragraph is very atmospheric, but it also rambles in a way that modern books do not - a modern editor would be adding lots of punctuation to this no doubt, to break up the sentences! So, based on my preference, the first paragraph would put me off. I really like the sentence taken from page 56 though. :-)

  5. I haven't read this one. It sounds good but a little wordy. My book this week is Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye. Happy reading!

  6. I want to read this one! I've really enjoyed some of Du Maurier's books but I tried Frenchmen's Creek and it didn't click with me. I like the sound of this one and I think it's time to give her another try.

  7. I read this one several years ago and really enjoyed it. Need to find another by this author.

  8. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy, Harvee! Thank you for sharing this description.

  9. I love Du Maurier's REBECCA so I am not sure why I haven't read this one yet. I will add it to my list of possible reads for the next Classics Club Spin. My Friday Quotes

  10. Du Maurier's great - I still need to read this one, though! :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  11. Sounds to be beautifully written. Happy Sunday!


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