The Vanished Bride - The Bronte Mysteries (Hardback)Bella Ellis (author)
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An irresistible literary conceit, The Vanished Bride is the first in a new period crime series featuring the Bronte sisters as amateur sleuths. Written in a playful yet compelling style, Ellis’ historical whodunit is brilliantly researched and deeply redolent of nineteenth-century Yorkshire.
From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of The Memory Book, Rowan Coleman, comes a special new series featuring the Bronte sisters, written under the name Bella Ellis.
A young woman has gone missing from her home, Chester Grange, leaving no trace, save a large pool of blood in her bedroom and a slew of dark rumours about her marriage. A few miles away across the moors, the daughters of a humble parson, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte are horrified, yet intrigued.
Desperate to find out more, the sisters visit Chester Grange, where they notice several unsettling details about the crime scene: not least the absence of an investigation. Together, the young women realise that their resourcefulness, energy and boundless imaginations could help solve the mystery - and that if they don't attempt to find out what happened to Elizabeth Chester, no one else will.
The path to the truth is not an easy one, especially in a society which believes a woman's place to be in the home, not wandering the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril...
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 142 x 218 x 32 mm
'Compelling, clever and hugely imaginative, it brings the three Bronte sisters magnificently to life... Glorious fun - I adored it!' - Miranda Dickinson
'Clever and captivating.' - Milly Johnson
'Wonderful... A treat for everyone. I loved it so very much.' - Julie Cohen
'What a breath-taking concept that Rowan has completely pulled off - setting up our most beloved literary heroines as investigators in a compelling mystery that asks us to think about the constraints of women in that time . . . Fun, charming and intriguing.' - Araminta Hall
'Elegant, witty and compulsively readable - I think the Bronte sisters would have been delighted. A standout book.' - Rosie Walsh
'A joy from start to finish. I've gone from loving Charlotte Bronte to wanting to be her.' - Alex Marwood
'What a treat! The Vanished Bride is an absolute delight from start to finish. Dashing across the Yorkshire moors with the Bronte sisters felt like visiting dear old friends, and Bella Ellis does the most wonderful job in imagining Emily, Charlotte and Anne as 'detectors'. Beautifully written, deliciously atmospheric, and enormous fun, this series is certain to become a firm favourite.' - Hazel Gaynor
'An absolute delight, period perfect, a racing romp of a mystery in the best tradition of the Brontes - I loved it with my whole heart.' - Laura Kemp
'The Vanished Bride is a clever and unique historical mystery that offers fascinating insights into the lives of the Bronte siblings alongside an equally compelling atmospheric, gothic, and twisty tale. Fans of the Bronte sisters' exquisite books will find much to love as Ellis pays homage to the spirit of their rich literary oeuvre. The Vanished Bride is sure to delight historical mystery lovers.' - Chanel Cleeton
'The Vanished Bride hooks you from the first page with intricate characters, a wonderful plot and best of all, an amazing sense of time and place. I look forward to reading Ms. Ellis's next adventure of the Bronte Sisters.' - Emily Brightwell
'The Bronte sisters as sleuths - what a delicious idea! Bella Ellis has brilliantly recreated the feel and atmosphere of the Bronte novels, as well as bringing the three sisters (and their dissolute brother) vividly to life. What's more, it's a rattling good story!' - Rhys Bowen
'Appropriately gothic touches as well as the author's solid research on the lives and works of the Brontes . . . enrich a diverting adventure. Bronte aficionados won't want to miss this one.' - Publishers Weekly
'Move over, Jane Austen, for the latest literary ladies who snoop . . . [a] lively series debut.' - Kirkus
'The Vanishing Bride twists the lives of Brontes, with blurred lines between fact and fiction, and as much imagination as the siblings... Clues to familiar characters, glimpses of what novels they might create are all woven into a mystery that that lures you into the Brontes world.' - Camilla Morton
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