Mystery set in Bronte Country – The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis
Bronte sisters branch out into becoming detectives
Mystery set in Bronte Country – The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis – What would happen if the real life Bronte sisters not only wrote novels, but solved crimes too? Imagine these woman, so ahead of their time, really becoming private investigators. They would prove to be so good at research, discovering new places, identifying human needs then this would have the perfect job for them when you think about it!
Now the author Rowan Coleman has given herself a Bronte-esque name and written that very story – the first of many! Yippee!
Setting: Yorkshire Bronte Country
As soon as I heard this was coming out, I had that feeling it was the book I had been waiting to read. A book where the Bronte sisters themselves played the role of detectives? I mean why has someone not written this before? I’m pleased they haven’t as Rowan Coleman is the only writer I think who could have done it and made it into this fine mystery.
The brilliant thing is is that she’s not just written a mystery out of nowhere, she’s actually used many real facts and events from the Bronte family life, so it shines with authenticity from the off. It’s set in Yorkshire, at their house in Haworth (now the Bronte Parsonage of course) and it would be perfect for a booktrail! The year is 1845 – a time when the Bronte family were once again all together in one roof for at least several months. Even more interesting is the fact that this was also the time before any of the Brontes started writing their books. So, you really get a sense that you are meeting these wonderful, real historical people before they become famous writers. It’s like time travelling! It felt great reading it knowing what became of these women later on in real life.
I could really believe this story could happen and had they all lived longer, maybe it would have done. When the Bronte sisters living in a Parsonage in Haworth, they hear about the horrendous crime involving a missing mother. So, they decide to become “lady detectors” and I was swept up in this magical world from the start.
It was sad to finish this book but then it’s only the first one of a brand new brilliant series and coming from a die-hard Bronte fan, I can’t wait!
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