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The Vanished Bride

A Brontë Sisters Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Series: A Brontë Sisters Mystery, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery.... 

Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters - the Brontë sisters - learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance. 

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines - it’s seeing what is not there.” 

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring 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...

©2019 Bella Ellis (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“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 New York Times best-selling author of the Royal Spyness novels, the Molly Murphy Mysteries, and The Victory Garden)

“Appropriately gothic touches as well as the author’s solid research on the lives and works of the Brontës - including cameos by their dissolute brother, Branwell; their good-hearted father, Patrick; and Charlotte’s clumsy future husband, Arthur Nicholls - enrich a diverting adventure. Brontë aficionados won’t want to miss this one." (Publisher’s Weekly)

“Move over, Jane Austen, for the latest literary ladies who snoop...[a] lively series debut.” (Kirkus)

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Enchanting!

I adored this book, everything about it! I cannot wait for the next one in the series. In the meantime I will listen to others narrated by this reader, who is absolutely marvelous! This audio book is a real treat in every way!

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Returned

I was really holding out hope for this book. Unfortunately it was utterly boring, both narration and story. I honestly didn’t get far but I wasted close to 3 hours of my life on this one.

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