The Diabolical Bones
It’s Christmas 1845 and Haworth is in the grip of a freezing winter.
Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte are rather losing interest in detecting until they hear of a shocking discovery: the bones of a child have been found interred within the walls of a local house, Top Withens Hall, home to the scandalous and brutish Bradshaw family.
When the sisters set off to find out more, they are confronted with an increasingly complex and sinister case, which leads them into the dark world of orphanages, and onto the trail of other lost, and likely murdered children. After another local boy goes missing, Charlotte, Emily and Anne vow to find him before it’s too late.
But in order to do so, they must face their most despicable and wicked adversary yet – one that would not hesitate to cause them the gravest of harm . . .
Praise for Bella Ellis and the series:
‘Bronte aficionados are sure to enjoy the accurate characterization and context, the twists turns and Gothic touches of the plot, and the strong feminist streak that manifests itself throughout, but most triumphantly at the end. Happily, more Bronte mysteries are to be expected.’ The Times Literary Supplement
‘A splendid adventure’ Guardian
‘A delight’ The Wall Street Journal
‘Brilliantly entertaining and original’ CL Taylor
‘Insightful, moving and inspiring . . . an absolute treat from start to finish’ Jane Casey
‘Elegant, witty and compulsively readable – I think the Bronte sisters would have been delighted’ Rosie Walsh
Great Gothic fun for fans of the Bronte siblings * Yorkshire Living Magazine * A Gothic mystery perfect for Bronte fans * Yours Magazine * Ellis's writing flows beautifully. The book gathers pace as the 'detectors', which the women like to be called, become more involved in the circuitous plot and the eventual outstanding denouement, which is one of the best and most unexpected I have come across recently. * Yorkshire Magazine * Evocative and utterly enchanting * Sarah Hilary * Bronte aficionados are sure to enjoy the accurate characterization and context, the twists turns and Gothic touches of the plot, and the strong feminist streak that manifests itself throughout, but most triumphantly at the end. Happily, more Bronte mysteries are to be expected * TLS * Incredible . . . Bella Ellis is a very special talent: the Brontes are magically brought to life in this gripping, twisty mystery. I need more! * Angela Clarke * Elegant, witty and compulsively readable - I think the Bronte sisters would have been delighted. A standout book * Rosie Walsh * Brilliantly entertaining and original * CL Taylor * Bronte fans will undoubtedly get the most out of this: possible inspirations for [the sisters' works] are everywhere. But you don't need insider knowledge to enjoy either the splendid adventure, or the touching and often funny portrayal of the sisters' devotion to and exasperation with one another and their debauched brother * Guardian * Romps along and is lashed with Gothic colour. Fun and inventive * Daily Mail * Praise for THE VANISHED BRIDE:
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