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Before they became legendary writers Charlotte Brontë Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mysteryYorkshire 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 disappearanceThese three creative energetic and resourceful women uickly realize that they have all the skills reuired 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 thereAs 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

10 thoughts on “The Vanished Bride

  1. says:

    The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis is a 2019 Berkley publication The Bronte sisters as amateur sleuths? Yes please I have read a few mystery novels featuring real life persons as detectives but with mixed results This is the first one I’ve encountered in which the three Bronte sisters work together to solve a mystery and I must admit I was immediately intrigued by the all the possibilities although I was also cautiously optimistic However the author did a stellar job of breathing life into these legendary authors creating their distinct personalities and giving readers a few clues as to why they were inspired to write the types of stories they eventually became famous for In this first installment of what promises to be a solid cozy mystery series the ladies are pulled into a most puzzling case in which a young wife vanishes leaving behind a bloody gruesome scene and two small children without a mother Charlotte Emily and Anne are horrified but also titillated deciding they should get to the bottom of the mystery themselves However they soon learn that many feel female detectors are unladylike and that the women should not be out roaming the countryside alone scouring for clues However that may be the least of their concerns as their probing into the missing persons case could put them in grave danger I am uite impressed with this debut novel The author has obviously studied the real life counterparts of her main characters Readers get a delightful and realistic depiction of their personalities before they became famous authors The banter between the sisters is crisp and sharp while the mystery is very well constructed and executed The story is atmospheric occasionally creepy and is an absorbing whodunit that kept me interested and guessing from start to finish I loved it My kind of story all the way I am very much looking forward to the second book in this series

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    I am a huge admirer of Bronte sisters ' work so this mystery featuring Emily Charlotte Anne and Branwell Bronte was just a treat In the Vanished Bride Yorkshire Mooresville we all love and cherish because of the sisters's immortal works become a setting of a crime mystery a young woman a devoted mother and stepmother disappears from her room in Chester Grange estate There is so much blood left behind that few people doubt she came to a grave harm Emily Charlotte and Anne are spending summer in their father's house and are feeling bored Their sense of how precious and awfully short and precarious life is creative spirit and wild imagination make them take an active interest in everything that is happening around them far and near One of these things is the formation of the first police force detective department the other the above mentioned strange occurrence in their own neighborhood The sisters decide to try to solve the mystery by putting their education curiosity deductive powers social skills and sense of justice in useThank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion

  3. says:

    Bella Ellis has crafted a clever and atmospheric tale that will transport you to 1845 Victorian England This was a captivating historical Mystery featuring the Brontë sisters Charlotte Emily and Anne The story takes place before the Brontës wrote their classic masterpieces and Inc there curious clever and dynamic personalities There was also much foreshadowing of their future famous works It was so impressive how creative Miss Ellis was with her approach to the story So well written and researched it completely captured the essence of this time and place as well as these characters And it was a brilliant mystery to boot

 The story starts off with the Brontë sisters finding themselves all under the same roof for the first time in a long time Then two things happen their friend Matilda's mistress has disappeared leaving behind a pool of blood and there is an article in the newspaper about male detectives Always willing to live outside the norm the sisters decide to head to the scene of the crime and do some detecting of their own The mystery was interesting intriguing and well plotted I read this book as part of a buddy read and none of us had it all figured out Always great to have a surprise ending but even better when it is not out of left field There were definitely clues and hints leading up to the ending I just didn't clue into them This was an extremely well executed historical mystery and I am looking forward to the next book in the series

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  4. says:

    This has all the essential ingredients of a really good book The main ingredient is a well written plot line add in characters that you can visualise fold in a tale that unfolds well and with clarity add a dash of humour wit and sibling banter a soupçon of cleverness and intrigue a large spoonful of mystery and secrecy add atmospheric settings a splash of ghostliness and stir well The result? Hopefully a best seller because this is truly what Bella Ellis deserves This is a terrific read and I love that this engaging story is embedded in truths about the Brontë sisters as they are the inspiration for this story The sisters turn Lady Detectors when they try to learn of the intriguing case of Elizabeth Chester of Chester Grange whose husband is cruel and vicious Elizabeth’s room is found covered in copious amounts of blood but there is no sign of its occupant What happens afterwards as the sisters doggedly pursue the truth is a tale full of menace creepiness intrigue and deception I love the idea of the sisters detecting and Emily proves herself very adept and bold Anne charms witnesses while fierce independent Charlotte adds dryness and intelligence aided and supported when sufficiently sober by Branwell who proves to have perspicacity wit and intuition The family come alive before your very eyes as they traipse around the wildly beautiful Haworth location with their easy sibling camaraderie but also their brutal honesty to each other Their father Patrick is not for one minute deceived by the inventive lies they tell as the women travel across Yorkshire to search for the truth He is not a man of his times in that he has almost modern views and allows his daughters latitude There are some wonderful descriptions and some terrific macabre incidents that send shivers down your spine There is one jaw dropping moment when Emily breaks into Chester Grange that is deliciously spooky I like that the story is set in its historical context with real events such as the growth of industry and its effects on expanding West Yorkshire towns which the woman witness and is especially evident in Leeds I like the inclusion of strong independent women The Brontë sisters of course Isabelle Lucas Dr Prescott's wife who refuse to be under the control of men as of course was the norm The ending is maybe a bit contrived but it fits with a Gothic Tale and so is a minor point Overall I enjoyed this book a great deal and will definitely read subseuent stories as I love the premise Thank you very much for the ARC

  5. says:

    45 Stars → THE VANISHED BRIDE is a uniue historical mystery that casts the famous Brontë sisters as amateur sleuths who set out to solve a local missing persons case It's 1845 and Charlotte Emily and Anne are once again living at home with their father Patrick and brother Branwell before they became published authors The sisters are struggling to find their place in the world as unmarried women who would prefer to set their own course in life When they hear a young wife has disappeared under gruesome circumstances the Brontës become lady detectors and use their smarts daring to find out what happenedI enjoyed this book very much Not only was I intrigued by the twisty mystery I absolutely loved being able to live in the world of the Brontës for a little while From what I've previously learned about them I think the author did a fantastic job capturing the sisters' personalities conflicts and closeness to one another Though the mystery was fictional it had many elements that would have influenced this Charlotte to write Jane Eyre THE VANISHED BRIDE is a must read for Brontë fans — intriguing well written and great fun Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  6. says:

    In this charming and suspenseful first installment in a new series Charlotte Emily and Anne Bronte are “lady detectors” aka detectives In mid 1840s Yorkshire there’s a missing mother In her place is a pool of blood Charlotte Emily and Anne live just a few miles away and are upset and eager to know about the crime They have not yet published their novels but they are experts with details and have wild imaginations Of course women are not typically detectors during this time period and the sisters are met with resistance at every turn No matter they are too invested to let this case go They have to find out what happened to the vanished bride despite the possible costThe Vanished Bride is a complex and engaging mystery that kept me rapt If you are a Bronte fan this book is extra fun visiting the sisters in a different way and getting to know them better Even if you aren’t the author has delivered a well planned historical mystery that kept me guessing and never showed all its cards I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my ownMany of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

  7. says:

    'Oh dear I do worry about all the deceit that comes with detecting It doesn't seem very godly at all' When I started this I thought to myself who dreams up this kind of stuff the Brontè sisters as investigators Now however I'm like this is genius the Brontè sisters are detectives Or 'Detectors' as they like to call themselves From the first page you can tell how much this author adores these sisters and I was astonished when reading the back notes how much fact is woven into this piece of fiction it's just incredible and researched to a whole new level The fact and fiction worked so well together and I feel that although the plot is fiction I understand the lives of girls who they were their surroundings their upbringings so much This isn't a book this literally came alive in my hands it's very well crafted and so three dimensional I felt like a forth sister Easily four stars

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    Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewputting this one down for nowbut lets keep it hush hushi want to stay in Berkley's good graces| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

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    This is the first in what will hopefully become a series of mysteries featuring the Bronte sisters as ‘detectors’ in their words I am never sure about putting really historical characters into fictional settings but this novel really does utilise the biographies of the Bronte’s and in no way does it trivialise or romanticise them Part tribute and part crime story this is an excellent readThe novel begins in 1851 with the news that a married woman has gone missing from Chester Grange where Matilda French an old school friend works as governess Wish to comfort her and naturally curious Charlotte Emily and Anne set out to visit their friend They learn that this is an unlucky house indeed as Mr Chester’s first wife Imogen killed herself and now Elizabeth has gone missing Determined to help the three set out to find out where Elizabeth is and whether she is still alive Much of this mystery hints at later novels the Bronte’s wrote There is also much about the family; of Branwell drunk and debt ridden their father in poor health and the desire that these three sisters have to become independent and find a way to support themselves The mystery deals with uncomfortable truths faced by women at the time; the fact that husbands and fathers have a great deal of control over women’s lives of seduction – and the conseuences – of domestic abuse infant mortality and also the lack of a coherent police force to investigate crime Indeed one of the most poignant lines has to come from Mr Bronte who unwittingly leaves the sisters feeling diminished when he comments “your writing is not work as it is with your brother”If you enjoy mysteries and have a love for the Bronte sisters you will love this

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    DNF at 50%I'm afraid that in spite of the many glowing reviews singing this book's praises I'm not going to finish reading it I started The Vanished Bride hoping to read a Gothic tale featuring the Brontë sisterssoon I realised that the story and writing of The Vanished Bride were closer to those found in a cozy detective novel The sisters themselves were perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Bella Ellis' book I'm sure that it's not an easy endeavour to attempt to create a fictional tale featuring such literary icons however giving them one note personalities is not the solution Charlotte is the serious one Anne is the sensitive one and Emily is the supposedly headstrong one Ellis' portrayal of Emily does the woman no favours Ellis' Emily is rude and arrogant and most of her actions seem very unbelievable as she is somehow learned on detective methods that were yet part of the 'popular' knowledge Just because she's read one article mentioning the appearance of a certain type of policeman in London doesn't mean that she should know what a murder investigation would entail Worse still is that she was so very grating The typical child detective that is a little than a busybody know it allTheir views regarding the female uestion were handled in such a heavy handed way They seemed walking and talking manifestos rather than real womenthe way they comment on the gender ineuities seemed far too moderntheir language and opinions seem far too current and representative of the feminist movement today perhaps a bit of wishful thinking on the part of today's readers There are many cheesy references that make it seem as if the events taking place in The Vanished Bride influenced the Brontë's own novels for example 'the woman in the attic' that seem so clumsy as to lack any sort of subtlety I struggled to reconcile Ellis' Brontë sisters with the real onesThe writing is as simplistic as its story and its characters often resorting to cliché phrases such as “ Their world was at once very small and also infinite” and “ Charlotte was uiet for a very long moment—a moment into which she compressed a lifetime of agony and rage”If you enjoy light mystery reads and you are not as a punctilious reader as I am you might be able to find The Vanished Bride to be entertaining than I didRead reviews on my blog   View all my reviews on Goodreads