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The Vanished Bride

The Vanished Bride

‘Wonderful . . . A treat for everyone. I loved it so very much’ Julie Cohen

Compelling, clever and hugely imaginative, it brings the three Brontë sisters magnificently to life . . . Glorious fun – I adored it!’ Miranda Dickinson

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of The Memory Book, Rowan Coleman, comes a special new series featuring the Brontë sisters, written under the name Bella Ellis

Yorkshire, 1845

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 Brontë 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…

Praise for Rowan Coleman and The Vanished Bride:

‘A delight’ The Wall Street Journal

‘Such a brilliant writer’ Jill Mansell

‘Clever and captivating’ Milly Johnson

‘A joy from start to finish’ Alex Marwood

‘Fun, charming and intriguing’ Araminta Hall

‘An incredible book – Bella Ellis is a very special talent’ Angela Clarke

‘Elegant, witty and compulsively readable – I think the Brontë sisters would have been delighted’ Rosie Walsh

What readers are saying about The Vanished Bride:

Terrific‘ Ceecee

‘A joy to read‘ Claire

Bravo! I loved it! 5 super stars.’ Andrea

Can’t wait for the next adventure!’ Emma

‘Before you know it you’re hooked . . . More than worthy of five stars‘ Dave

‘My dream book. I love the idea of the Bronte sisters solving mysteries’ Sarah

‘I absolutely loved seeing Charlotte, Emily, and Anne in a completely different light‘ Jo

‘Literally came alive in my hands . . . so three dimensional I felt like a fourth sister.’ Michelle

‘At some points in the story I forgot that this wasn’t the sisters telling me their real life ‘detecting’ (mis)adventures . . . can honestly say this is now one of my top three books of 2019‘ Lottie

‘An excellent mystery to solve. I’d fit one piece into its proper place, then another, but I was nowhere close to completing the entire puzzle’ Cathy
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 12th September 2019

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781529389005

Reviews

Move over, Jane Austen, for the latest literary ladies who snoop . . . [a] lively series debut
Kirkus
Compelling, clever and hugely imaginative, it brings the three Brontë sisters magnificently to life . . . Glorious fun - I adored it!
Miranda Dickinson
Appropriately gothic touches as well as the author's solid research on the lives and works of the Brontës . . . enrich a diverting adventure. Brontë aficionados won't want to miss this one
Publishers Weekly
Elegant, witty and compulsively readable - I think the Brontë sisters would have been delighted. A standout book
Rosie Walsh
Clever and captivating
Milly Johnson
An absolute delight, period perfect, a racing romp of a mystery in the best tradition of the Brontës - I loved it with my whole heart.
Laura Kemp
What a treat! The Vanished Bride is an absolute delight from start to finish. Dashing across the Yorkshire moors with the Brontë 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
The Vanished Bride is a clever and unique historical mystery that offers fascinating insights into the lives of the Brontë siblings alongside an equally compelling atmospheric, gothic, and twisty tale. Fans of the Brontë 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
A joy from start to finish. I've gone from loving Charlotte Brontë to wanting to be her.
Alex Marwood
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
Incredible . . . Bella Ellis is a very special talent: the Brontës are magically brought to life in this gripping, twisty mystery. I need more!
Angela Clarke
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 Brontë Sisters
Emily Brightwell
Ms. Ellis - writing under a pen name - hews to the biographical facts in fashioning this swift story, while her plot (Gothic touches included) seems suitably Brontë-esque. The Vanished Bride is a delight
The Wall Street Journal
The Bronte sisters as sleuths - what a delicious idea! Bella Ellis has brilliantly recreated the feel and atmosphere of the Brontë 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
The Vanishing Bride twists the lives of Brontës, 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 Brontës world.
Camilla Morton