Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the paperback release of The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Isn’t the orange gorgeous on the new cover? I also have the hardback cover in my review below.

About the Book:

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…

My Thoughts:

In this charming and suspenseful first installment in a new series, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte are “lady detectors” a.k.a. 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 more 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 cost.

The 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 own. 

About the Author:

Bella Ellis is the Brontë-esque pseudonym of Rowan Coleman, an acclaimed author of numerous novels for adults and children. She first visited the former home of the Brontë sisters when she was ten years old. From the moment she stepped over the threshold she was hooked, and embarked on a lifelong love affair with Charlotte, Emily, and Anne; their life; their literature; and their remarkable legacy.

Have you read The Vanished Bride, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR