The diabolical bones

by Ellis, Bella,

Format: Print Book 2021
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"Move over, Jane Austen, for the latest literary ladies who snoop in this... lively series debut."--Kirkus Reviews on The Vanished Bride

Haworth Parsonage, February 1846: The Brontë sisters-- Anne, Emily, and Charlotte--are busy with their literary pursuits. As they query publishers for their poetry, each sister hopes to write a full-length novel that will thrill the reading public. They're also hoping for a new case for their fledgling detecting enterprise, Bell Brothers and Company solicitors. On a bitterly cold February evening, their housekeeper Tabby tells them of a grim discovery at Scar Top House, an old farmhouse belonging to the Bradshaw family. A set of bones has been found bricked up in a chimney breast inside the ancient home.

Tabby says it's bad doings, and dark omens for all of them. The rattled housekeeper gives them a warning, telling the sisters of a chilling rumour attached to the family. The villagers believe that, on the verge of bankruptcy, Clifton Bradshaw sold his soul to the devil in return for great riches. Does this have anything to do with the bones found in the Bradshaw house? The sisters are intrigued by the story and feel compelled to investigate. But Anne, Emily, and Charlotte soon learn that true evil has set a murderous trap and they've been lured right into it...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The Brontë sisters are planning the publication of a new book of poems when they are summoned to investigate some mysterious bones found buried in the chimney of an old house. It is just before Christmas as the sisters, along with their brother, Branwell, begin the treacherous journey to Top Withens Hall. Clifton Bradshaw and his son, Lifton, live a solitary life there and do not suffer outside interference well. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are determined to learn the identity of the deceased child and give it a proper Christian burial. Their quest takes them all over the moors, where they visit a local witch and a draconian orphanage. Enter Lady Hartley, a socially conscious matron who takes an interest in Charlotte. Charlotte's delight in the attention will lead to danger. Brontë lovers and historical-mystery readers will delight in the author's attention to detail and knowledge of both the Brontë family and local folklore. Readers will probably guess the perpetrator, but the complex motive will surprise them. The intrepid ladies shine in their second case, following The Vanished Bride (2019)."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the start of Ellis's atmospheric sequel to 2019's The Vanished Bride, likewise set in 1845 Yorkshire, Clifton Bradshaw and his grown son, Liston, discover a child's skeleton in an abandoned chimney of their house on the moors. News of the find reaches Emily, Anne, and Charlotte Brontë, who learn that a medallion with 1832 on it was around the skeleton's neck--and that 1832 was the year Clifton sealed the room with the chimney. Liston wonders whether his father intended to conceal the bones, and the sisters resolve to try to identify the remains after concluding that they belong to a murder victim. They get help from a friend with medical knowledge, who opines that the child, whose gender or cause of death she can't ascertain, was malnourished and suffered serious illness. Meanwhile, the Brontës' housekeeper declares that Clifton was in league with the devil and that the skeleton was evidence of a human sacrifice. As the creepy plot builds toward a satisfying solution, Ellis succeeds in making the sisters plausible investigators. Brontë fans will have a ball. Agent: Hellie Ogden, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Series Ellis, Bella. Brontë sisters mystery.
Subjects Brontë, Charlotte, -- 1816-1855 -- Fiction.
Brontë, Emily, -- 1818-1848 -- Fiction.
Brontë, Anne, -- 1820-1849 -- Fiction.
Women authors, English -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 324 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9780593099155
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