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The Bridgeman (Emily Taylor Mystery #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Some secrets can come back to haunt you…

Principal Emily Taylor feels safe in the friendly little town of Burchill—until she finds a body in her school. The murder of caretaker Nathaniel Ryeburn brings back memories she'd rather forget and plunges Emily into a mystery that involves a secret diary, an illegal puppy mill and a murderer innocently disguised as an ordinary citi
Kindle Edition, 143 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by Imajin Books (first published June 2005)
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Joyce Strand
Dec 19, 2011 Joyce Strand rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this face-paced thriller. Catherine Astolfo intrigues us from the beginning of The Bridgeman which occurs in the unlikely setting of a school in a small town in Canada. Her heroine Emily Taylor, is also an unlikely protagonist as the school principal. However, Catherine shrouds Emily in mystery early on as Emily professionally performs her responsibilities at the school in the midst of a murder. The characters are real and I cared about them. She teased us with just enou ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Mom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
This is the first of the Emily Taylor series by Catherine Astolfo. I have actually read two of these, but I like this one better. Emily is an elementary school principal, and she is also a fit and friendly middle-aged woman who has some mystery in her background. She is also one heck of a good sleuth. She finds herself caught up in a situation with sibling children and their extremely odd family, which leads to tracking down some history that will affect several of Emily's good friends. It was a ...more
Lae Monier
Apr 15, 2012 Lae Monier rated it liked it
Emily Taylor, a school principal in a sleepy Canadian village, is faced with the janitor's body one morning before the opening of another day. The discovery of a diary will give her a new and shocking take on the life of a man everyone regarded as quiet and peaceful.

I found the writing reasonably good, especially the bit from the diary POV, and the story gripping let down only slightly by the ending slipping into a whodunnit pattern.

A good and easy read.
Mar 09, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Creep fest, but really good!
Liz Terek
Feb 17, 2013 Liz Terek rated it really liked it
Emily Taylor is an elementary school principal in a small town. Nothing ever happens in Burchill. Most assuredly, there’s never been a violent crime. All that is about to change-forever.
After arriving as usual for school, Emily discovers their soft spoken maintenance man, Nate, dead at the bottom of the stairs. Nate’s been shot. Being that nothing even close to this has ever happened here, the sheriff’s department has to call in ‘big city’ police to give them advice. Everyone is dumfounded.
May 20, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok
The Bridgeman by Catherine Astolfo: short mystery, checked it out of the kindle library for free. The books sounded good and had good reviews for the most part. But, for me there were some problems. First of all, there is a section in the secret diary that people should be forewarned about. Seriously, it is really bad and it didn't need to be included for people to grasp the situation. There is a note at the END of the book that sort of apologizes for the graphic content involving animals, but ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Simone rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. School Principal Emily Taylor has lived in the little town of Burchill for two years. She feels that she and her husband have finally found their perfect home and safe haven, that is, until the school caretaker Nathaniel Ryeburn is found murdered. The townspeople are filled with fear as the reality of a murder in their midst is realized. Who could this killer be? Is it someone they all know? As Emily begins to investigate on h ...more
Lori Henrich
Mar 06, 2012 Lori Henrich rated it liked it
Emily jogs to school early. As the principal she is the first to arrive beside Nathaniel the caretaker. After her shower she notices that things aren't looking normal. There is no coffee started and some of the doors are locked and the lights are off. She begins looking for Nathaniel and ends up in the basement where she discovers him lying on the ground in a pool of blood. After checking to makes sure he is dead, Emily sets things in motion my calling the police. After the police clear the scen ...more
Sue Jochens
Jan 10, 2014 Sue Jochens rated it it was ok
This is a difficult review to write, as I am frustrated to the point of not being able to adequately express my feelings. Honestly, I tried to really like this book, but no matter how hard I tried, I had to push myself to finish it. There is so much rich text in the story of the Ryeburn family, but unfortunately it doesn't extend to the rest of the tale or characters, especially Emily, about whom the series is written. If I could have had that type of prose and detail, I probably would have love ...more
T. Gilbert
Mar 13, 2015 T. Gilbert rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting. I liked it and thought that the author had a very good imagination. The story seemed original and had some interesting, although disturbing, elements. There were some good twists but she kept you guessing until the end. It is available as part of a package of twelve mystery books called the Deadly Dozen, or as a stand alone. Really a novella, Amazon makes the whole book available as a free read since it is available through the "Look Inside" feature for the Deadl ...more
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This was a fast great read. I liked the whole mystery behind Nathaniel and the murders. I also really liked the setting of the town. I could picture it surrounded by the water and the cover was great! I always like the swampy small town scene it makes for a great setting to be spooked at! I was disturbed by the animal abuse though. It is always hard to read graphic things like that regarding defenseless animals when you know it really is happening somewhere in the world. The author did have a no ...more
Adrienne Testa
Oct 13, 2012 Adrienne Testa rated it liked it
This is actually a sad story with the reality of people exploiting animals for the money. Emily Taylor the principle of the local school stumbles on the dead body of the school's school's care taker Nathaniel Ryeburn. Emily finds Nathaniel's secret stash in the school's basement and reads an old diary she believes belongs to him. Emily gets nosy and reads the diary not telling anyone she had it until someone breaks into her house and steals it. She then goes about uncovering the illegal puppy mi ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Tia rated it really liked it
I read this as part of an anthology that I received in return for an honest review.

This book was interesting and had a twist in it, but it wasn't my style of story. But with that being said it's well written and interesting in a way that makes you wonder about the people you encounter on a daily basis and the secrets they keep.

As part of the Deadly Dozen:12 Mystery/Thriller Novels this is a great addition to the mix and well worth the price for 12 full length novels of between 200 and 300 pages
Jan 21, 2015 Chloe rated it liked it
I think this book was quite intriguing and the storyline encouraged me to read it. I liked the writing because it was quite simple but enjoyable. However, it didn't always keep me reading, this book didn't engage me like I expected it too and that was quite disappointing. I don't think this is the author's fault, I think I read this when I wasn't in the mood for this genre and it ruined my experience slightly. It was still good and if you're interested, try it!
Dec 16, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed and the suspense last till the end. I enjoyed the Emily Taylor character and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

My only real "critique" was that there was so much of Emily and Will's background that was referred to but not explained that I thought I had missed a book. I found out it will be explained in a future book, so its a major tease but a good one.
Oct 14, 2012 Tamara rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, mystery
Bestiality. Puppy mills. A graphic diary excerpt. None of these are deal-breakers for me...though I do think the diary excerpt was unnecessary. I did not like the repeated forewarning that something the main character did or did not do would have ramifications in the future. Took something away from the mystery.

Mary Mathews
Jan 05, 2013 Mary Mathews rated it really liked it
I like the Emily Taylor character. The bridgeman is the person who opens the lock to allow boats to pass. The latest one has been working as janitor of the elementary school and is found murdered by Principal Emily Taylor. Animal lovers beware.
Michelle Baldwin
Aug 21, 2014 Michelle Baldwin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
I read this book from a book set called DEADLY DOZEN..........It was a great book it was so easy to get into I new from the first page that I was going to enjoy it....... I'm going to get book two next.....This is such a good way to find new authors.....
Apr 26, 2016 Kary rated it liked it
Disturbing subject matter about puppy mills and beastiality (even though nothing was graphically described the reader got an essence and it disturbed me). Never saw the ending coming. Would like to know more about Emily and Will's background.
Liz Bugg
Aug 29, 2013 Liz Bugg rated it really liked it
The Bridgeman is a strong start to the Emily Taylor series. Astolfo is not afraid to tackle a serious subject, but at the same time keeps readers involved in the mystery. Location and characters are interesting and well-established, and will act as a solid base for further books in the series.
Sep 26, 2013 Shelley marked it as to-read
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May 12, 2014 Sara rated it did not like it

This book is about a bestiality crime and a puppy mill. I think that is all that needs to be said.
May 28, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
Very cute mystery set in Canada. A bit hard to read the part on animal cruelty, but you can skim read it and it's a small part of the book.
Cr Mania
A well written story that leaves you guessing along the way and satisfies your logical thinking until in the end you are left with only two choices of who is the villain. Quick read.
Cindy Boepple
Nov 15, 2012 Cindy Boepple rated it really liked it

Gods book. Will definitely read the other books in series. Being an animal lover the puppy mill and abuse sucked. Although it was ok in the end. Would recommend this book.
Ashley Irby
Nov 24, 2014 Ashley Irby rated it really liked it
Wow! What a total page-turner! Nothing I like better than a book filled with suspense - Couldn't put it down! I loved all the mystery behind Nathaniel and the murders. A great creepy read!
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Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education.

Catherine is a past President of Crime Writers of Canada and a Derrick Murdoch Award winner (2012). She was a Zonta Club 2012 Nominee for Women of Achievement.

Writing is Catherine’s passion. She can recall inventing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a
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