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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Lady Baldwin is beautiful, desirable, conniving, yet sometimes kind, extremely generous, and very thoughtful. Loved and hated in equal measure, it's anyone's guess as to who would ultimately kill her. Bored with her husband Lord Baldwin and his stuffy friends, she prefers her exciting show biz pals and the thrills of illicit sex. As a part of the English Aristocracy, she i ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published December 2nd 2011 by Createspace
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Who "done" it? The butler, the husband, one of the personal servants, or one of the weekend guests.

It could have been anyone who murdered Lady Baldwin....no one including the staff and even some of her friends liked her, but would they resort to murder?

Stonebridge Manor was a book about life in a British household with maids and butlers. The Lady of the house was spiteful and cruel and liked to "fool" around on her husband.

I enjoyed seeing how a household with maids and butlers is run. The main
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Roy Murry
Stonebridge Manor
Written by Peter C. Bradbury

Reviewed by R. Murry

I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but I have read enough of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels to have figured out who-done-it before the last clues were arrived at, when reading a clone. This is not one. Maybe it’s because I have read so many mysteries and have good intuitive abilities. Who knows?

Mr. Bradbury’s novel had me stumped until the end. He meticulously and slowly develops his characters and story for the first half of the book, brin
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Beth
Phillip is the butler at Stonebridge Manor. Lord and Lady Baldwin are the owners and Phillip's employers. "Milord" and "Milady" cheat on each other, and take their servants into their confidences, often mixing business with pleasure. Then, the detestable Lady Baldwin turns up dead, and it is anyone's guess who committed the crime. Gossip, intrigue, and snappy dialogue drive the plot of this amusing and racy look at life behind the scenes in an English manor, written by a genuine English butler, ...more
Zichao Deng
If you're unsure about this book after the first few pages, keep reading. I found the opening pretty off-putting (cliche post-coital opening act ahoy), but I persevered and found myself thinking "this is actually pretty good" and after a while "this is brilliant!"

It's true that if you're hoping for an Agatha Christie-style country house murder, this is not it. The family involved are the sort of people who, as Alan Clark would have put it, probably bought their own furniture, and the staff are a
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CINN
Peter Bradbury's debut novel is about the day-to-day life of English servants and their difficulty in maintaining a large estate while appeasing a demanding, gentry employer. Bradbury, a former British butler, tells the personal sacrifices and the daily indignities that British servants must endure in order to keep their job. This employer, Lady Baldwin, is particularly difficult to work for. She is excessive in every way, from her standard of cleanliness that the servants must abide, to her nee ...more
Jeanie
The characters and situations of Stonebridge Manor are so realistic and engaging that you'd think the novel was written by an ex-butler. Oh wait, it actually was. The behind-the-scenes- look at the staff of a large English estate before and after an almost justifiable murder is so enjoyable. I would give it five stars except for the editing. From Chapter 33 on there were stray punctuations, misused commas and the fluctuating use of both "doc" and "Doc" for the pathologist, Dr. McBride. Since the ...more
Sandy Appleyard
This book was addicting from the first page. It was easy to follow, it kept the energy flowing and was very enjoyable. Peter gives a wonderful sketch of all the characters. He's especially good at this as there were many characters, which can sometimes be confusing, but he nailed it.

The behind the scenes action was most interesting. I loved the portrayal of Lady B; villain yet still loved by some. The story is told in such a manner that once the trigger is pulled, everyone is a suspect. There is
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Chris
Not a bad read but not great either. I prefer something a little more fast paced and with bit more grit. The thing that most irked me with this book is the author is British and the story is based in UK, but there's quite a few Americanism's ie cell/mobile, purse/bag, pants/trousers!
Mindy
Not bad. Surprised that no one died for the first half of the book, but the story was good so it compelled you to continue.
Samantha
Great mystery. Couldn't stop turning the pages.
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Raised in a small town called Shaw, which is in the north eastern part of Greater Manchester, I moved to the USA in 1994 after meeting and marrying my wife Debbie in Redwood City.
A butler by trade, we lived in Texas for over eleven years as I worked for the same family, then after a disastrous job in Maryland we moved back to Northern California. I had another job that didn't work out as they want
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