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Hell's Belles! (Brenda & Effie Mystery #4)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  232 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Penny is running away from a life of domestic strife and into mysterious Whitby – where she hopes to find herself. But in her quest for self-discovery, Penny may have stumbled on something far more sinister: the gateway to hell. For Whitby is no ordinary seaside resort. The quaint façade of coffee shops and tea dances conceals a magnet for dark and dangerous forces, drawin ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published November 12th 2009 by Headline Review
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Carolyn  Storer
Well, what can I say - absolutely fabulous! I read my first Brenda and Effie book by Paul Magrs last month and absolutely loved it. With Hell's Belles being the fourth book in the series I thought that it would loose some of the story's zest as so many sequels in series do, but this is better than the last. I just loved it!

Margs has such an amazing talent. His writing is so clever as although there are many plot twists and turns they all read smoothly and easily, there is no confusion as to what
Feb 02, 2017 Becky rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books that had a very positive impact on my life. Love Brenda and Effie books.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Mar 03, 2012 Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Whitby is abuzz. The approach to Halloween usually means the town is deep in preparations for the annual Goth Weekend. But this year brings even more excitement. Whitby is to be the location for the remake of Get Thee Inside Me, Satan, which will film it's climax at the ruined abbey on Halloween night. The movie that was filmed in the sixties and has been wiped off the face of the earth because of the curse that lives within the film. Death and destruction have followed in this films wake. Yet o ...more
Stephen Theaker
Brenda is on her honeymoon – she is now the Bride of Frankenstein (or at least his monster) in fact as well as name – and in her absence dark things begin to stir around the Whitby hellmouth. A cursed film, one whose every copy has supposedly been destroyed, is to be remade with its original star, the devastatingly attractive scream queen, Karla Sorenson. In Brenda's absence best friend Effryggia tries to hold the fort, but Robert is being kept up all night by a mysterious gentleman and new girl ...more
Kerstin ~ (SheReadsByMoonlight)
Brenda, Effie and their posse are at it again; this time they have to deal with a film crew who are remaking a horror movie from the sixties in Whitby, including the original main actress, aged but still gorgeous vamp Karla Sorensen. The original movie was cursed and cost many people their lives and it was said that the devil himself had something to do with it. Every copy of the movie was destroyed and it was hoped to have ended the curse. But with the arrival of the film crew a DVD of the movi ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Nov 26, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-sf-fantasy
This is just bonkers with a capital "B". It's as if someone decided that the "Carry On" farce films needed a Hammer Horror way of sitcoms, "Fawlty Towers" and bloody "Torchwood"! Pensioners, campy B&B operators, goth children, gay men, divas, devilish brethren...and Frankenstein's monsters?!? It sounds beyond the pale...but it's actually quite wonderful.

What's even more impressive is that it's a book well into the run of its own series, yet it was easy enough to follow a newcom
Jun 30, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author to me. It was a book which was offered to me to read by a friend who had enjoyed it - so you have to give it a try don't you?

The book is obviously part of a series and the author does reflect on past tales, with snippets of information a lot. Brilliant if you've read the whole series from the start (this is the fourth book)really irritating if you have not. Lost stars on that count.

The story besides is actually not a bad one, slow to get going but funny all the way through. There are
Mar 15, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another excellent installment in the on-going saga of Whitby's detecting duo of Brenda & Effie. This time: it's a Hammer Horror Films-like company re-shooting a 1967 film rumoured to have been responsible for several deaths when shooting the original in Wales, plus several cases of madness in audience members. The VHS version was recalled and destroyed, and the DVD was never released... or was it?

Excellent mixture of black humour, mystery, horror, and intriguing characters both based on real
Feb 04, 2017 Lynsey rated it liked it
I'm not sure what it is about this books. They're not amazingly written and fairly often the storyline is random and obscure but there's something about the tales that makes me want to read more. The characters are kinda cool and seen as it's fantasy you can never predict what will happen next which is nice. In this book I also realised that things that occurred in past stories were leading up to what I'm now assuming is a huge ongoing story. This surprised me as to be honest I didn't think the ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, kindle
This is the fourth in the Brenda series of books, and is back up to the standard of the first Brenda adventure, but with more of a sustained major plot running through the whole story. This was an enjoyable novel, despite the fact that for a lot of the story, we were completely outside of Brenda's thoughts and experiences. The secondary characters are developed enough that the sections without Brenda are still entertaining. Returning in this installment are Robert, Effie, Frank and Mrs Claus, am ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Carla rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
3 1/2 stars. I was loaned this book by a friend whose mystery book chose this book. I have not read books 1-3 in the series, which I'm sure would have added to my enjoyment of the story. I liked the book, but it's really wacky--a very lighthearted adventure with the Bride of Frankenstein, witches, faeries, the mouth of hell, vampires, time travel, zombies, etc. all thrown in together. Somehow it works better than it sounds, yet I can't say that it's not over the top. That being said, I could see ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
I adore these books. They are ridiculous, absurd, and completely entertaining. Whitby is just a small seaside village in England, where Brenda just wants to live a normal life. Unfortunately, due to her being the bride of Frankenstein, she does anything but.
I find that I now appreciate that the author went from first person to third. It allows the opportunity to get more of the story, as he can now focus on what other people are doing. Everything twists together somehow, and I can't wait to fin
Oct 13, 2013 Phil rated it really liked it
I have read Hemingway & Henry Miller, Balzac & Proust in Paris, Lawrence Durrell in Alexandria, Nagib Mahfouz in Cairo... and now Paul Magrs in Whitby ! Wonderfully inventive, oddly atmospheric, Gothic Hammer-horror comic romp through the narrow streets, ginnels & eccentric nooks and crannies of this unique North Yorkshire town, featuring, inter alia, Dr Frankenstein, his monster, its Bride, a shadowy Satanic cult, at least one witch, the Erlkoenig and... Oh, you get the picture. Gre ...more
Sep 18, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror, gothic, humour
The fourth in the series about Brenda and Effie and their investigations into the mysterious. This time there's a film crew in Whitby remaking an old film from the 1960s that's supposed to be cursed. Which it is of course. Lots of spooky goings on and plenty of ridiculous events that are par for the course with these novels. Although I wouldn't say it's great literature, it's a fun read and nothing is too silly.
Sep 12, 2010 Brett rated it liked it
After quite a slow start for the first third of the book, Magrs eventually snaps back to his pacey habits, much to my comfort. There was a point where I thought that this might probably be the last Brenda & Effie book that I would buy and read, however, Magrs gives you just enough to enjoy yet another volume in the series. Again, not a very deep novel to get lost in but still enjoyable enough with it's much loved characters and plot twists.
Stacey-lee Ciardullo
Oct 11, 2014 Stacey-lee Ciardullo rated it did not like it
This was the worst book I've ever Read!
So much so that I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.
Normally I will force myself to finish a book even if I find it ridiculous or haven't liked it. This one? I just couldn't.
maybe it was the genre ( just not my thing?) maybe it was the fact that I hadn't read the previous books? either way it was bad.
Kate Millin
Oct 23, 2010 Kate Millin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am getting better at seeing the homage to other books now - having had some pointed out to me by other reviewers. I found this a little more gory than I usually like my books, but the story was a good page turner again with a lot of twists and turns. I wonder does Whitby really have goth festival at Halloween? An appropriate read for me to finish today.
Jo Perry
Jan 04, 2015 Jo Perry rated it it was amazing
I just LOVE these two ladies, I love the location of Whitby, the name of the chip shop "cod almighty" and the authors use of the word flibbertigibbit. Love love love. I'm literally reading all 6 back to back.
Andrew Oakes
Aug 05, 2011 Andrew Oakes rated it really liked it
This gets stranger and stranger the more you read it but then I should it is about the Bride Of Frankenstein! Still, it's a fun, light hearted book set within the craziness Whitby so it's got a lot going for it!
Feb 08, 2013 Tash rated it it was ok
This was ok, kind of slow to start with but I got into it towards the middle half, however I still didn't enjoy it that much, didn't like the characters, story was ok, but for me it was kind of average
Apr 11, 2011 Tal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
really liked this one - old castmembers reappeared, there were sppoky shennanigans had, the story of Mrs Claus was further unravelled...
Nov 07, 2012 Gayle rated it really liked it
God, I love this series!
Frances Bell
Dec 29, 2010 Frances Bell rated it it was ok
This was very light and fluffy stuff with no real suspense and no real comedy. It almost felt like a joke... I won't bother reading anything else in the series.
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
I love Brenda and Effie, and I love to visit Whitby so all in one book hit the spot. Good read!
Brian Collyer
Jan 08, 2014 Brian Collyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
I don't think I can top the cover blurb by The Guardian which is - "fabulously crazy". I think that about sums it up.
May 16, 2013 Josephine rated it it was ok
1st paul magrs' book to stumble upon. Very boring read. Had to struggle to finish the book. Predictable storyline.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others in the series, possibly because it's a lot more gory.
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