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The Vanished Bride

(Brontë Sisters Mystery #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,515 ratings  ·  454 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Berkley Books
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The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis is a 2019 Berkley publication.

The Bronte sisters as amateur sleuths? Yes, please!

I have read a few mystery novels featuring real life persons as detectives, but with mixed results.

This is the first one I’ve encountered in which the three Bronte sisters work together to solve a mystery, and I must admit I was immediately intrigued by the all the possibilities- although, I was also cautiously optimistic.

However, the author did a stellar job of breathing life i
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge admirer of Bronte sisters ' work, so this mystery, featuring Emily, Charlotte, Anne, and Branwell Bronte was just a treat. In the Vanished Bride Yorkshire Mooresville we all love and cherish because of the sisters's immortal works become a setting of a crime mystery-a young woman, a devoted mother and stepmother, disappears from her room in Chester Grange estate. There is so much blood left behind that few people doubt she came to a grave harm. Emily, Charlotte, and Anne are spending ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
Bella Ellis has crafted a clever and atmospheric tale that will transport you to 1845 Victorian England. This was a captivating historical Mystery featuring the Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. The story takes place before the Brontës wrote their classic masterpieces and Inc. there curious, clever, and dynamic personalities. There was also much foreshadowing of their future famous works. It was so impressive how creative Miss Ellis was with her approach to the story. So well written an ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has all the essential ingredients of a really good book. The main ingredient is a well written plot line, add in characters that you can visualise, fold in a tale that unfolds well and with clarity, add a dash of humour, wit and sibling banter, a soupçon of cleverness and intrigue, a large spoonful of mystery and secrecy, add atmospheric settings, a splash of ghostliness and stir well! The result? Hopefully, a best seller because this is truly what Bella Ellis deserves.

This is a terrific r
Diana • Book of Secrets
4.5 Stars → THE VANISHED BRIDE is a unique historical mystery that casts the famous Brontë sisters as amateur sleuths who set out to solve a local missing persons case. It's 1845, and Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are once again living at home with their father Patrick and brother Branwell, before they became published authors. The sisters are struggling to find their place in the world as unmarried women who would prefer to set their own course in life. When they hear a young wife has disappeared ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 per
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Oh dear, I do worry about all the deceit that comes with detecting. It doesn't seem very godly at all'.

When I started this I thought to myself, who dreams up this kind of stuff, the Brontè sisters as investigators! Now however I'm like this is genius, the Brontè sisters are detectives! Or 'Detectors' as they like to call themselves.

From the first page you can tell how much this author adores these sisters and I was astonished when reading the back notes how much fact is woven into this piece
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

putting this one down... for now

but lets keep it hush hush

i want to stay in Berkley's good graces

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Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in what will, hopefully, become a series of mysteries featuring the Bronte sisters as ‘detectors,’ in their words. I am never sure about putting really, historical characters, into fictional settings, but this novel really does utilise the biographies of the Bronte’s and, in no way, does it trivialise, or romanticise, them. Part tribute and part crime story, this is an excellent read.

The novel begins in 1851, with the news that a married woman has gone missing from Chester Gran
Anna Luce
DNF at 50%

I'm afraid that in spite of the many glowing reviews singing this book's praises I'm not going to finish reading it. I started The Vanished Bride hoping to read a Gothic tale featuring the Brontë sisters...soon I realised that the story and writing of The Vanished Bride were closer to those found in a cozy detective novel.
The sisters themselves were perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Bella Ellis' book. I'm sure that it's not an easy endeavour to attempt to create a fictional tal
Whispering Stories
‘The Vanished Bride’ is an historical novel by Bella Ellis. Ellis has taken the Brontës, before the sisters became famous authors and dropped them in a sinister Victorian tale. The book is written in the third person and each chapter is seen through the eyes of one of the main characters.

We join Charlotte in the parsonage in Haworth in December 1851 when she is in reflective mood. She thinks back to a time in 1845 when circumstances led to her having three of her precious siblings living with he
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I participated in an absolutely DELIGHTFUL buddy read of The Vanished Bride over the past few weeks. Are you a fan of mysteries? Women empowerment? Historical fiction based around read people or events? The Bronte sisters? If any of these are a yes, pick up a copy of this book!

Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronte live a quiet life, spending their time exploring their passion to write. When a young wife and mother is seemingly murdered just a few miles from their home, the sisters set out to investi
Oct 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is not even 300 pages but it took me approximately a thousand years to get through it. The only reason I finished it was because I wanted my misery to count for something, that something being my Goodreads challenge.
The book never seemed to be able to decide on what tone it was going for - it was, by turns, dramatic, then preachy, then campy, then suspenseful, then woke, and then back to dramatic again. At times the narrative seemed to forget that there was a story to tell and a myster
Louise Wilson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Bronte Sisters Mystery #1

Yorkshire 1845. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte all themselves "the detectors". They are not official law enforcement officers. Their friend, Maddie that her mistress has went missing and that there was quite a lot of blood in her bedroom. Maddie also tells them that Mr. Chester is a cruel man. The sisters are intrigued and decide that they will try and solve this mystery. The sisters brother, Bram is very supportive of his sisters and he helps
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It is always fun to have something a bit different than the norm. Something that is fun, entertaining, and stands out from your typical historical mysteries. The Vanished Bride managed to do all of those things and also added a bit of realism along the way.

Set in a time when the Bronte sisters still roamed the Earth, The Vanished Bride gives us a curious look at maybe what made them not only fantastic writers but maybe where all their imagination and ingenious ideas came from as well as giving u
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to have received an Advanced Readers Copy electronically from Berkley as part of a Group Buddy Read with other bookstagrammers lead by Berit Lohn from @beritaudiokilledthebookmark, who made this possible.

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

The Bronte siblings Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell embark in a mystery set in 1845, Yorkshire. The story opens quite dramatically with a possibility of murder and the disappearance of a young mother leaving her two children behind and a
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The word that kept coming to mind when reading this was delightful. Other than some of their written works, I don't know anything about the Brontes or their lives so I found the personification of their various personalities in this work to be extremely fun and interesting. While I did figure out part of the mystery very quickly, I was completely off base as to why and how it all happened which made for a really enjoyable read. The chapters themselves are titled with the alternating characters, ...more
What a charming little mystery THE VANISHED BRIDE turned out to be! Despite the fact I've never read "Jane Eyre" , "Wuthering Heights" or any of the other of their books, I was intrigued by this one's premise featuring the three sisters. It isn't a factual account but more of a reimagined story of the Bronte sisters as lady "detectors" on the hunt for...the vanished bride!

Unlike any mystery I've ever encountered, THE VANISHED BRIDE is something different from the norm. It is fun, entertai
It’s 1851 and the prologue to the book sees Charlotte, now the last surviving member of the Brontë family, looking back on her and her sisters’ lives before they became famous authors. It underlines how tragically short their lives were, Emily having died in 1848 and Anne in 1849. Charlotte herself was to die in 1855.

The book’s very engaging premise is that the sisters were enterprising ‘detectors’ before they were novelists and The Vanished Bride represents their first case undertaken in 1845 (
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book in The Bronte Mysteries series.
In this story Charlotte Bronte and her siblings become amateur detectives when a young mother is found missing in their neighbourhood.
The story was set in 1945 and reflects the views and language of that time period.
I was invited to read this book by the publisher and found this an interesting change from the books I normally read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Do you know I have never in my life read Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights or any of the Bronte sisters books? I know, I'm ashamed to even admit that. I want to read them though and I need to make time to do that soon. Being an avid reader though, I am familiar with the sisters and it's the reason I found this mystery book intriguing. This story takes you back to a period before the sisters became famous writers. They aren't like most of the women from that era so they would much rather travel around ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of who you do not know, Bella Ellis is a pen name for author Rowan Coleman and I’m getting to that stage where I’m beginning to think she can just write me a shopping list and I’ll read it and love every word of it.

A young mother disappears from her home, leaving only a big pile of blood in her bedroom but no clue as to her whereabouts. When word of this mystery reaches the home of the Brontë sisters, they take it upon themselves to go out and try to solve what happened to this young w
Nicole Bibliolau19
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most of us know the Bronte sisters for their beautiful, haunting writing. But what did these intelligent, driven ladies do before they were famous writers? In Bella Ellis' charming debut novel, "The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1)," Charlotte, Emily and Anne become "lady detectors" when a young mother and wife goes missing in a nearby town.

As a big fan of both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, this fun, historical fiction book really drew me in. I loved learning more about each sister,
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Vanished Bride takes place before the Bronte sisters were famous writers. The disappearance of a local young wife and mother spurs the sisters to investigate taking on a role inaccessible to women at the time—detectives! I really enjoyed that aspect because I really love seeing strong female characters (with their own special quirks!) and didn’t mind if it was overdone. As for the mystery, I was really impressed with how it was written. It was very engaging and kept me guessing throughout. I ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I’m not sure I expected to- I’ve never been particularly inspired by the Brontes: Jane Eyre was good but I never liked Wuthering Heights. Also their life seemed to have been so drab and boring- like purgatory! This mystery was a good one and I really liked reading about the dynamics of the 3 sisters and their brother. I’m looking forward to continuing the series. Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
The Lit Bitch
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Big big big Bronte fan here! So it’s a given that I have been looking forward to this book for quite a while!

But I will admit I was on the fence about it. This book is a reimagining of the Bronte sisters as lady detectives and for me it could have gone either way. I mean, the sisters wrote romances, not mysteries so I was worried that this book might come across as hokey.

So basically, I had reservations. I worried that I might have a hard time imagining them as detectives but on the other I love
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the copy of The Vanished Bride which I won through a Goodreads Giveway. This review is left voluntarily.

When I saw this was a mystery involving the Bronte sisters I knew I had to read this. I adore them and thought this sounded like an interesting read, it did not disappoint.

This follows Emily, Charlotte and Anne (with the help of their brother Branwell) become sleuths as they try to piece together the mysterious disappearance of a young mother. In a time wher
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This was pure entertainment for me. I loved imagining the Bronte sisters this way. I love Charlotte, Emily, and Anne and I enjoyed this author’s take on their personalities. Can’t wait for more books in this series!
Carol (Reading Ladies)
Thank you #netgalley #berkleypublishinggroup for the free e-copy of #thevanishedbride by @brontemysteries (Bella Ellis) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Vanished Bride is the highly imagined story of the famous Bronte Sisters before they were authors. In 1845, when all four Bronte siblings return home to live with their father (for various reasons), Charlotte, Emily, and Anne hear about the disappearance and suspected murder of a young neighbor woman, they decide to
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a delightful entertaining book. I'm a fan of the Brontë sisters, and always wished they would have lived longer to give us more beautiful books and poems.
Although this story is sometimes a little over the top (profiling? Seriously?) it is a good read not only because of the characters but also because there is an interesting crime to solve. It is always amazing to see how women were treated then, and so very recognizable how some of them did escape their fate.
I'd love to read more in this
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