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Summary

The year is 1845, and Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte are sat around the dining room table, laughing merrily as the rain of their Yorkshire summer falls outside. When their brother, Branwell, returns from The Bull Inn, he brings with him the most shocking revelation: that Elizabeth Chester, wife of Robert Chester and mistress of Chester Grange, has gone missing - but the bloody scene found in her bedroom suggests she may have been murdered.   

The governess at Chester Grange is Matilda French, a close friend of Charlotte's, who resolves to pay her a visit the following day. At Chester Grange, the sisters make the acquaintance of Robert, a rumoured cruel man, who is suspected of having driven his first wife to suicide. Determined that he should be brought to justice, the sisters throw themselves into solving the case.   

As everyone knows, solving a murder requires sense, morals and a very good imagination - qualities which these sisters have more than enough of....

©2019 Bella Ellis (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Good read

I'm looking forward to listening to more from this author. It's a really good read. The narration was fab!

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fantastic. The narrative pictorially inspiring.

Could not stop listening. Eagerly waiting for a sequel. A must if you love a mystery with wit and imagery. Thank you for making my work day pass enjoyably.

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Hurry up, I need the next one please!

Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell and now Bella Ellis! This is a cracking book. I have read books by all the Bronte sisters and know a fair amount about their lives so it is really interesting to see how Rowan Coleman has woven their lives and their works into this excellent book. Branwell Brontë and his ‘ruby red hair’ , Mr Chester and his powerful dogs , the Travellers reminded me of Jane Eyre when Mr Rochester reads Jane’s fortune , Charlotte falling in love with her tutor, Anne and Branwell leaving the Robinsons due to Branwell’s love affair. The narration is very good with each of the sisters distinguishable when in conversation. I really hope there are more books to come in this series.

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Excellent

l loved every minute, brilliant concept and Kirsten Atherton made a perfect choice as narrator.

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just bliss to listen to!

loved this book and also The Fiabolical Bones also by Bella Ellis. Funny and moving by turns, the imagined life of the three sisters as detectors transported me.

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Engaging Listening

A charming well read book, easy to work out who and why, but the characters are so engaging who cares if you solved it. I will listen to the book.

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Wonderful

Wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. The narration was first class. I highly recommend the book.

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Amazing

Beautiful writing, atmospheric with something profound to say and rounded characters. If like me you have read all the Bronte works and long for more, this is the answer!

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Perfect winter night escape

Bella Ellis has pulled off a great feat with this novel, capturing the atmosphere of all the Brontë sisters’ work and creating authentic voices for each sister. I especially loved that Emily has been rescued from the stoical silence of legend. Instead you can imagine this woman, with her wit and quirk, writing Wuthering Heights. For Brontë fans there are lots of hat tips to their various novels and for those unfamiliar with their work, there is a fiendishly complex plot full of twists that leave you guessing. It was a perfect listen for this time of year.

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Brava! to author and narrator!

I have downloaded and can't wait to start, "Diabolical Bones"