The Vanished Bride [electronic resource] / Bella Ellis

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      Summary: 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, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance. These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent "lady detectors." Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, "detecting is reading between the lines—it's seeing what is not there." As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman's place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril...
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      ELLIS, B. The Vanished Bride. [electronic resource]. [s. l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2019. ISBN 9780593099063. Disponível em: Acesso em: 13 ago. 2020.
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      Ellis B. The Vanished Bride. [Electronic Resource]. Penguin Publishing Group; 2019. Accessed August 13, 2020.
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      Ellis, B. (2019). The Vanished Bride. [electronic resource]. Penguin Publishing Group.
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      Ellis, Bella. 2019. The Vanished Bride. [Electronic Resource]. Penguin Publishing Group.
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      Ellis, B. (2019) The Vanished Bride. [electronic resource]. Penguin Publishing Group. Available at: (Accessed: 13 August 2020).
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      Ellis, B 2019, The Vanished Bride. [electronic resource], Penguin Publishing Group, viewed 13 August 2020, .
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      Ellis, Bella. The Vanished Bride. [Electronic Resource]. Penguin Publishing Group, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Ellis, Bella. The Vanished Bride. [Electronic Resource]. Penguin Publishing Group, 2019.
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      Ellis B. The Vanished Bride. [electronic resource] [Internet]. Penguin Publishing Group; 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 13]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

*Starred Review* In Ellis' inventive and thoroughly enjoyable series debut, Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Brontë try their hands at a relatively new method of solving crimes: detecting. Living in straitened circumstances and dealing with their brother Branwell's alcoholism, the sisters are having trouble finding time for their beloved writing, let alone other pursuits that are allowed to "spinsters." But when they hear that the lady of a nearby house has disappeared, leaving her beloved children and a large quantity of blood behind, Emily seizes the day, persuading her sisters to help. The limited sleuthing methods available to Victorian ladies serve well to portray the strictures binding their lives, and the biographical and historical details included will familiarize readers with both the Brontë family and their era. The sisters are distinctly drawn, and their love and gentle sibling rivalry bring them to vivid life. What happened to the titular vanished bride involves a satisfying twist; even more satisfying is the sisters' concluding realization that they can ask for more from life. While it's not by a Brontë, Pride and Prejudice has spawned many spin-offs, and the fans of those works are a likely audience for this one. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 August

In 1845, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë's famous novels are yet unwritten. Life on the Yorkshire moors is disrupted when a Mrs. Chester vanishes, leaving rather more than a trace—a great quantity of blood. The Brontë sisters are naturally curious, and they resolve to find justice for the woman when no one else will. Their quest takes them from the local pub to lavish parlors, from the seaside to the forested ruins of a derelict village. It involves a frightened governess, a disgraced musician, and a startling, hidden family trait. The theme of the novel is the role of women in a world that expects submission, demanding respectability without granting respect. Pseudonymous author Ellis succeeds in her aim to portray the "conviction that the sisters' short lives were…as compelling and exciting as their novels." Many elements appear that echo those of the Brontës' actual writing: wild storms, a woman tumbling from towering battlements, mysterious fortune tellers, madness, and other details worthy of the most gothic penny dreadful. VERDICT Brontë fans will rejoice to see how well the sisters fit the imagined role of sleuths, while those less familiar with the trio can still expect an enjoyably haunting read.—Sara Scoggan, Fishkill, NY

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 July #1

Set in 1845 Yorkshire, this fine series launch from the pseudonymous Ellis (a nod to Emily Brontë's pen name of Ellis Bell) portrays the Brontë sisters of Haworth Parsonage as sleuths. Chester Grange, the household of their governess friend, Matilda French, is turned upside down when Matilda's employer, Elizabeth Chester, disappears and a great deal of blood is found in her room. As the diplomatic Charlotte, the passionate Emily, and the level-headed Anne pursue their inquiries as agents of their invented firm of Bell Brothers and Company, solicitors, they uncover more questions than answers. Was Elizabeth abducted by gypsies? What is the true state of the marriage of Elizabeth and her husband, Robert? What happened to Robert's first wife, and what of Elizabeth's life before her marriage? Is Elizabeth alive or dead? Appropriately gothic touches as well as the author's solid research on the lives and works of the Brontës—including cameos by their dissolute brother, Branwell; their good-hearted father, Patrick; and Charlotte's clumsy future husband, Arthur Nicholls—enrich a diverting adventure. Brontë aficionados won't want to miss this one. Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham Assoc. (U.K.). (Sept.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.