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The Diabolical Bones: A gripping gothic mystery set in Victorian Yorkshire

Bella Ellis

6 Reviews

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c 1800 to c 1900, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A new Bronte Mystery from Bella Ellis, a pen name for bestselling author, Rowan Coleman.

It's Christmas 1845 and Haworth is in the grip of a freezing winter. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte are rather losing interest in detecting until they hear of a shocking discovery: the bones of a child have been found interred within the walls of a local house, Top Withens Hall, home to the scandalous and brutish Bradshaw family.

When the sisters set off to find out more, they are confronted with an increasingly complex and sinister case, which leads them into the dark world of orphanages, and onto the trail of other lost, and likely murdered children. After another local boy goes missing, Charlotte, Emily and Anne vow to find him before it's too late.

But in order to do so, they must face their most despicable and wicked adversary yet - one that would not hesitate to cause them the gravest of harm. . .


Praise for Bella Ellis and the series:

'Bronte aficionados are sure to enjoy the accurate characterization and context, the twists turns and Gothic touches of the plot, and the strong feminist streak that manifests itself throughout, but most triumphantly at the end. Happily, more Bronte mysteries are to be expected.' The Times Literary Supplement

'A delight' The Wall Street Journal

'Clever and captivating' Milly Johnson

'Fun, charming and intriguing' Araminta Hall

'An incredible book - Bella Ellis is a very special talent' Angela Clarke

'Elegant, witty and compulsively readable - I think the Bronte sisters would have been delighted' Rosie Walsh

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Praise for The Diabolical Bones: A gripping gothic mystery set in Victorian Yorkshire

  • Romps along and is lashed with Gothic colour. Fun and inventive - Daily Mail

  • Bronte fans will undoubtedly get the most out of this: possible inspirations for [the sisters' works] are everywhere. But you don't need insider knowledge to enjoy either the splendid adventure, or the touching and often funny portrayal of the sisters' devotion to and exasperation with one another and their debauched brother - Guardian

  • Brilliantly entertaining and original - CL Taylor

  • Elegant, witty and compulsively readable - I think the Bronte sisters would have been delighted. A standout book - Rosie Walsh

  • Incredible . . . Bella Ellis is a very special talent: the Brontes are magically brought to life in this gripping, twisty mystery. I need more! - Angela Clarke

  • Ellis's portrayal of this extraordinary family is so loving and persuasive that the book is more heart-warming than blood-chilling - Sunday Express

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Bella Ellis

Bella Ellis is the Bronte inspired pen name for the award winning Sunday Times bestselling author Rowan Coleman. A Bronte devotee for most of her life, Rowan is the author of fourteen novels including The Memory Book, The Summer of Impossible Things and The Girl at the Window.

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