The Diabolical Bones
Author: Bella Ellis
What I’m Talking About:
In The Diabolical Bones, the second book in the Brontë Sisters Mystery series, the bones of a child are found within the wall of a chimney. The Brontës take it upon themselves to discover the who, why, and how of what has happened to this child.
Overall the book is good, albeit slow moving. Ms. Ellis does a wonderful job describing the moors and other wild beauty the Brontë sisters so loved about their home. She also does a fine job of weaving in elements from the novels they wrote, and she gives very clear glimpses into the close relationships of the Brontë family while also showing the rather depressing and dire state they lived in during a time of prejudice and bigotry towards Irish people. All of these elements weave themselves into a good novel with a variety of twists and turns, ending in a classic O’Henry twist. Ms. Ellis does a beautiful job of describing the way the old traditions and Christianity wove themselves together while exploring how those with means are often able to get away with horrific crimes. My only complaint would be the slow movement of the story: although the pace fits perfectly with the sisters and their writing styles, it felt slow for a who-done-it type crime novel.
If you are a fan of the Brontës I believe you will enjoy this book because of the well done research and obvious love Ms. Ellis has for the sisters, their loves, and their home. If you aren’t well versed in the Brontës but enjoy a good gothic read with an interesting crime story attached, I believe you will also enjoy this book.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
Haworth Parsonage, February 1846: The Brontë sisters— Anne, Emily, and Charlotte—are busy with their literary pursuits. As they query publishers for their poetry, each sister hopes to write a full-length novel that will thrill the reading public. They’re also hoping for a new case for their fledgling detecting enterprise, Bell Brothers and Company solicitors. On a bitterly cold February evening, their housekeeper Tabby tells them of a grim discovery at Scar Top House, an old farmhouse belonging to the Bradshaw family. A set of bones has been found bricked up in a chimney breast inside the ancient home.
Tabby says it’s bad doings, and dark omens for all of them. The rattled housekeeper gives them a warning, telling the sisters of a chilling rumour attached to the family. The villagers believe that, on the verge of bankruptcy, Clifton Bradshaw sold his soul to the devil in return for great riches. Does this have anything to do with the bones found in the Bradshaw house? The sisters are intrigued by the story and feel compelled to investigate. But Anne, Emily, and Charlotte soon learn that true evil has set a murderous trap and they’ve been lured right into it…
Release Date: February 16, 2021
Series: Brontë Sisters Mystery #2
Genre: Historical Mystery
Format(s): paperback (336 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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Reviews in Series:
The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis (Brontë Sisters Mystery #1)