Brentwood, California (EastBayDaily) — A fun, intriguing summer read for fans of murder mysteries, Stonebridge Manor is an entertaining look into the lifestyle of English high society, written by an author whose experience as a butler provides fascinating and entertaining insight into the aristocratic characters he has created.
With a premise not unlike Gosford Park or Remains of the Day, this captivating novel will make readers feel as though they are attending their own murder mystery party. With just as many characters as there are motives, and each thoroughly fleshed out, readers’ interest will be piqued from the first sentence.
The novel’s main character and primary antagonist, Lady Baldwin, is both vicious and kind to those she keeps around her as servants, lovers and friends. Demanding undying loyalty from those she employs, she is nevertheless prone to playing vicious games with each of them, providing plenty of motive and opportunity from just about everyone she meets. Proving that you can’t buy love, she nevertheless gets her just desserts, and that’s when the fun really begins.
Readers will enjoy trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out which suspect is guilty before the end of the novel. With page-turning suspense and exciting twists that readers will never see coming, Bradbury has proven himself to be a master of the murder mystery. Readers will no doubt be anticipating the sophomore novel, Prospects, from this promising and exciting new author.
Peter Bradbury Peter Bradbury has been a working English Butler since 1985, from the aristocracy to the wealthy to the not so wealthy. He was born and raised in the Northwest of England, where he still has family, before relocating to the USA in late 1994. Stonebridge Manor is his first novel, portraying life and humor in an English Country Mansion, with a murder thrown in for good measure. His second novel, Prospects, about two murderous, wealthy brothers in the San Francisco Bay Area, is slated for release in July of 2012.
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Peter C. Bradbury
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