Stonebridge Manor by Peter C. Bradbury
Peter C. Bradbury
The behind the scenes action was most interesting. I loved the portrayal of Lady B; villain yet still loved by some. The story is told in such a manner that once the trigger is pulled, everyone is a suspect.
Lady Baldwin is beautiful, desirable, conniving, yet sometimes kind, extremely generous, and very thoughtful. Loved and hated in equal measure, it’s anyone’s guess as to who would ultimately kill her. Bored with her husband Lord Baldwin and his stuffy friends, she prefers her exciting show biz pals and the thrills of illicit sex.
As a part of the English Aristocracy, she is very rich, surrounded by servants, totally outrageous, and she likes to control everyone’s life. Told by a real English Butler with a certain degree of true English humor, this murder story will give you an insight into life in a wealthy, country mansion.
Review by Sandy Appleyard:
This book was addicting from the first page. It was easy to follow, it kept the energy flowing and was very enjoyable. Peter gives a wonderful sketch of all the characters. He’s especially good at this as there were many characters, which can sometimes be confusing, but he nailed it.
The behind the scenes action was most interesting. I loved the portrayal of Lady B; villain yet still loved by some. The story is told in such a manner that once the trigger is pulled, everyone is a suspect. There is a nice balance of good and bad characters as well, and the reader gets to know each personally
Very well told and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good old fashioned murder mystery.
Review by Roy Murry, Author:
I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but I have read enough of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels to have figured out who-done-it before the last clues were arrived at, when reading a clone. This is not one. Maybe it’s because I have read so many mysteries and have good intuitive abilities. Who knows?
Mr. Bradbury’s novel had me stumped until the end. He meticulously and slowly develops his characters and story for the first half of the book, bringing you into the workings of an English Manor. This is needed to hook the read; and it was written very carefully. You get to know all the characters that might have done the deed beforehand.
This killing you don’t find out about until the appropriate time. However, one may guess who the victim will be, because of the person’s manner of living.
Phillip, one of the main characters, is a butler in one of Lord Baldwin’s houses. He is commanded, so to speak, to come to Stonebridge Manor to help in the servicing of a weekend gathering of Lady Baldwin’s friends and lovers.
All is well, sex and hatred aside, until the body is found. All who are at the weekend affair are suspect, even the one who confesses to the crime.
Good police investigative work through all the kinds of well written side stories leads to a conclusion that I did not foresee.
Maybe you can pick the killer out earlier than I did by reading this character driven novel. I enjoyed the challenge