A Gift of Poison by Bella Ellis (Bronte Sisters Mystery #4)

My Five Word TL:DR Review: Fitting conclusion to mystery series

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And so another good series comes to an end.  I’ve really enjoyed the Bronte sisters mysteries.  They’re a lovely combination of family affairs, gothic mysterious endeavours and period drama with a great injection of detail from the Bronte sisters body of work.  To be fair, I love the Bronte sisters and so I’ve really enjoyed reading these dark mysteries that take inspiration from their novels.  Just to be clear though,  I’m certain that these can be read without any prior knowledge of the Brontes so don’t be put off if you’re not familiar with their work – these make wonderful period mysteries and the sisters are entertaining detectives who often find themselves in bother.

In this particular instalment the women are called upon by a cruel man recently acquitted of poisoning his wife.  An attempt on his own life has since been made and although the sisters are reluctant to take on the case they eventually come to the conclusion that they would, indeed, be best placed to solve the mystery one way or the other.

As I mentioned above this has been a series that I’ve really enjoyed.  It contains so many winning elements for me as I do love a good mystery and although you wouldn’t call these cosy mysteries the period feel, the restrictions of the time, the dialogue and the family dynamics all come together to provide a comfortable setting even when things take a darker turn.

I loved the sisters and the way they interact.  This particular instalment started with the three being somewhat out of sorts due to sibling rivalry, not to mention the horrible realisation that they were all beginning to come to terms with that their brother was unlikely to recover from his malaise, but, they eventually band together and each contributes to the eventual reveal.

The mystery here is intriguing.  It has a supernatural feel to it, dark in places and really quite gripping.  The sisters seem to move closer and closer to danger and I was absolutely intrigued about what was really going on here.  Eventually, rational explanations are found but not without a struggle.

I thought this was a really fitting end to the series.  Yes, of course I would have liked more, but at the same time this feels like the appropriate place to conclude.

I definitely recommend this series to murder mystery lovers who enjoy gothic period dramas.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publishers, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

My rating 4 of 5 stars