Stonebridge Manor

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Lady Baldwin is a part of the English Aristocracy yet she is totally outrageous. She is very wealthy, lives in a huge country mansion, loved and hated in equal measure by her family and servants. When she is murdered, it's anyone's guess as to who did it. More

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Words: 80,490
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476234083
About Peter C Bradbury

Born near Manchester, England, I became a Butler in 1985. After working in many very large homes, I moved to California in 1994 after marrying my wife, Debbie, who is from San Francisco.
I started writing because I was always being asked, "What is it like to work for wealthy people?" I turned some of my experiences into a novel, and called it Stonebridge Manor.
Since that first book, which is a murder mystery, I have written thrillers and I have just finished my fifth book.
I write in a very entertaining style, whatever the subject, and I hope you enjoy them.
I still have family in the UK and in the USA, and I enjoy football (soccer) and golf.


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Murder and Intrigue in an English mansion. It seems everyone has a motive to kill, and if you like whodunits then this is for you. Most novels of this ilk are set in the 1920's or 30's. This one is set in 1994 and you will notice the lack of staff compared to Remains of the Day.

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Review by: Ian Hutson on Aug. 18, 2013 :
I think that reading a good book is a bit like being a ghost haunting people and places that you previously didn't know existed - being blown like mist, from scene to scene, hoping to stay longer in some, catching just enough detail in others, but all the time with the author's hand guiding you carefully to show you what you need to know about events to make you content in your hauntings. Stonebridge Manor is one such.

The author provided a framework and just enough detail for my imagination to dress the scenes my way, like a play on a private stage with an audience of one. The action flowed well, so much so that I read the book at one long sitting. I had to read the whole thing because it was the only way to get to the other side and be able to continue with my own life without worrying about the characters.

Like life, the story irked at some points, tugged at my sensibilities at others, made me care, made me not care - just like the real lives of strangers do when you catch glimpses. The butler element is delicious, the English country home settings as comfortable as a well-stuffed armchair and I was happy, in my unbalanced non-PC way, for the murder to proceed as it did. There are no plot-holes. There are maybe half a dozen editing punctuation blips (which I only noticed because of my undiagnosed English language-OCD) and they do not detract from the story one iota. I can't write a description of sex for love or toffee and since I am, at age fifty-three, not yet halfway through English puberty I cannot vouch for their authenticity or detail and so can only comment that I had merely to shut my eyes for one or two lines, three or four times.

A splendid romp with elements of a very modern Downton Abbey, wisps of Tom Sharpe in his more serious moments and a soaking splash of light murder-detection that had me visualise the policemen involved as a gestalt of all of my favourite television coppers. I recommend this book; it's great entertainment.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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