The Secret of Bramble Hill, A review


Sue Owens Wright’s Secret of Bramble Hill has all the elements of a gothic novel, except that it’s set in 1946 after the end of World War II. My one criticism of the story is that there is no mention of the aftermath of the war. However, the fact that it is set in a manor in a quaint Cornish seaside town and is filled with mysterious goings-on overrides anything I might consider a  problem. Tessa Field comes to her aunt’s home after learning about her unusual death. Soon she is reunited with her childhood friend, Peter Tremayne and feels an immediate attraction. However, the budding romance is fraught with suspicion. Soon, Tessa suspects her aunt’s death wasn’t accidental and it isn’t long before her own life is threatened from more than one source. With a generous sprinkling of ghostly appearances, people who aren’t who they seem to be, and even a séance, along with a strong romance, this is a most satisfying tale of mystery and intrigue.  

--Reviewed by Marilyn Meredith

Sue Owens Wright is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. She is an eleven-time finalist for the Maxwell, awarded annually by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) to the best writer on the subject of dogs. She has twice won the Maxwell Award and earned special recognition from the Humane Society of the United States for her writing. She writes the acclaimed Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series, including Howling Bloody Murder, Sirius About Murder, Embarking On Murder and Braced For Murder, which is recommended on the American Kennel Club’s list of Best Dog Books.

Her nonfiction books include What’s Your Dog’s IQ?, 150 Activities for Bored Dogs, and People’s Guide to Pets. She has been published in numerous magazines, including Dog Fancy, Mystery Scene, AKC GAZETTE, Fido Friendly, The Bark, and Animal Fair. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including PEN Oakland’s “Fightin’ Words,” along with Norman Mailer and other literary notables. Her newest novel is The Secret of Bramble Hill.

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