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- Print Length: 266 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1911223437
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Hawkesbury Press (August 24, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 24, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WHFLVLM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Can't tell you how much I loved Secrets at St Bride's, so much so that I also downloaded all five Sophie Sayers novels and have devoured them all!" - Julie Welch, author of Too Marvellous for Words - the Real Malory Towers Life
"Wonderfully witty." - Caroline Sanderson, book journalist and author
"A great read for the present moment" - Karen Inglis, bestselling children's author
From the Author
Many years later, I worked for 13 years at a leading English girls' boarding school in the heart of the Cotswold countryside and really enjoyed being a part of that community.
I love writing about community life. Having previously written the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries series set in the fictitious English Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow, it was a natural progression to site a fictitious boarding school nearby - and so my new St Bride's School series was born!
This series differs from those books I loved as a child. It takes you behind the mysterious door to the staffroom (teachers' lounge) and right to the heart of the intrigues among the adults in the school! And at St Bride's, every teacher seems to have a secret to hide...
Enjoy unravelling the mysteries at this marvellous English institution! --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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This is the first-in-series and follows new English teacher, Gemma Lamb, in her role at St. Bride's, a private, posh, all-girls' school in the remote English countryside.
While Gemma is suspicious about some of her new colleagues (why exactly does the PE teacher appear so "man-ish," and is someone defacing books in the library to fund their retirement account?), readers learn that Gemma has secrets of her own she's running from.
A light, cozy mystery, fans of Miss Marple, Aunt Dimity, and "The Royal Spyness" series will find this a captivating novel.
Top international reviews
There is actually very little storyline line to this book, rather it’s a series of character sketches that are woven together. However, it does what it does very well, and I rather hope it will form the opener to a series that will see the resident staff of St Brides involved in some more complex escapades.
Opening with the arrival of newly appointed Head of English, Gemma Lamb, ‘The Secrets at St Brides’ introduces the reader to the staff through Gemma’s interactions with them. They are certainly an eclectic bunch; and all, as Gemma discovers, have personal quirks and secrets.
There are some lovely touches of humour, particularly in the opening few chapters, and this was very easy reading throughout. For me though, as pleasant as it was, the plot just didn’t have quite enough substance, and I found myself disappointed that there wasn’t some great adventure to be found within its pages. That said, I’d certainly be up to reading another instalment as the potential for these characters to get into some seriously funny scrapes is huge.
Each member of staff at St Bride's School for Girls has a secret. From the Head, aptly named Miss Hairnet to the newcomer, the narrator, Gemma Lamb (again with a name that is hugely descriptive). Like lamb to the slaughter, our freshman teacher is quickly initiated into the unusual life of St Bride's. From the girls, who are all motherless daughters of millionaires, to the all-female staff (one of whom is decidedly male), Gemma's life in the school settles into a happy routine, only to be disrupted by the appearance of her controlling boyfriend.
This, Gemma's own secret, that she is on the run, escaping a bad relationship, is a central theme in the book and something that gives the story a chilling reality check and serious message about relationships.
I loved this new world of St Bride's that Debbie Young has created and cannot wait to read more books set amongst these loveable, eccentric British characters.
What a fun read this was. Pretty much in one sitting.
I loved the unravelling of the secrets!
The setting is a dream. Tunnels, acres of nature, a large secretive house.
Characters who may not be as they seem.
Heroes, villains, a gorgeous cat and children all led by a dream of a head and her
complex staff who I will happily visit again.
The perfect gentle antidote to unsettling reality.
I rather think I could have enjoyed working at this school.:)
Debbie Young is masterful at weaving humour into her books, as well as careful plotting and character development. I loved the link to the Sophie Sayers Mystery series, too.
The main character is immediately likeable, and the supporting cast are excellent. This is not a deep, dark, gory thriller but an entertaining, witty and intriguing start to this new series. I'm looking forward to reading more.
But Debbie Young has the knack of breathing life into the institutions she creates, and, for all its eccentricities, St Bride’s has the ‘feel’ of a real school; the same is undoubtedly true of the teachers and other people we meet connected with St Bride’s.
I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It is not heavy going, but neither are its themes lightweight. This is the first of Debbie Young’s books I have read. I will be back for more!