Roberta Blankenship, a frustrated middle-aged, middle-class housewife living in Indianapolis, struggles to make sense of her meaningless existence while also pondering an old family secret involving her mother that has plagued her since childhood. Sick of her Pottery Barn life and motivated by the mystery only whispered about in the past, she flees to the farthest point she can get without a passport, Juneau, Alaska. Everything is clearer under the vast Alaskan sky.


Having abandoned everything she’d spent her life creating, Roberta remakes herself in another place, doing anything other than responding to the demands of her self-absorbed husband and her entitled kids. Taking her first job since college, and a small room above a tourists’ shop, she contemplates new vistas. She never expected, however, to find romance in the form of a handsome federal agent involved in murder and mayhem.


And it is murder and mayhem, and the discovery of other’s secrets, that causes Roberta to run for her life into the Alaskan wilderness…    

Reviews of the Vanished Bride of Northfield House

Intriguing mystery that had me wondering what would happen next and who did it. This just shows that people can be truly nuts. If you enjoy a good ghost story with a mystery thrown in this book may be just right for you.


- Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I look forward to reading more novels from Phyllis M. Newman. Anyone who writes this well on their first foray into historical fiction is sure to be a favorite of many!

- Bubble Bath Books

The setting and atmosphere of Ms. Newman's The Vanished Bride of Northfield House is nothing short of exquisite!

- Back Porchervations

The best Gothic mystery I've read in years.

- Jane Reads


Kat Carson and Ernie Lunt are an odd pairing. Ernie is an irascible, middle-aged private detective. Kat is his teenage intern, a college student with a love of nineteenth-century detective novels. When a colleague’s body washes up on the beach, both Kat and Ernie want to know what happened. Kat takes the initiative without Ernie’s knowledge, hoping to impress her more cautious boss.