Today I would like to share a review from Donna Maguire of THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRIDE which was republished by Carmen Radke on 1st December. This stunning book that is perfect for anyone who loves historical crime or any crime is available at a discounted price of 99p/c for a short period.
The Case of the Missing Bride
An Alyssa Chalmers mystery
Available from AMAZON
It was supposed to be the start of a happy, new life …
1862 – a group of young Australian women set sail for matrimony in Canada. Their presence is withheld from the male passengers and all but a select few members of the crew. But their worlds collide when one of the gentlemen stumbles over the women.
When one of the intended brides goes missing, only Alyssa Chalmers, the one educated, wealthy woman in the group, is convinced the disappearance is no accident. She sets out to find out what happened.
Has there been a murder?
Alyssa is willing to move heaven and earth to find out the truth. She is about to discover that there is more to her voyage into the unknown than she bargained for …
This review is by Donna Maguire who kindly agreed I could share it. You can read the full review on Goodreads here
It is the 1860s and the Artemis’ Delight is setting sail from Australia to Canada docking shortly at San Francisco. It is a sail ship but with the advantage of steam power back up but even so the crew and passengers are looking at 3 months at sea before they reach San Francisco, What only a select few people know is that it contains a secret cargo of young women that are travelling to a new life. What the girls/ladies have in common is that they are all alone in the world with no family many have spent a large amount of their lives in orphanages. I loved the cover of this book, a combination of seeing that and reading the blurb made me realise that this is a book I must read!! I have two real passions in books, crime fiction and historical fiction, this being a combination of the two made this book right up my street and after the first few chapters I was in love with the story and knew it was going to be one I didn’t want to put down until I reached the end! Such a well written book, it is graceful and elegant and really in keeping with the era in which the book has set – I highly recommend getting a copy of this – you are definitely going to be in for a treat – I loved it!! Thank you so much Carmen for writing such a fabulous book!!! It is the 1860s and the Artemis’ Delight is setting sail from Australia to Canada docking shortly at San Francisco. It is a sail ship but with the advantage of steam power back up but even so the crew and passengers are looking at 3 months at sea before they reach San Francisco, What only a select few people know is that it contains a secret cargo of young women that are travelling to a new life. What the girls/ladies have in common is that they are all alone in the world with no family many have spent a large amount of their lives in orphanages.
The main character is Alyssa who differs from the other girls in that she has a more upper class background and is not so poverty stricken. She is also more educated and is immediately put to good use in helping to educate and lead the others. Her character is very complex and fits well within the era as do all the other characters. The story progresses and the reader joins the Artemis’ Delight and its passengers on its journey encountering storms, illness, murder and romance along the way with some of the passengers forced to turn detective it all makes for a very gripping read that will have the reader turning page after page.
Carmen Radtke has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
“The Case of the Missing Bride” is a former Malice Domestic finalist, inspired by a true event. Its heroine Alyssa Chalmers will soon return in “Glittering Death”.
When Carmen is not writing, reading or dreaming of travel, she is busy acting as resident cat servant.
She’s currently working on her first contemporary crime novel.
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