Blog Tour Wrap Up – THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRIDE by Carmen Radtke #historical #crime @carmenradtke1

Thank you to all the awesome Bloggers and reviewers who helped with the launch of the self-published version of THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRIDE. Your help is very much appreciated.

What the Bloggers and reviewers thought:

Loopy Laura

The character of Alyssa is really strong and tenacious in a world where women were expected to be meek and submissive. The antagonistic relationship she develops with Doctor Bryson which is realistic and interesting, furthers the plot as well as explores their characters. Read more here

The Word is Out

For me it doesn’t matter what period of time a book is set in, a well written mystery like this one will still be engrossing, and the only differences are the restraints on the characters and the different methods of detection that can be employed. I am definitely looking forward to the next murder mystery adventure when the brides reach Canada Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

I loved this Agatha Christie style mystery. There wasn’t a lot of action but it didn’t need it, the mystery kept me interested all the way through.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

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! Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Case Of The Missing Bride’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.


The Case of the Missing Bride is a charming and intriguing read. For a slower paced read it still had me engrossed, so much so that I read it in two sittings.

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

Loved this book! Not my normal crime thriller bit historical fiction with mystery thrown in! I was captured as soon as I started it. Read more here

Turn The Page Blog


Black Books Blog

The book is really well written and the plot is well devised and thought out. Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more by Carmen. Read more here

Herding Cats

Sue Wallace Site

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 …

My Review

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.

Author Bio

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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Or on Twitter: @carmenradtke1

Her website (very much a work in progress) is

#coverreveal GLITTERING DEATH (Alyssa Chalmers #2) by Carmen Radtke #historical #crime @carmenradtke1

I am thrilled to have been invited to reveal the cover of GLITTERING DEATH by Carmen Radtke. This is book 2 in the Alyssa Chalmers series and is a brilliant sequel to THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRIDE. Glittering Death will be released on 7th of January but is available for preorder from Amazon

1862. A group of brides from Australia have arrived in British Columbia, and love is in the air – until their new-found happiness in the prospectors’ town “Run’s End” is shattered when the hotel-owner is murdered. To make matters worse, something is wrong with the stored gold at the hotel, and an epidemic makes it impossible for anyone to leave town.

The brides set all their hopes on their friend Alyssa Chalmers to find the murderer and restore peace in their new home. But the killer is cunning, and desperate …

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