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The Case of the Missing Bride

(Alyssa Chalmers #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  42 reviews
When a girl goes missing on board of an ocean liner, only one person is convinced that the disappearance is no accident.

Alyssa has found herself with a group of impoverished girls who are embarking from Australia to Canada in the hope of marriage. As the daughter of a senior official, Alyssa doesn’t share this goal. She hopes to return to England via Canada.

But the girls a
Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 2019 by Bloodhound Books (first published September 1st 2017)
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Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have to admit this isn’t the usual sort of book that I would pick up. I tend not to be a big fan of books set in a different century, much preferring them to be set in the modern day instead. I have to say though the book description sounded to good for me to pass up on the chance of reading it, so I did, read it that is.

The whole story takes part on the ship on it’s voyage to Canada where most of the girls hope to be married off and make a new life for themselves. I did feel a bit sorry for t
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This brilliant book is being republished by Carmen as a self published author. My revised review will be posted as part of the Blog Tour early December

My rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

This book will appeal to readers of many genres I loved it. I don’t, normally, read historical fiction and I was surprised how quickly I got into the book and before the end of the 2nd chapter I was totally gripped. It isn't a fast paced, adrenaline pumping thriller type of book but it has something special in that it
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Case of The Missing Bride is one atmospheric and restless read, historical crime fictions isn't a genre I visit often. the blurb was too mysterious to miss the opportunity to rea this, and I am so pleased I did. 
The author gives us unsettlement from the beginning and I can't imagine anything much worse than being on a ship, in hiding with a group of girls unknown to me for a destination in a new land and a fate unknown. 

Alyssa is an interesting character and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the
Donna Maguire

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 grace
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Not my normal crime thriller bit historical fiction with mystery thrown in! I was captured as soon as I started it. It takes place upon a ship journey that a group of Australian young women are travelling on in order to arrive in Canada and get married. All is well until one young lady goes missing and Alyssa Chalmers, the most educated and wealthy woman amingst them decides she will find her! Moving heaven and earth if needed.
This book is the beginning of a series and I cannot
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a little confession to make. I actually had this book ('The Case Of The Missing Bride') on my 'to be read' pile but I just haven't had the time to read it. When I was invited to take part in the blog tour for the re-release of 'The Case Of The Missing Bride', I thought that it was the perfect opportunity for me to read the book and share my review. Now I have finished reading 'The Case Of The Missing Bride', I am actually ticked off with myself that I have left it this long to read this b ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is set in the late nineteenth century when girls, especially orphaned, ones had little or no prospects in Australia. They’re only choice was to set sail to Canada in hopes of finding a husband.
Alyssa Chambers is not like the other girls. She was raised in relative luxury, until her father, a high ranking official, spoke out against the treatment of prisoners in Port Philips prison and then her mother died leaving her alone. Boarding the ship she hopes to get to Canada then back to Engl
Fay Flude
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a super story! I fairly flew through this and almost read it in one sitting.
The Artemis' Delight sails from Melbourne on its way to Canada with a stop at San Francisco.
On board, as 'agreed' stowaways, out of sight of the few gentlemen passengers, are 22 brides-to-be with their chaperone Matron, Mrs McKenzie.
Alyssa Chalmers is a different breed from the majority of the girls but all of them are orphaned and on their way to find husbands in a new land.
The characters, particularly Alyssa, Emma
Fiona Ross
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carmen Radtke's light touch with words allows us to join Alyssa Chalmers on her journey without feeling we're intruding, or being conscious of ourselves as readers. We're drawn instantly into the world of a group of nineteenth century Australian women who emigrate to Canada to find husbands. What a brave bunch they were. Once the boat has left port, they – and we – are committed, and the journey becomes increasingly claustrophobic and tense as things turn out, but there's no going back and the g ...more
Michael van Koetsveld
An enticing premise

No spoilers here.

I found the ideas in this book to be intriguing and I was drawn into the confining world of the ship easily enough. The main characters were believable and the premise for the plot should have made this a sizzling piece of period fiction.

I found the lack of detail about the ship and some of its strangely invisible and inaudible crew distracting.

I felt we could have done with a little more detail about the characters' back stories, to make them more individual
Chris Nolan
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I am very grateful to Bloodhound Books for sending me an ARC of The Case Of The Missing Bride in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is a very well-written book which tells the story of a group of young women making their way by ship from Australia to America in search of a husband. Although not a conventional crime novel, it does contain a mysterious death which those on board strive to get to the bottom of. For fans of historical crime novels, this will be an appealing book, but I felt ...more
Lexie Conyngham
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not what you would call an action-packed book, and none the worse for that. There’s no body found, just a girl apparently missing overboard and a conviction amongst some of the other people on board that she could not have fallen accidentally. Yet the setting is so well portrayed and the characters so fitted to their historical context that it was a real pleasure to read. I’m not sure there were enough real clues for a traditional solution to be found by the reader, but that didn’t diminish my e ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful little slow burner, very much reminiscent of the classic Queens of Crime of yesteryear - a well researched historical setting, a remote location, a close circle of characters and suspects, a slowly developing plot, a sinister villain in the shadows, a missing girl, a gutsy heroine, and a dash of romance - what’s not to like?
I really enjoyed reading this and went through it in two sittings, it makes the perfect companion for a rainy afternoon (and kept me hungry with all the f
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful little slow burner, very much reminiscent of the classic Queens of Crime of yesteryear - a well researched historical setting, a remote location, a close circle of characters and suspects, a slowly developing plot, a sinister villain in the shadows, a missing girl, a gutsy heroine, and a dash of romance - what’s not to like?
I really enjoyed reading this and went through it in two sittings, it makes the perfect companion for a rainy afternoon (and kept me hungry with all the f
Anja Nicolaus
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel is a perfect combination of historical fiction and cozy mystery: Alyssa, who is one of a group of impoverished teenage girls who are shipped from Australia to Canada in order to become brides for a group of settlers in a goldminers‘ town, turns amateur sleuth when one of the girls on the ship is found murdered.
The novel sports some very likable characters and a thrilling mystery case, and at the same time gives insight into a sad and shocking historical event.
Melanie Lewis
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely old fashioned tale. The language is so elegant and the levels of modesty between men and women is divine. I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute and think it's a clever concept, executed very well by Carmen Radtke. Well worth reading ...more
Rachael Howard
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is not another historical romance novel. It is gritty and detailed. You can smell the sea salt and the fumes of the engine. Gradual evolution of the whodunnit without being obvious or drowning in red herrings. Interesting characters. An enjoyable read. Recommended.
Jordan Leger
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Case of the Missing Bride.

This one was a historical genre and new to me. I usually don't read these types of books. With that said, the author did a great job with this one.
Alyson Read
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The year is 1862 and a group of 22 late teenage girls are being transported by boat from Australia to Canada to meet prospective husbands in the form of miners working there. They are mostly orphans, selected by the Church, who have no other hope of improving their station in life. They are accompanied by Matron, a young widow, to shield them unsavoury advances from the crewmen, and it is for this reason that they are being housed below deck with only a few staff being made aware of their presen ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRIDE by Carmen Radtke is a gripping and evolving story that slowly draws you into the past and holds you hostage until the very last line.

It is the 1860's and a group of young women find themselves on board an ocean liner making its way to Canada, where the women will become brides in the hopes of having a new life. But not everyone knows of their presence on the ship, and when one of the girls disappears, they are all shocked as to what could have happened to her.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good historical fiction novel and I'll admit that I don't read enough of them so when I was offered the chance to read this one naturally I jumped at it.

It's the 1860's and Alyssa Chalmers is onboard the Artemis' Delight, a ship travelling from Australia to Canada, with a group of girls who are hoping to land husbands and start a new life. Only a few people are aware that these girls are here though and they've been given strict instructions to stay within a few designated area's below
Pinar Tarhan
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the 19th century Australia, a group of young, orphaned women are to secretly join a ship’s crew as hidden cargo so that they can get married to nice men abroad. The women are led by their proper matron, and her right hand, strong Alyssa Chalmers who is also one of the future brides. Their existence is supposedly only known by the ship’s doctor, captain and first officer. However, we have reason to suspect there is another man who knows, and he has sinister plans for the girls. Unlucky for him ...more
Rachel (Rae)
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy historical fiction so I couldn't wait to start reading The Case of the Missing Bride and I loved the idea of the story taking place on a ship as it really added an extra claustrophobic element. Alyssa is feisty and knows her own mind which I loved even if at that point in history she was almost ahead of her time. She has a wonderful sense of determination especially when it comes to the friends she has made along with making sure they are looked after.

I was constantly changing my
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm just getting into mysteries and this book caught my eye. One, for the incredible cover! I was quickly drawn into the world of Alyssa Chalmers, a determined and brave heroine that will capture your heart. Set in the late 1800's on board a "bride ship" headed to Canada (which I knew nothing about and later researched and found so fascinating!), Alyssa is one of several girls that are hidden and kept separate from the other passengers on the ship. One of the girls goes missing, and Alyssa suspe ...more
Fiona Leitch
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Romance and mystery on the high seas! A feisty heroine with a touch of Elizabeth Bennet about her. A dashing doctor and charming first mate. And a group of unwanted girls on route to a new life in a faraway country... What’s not to like?! Add the fact that this is loosely based on a real event - a ship full of missing brides - and it makes you root not just for heroine Alyssa but all her young companions. A gripping read and in true Agatha Christie fashion, I didn’t work out whodunnit and I actu ...more
Margarida Veloz
Wow--I really like this story! I fell in love with the characters and so was distraught when one of the brides went missing. There were to be 22 brides unknown husbands in Canada. It always saddens me to see the plight of women in the past (and still for many today), but I loved to see our heroine with her own plan. I see there will be a sequel to this story and can´t wait to read what happens with her next. Love this story!
Pam Chantrell
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This felt like a more gentle old fashioned mystery than the modern psychological thriller. The death doesn't occur until halfway through but I found myself looking for clues as to the killer from the start. Very well written and enjoyable. I'd love to read a sequel to this to find out what happens to the girls when they reach Canada. ...more
Kamini Mehta
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very realistic portrayal of the predicaments of poor young women trying to make new lives for themselves. Alyssa's character is strong and kept me interested. The story was a little disjointed but in a way that reflects the women's situation of being kept in the dark due to their isolation from the rest of the (male) passengers. ...more
Toni Kief
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I woke up at 4am to read the ending. A fantastic cast of characters and eloquent statements on the constrictions of the 1860s and the barriers for women, especially intelligent, and strong women all wrapped in a search for honor, justice, and truth. The characters were so real that this morning I'm still worried about Rosie. ...more
Janine Booth
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoyed this story, it’s not a book I would usually choose to read however am glad I did.
The way it was written I could envision each character and the scenery.

Definitely recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read the author before. Lots of attention and details have gone into creating a beautiful story.
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