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The Case of the Missing Bride

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  22 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
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Published September 1st 2017 by Bloodhound Books
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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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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 is totally different from the norm. It moves along at a steady pace with the characters increasing in depth and complexity throughout the book. It is a
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 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
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
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
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The story was good, kept my interest but was kinda hard to keep track of all the characters. There were also quite a few editing errors that should have been caught.
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
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
Barbara Howe
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is more successful as a historical novel than a mystery, as it casts a light on an obscure bit of history. The story follows a group of young women -- mail-order brides, essentially -- on a ship traveling from Melbourne, Australia to Canada during the American Civil War. They are hidden away in steerage, as the men in charge don't want the first-class passengers (all male) or the majority of the crew to know they are there. How well can this secret be kept on a months-long voyage? Not very ...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
Sheila Howes
At the beginning of the book, we are introduced to Alyssa and her travelling companions. They are to travel from Australia to Canada to seek husbands. It is a church sponsored initiative, and the girls are travelling with a Matron. They are to stay below decks, as only a select number of crew and none of the guests know they are travelling. Of course, they can’t stay hidden forever, and then one of Alyssa’s new friends goes missing and she is determined to find out the truth – with the help of s ...more
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
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.
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
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.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
Badly written and lacking an editor.
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
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.
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