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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Kirsten Berkebile

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I have read of Carmen Radtke’s, I haven’t read a book involving women coming from Canada to become wives of miners. I will admit that this book didn’t pull me in at first, but as I continued into the book I found myself not being able to put it down. I can’t wait to read the first book, as this is the second book. Alyssa is an odd person and I am as well so I feel rather drawn to her presence in this book.

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Christine Baranek

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Prospect of Death
By Carmen Radtke
5*

Historical fiction is a genre that I have just recently began dipping my toes in the water of. However, I have to say that this book makes me wonder why I haven’t been reading this genre longer. This book follows a group of single women who have made their way on a ship to Canada. They are headed to a city of single miners who are looking for wives. They are all met with a wonderful welcome and quickly the women are getting married off. We meet Alyssa, who is different from the other women in that she isn’t looking for marriage, rather she is trying to get back to England in a day and time where a single woman cannot be on a boat alone. However, she has caught the eye of two of the men who were on the ship with her, professionals and not miners. In Canada, one of the men in the town dies and one of these girls is accused of killing her. The men are in a tizzy and are demanding her to death. Alyssa on the other hand has her misgivings about their assumption and she and the two men who love her set to clear the accused’s name. Which is a very big task given the solidarity of these men. I was amazed to read about the quick thinking Alyssa has and the attention to detail. She definitely has a calling as a detective. However, I also thoroughly enjoyed the side plot of the men vying for her heart. It illustrates to me the old adage that love finds you when you least expect it. I truly enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone and everyone!

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Darla Yocom

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give this book 5 stars!

Reading this book will truly make you appreciate the marvelous modern luxuries we currently have in comparison to the time frame described in this book (gold rush).

Alyssa is the main character and truly Carrie’s the story from start to finish. She agreed to participate in the act of traveling to a different country to become a bride to someone she doesn’t know, but planned on leaving right away. As always, life has a different plan in store for her, so leaving is not an option.

A sudden and unexplained loss immediately starts the mysterious who-done-it response and from there the story builds into a magnificent piece of art.

The author did a phenomenal job creating a beautiful historic tale with the endearing characters. You will be hooked from the first page. I hope you all will give this book a fresh read so you can partake in Alyssa’s journey.

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Ashley McMillon

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alyssa Chalmers is an incredible main character! I found myself taking my time as the scene was built up in the book, and then it took off quickly! The determination and do good mentality of Alyssa kept my pages turning. I was thinking the book was going a totally different direction with how secretive Alyssa was at the start, but then the rest of the story proved otherwise! I love to read a story based on a historical time, and the author sets the scenes very well in this book. I found myself so excited with every chapter to see what Alyssa would cleverly do to save her friend from persecution. I realized after I started to review this book that i did not read book one and I’m looking forward to finding more about Alyssa and all the future brides! One thing I really enjoyed is this story is an original and kept my attention.

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Janel Bernotas

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Janel Bernotas

An easy and flowing read. I was pulled in right from the start. Great scene and character building at the perfect pace. I look forward to more novels by Carmen Radtke.

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love snuggling up to a cozy mystery and I enjoyed this story! Set in the 1860’s…. coming off of a long journey on a boat are women “brides” from Australia looking to make their way in British Columbia. All of the women turn to Alyssa when things get complex as a hotel owner ends up dead…something wrong with the gold that is being stored….and to top everything off an epidemic and a killer is on the loose! Twists and turns along the way, a little love interest…. I also love how all the women look up to Alyssa and are hopeful she can find the killer before it is to late.

What an enjoyable read!! Highly recommended!

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Mary Espinoza

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great mystery and just like any great mystery, it made it an enjoyable read. This is my first book by this author and I would have to say that I’m impressed! This is a well written, well thought out story that is full of suspense and was honestly hard to put down. I enjoyed how the characters pulled me into a different time and place in history. The characters are strong, creative, supportive and it truly helped bring the story to life. I found this book to be fast paced, entertaining and engaging. This is a unique story about finding out who is a murderer in order to restore peace but the murderer is getting desperate. You will truly be left in suspense and don’t want to miss what happens next in this story. I guess you will just have to read and find out what happens with the main characters and the murderer!

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June 2022, Mary Espinoza

The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Mercedes Jones

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alyssa Chalmers is the one girl from the long journey that is not wanting a man to claim her hand. All the other girls from Australia cannot wait to get married, Alyssa just wants to go home. They all arrive in a little town and some of the girls find what they believe to be their “happily ever after.” All is well, until a smallpox outbreak occurs, and no one can leave the town. On top of being quarantined to one place, Bert, the manager of the hotel, is found to be murdered. The men believe it to be one of the girls who have recently arrived. Alyssa is on the scene to prove them wrong. She is careful and cunning, she will stop at nothing to make sure her friend is proven innocent. What can go wrong in such a normally peaceful town, where everyone is now trapped there with a murderer?
This book takes you back in time and is such a fun read.

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Michelle Marlow

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is absolutely a cozy mystery and historical fiction. We are met with Alyssa and others that are set to be married off once they’re off their ship. They’ve come to Canada all the way from Australia.

Everything seems fine until a death occurs and one of Alyssa’s women has been blamed. An amazing and quick paced cozy mystery. I didn’t know until I finished there is another in this series and this can absolutely be read as a stand alone!

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The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

The Prospect of Death (Alyssa Chalmers mysteries, #2)The Prospect of Death by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Prospect of Death pleasantly surprised me. I don’t normally enjoy historical books that take place centuries ago, but the description really drew me in. It took me a while for me to get into the book as it started a little slow. However, once they were in Run’s End, it really picked up. As the events started to unfold, I didn’t want to stop reading. There are a lot of characters, and they are referred to by first name and last name, so I had a hard time keeping them straight. However, they are really well written and each serve an important role in the story. I like how the women made their presence important, and so much more than the mail order brides they started out to be. Alyssa’s relationship with the doctor and Mr. Kendrick was interesting to say the least. I enjoyed the ending and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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