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.
The Prospect of Death
By Carmen Radtke
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
June 2022, Mary Espinoza
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.
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!
Review by @michellerenee6590
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.
Reviewed by @way2gosmartguy
This book was definitely an interesting read, I normally don’t read books like this but this one had such an integrating cover and synopsis that I couldn’t resist. This is my first time reading this author, but it won’t be my last. The plot was intriguing, the word development was great, and the characters were unique and well developed. So if your looking for a great new book to read, make sure to pick this one up today.
Marriage, Mystery and Murder.
This is the second book in the series but can be read as a stand alone. The author is very easy to read and the world building of the mining town and the era was spot on. It felt as though I was there in amongst the characters. I connected instantly with Alyssa and her strength of character. The historical aspect is well researched and it was woven well within the storyline. The emotions of the girls comes through as they embarked on their journey to discover a new life as a miner’s wife. A brilliant cozy mystery for an afternoon escape.
Amazing Read! The was a great book full of mystery love and grace. I enjoyed every part of this story, and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I would recommend to anyone who like mystery story and love stories as well. Be prepared to not want to put down until you have finished, because it will capture you.
Oh what an epic read this was !
I just loved every page it felt like I was teleported into a different era ❣️
Rosie may have been a difficult sort but when she’s in dire straits her companions take her under their wing and when things go from bad to worse when she’s under suspicion of murder they all jump in to protect her and prove her innocence …..
Although none of these girls were abused lets just say I must say I felt guilty of the freedoms I take for granted as a “ modern woman “ and it just reminded me afresh to be grateful each day as count my blessings 🙏
Matron and those in her care were a good sort of people and people I wouldn’t mi d learning from and being around ❣️🤗
Alyssa is not all she seems and she’s really clever and quite witty and a firm favourite with and good doc 😉
As for the killer, well that one took me a little by surprise to say the least ….
Will I be reading more ? Oh for sure ! Will I recommend this ? I wouldn’t hesitate !
A wonderfully, delightful read. I was instantly pulled into the story and couldn’t put the book down until I was finished. The world building was great. The story moved along at the perfect pace. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Reviewed by @mimimadge
What a story! I thoroughly enjoyed every second if this book – it was definitely a page turner. It had quite a few themes running through that separately I enjoy but thrown together it made for an exciting and engaging read. The pace was fast and so easy to read, you could easily put it down and pick it straight back up and not have to try and remember what you had read previously. I love Alyssa, she is just so full of fight, determination mixed in with a bit of curiosity – she was such a great character to read about. I liked that the author had clearly researched the era in which she set this story because (although I can’t be sure) I would imagine the historical information was fact as it certainly seemed to read that way.
This is book 2 in this series and although I think it could be read perfectly well as a standalone I would recommend book 1 also as that was a great read.
This is a historical mystery set in British Colombia. This story has all of the makin’ of whodunit. It has danger, crime, investigation, and plenty of secrets to boot. The characters are fully developed and complicated. There are a group of brides, that is mail-order brides, who have found themselves in a gold mining town. Alyssa is part of the mail-order brides who looks for the locals to assist in her murderer’s investigation. She is hoping to gain peace in her town. You will have to read to see if she succeeds in her investigation.
The Prospect of Death (An Alyssa Chalmers Cozy Mystery) by Carmen Radtke. This is the story of Alyssa Chalmers who is travelling to British Columbia in 1862 to be a bride. Alyssa is not exactly a happy bride she is very reluctant so she is investigating everything. When there is a murder all the other brides to be come to her to get information. The victim is the Hotel owner at the Prospector’s town “Run’s End”. In the middle of the investigation there is a Small Pox outbreak and 2 men vying for Alyssa’s attention. This story will keep you turning pages until the very end. I was shocked at learning who the murderer was so be prepared. Fun filled romance, murder, mystery and love!
What a great, cozy little historical murder mystery romance novel to spend my Saturday enjoying! Alyssa and several of her friends have travelled from Australia to Canada in the hopes of finding husbands. They depart from the boat and start learning their way around Run’s End when the hotel owner is found murdered. Alyssa would much rather be a sleuth than to be married and she’s running around trying to solve this murder. Meanwhile, the other girls are marrying off and making a life for themselves. Will Alyssa find her happily ever after or will she remain a sleuth?
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were very loveable, the writing fairly plain (although there are a couple of scenes that I felt might have been abandoned), and there was a great balance of mystery and romance. I was not aware that this was the second book in this series so this can definitely be read as stand-alone but I’m going to go back and read the first book!
What a wonderful historical murder mystery romance book! It was such a great quick read and hard to put down. Alyssa was my favorite character from the start and the author did not disappoint in her story.
To think that this group of girls left their home country to basically be mail order brides for these men in the Canadian frontier. The trials they endured. The author wrote it so you are basically following their journey and finding themselves. Everyone finding a purpose, even Alyssa at the end.
The author wrote it so that it’s not a male character who turned out to save everyone and I loved that! That she wrote all the female characters as strong people. This will not be the last book of hers that I read!
This is the first book by Carmen Radtke that I have read, but it was so well written that it definitely won’t be my last read from her. She is a master with storytelling and weaved together a story full of mystery, love, angst, and grace. Alyssa Chalmers is a kind heroine who throughout the story charms readers with her elegance and wit. The story is set in 1862 and has all the allure of a historical setting, so much so that I dreamed I was living in the height of the 19th century.
The women of Australia who were bound for Canada have more than just men waiting for them. The story quickly takes off and shows how crafty and cunning people can be even in the past. To avoid giving away any spoilers I’ll just let you know that the mystery in this story is well worth the read and will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
The Prospect of Death is the second book in the Alyssa Chalmers Mysteries series by Carmen Radtke. The story is a well-woven historical cozy mystery, a bit of a ‘whodunit’ set in the 1862 gold rush in British Colombia. With plenty of danger, some crime & investigation, a smallpox epidemic, mail-order brides, secrets and – a devious and dangerous adversary to contend with.
Alyssa is part of the group of brides who arrive to the gold-mining town only to embroiled in a murder investigation. She teams up with some locals to try to uncover the murderer and get to the bottom of the mystery- but things may not be quite so simple.
Even though this is the second book in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone, without feeling like you are missing any details. In saying that, though, I will be hunting down the first book to explore before continuing this series.
A great little mystery.
Thank you, Carmen Radtke!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
I am a sucker for mysteries, and heroines, and historical settings… luckily this novel has them all! The Prospect of Death brings to light an olden tradition of brides arriving in other countries to wed. The main character, Alyssa, is a brilliant woman who is unlike the other seeking a different country as she is not intending to be a bride. Alyssa definitely provides a sort of Sherlock Holmes sort of vibe while she’s figuring out clues and solving the mystery! From the setup, to the realization and personalization, and finally the ‘whodunit’ ending was a tremendous read and is highly recommended!
What a great read! This novel has that touch of history that played with the notion of what could of happened in the New World for ladies brought over to be brides! This world the author created was enjoyable and exciting! With every turn of the page you could feel the main character Alyssa’s determination and curiosity, Hannah’s no nonsense but loyalty to her friends ,and the angst with the insecurity that Rosie brought to the group of girls on their journey to the wild frontier of Victorian Canada! Life will never be the same with these ladies as they traverse into Run’s End! There is a part that I struggled to see why it was necessary to add in the novel,but it didn’t subtract from the story at all. Either way, the movie just played in my head as I read this book and I would highly recommend you give this book your attention!
This was an enjoyable ready. It is a historical cosy mystery. The author does an amazing job with the characters. I especially love the character of Alyssa. She is a very strong willed and determined character which ladies didn’t tend to be in that era.
Alyssa has joined some other girls on a boat to Canada. They are destined to become wives and are sailing towards that destiny. All of them that is except Alyssa. She has plans of her own which doesn’t include being someone’s wife.
She is planning on leaving on another ship to return home however her plans change when a murder takes place in the town of Runs End.
It is now a race against time to find the murderer who is becoming more and more desperate. Add to this an epidemic that hits the town which means no one can leave.
Will Alyssa find the killer and keep her new friends safe? Will she ever be able to complete her journey home? Or are the odds stacked so high against her that he plan is impossible
This story is full of twists and turns which will keep the reader guessing and gripped to the story
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical cozy mystery, which had me hooked from page one. Set in 1862, our heroine, Alyssa Chalmers is one of a group of Victorian emigrants, who have arrived in British Columbia, having traveled by boat from Australia, to be brides. However, Alyssa is a very reluctant bride, but luckily she is a rather good intrepid sleuth, who all her friends turn to when there is a murder. The victim is the hotel owner in the prospectors’ town “Run’s End”, and along with the dead body, the gold which is stored there is also found to have something wrong with it. All the brides turn to Alyssa to find the murderer. However, the killer is both desperate and cunning and the epidemic outbreak complicates things further. The storyline had me gripped and the plot twists and turns kept me guessing until the last page. The characters are all wonderfully detailed, but Alyssa is particularly likeable and relatable and I was so engaged with her, that I felt I was solving the case alongside her. The descriptive narrative along with the added historical details bring both the setting and the era vividly to life. I could not put this book down, and I look forward to future books in this series, and I particularly look forward to meeting Alyssa Chalmers again!
This has been an intriguing cozy mystery. Alyssa and the ladies she is traveling with have to a rural town in Canada to find a husband. Well, Alyssa is hoping to move on. The problem is…the hotel owner has been found murdered and Rosie, one of the ladies (troublemaker) is a prime suspect. Alyssa, the Matron, and a couple of the men from the trip are investigating who did it. What makes this book so fun and entertaining to read are the characters: Peg-Leg, the injured in an accident hunting gold and grumpy as heck; Fred, the local moonshiner drunk that runs the stables and has a big secret and a few others. It does seem that there are a few secrets hidden throughout town. They have nothing better to do. Alyssa and the ladies are the first ladies to be seen in the town since the town was set up. This is the time of the Gold Rush. Bert, the hotel owner, was killed over gold nuggets. The book is well-written. The characters each have their own quirks and well-developed personality. Watching the romance between Alyssa and the doctor develop was my favorite part just because it was so obvious yet so subtle. The humor, mystery, and suspense kept you from wanting to put the book down. You were pulled in from the beginning. An excellent book that I recommend to all historical cozy mystery lovers.
The Prospect of Death is an historical, cosy mystery set in 1862 Run’s End British Columbia. This is the time of the gold rush when one and all sought to find wealth through gold. I realised once finished that this is actually book 2 in the series but it can easily be read as a standalone. I will go back and read the first book though to get the whole picture.
The story is well written and the historical information was fascinating and well researched. The characters are well-developed and likeable. I was pleasantly surprised with the vividness the narrative invoked. It is an easy and enjoyable to read as we learn about the time and the new lives of these women who find themselves in a strange new world and full of hope and intrigue at meeting prospective husbands.
Alyssa has her own agenda but a brutal murder and a smallpox epidemic find her stuck in the small town with lots of potential suspects trying to find a killer. Carmen takes the reader through false trails and red herrings.
Reviewed by @jennadb
This is brilliant book. It is a great example of a whodunit story and I was really pulled in to the journey of the characters. And what great characters they are. I loved the dynamic they all brought to the table. They were engaging and relatable.
This is an author that I have recently become more familiar with and I like her writing style. I enjoy her work immensely and this book shows why. A great story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
This is a great mystery story which I enjoyed reading. This is not my first book by this author but it is one of my favorites. This is a well written story that is full of suspense and just hard to put down. I enjoyed how the characters pulled me into the story. They are strong, creative, supportive characters that brought the story to life for me. They have great growth which makes the story easy to read. I found this book to be fast paced and engaging. A story about finding a murderer in order to restore peace but the murderer is getting desprate. You don’t want to miss what happens next in this story. It is a great story that I highly recommend.
Review by @bjwagner
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