The Case of the Missing Bride
‘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.’
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 and sees the trip as her only way to secure any passage on a ship. But the girls all share one problem. Their presence on the ship is not known to many of its passengers but their worlds collide when one of the gentlemen discovers the girls. Then Emma, one of the intended brides, goes missing. Alyssa is convinced the disappearance is no accident, and she will risk her own life to search for the killer. What happened to Emma? Is there a murderer on board the ship? Alyssa is about to discover that there is more to her voyage into the unknown than she bargained for.
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 realistic story and, although there are no great chunks of descriptive text, the reader is able to visualise the settings and the era very effectively.
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.
I am happy to have discovered a new author and thank Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.
Carmen 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 shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her daughter, cat, and sometimes her seafaring husband comes home.