1862. A group of brides from Australia have arrived in British Columbia, and love is in the air – until their new-found happiness in the prospectors’ town “Run’s End” is shattered when the hotel-owner is murdered. To make matters worse, something is wrong with the stored gold at the hotel, and an epidemic makes it impossible for anyone to leave town.
The brides set all their hopes on their friend Alyssa Chalmers to find the murderer and restore peace in their new home. But the killer is cunning, and desperate …
Glittering Death is the follow on to The Case Of The Missing Bride. It does read as a stand alone though if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading it.
Alyssa and the brides have finally reached their destination and given a warm welcome. It’s all quite an exciting time with endless opportunities for many of them. That is before there is a murder which leaves the town in turmoil.
Alyssa is a likeable protagonist who is quite forward thinking for a woman in her times. As in the last book, she takes it upon herself to find the murderer.
You really get a sense of what life was like in the era that the story is set. It’s nice to be transported back in time. It was also good to catch back up with the characters to see what the future has in store for them after getting to know them in the previous novel. I was definitely intrigued as to the bit of romance surrounding Alyssa.
Glittering Death is a cozy mystery set at a gentle pace that quickly draws you in. There is a nice build up of suspense as to who the killer is and I didn’t see it coming as to who it could be, so was a good surprise. A good historical crime novel.
My thanks to Jill Burkinshaw at Books ‘n’ All Promotions for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Carmen Radtke 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 Case of the Missing Bride” is a former Malice Domestic finalist, inspired by a true event. Its heroine Alyssa Chalmers will soon return in “Glittering Death”.
When Carmen is not writing, reading or dreaming of travel, she is busy acting as resident cat servant.
She’s currently working on her first contemporary crime novel.
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