I am over the moon to be sharing the cover for Carmen Radtke’s False Play at the Christmas Party! @CarmenRadtke1 #writingcommunity #coverreveal #amreading

Indie author Carmen Radtke re-launched her cosy mystery novel, A Matter of Love and Death yesterday and to celebrate, she’s written a prequel which will be released on October 14.

Before I share the new book’s cover and blurb … Here’s the new cover for A Matter of Love and Death

A Matter of Love and Death by [Radtke, Carmen]

Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances’ life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it’s thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.

If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears – it was a very bad line, after all…

She decides to put it behind her, but it’s not easy. Luckily there is the charming, slightly dangerous night club owner Jack. Jack’s no angel – 6 pm prohibition is in force, and what’s a nightclub without champagne? But when Frances’ earlier fears resurface, she knows that he’s the person to confide in.

Frances and Jack’s hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death…

I LOVE the new cover and I can also tell you, this book is brilliant!

If you haven’t already, you really should go and grab a copy.




Are you ready?


You sure?



Drum roll please!!!!


Here it is!

December, 1928.

Jack Sullivan plans a charity party in his new night club in aid of his fellow war veterans to celebrate his arrival in Adelaide.

But some party guests have plans of their own how to benefit …

Coming on 14 October. It’s a stand-alone prequel to A Matter of Love and Death.


Jack Sullivan is a wonderful character and Carmen’s cosy, historical crime novels are absolutely perfect reads for an autumnal afternoon snuggled up in the warmth while the wind and rain do their thing outside. Seriously, bookworms, get involved!

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below :-)

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