A Lesson in Love and Murder

A Lesson in Love and Murder

by Rachel McMillan


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A Lesson in Love and Murder by Rachel McMillan

From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive...

The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736966429
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Series: Herringford and Watts Mysteries Series , #2
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,167,604
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

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A Lesson in Love and Murder 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
I’ll admit that even though I really like the characters in this series, they tried me at a number of turns in this book. The idea of a detective wishing for a new murder to solve because she needs money doesn’t sit right with me. (What if the next person killed is someone *you* love, ma’am? Will your electric bill seem so important then?) Nevertheless, as calamity unfolds in the story, there is a definite thread addressing the value of human life. Now, I’m also not a fan of a woman getting violent with a man she’s fond of when she likely wouldn’t be okay with him doing the same. And there does seem to be a running theme in this series where the men are rather backward or timid about romantically pursuing the women they want. I didn’t laugh as much during the story as I thought I would, and I found two of the crucial action scenes to be somewhat less than believable. Still, all my nit-picking aside, I truly loved this novel. It hit me with poignancy and depth where I wasn’t expecting it. The complexity of human relationships. The tension between loving one’s city and being compelled to fight against its corrupt systems. Who’d have thought a Herringford and Watts mystery would make my eyes watery, more than once? On to the next book in the series...
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
Jem and Merinda are back! In this second full length installment from Rachel McMillian, not only do we deal with mystery and detective work, but McMillian dives deeper into themes of independence, friendship, and family. If you have enjoyed McMillian’s previous books, then you’ll want to add this one to the list. In her entertaining and endearing writing style, Rachel draws the readers deeper into the lives of Merinda and Jem. I really enjoyed seeing how each has changed as their lives change and the tension there is in figuring it all out. The mystery is creative and intriguing and the characters brought in mix things up. I always appreciate when things don’t go as you expect and I’m excited to see where the story of our two favorite female detectives goes. I also continue to be a fan of Merinda and Jem’s friendship – it is such a gift for women and I love seeing that! What was the last mystery you read? (Thank you to Harvest House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.) Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/11/18/lesson-love-murder-rachel-mcmillan-book-review-giveaway/
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Ms. McMillan knows how to write a mystery and suspenseful romance! She once again knocked it out of the park with this Sherlock inspired story. Any person who has a love of all things Sherlock will adore this twist, her take on the female versions. This second books continues with Jem and Merinda’s escapades except they have turned more dangerous. While balancing a husband, Jem still wants to be solving crimes. Ray has family he wants to save and help, but all of that puts them in trouble with each other. Merinda has her own issues with solving this particular problem and it brings them all to Chicago! So much danger and intrigue make this a page turner. I adore their banter and each character’s personalities when together. Definitely a bookshelf keeper!
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
From the iconic cover through to the Epilogue, Rachel McMillan has delivered another thrilling Herringford & Watts adventure. Filled with love and mystery, sorrow and murder, trust and anarchy...You will be drawn into the story and fight alongside Merinda and Jem for justice and freedom. Can I just say..."Mounties"...Even this redneck American girl can appreciate the Royal North-West Mounted Police. And I was giddy with delight that Rachel incorporated them into this story. I loved this book so much (more than the first one I think). There was so much going on in history at this time. It was interesting to watch those with the desire to bring change, they had the passion and drive to see things through to the end...But they had a warped view of how to go about it. Unfortunately, it reminds me of society today. It breaks my heart knowing that not much has changed in that aspect. Protests, bombings, violence and murder...These are not the answers. That is all I will say about that...Back to the book...Full of the same witty dialogue and precarious circumstances that I have come to expect (and adore) from Herringford & Watts. The footnotes also make their appearance in this story, which I still think is BRILLIANT! If you are interested in mystery, humour, and romance, these are the books for you. You will want to start with the first book, A Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this adventure. I received a free copy of A Lesson in Love & Murder in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Another rollicking adventure for the intrepid pair of lady detectives, Herringford and Watts! This time they travel from the busy streets of 1912 Toronto down to the docks of Chicago, on the case of their new client, one ruggedly handsome Mountie, who seems to have Miranda in knots. The honeymoon is over for Ray and Jem as the problems of real-life hit them full force. With the arrival of an anarchist group, the situation becomes explosive, and the detectives find themselves in over their heads. Will the stress of it all be too much to handle? This was my favorite story so far in this fun series, with lively characters, snappy dialogue, action, adventure and historical figures in the mix. The quips and quotes at the beginning of each chapter, and in the footnotes, add the details needed to fill in references, and added narrative. Benny, the RCMP, was a sighworthy hero, giving Jasper a bit of competition, and shaking Miranda up enough to make it extra interesting. Ray and Jem had a lot to deal with for a newly married couple, and I found myself rooting for them, hoping they'd work it all out. Who hasn't struggled with money, family and communication problems? There are deeper issues underlying the fast paced storyline too, with political activism, domestic violence, faith struggles, and ethical dilemmas. Looking forward to their next adventure, and further developments in the personal lives of these colorful characters. Probably best read in the order of the series. Recommend! (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)