A Singular and Whimsical Problem (Herringford and Watts Novella)

A Singular and Whimsical Problem (Herringford and Watts Novella)

by Rachel McMillan

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Christmas, 1910. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts would be enjoying the season a lot more if they weren't forced to do their own laundry and cooking. Just as they are adapting to their trusty housekeeper's ill-timed vacation, they are confronted by the strangest mystery they've encountered since they started their private investigation firm.

In this bonus e-only novella, what begins as the search for a missing cat leads to a rabble-rousing suffragette and the disappearance of several young women from St. Jerome's Reformatory for Incorrigible Females. From the women's courts of City Hall to Toronto's seedy docks and into the cold heart of the underground shipping industry, this will be the most exciting Christmas the girls have had yet...if they can stay alive long enough to enjoy it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736966467
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Herringford and Watts Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 60
Sales rank: 676,677
File size: 630 KB

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.

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 Singular and Whimsical Problem 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
I'm no mystery expert or anything, but I rather enjoyed this novella. It's got entertaining dashes of humor, even as it doesn't make light of a serious human trafficking problem. There's a lot packed into this quick read, which I liked, though it does seem to lend itself to some choppiness and holes. Some of that may be because the story is a companion to a novel and an introduction to a series, but other minor pieces just might not make complete sense. Still, the main characters are interesting, the unfolding case is intriguing, there are lovely whispers of romance in the story, and the ending becomes especially Christmassy. This nonexpert in mysteries plans on reading more about Herringford and Watts.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
A pleasant novella. Interesting historical references (suffragettes). I found the two main characters a bit puzzling. Perhaps a full length novel would clarify things for me.
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
•°• WONDERFUL •°• November 1910, Toronto, Canada Told in first person by Jemima (aka Jem), and primarily about her and Mirinda’s (her roommate) detective adventures. There are 3 cases: a missing cat with 1 ear, a missing suffragette, and a sister who suspects something is amiss with her younger sister, who suddenly also goes missing! Assisting the girls: Constable Jasper and journalist, Ray DeLuca, plus Kat and Mouse (two poor children from the tenements who help on cases, getting into places our detectives can not). I absolutely loved this book. I had read a review on another blog, and could not wait to get my hands on one of the books. While ordering I spotted this eNovella (sadly, no paperback available), and gave it a shot. I read it in an afternoon. The book is full of danger, mystery, humor and a teeny hint at romance. Plus there are plenty of scenes that include tea drinking… my favorite! The mystery was light enough; in other words, not gruesome, so I was not uncomfortable. Amusing Quote by Jasper – Ch. 4 - “A nice place for respectable young women to lunch. And by respectable young women I am not talking about you Mirinda.” Merinda harrumphed. Faith Quote from Jem – End of book – I took a deep breath and closed my eyes and whispered a prayer – more effective than a wish … – I loved this, because that is so me. I always say a prayer when blowing out a birthday candle! Tea Moments: FIRST - there is a tea kettle hiding on the fabulous cover! Dedication Page – Go to battle, yes, but with a well-steeped kettle of tea and a batch of irresistible muffins. You will slay him where he stands and he will be rendered powerless. ~From Dorothea Fairfax’s Compendium to Bachelor Girlhood. Ch. 1 - I blushed, hurrying to the kitchen to make tea while Merinda greeted our client and showed her into the sitting room. Ch. 1 - The well-dressed lady settled on our doily-ornamented settee, gingerly sipping the hot black tea I supplied her. Ch. 1 - “Tea, Jemima?” He lifted a hand to the waitress, who acknowledged him with a nod. She returned in a moment with a pot and was rewarded with a smile. Ch. 1 - Merinda appeared with the tea service – she’d forgotten the biscuits- and poured three cups. Ch. 4 - He shrugged. “Why don’t we go in for a bite of lunch? I’m freezing and I could use a hot cup of tea.” Settled, Jasper used an empty chair to position his discarded police hat and ran his fingers through his thick hair. I ordered cream teas for all of us with a plate of extra sandwiches for Jasper. While we sipped, Merinda’s cat eyes patrolled the tearoom. About the Author – “Rachel can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries.” YEEEES! ;) New to Me word of the day – Ch. 5 Indefatigable = persisting tirelessly I purchased and downloaded this eNovella from Amazon. Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend. 5 stars © 2015 Harvest House Pub. 7 chapters + epilogue Read: 5/31/2016 Reviewed: 6/1/2016
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Toronto, Christmas, 1910. This novella is the first book I read by Rachel McMillan. I was hooked by page 10! Being a mystery, Rachel balances the heavy with the light very well. I laughed throughout this story so much. But was also grounded by harsh conditions. This novella is told through the eyes of Miss Jemima Watts and the story lands pretty much right in the middle of The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder's timeline. You can read this either before or after the first book, as there are no real spoilers in it. Recommend with five stars! After reading the first 10 pages in a preview...I bought both the full novella and the book...I don't do that very often...EVER!!! You really don't want to miss out on this adventure!
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
This novella is told from Jem's point of view. She and Merinda are female roommates and co-detectives. A very uncommon profession in the early 1900s for women. Their "office" is located in their apartment in Toronto. Not your topical women, they find their housekeeping skills very lacking while their housekeeper is away. A messy apartment, unkempt laundry and a pantry missing in essential food items is not things they are concerned with. They are concentrating on their detective skills. Three cases come to them one right after the other. A missing cat, a missing person, and a waitress worried about her sister who's been missing for several days. I love that they dress up sometimes disguised as men, mustache and all. Other times with wigs and changes in dress to get into places without being recognized. They are friends with a police officer named Jasper and a newspaper reporter named Ray, who they rely on from time to time. And what about two characters named Kat and Mouse that sneak around helping get information for them. Women are disappearing and Jem and Merinda go about trying to get to the bottom of it all. This is definitely a whimsical story full of decit, daring, danger and the hint of romance. The next "installment" in their detective escapades coming out in March is one to be watching out to grab.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago