The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts Series #1)

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts Series #1)

by Rachel McMillan


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In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city's underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto's premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever—if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736966405
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Herringford and Watts Series , #1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,111,158
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(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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The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
In a time when women never wore trousers and most definitely did not solve murders...Herringford & Watts break every rule in the book of propriety and pave their own future. I can honestly say that by page 10 of the novella (A Singular & Whimsical Problem), I was addicted to Herringford & Watts! From the cover design of the book to the quirky traits of these two women, I will treasure their story for many years to come. Let's talk about the book itself for a minute. There are several different aspects to the layout that intrigued me. First of all, the silhouettes on the cover (aren't they gorgeous), can be found at the beginning of each chapter as well, with artwork. Giving a deeper impression of the era. There are lovely quotes at the beginning of each chapter as well. Throughout the book you will find footnotes. Not referencing history books, but referencing our characters and addressing the reader personally. This dynamic didn't just draw me into the story, oh no, it gobbled me up and left me wandering the streets of Toronto, trying to walk without using my hips...Through these footnotes we learn a lot about all of our characters, without the need of an extra hundred pages, although I wouldn't have complained about that either. The story is one of the most beautifully crafted books I have ever read. I am a HUGE fan of Sherlock and Murdoch Mysteries. And to have a story similar to those with women playing the lead...Brilliant! While we see the story through the perspective of different characters, it is mainly through Jem's eyes. Throughout their crime solving adventure, we can see the strength and determination of these women to do the right thing. Jem and Ray both look to the Lord for guidance and are comforted and encouraged by His voice and His peace. While God is a puzzle too big to solve for Merinda at this point. If you enjoy a good mystery with a lot of humour and some faith...THIS is the book for you! There are pins and needles that I am sitting on, waiting for the next book to come out!
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
I cannot remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book! I fell in love with all the main characters, but especially Merinda Herringford, who had me laughing out loud more times than I can count. What a delightful, charming excursion into mysterious Toronto, 1910. The city itself was a character on its own, and the author's love for it came through in her boisterous and colorful rendering of it. Rachel McMillan is an author I can definitely binge read.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
For the love of Sherlock!! What a fabulous fresh twist on what we have always known as a man’s game. Two quirky and lovable females stir it up while trying to solve the latest crime wave in Toronto! The witty banter was to die for. I wanted more! The author has a beautiful gift of immersing you in the culture and setting of this era. I certainly felt I was there alongside of them sleuthing and stumbling upon clues and danger. The back blurb says it all – mystery and mayhem abounding! I loved the twists and layers of deceit and secrets. Jem and Merinda fight for a life not readily accepted for women of that time. Solving mysteries and getting down to the answer may kill them!! Seriously, pick up this book and take an evening and soak it in. You will giggle, shed a tear and root for a few characters who go against convention and dream of something bigger! This is a bookshelf keeper and an author who is on my auto-buy list!!
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
•°• PERFECT LITTLE MYSTERY •°• Several things about this book grabbed me right away. 1) It’s not too overwhelming in size, so a perfect little summer read. (and as I have said of these books before, I LOVE the covers). 2) I LOVE FONTS – I’m actually rather obsessed with them, so to see a fun, scrolly (cause that’s a word, right?!) font displayed at the beginning of a letter from Jem’s parents as well as Chapter #s puts a big ol smile on my face. 3) There are silhouettes & pretty designs throughout the book! Another smile, and yet another reason I prefer delicious paperbacks over eBooks! 4) The author puts footnotes throughout. Who does this in fictional stories? It’s like she’s passing us secret notes in class! Super fun! September 1910, Toronto, Canada – told in 3rd person, (unlike the eNovellas). The story opens with the murder of a beautiful young woman found at the Elgin Theater, and our lady detectives are determined to help solve the case. One of my favorite things about this story, was Ray DeLuca’s journal. Getting to know him in a very personal way, and what ends up happening because of it (avoiding spoilers here), was heartwarming. Excellent Picture of these lady detectives: Ch. 2 – “Jem realized early in her acquaintance with Merinda Heringford that attempting to solve a crime as an amateur and a woman meant leaving any semblance of pride or dignity behind. She became all too familiar with hiding her attractive feminine traits – her soft curves and curls – under the dirty, mangy tweed folds of her flatmate’s nifty disguises.” Amusing Quote: Ch. 2 - “I have to return the reporter’s coat,” said Jem. “Though I suppose if I take it off, half of Toronto will notice I have no pants on.” Faith: (faith is lightly sprinkled in this book). Ch. 2 “She breathed a prayer for the rain to hold off and to avoid detection, at which Merinda smirked, scolding her friend for conversing with an invisible God.” Ch. 15 – “Women in the Bible didn’t sit at home braiding mats for the men in battle. They went to battle too. Look at Deborah. Look at Esther.” Ch. 19 – “God is going to speak to you no matter where you decide to meet him.” Tea Moment (because tea is my “thing”): Ch. 7 – “Jem cleared her throat, inviting Gavin to sit in the armchair as she settled onto the sofa. Mrs. Malone arrived with the tea service, which featured assorted dainties arranged to ornament the tea. Jem pinched a fairy cake and licked the icing.” I purchased this book and I would recommend it to a friend. 5 stars © 04/01/2016 Harvest House Pub., 219 Pages / This author is very approachable through her FB page. Others In Series: *A Singular & Whimsical Problem – (eNovella) 12/2015 / *Of Dubious and Questionable Memory – (eNovella) 5/31/2016 / *A Lesson in Love and Murder 9/1/2016
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
The school year is winding down and summer vacation is just around the corner Its time to start getting serious about choosing your beach reads! Let me suggest that you add Rachel McMillans The Bachelor Girls Guide to your packing list. As main characters, Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts couldnt be more different. However, they complement each other very well. Merinda is an analytical thinker who doesnt mince words or let emotions cloud her judgement. Her refusal to be hindered by gender roles raises the ire of the Morality Squad as well as Jems parents. They feel Merinda corrupts their genteel daughter and they stand opposed to their sleuthing. Regardless, the pair work in perfect tandem solving mysteries and righting wrongs committed against women and the less fortunate of Toronto. Their schemes routinely land the detective duo in precarious/humorous situations and keep them mere steps ahead of the Morality Squad. Fortunately for them, police constable Jasper Forth and Hogtown Herald reporter Ray DeLuca often come to their aid. Rays chivalry will win the heart of any woman who reads this story. As for Jasper; time will tell I think the author meant Ray and Jem to be in the spotlight, leaving plenty of room to expound upon Jaspers character as the series progresses. Possessing light-hearted, witty humor, and clever Sherlockian style sleuthing The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan is a FUN and entertaining read! 4 Stars/ Very Good I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
StellaPotts77 More than 1 year ago
This novel is thoroughly entertaining. While Herringford and Watts slink around 1910 Toronto at night, in men's clothing no less, trying to solve two murders they find themselves in all kinds of trouble. Who know what would happen if not for Ray and jasper coming to their rescue. I really liked this book, not only because you get a few chuckles from it but there is just the right touch of romance. Rachel McMillan has done an outstanding job on her debut novel and I look forward to reading more from her. I won this book on Goodreads with no requirement for a positive review. All views stated herein are my own.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Scandalous Detecting Edwardian Style The Toronto Society of 1910 is scandalized by the antics of two single young women--bachelor girls--Jem and Merinda. Everything they are doing causes no end of gossip about them. They investigate crimes and murders, they disguise themselves in men's trousers while investigating, and they are doing these things instead of trying to get married. Jem's parents are so upset they have cut off her allowance, hoping she will change her ways, and behave like a "proper young woman". Instead, she has gotten a department store job to make ends meet, since they rarely get paid for their detective work. Jem and Merinda throw caution to the wind when they start investigating a murder. To that end, Merinda convinces Jem to encourage the romantic advances of a man Jem can't stand, which opens a large can of worms. They also run afoul of The Morality Squad, whose main duty is to catch unescorted women after dark, and jail them. Last, but not least, their work puts them in danger. Although everyone seems to be against these two young women, they do have a couple of people in their corner: Police Constable Jasper Forth along with newspaperman and reporter, Ray DeLuca, a recent Italian immigrant. From time to time, both men assist Jem and Merinda with their detective work, but sometimes they have to suffer the consequences for helping them. Merinda and Jem are certainly swimming against the tide of Edwardian ideas of how women should behave. The author does a great job describing the time period, and creating for the reader the "feel" of what it was like to live then. The mystery was good, and I liked that there wasn't anything offensive in it. I wish the author had given more information about why Merinda and Jem feel so strongly about detecting. Why do they continue doing it despite the danger, as well as, the ridicule they experience? If those questions were answered, it would go a long way toward understanding and connecting more with those characters. I suggest this 4-star book to mystery readers, especially those who enjoy period settings. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder, through Harvest House Publishers for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Jem and Merinda make me smile. Some reviews I’ve read said that Merinda is difficult to love, but I found her absolutely delightful. In fact, I enjoyed her even more than I did Jem (whom I also adored). Merinda is, admittedly, a little rough around the social-propriety edges but she is also after all inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Her eccentricities and obvious enthusiasm for crime solving endeared her to me right away – as soon as page 13 in fact when she whips out her magnifying glass and commands Jem to “Search for clues!” And her friendship with Jem is a highlight of the book – and will be for the duration of the series, I imagine. Rachel McMillan not only has crafted a truly fabulous story of friendship and crime-fighting, but she has also painted a captivating picture of Toronto in the early 1900s. One does not need Merinda’s magnifying glass to decipher Rachel’s love for her city or for its rich history. Political corruption as well as immigration and women’s rights share the stage with architectural and societal progress. I would be remiss if I failed to mention how much I ADORE the design of The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder – from the cover to the interior page art to the clever footnotes. The FOOTNOTES! Delightful. As were the snippets from made-up works of literature that Rachel included at the beginning of each chapter. Rachel’s humor speaks my language! Bottom Line: Mystery, romance, friendship, humor, and history – all wrapped up in a meticulous attention to detail both on the page and surrounding it. Merinda and Jem are quite possibly my favorite crime fighting gal pals since Nancy Drew and her chums, and Jasper and Ray make much better love interests than Ned Nickerson ever did. Even if Ray does write bad poetry (something I learned from one of those footnotes I mentioned), he still merits several dreamy sighs throughout. And he speaks Italian… so… there’s that. You will laugh and grin and cheer and yes you will probably fan yourself a time or thrice. But you will absolutely be swept away to 1910 Toronto where you of course keep your eyes peeled for Merinda and Jem… or Jasper and Ray. Because wherever they – and Rachel McMillan – are, delightful adventure is sure to follow! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
19269684 More than 1 year ago
Oh this book! Filled with improprieties and murder- it made for an exciting read! The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder,, by Rachel McMillan, kept me in the New World, but filled me with old-London styled mystery. Merinda and Jemima are two young ladies ignoring societies rules. Instead of looking to parties and game nights to meet men to secure their futures, they're flatmates, snooping around murder scenes in search for a murderer. Since they're inspired by the great Sherlock Holmes and Watson, they go through stints in disguises and such to find their man and not always successful at it. Thankfully they have an officer friend, Jasper and a reporter pal by the name of Ray (another extremist to get a story) to help out. Together, they work to solve the murder o an Irish girl in a grand theater. This book starts out like horses at the racetrack. You're immediately immersed in murder and I like that. Get me straight into the heart of the story! But what's better is that it's a woman standing over the body, inspecting it for clues! The shame! 'Gasp!" And you're immediately introduced to Jem and Merinda- the female versions of Holmes and Watson. McMillan even made their personalities almost the same- but Merinda doesn't always have her thoughts well planted and comes off rather snide but funny. She's just so caught up in finding dead bodies and not being left out that she never realizes how awful she treats her only friend, Jemima. And poor Jemima wants the adventure, but really does need to have a form of security, since her parents cut her from her all financial support. Because of Merinda! I loved this story. First, it's during an era I loved to read, with all the formalities and even the Morality Squad! I found women wanting to get into the world of criminology and become detectives adventurous, but Merinda was a pain. She sorta ruined it form time to time with her maltreatment of Jem, but Jem was the diamond in the rough, along with the assistance of Ray and Jasper. If you enjoy mystery and a lot of womanly views on how to solve crimes better than men, this is the one to read. It was fantastic. for the full review: **Book was a win.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Toronto is one of the cities on my bucket list that I haven’t visited yet. After reading this book, I feel like I’ve been there — at least a century ago :-) The characters are fun and quirky with Merinda diving into all kinds of chaos and more than a little uncomfortable in her own skin, and Jem following along because she just can’t say no to Merinda. Together with the help of a demoted police investigator and a reporter, they set out to solve the murders of two young women. The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder has political intrigue, romantic entanglements, and a mystery that is well-layered. I found it a fun read and am already looking forward to the next novella and the novel, both of which will release in the next few months. Readers who love the Drew Farthering mysteries from Julianna Deering will love these.
AmeliaAnn More than 1 year ago
Filled with mystery, "The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder" is my new favorite. Set in Toronto, this is the story of two friends Merinda and Jem who make it their mission to help solve the murders of two Irish woman. Even though it is highly unacceptable for women to be detectives in their society these ladies have the skills to be top detectives in their field. Their journey is not a dull one and the author's clever writing will keep the reader turning the page for more. I am a huge fan of British television, especially Sherlock Holmes and this book makes me feel right at home. This was the first book that I have read of McMillan's, but I hope it will not be my last! I look forward to many more fun mysteries from this author.
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Fun, fanciful, mysterious - the perfect read for fans of Sherlock Holmes. Set in 1910 Toronto, Canada, the two female detectives Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts tackle crime in the city—or, at least they want to. When the deaths of two Irish women kick start their detective business, they find that drastic measures and ridiculous disguises are the only answer to escape the Morality Squad that’s hot on their heels. Add in handsome police constable Jasper Forth and daring reporter Ray DeLuca and you’ve got a mystery worth figuring out. I enjoyed this jaunt through the streets of Toronto on the heels of mystery and discovery inspired by Sherlock Holmes. I’ve long been a fan of Holmes and enjoyed this nod to his mysteries and detective acumen. I found Jem to be an adorable character who’s growth through the book was enjoyable to watch. Merinda was slightly more difficult to love, as in the way of Sherlock. She had her lovable moments, but there were times when she was slightly oblivious in a way that made me a bit mad at her. Then again, that could have been the point. I also enjoyed the romance aspect (being a fan of romance) and definitely enjoyed Ray’s character. I did, however wish there was more background into Merinda. I think I expected the story to be more about her (as a Sherlock figure) but that wasn’t really the case (no pun intended). The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was the point of view changes. I’m a stickler when it comes to POV (must be a personal thing) but I love to be “in” someone’s head and know that’s where I rest. I feel as if I can truly get to know a character that way. That was not the case for this story and, often times when it switched POV in the middle of a scene, I wondered how we knew what we did. This always jerks me out of the story and was the case in this book. I’m sure there was a stylistic reason for it; I just don’t personally enjoy it. I did however enjoy the asides by way of footnote – they were fun! I would recommend this to fans of Sherlock Holmes, historical fiction, and lovers of fun and lighthearted mysteries. My Rating: 4* Originally posted on my blog: ______________________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Rachel McMillan has captured 1910 Toronto in her new mystery THE BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER. Single women who defy tradition and their parent's wishes to find a mate, and instead pursue a job, or perhaps a passion for crime solving, are called bachelor girls. Such streaks of independence and defiance against society's norms were so feared that historic Toronto had "women's courts" and arrests were made for "incorrigibility" according to the author's notes. To create that feeling, McMillan adds a fictional Morality Squad, a vigilante type group of men sent out at night to find any women breaking the codes of feminine behavior. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts, two ladies in their twenties, intent on being the female versions of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, don disguises of trousers and large shirts when they first attempt to help police officer (and friend) Jasper Forth solve the murder of an immigrant girl. Their every action could catch the attention of the Morality Squad. When Jasper is pulled off the investigation after another girl is found murdered, he is told that it is because he let Merinda near the body. After the formal investigation stops altogether, Merinda is sure something is fishy and actively begins to investigate on her own, with Jem's help. I loved that although it appears that Mirenda is the "brains" of the duo, much of the story centers on Jem. When masquerading in her oversized pants, she literally bumps into Ray DeLuca, a reporter for a Toronto rag, who is as ambitious as the two women. Soon Jem's interest in the Italian immigrant is more than business, but she keeps her feelings hidden from both Mirenda and Ray. And when Mirenda wants Jem to keep company with a reporter from another paper to help their investigation, Jem complies. Rachel McMillan has chosen to tell this mystery with a creative blend of humor, seriousness, and unique style. Each chapter begins with a quote from either a guide to solving mysteries or a book on bachelor girlhood, each quote setting a tone for Jem and Mirenda's story. Footnotes are almost never used in fiction, but McMillan has added them for points of clarification a that would not be possible with her narration style. Although footnotes can be annoying and slow down the reader, these tiny messages add a layer of wit and insight. Mirenda and Jem are not new characters for McMillan, although this is her first novel. The sleuthing pair appear in a collection of short stories, and lucky for readers now shine in this full length story, whose ending certainly leaves the impression that Jem and Merinda will be sleuthing again. I received a copy of this title from LITFUSE for my honest review.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder is the first book in Rachel McMillan’s Herringford and Watts Mysteries series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but I will say I never expected there to be so many funny parts! Rachel is definitely very clever, and I really enjoyed all of the funny little notes she added to the bottom of many of the pages. However, I will be honest and say that the story was just a little slow for me, and some of the interactions seemed a little forced. But other than that, I definitely enjoyed this story. Merinda Herringford has so much determination to be Toronto’s most renowned detective, and that is what makes her perfect! She knows what she wants and goes after it, no matter what society thinks. She looks after Jem; well, when she isn’t fired up about one investigation or another. And I just love the way she is totally ignorant of Jasper Forth’s true feelings for her. Though I do hate that her ignorance hurts him because I am quite fond of him. Either way though, I still love her peculiarities, as they are some of my most favorite parts about her. Jemima Watts is such a sweet, innocent character. Although I will say she certainly does have her fair share of fire and spunk! Her determination not to be the proper society lady her parents always planned her to be is so inspiring, and I love her faithfulness to Merinda. And she is so adorably awkward with Ray DeLuca! I couldn’t help but laugh over her hilarious attempts at trying to get him to notice her. The two of them really are the perfect pair, in my opinion, and I loved how this book focused a good deal on their story. All in all, I definitely enjoyed this cute little story, and I am excited to read more of Rachel’s Herringford and Watts Mysteries! I am happy to give this book four out of five bookshelves, and I would definitely recommend it, especially for wonderful, light summer reading. It was a perfectly adorable little story, and it was the perfect debut for Rachel’s writing career! I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review. (This review is from my blog,
VicG More than 1 year ago
Rachel McMillan in her new book, “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder” Book One in the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series published by Harvest House Publishers introduces us to Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts. From the Back Cover: Beneath the facade of a wealthy aristocrat may beat the black heart of a killer… In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer. Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor. While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever–if they can stay alive long enough to do so. When Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes 129 years do you think he really knew he was creating a legend? Merinda and Jem were fascinated by Holmes and so they formed their own detective agency. I think the whole book is unique starting with Merinda and Jem, these two are not ordinary but they certainly are sleuths. Then the story takes place in Toronto. I commend Ms. McMillan for this as hardly any stories take place in Canada and this was pretty exciting. Murders have taken place and the hunt is on for this killer that will take you into places you would never go. This is quite a mystery that you will try to solve along with our two heroines. Don’t start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2016, especially after reading the novella released this past December. After finishing the first full length novel, I can say without a doubt, Merinda and Jem are gals you need to meet! I’ll kick off by saying this was a fabulous debut novel. Entertaining, witty, funny and an excellent mystery to boot, this is the kind of read I’d happily recommend to folks. I also loved the Sherlock and Watson nod, not only in references, but how the characters, in many ways, matched dear Sherlock and Watson. It was done so well, but also with a fresh twist. On top of that, I also fully enjoyed the creative and funny footnotes and intro quotes to each chapter. It made the reading experience fun! As mentioned, the Sherlock and Watson vibe was executed wonderfully and while you don’t need to know anything about Sherlock to enjoy this story, having the background is a definite bonus. I also loved seeing the character development of Jem and I look forward to seeing more of Merinda’s. Ray is great and loved his backstory and learning how it was for immigrants in Toronto. I also really liked Jasper and look forward to seeing more of him in future novels (or novellas!) too. Are you a fellow Sherlock fan? (Thank you to Harvest House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at:
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER is the debut novel by Rachel McMillian. Fans of Sherlock Holmes style mysteries should be entralled by this new voice on the block. The two girls are attempt at finding trouble--from Jem being interviewed by a reporter while impersonating a male bum to losing her pants and wearing nothing but the reporter's trench coat while waiting for Merinda--who was too busy finding another body to worry about why her friend was partially undressed. The story has touches of humor, plenty of murder mystery, and two clueless women playing sleuth. Great! Unfortunately, the point of view goes from omnipotent, to narrator, to a character, to another character, all in the same scene. Quite jarring. Plus, the voice it was written in didn't appeal to me as a reader. I couldn't connect to the characters. There was nothing wrong with Ms. McMillian's writing (other than POV issues) and this series will likely be a success. I doubt if I'd bother with the second book in the series though
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Put on your detective's hat and hang on for a fast moving murder mystery! Toronto, Canada in 1910 makes an interesting backdrop for the slightly awkward pair of women, who are Holmes and Watson wannabees. Breaking most of the social mores of the day to achieve their goal, the pair try to solve the mystery of two murders, with the help of a few faithful friends. Things really heat up the closer they get to the truth, and danger lurks everywhere they roam. It took a few chapters for me to get into the grove of the story, with a lot of characters to keep straight at first, but it was a fun ride through the dark streets to the upscale districts of old Toronto. There were some funny scenes and touching moments, along with the suspenseful and violent ones, making it an interesting read overall. It was hard not to sigh a little when Ray and Jasper came to the aid of Merinda and Jemima, sparking some romantic moments. A good clean mystery, in the style of a young Sherlock Holmes with a twist of Murdoch. Look forward to reading more in this series! (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)