The White Feather Murders (Herringford and Watts Series #3)

The White Feather Murders (Herringford and Watts Series #3)

by Rachel McMillan


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Uncommon Heroes...or Unsuspecting Victims?

Toronto, 1914. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts never could have imagined their crime-solving skills would set them up as emblems of female empowerment in a city preparing to enter World War I at the behest of Great Britain. Yet, despite their popularity, the lady detectives can't avoid the unrest infiltrating every level of society.

A war measure adopted by Mayor Montague puts a target on Jem and her Italian husband, Ray DeLuca. Meanwhile, deep-rooted corruption in the police force causes their friend, Constable Jasper Forth, to wonder if his thirst for upholding the law would be best quenched elsewhere.

In spite of these distractions, Merinda, Ray, and Jasper join with other honorable and courageous city leaders in the Cartier Club, which exists to provide newly arrived residents of Toronto with a seamless integration in the city.

When a club member turns up dead, bearing a slanderous white feather, will Merinda, Jem, and those they hold dear be able to solve the high-stakes mystery before they're all picked off, one by one?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736966443
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Series: Herringford and Watts Series , #3
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(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 White Feather Murders 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
I can no longer remember my life before Herringford & Watts! Rachel McMillan continues to deliver stories that are both engaging and exciting. Set at the beginning of The Great War, residents of Toronto see their city turned upside down and inside out in this, the third full length novel of the series. Cracker Jacks! I adore this series. Full of unique characters, creative words, a beautiful setting, and an original storyline. Herringford & Watts will drag you off of your feet and into their world of mystery, murder, and adventure. Jasper Forth takes on a much more prominent role in The White Feather Murders and I am so SO glad! Move over Ray there is a new dream boat in town. I have always loved Jasper, but this book just sealed the deal for me. (See the photos listed below to see what I think Jasper looks like.) As Jem and Merinda whisk us away on yet another daring adventure, things have definitely changed. Both in their beloved city and in the dynamics of their partnership. It was so good to see all four of our characters work through things together and individually. I can (and will given the opportunity) go on for an extended length of time about all of the reasons I find this book and series utterly delightful. However, you don't have time for such things, for you must purchase a book (the novellas are FREE) and begin reading IMMEDIATELY! Your heart and your brain will thank you for it. The books themselves are gorgeous! Beautiful silhouettes depicting parts of the story on the cover. Footnotes for the reader. Quotes from books that McMillan has created herself. But above all, LADY DETECTIVES in Toronto, 1914. Until our next adventure from Rachel McMillan comes out, enjoy the character cast below as well as discovering the five other books/novellas in the series! Jem and Merinda are sure to become some of your closest friends, as they have become to me. I received a complimentary copy of The White Feather Murders from the publishers (Harvest House) through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
J_Roslyn More than 1 year ago
If you love historical fiction, and mysteries where you cannot guess the murderer, you will enjoy Rachel McMillan's Herringford and Watts Mystery series. In this third novel in the series, it is 1914 and Toronto is anxiously waiting to hear whether the British Empire is going to war with Germany. In this tense environment, which gets more tense after war is declared, female detectives Merinda Herringford and Jemima Watts (Mrs. DeLucca) must find out who is terrorizing German immigrants and leaving white feathers at the murder scenes of seemingly unconnected individuals. Neither of McMillan's detectives fits the mold of an early 20th century female. Jemima, married with a baby son, agonizes over her duties to her family, and her commitment to her detective agency and to her friend Miranda. Miranda furiously rejects marriage because she does not want to lose her independence. At the same time, however, she is strongly conflicted on the subject. In many ways, these conflicts are reminiscent of the roiling internal battles fought by Dorothy Sayers' 1930s' character Harriet Vane in her relationship with Lord Peter Wimsey. McMillan makes the battles just as believable. McMillan does an excellent job of bringing 1914 Toronto to life as a multilayered budding metropolis, home to wealthy elites, a growing middle class, and a refuge for immigrants fleeing the tyranny and poverty of the old world. My only concern with the novel is its sense of finality. I hope it is not the last book in the Herringford and Watts Mystery series because I want to know what happens to McMillan's well-crafted protagonists as the trenches and fires of World War I change everything.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
Having now read my fifth mystery in this series, I can say that it isn’t exactly the mysteries that keep me coming back. I’m no expert on detective stories, but in these books, the mysteries themselves often feel like almost secondary aspects of the plot. There’s so much more going on about history, about immigration, about the need for social reform, about love, about friendship, about the tension between the duty to one’s family and the call of one’s professional passion. It’s the “so much more” that most pulls me into these books. Now, I did feel that the story here might’ve been stalling in a place or two, and perhaps rehashing the same kind of conflicts from the novels before it, without putting enough of a new spin on them. As in the other novels, the point of view seemed to float around sometimes, making it a bit challenging to follow. And I’ve never been a huge fan of the scenario where the bad guy does something like tie up the good guy in the end while the bad guy gives a big explanation, telling why and how he’s been the bad guy all along. Still, the tension, the splashes of humor, the four central characters I enjoy watching, and the threads of poignancy woven into the story (and, gracious, this novel’s heartrending finish!) are all quite enough to leave me in anticipation of more from this series, if there will be more.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The White Feather Murders are an incredible Historical book taking place in the World War - it brings out one of the touchiest subjects we face even today - racism - isn't it a shame - all these years later and we haven't moved an inch. Anywho you have an awesome adventure for the Deluca's and one of the Deluca's has a surprise for you the readers - if you are a follower of the series - it is precious and you will love it. There are murders, racism, and they are on the brink of a World War - how is that for getting your interest peaked - it is one heck of a ride. The most important and impressive part to me is that the author brought CHRIST into the mix and boy does HE shine wherever HE goes - Amen? You are going to love this book and it is worth your time if your ready for a journey of a lifetime. I received a copy from Harvest House. All the opinions are my own.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
This book is another multi-layered mystery with fun overtones of Sherlock Holmes. It's fascinating to see what Toronto was like as World War I was starting. The racial issues unfortunately parallel so much of what we see in our world today. The writing is so clever, I find myself smiling often at the twist of a phrase and descriptions. So rich. I love Jem and Merinda and am sad this is their last adventure, but what an adventure. One worth enjoying every last word.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"Cracker Jacks!" - Merinda Herringford (throughout the series) Who's ready for Herringford & Watts? The dynamic duo of Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts (DeLuca) is at it again in The White Feather Murders, claiming a place for female detectives in early 1900s of Toronto, Canada. As the world decides on the changes due to the eminent of war, our detectives are ready to embrace it with pizzazz and genteel (*cough cough) approach in solving crimes. Like its predecessors, I really enjoyed this third full installment from Rachel McMillan. The author, with her usual flair of humor and knack for interesting scenarios, gives readers a mystery to solve, romances to love, and a story to feel a part of. I'm especially thrilled with Jasper's prominence in The White Feather Murders. I've been a fan since the debut in The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder. His pairing with Merinda is just fun to read about! The banters along with the many "roll our eyes" moment with Merinda's antics are just hilarious! Then there's the "resident" couple, Jem and Ray. Marriage trouble comes into play in this book, giving readers a chance to relate to, as well as a topic that gives depth in this cozy mystery. "I want to be everything . . . I want to be everything you need me to be. But I also want to be myself. I never want to lose that little jump of feeling I get when we are out on a case . . ." (131) In all, The White Feather Murders have what readers expect from a good story - characters, plot, romance and a bit of suspense in a mystery that'll keep you entertained till the end. Don't miss this one! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
A1Reads More than 1 year ago
This can't be the end of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries. If it is I will be so sad. I completely enjoyed this book. I love Merinda's personality and how she says “Cracker Jacks!” She is a bit more than quirky. Jem is more refined and quiet. Jem is now a wife and mother, yet she still has to be part of the mystery solving team. Her husband Ray, thinks being a wife and mother should be enough for her and they have many arguments about it. In the end he knows she can't give up that part of herself, it is what made him fall in love with her. The lady detectives have taken a on a job to find out who is roughing up a young man of German descent. The case becomes more difficult when the young man is murdered. The mystery only deepens when more notable men are murdered, all with a white feather left behind. Could the murder of the young man be connected. Corruption regarding munitions for the war is another mystery to be solved. I couldn't read fast enough to find out how it all turned out. I was very surprised. These characters are very real to me, their relationships are very real. Problems and all. There is even a peacock with personality in this story. The author does a wonderful job of showcasing the city of Toronto as an extra character in the book. A city and it's people on the brink of war. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. *I received a copy of this book from the publishers through NetGalley. A review was not required. The opinion expressed is entirely my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The author has done a wonderful job of capturing the time, as the world is on the cusp of war, the year is 1914, and fear is everywhere. The story is set in Toronto, and we are there as their parent England declares war and now reality has hit. Our detective teams of Jem and Merinda, our own female Sherlock Holmes, are soon at it again and this time there is a little white feather left on the bodies, coward? One thing that is really upsetting is what is happening in the minority communities, so sad, but not something that happened in Canada only. While this book is the third in this series, the author gives us enough information that we can read alone. Although this is the final book in the series, I am looking forward to the next book by this author! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Hang onto your bowler hat, the intrepid pair of Herringford and Watts (Deluca) are at it again! Toronto in 1914 at the brink of war adds an extra layer of tension to the continuing corruption in the city, ramping up fear and prejudice against anyone with a foreign accent. Add a few murders on top, and the team of detectives, along with their favorite policeman and journalist, find themselves in the thick of it all, sometimes as targets. Another fast and furious adventure in this fun series, which has been a delight to follow! An added addition of a new little Deluca made for more conflict between Jemima and Ray, who are trying to find a balance between career and responsibilities at home, a relevant struggle for many today too. The theme of reconciliation was prevalent between many characters, some set up for tender moments, and others ending bittersweet. The prejudice issues hit a spot sadly true still today. There is a glimpse of hope though through some coming together in the cosmopolitan community and compassion shown in key moments. A few points of faith added a little inspiration too. The author adds that a verse from Proverbs 31 is a basis for her stories: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute." Recommend reading this series in order, or at least the first one, A Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder, to get a better feel for the duo's dynamics. You will be hooked and want to read them all after that, including the novellas, to not miss any of their adventures. Hoping there will be more! 4.5 stars (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)