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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.
Why this book…
Earlier this year, I read Rachel McMillan’s novella A Singular & Whimsical Problem followed by Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The first was a great introduction to Rachel’s writing style and her characters Herringford and Watts. Reading Doyle’s book helped clue me into the subtleties other Sherlockian’s are sure to cue in on as they read Rachel’s books. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts were such fun characters that I named two of this year’s flock (my #LitChicks) after them. Which is really the highest award any author can attain. 🙂
The school year is winding down and summer vacation is just around the corner… It’s time to start getting serious about choosing your beach reads! Let me suggest that you add Rachel McMillan’s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to your packing list.
As main characters, Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts couldn’t be more different. However, they complement each other very well. Merinda is an analytical thinker who doesn’t 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 Jem’s 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. Ray’s 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 Jasper’s character as the series progresses.
Possessing light-hearted, witty humor, and clever Sherlockian style sleuthing — The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan is a FUN and entertaining read!
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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”