About the book:
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.
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What to read up on Jem and Merinda before reading book one? Check out the e-novella, A Singular and Whimsical Problem.
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.
I’m a huge fan of a certain detective and his side kick so when the description listed this as a female version I knew I had to check it out. I really, really wanted to like this book and I did – the mystery of the three murders of Irish women had me flipping the pages faster than I should have. Set in Canada, it was very reminiscent of the above mentioned male detective – without all the “mind-palaces” and drug use. Merinda and Jem use costumes to access places that women wouldn’t have been allowed access, of course this also puts them into jeopardy with the Morality Squad. I did enjoy learning that the Morality Squad was made up by the author for the book, however she does say at the end that in Toronto women were tried in courts for things such as idleness,dissolution and incorrigibility.
What did drive me slightly crazy while reading this was Merinda’s constant refusal to hear anything about God and her staunch women’s lib mindset. She doesn’t like it all when Jem begins falling in love. Then there is Jem who constantly wonders what she is supposed to do, and disregards her parents advice about what to do with her life, which is specifically to find a husband. I get that not everyone is called to married, and that is fine, but Jem’s blantant, almost seemingly disrespect of her parents, made me a bit testy. However, in light of these issues Jem and Merinda work well together and eventually they solve the crime, however I won’t disclose the intricacies of the crime.
I have to reiterate that I did like the book, it was an enjoyable read even with some of the issues I found in it – I hate to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I admit when I could tell there was a complaining scene or a women’s lib scene I did skip it and move on – not that I’m against women’s lib but I am against the idea that they espoused that being married and having children made a woman somehow not equal or as important as her husband. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this series to see how Jem and Merinda are faring in their world and to see if they’ve matured any.
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Meet best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem, who launch their own Sherlock Holmes-esque consulting detective business in 1910 Toronto in Rachel McMillan’s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly. 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.
Rachel is celebrating the release of The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder with a Murder Mystery Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on April 28!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- One copy of The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder
- A magnifying glass necklace
- A bowler hat
- A pocket watch
- A $30 Amazon gift card
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