Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder

by Rachel McMillian   
Historical Mystery

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.

Want to read up on Jem and Merinda before reading book one? Check out the e-novella, A Singular and Whimsical Problem!  

 Meet 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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Here's my review of this enjoyable detective story:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Rachel McMillan and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder” by Rachel McMillan is a charmingly penned work that takes the reader back to the early 1900s.  In this time of very distinct gender roles, two women (Merinda and Jem) have set aside their aprons for careers as detectives.  These best friends, flatmates and partners in business have found themselves in the midst of investigating several murders.  With the help of a policeman and a reporter, Merinda and Jem will find adventure, romance and hopefully a killer.

This compact novel is an enjoyable weekend read.  It took me a while to get into because of the authenticity of the language.  But once I did, I found that the prose actually has the flavor of a Sherlock Holmes story.  The writing is intelligent and articulate, vivid and humorous.  I truly feel transported back in time and to a different place.  I will definitely add Rachel McMillan to the list of authors I regularly read.

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