Thursday, April 28, 2016

What a fun read! The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder {Book Review}

I grew up reading mystery novels; in grade school I read my mom's Trixie Beldon books, followed by her Nancy Drew collection. I checked out every Hardy Boys the library had, and then moved onto works by Agatha Christie & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while still in Jr. High. Throughout high school and college I added various authors, genres, and time periods and quite frankly, turned my love for reading and analyzing works into a Bachelor's of Arts in English.

But there's still something special about a "lighthearted" mystery novel....and I didn't realize that until I read The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder two days during my kids' spring break. It took me back to that simpler time in my life when I'd stay up past my bedtime and wouldn't put the book down until I reached the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed the friendship between Merinda & Jem, their strengths as well as their mishaps, their subtle push for women's equality, their interaction with both male protagonists as well as male antagonists, and the 'gumption' they show when trying to solve two murders. I look forward to more works by Rachel McMillan, and hope she gives Merinda & Jem a new adventure very soon!

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review*

About the book: 

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Harvest House, April 2016)

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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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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