Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder, by Rachel McMillan {a book review}

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.

What I thought about the book

I enjoyed the setting of this book: early 1900s, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was intriguing learning about this time period in Canada, since historical fiction I read is set in the US. I had never heard of the terms "Morality Squad" or "Bachelor Girls." I found it interesting to learn a bit of history through this book.

I found this an enjoyable read, and I enjoy the graphic art at the start of each chapter. If you enjoy history, and mysteries, you will enjoy The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder.

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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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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