Every once in awhile there is a debut novel that I am super eager to read because of the buzz I’m hearing about it. The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan was one of those. I met Rachel at ACFW a couple years ago, and her personality was so fun, I was intrigued. Then I heard she had landed a multi-book contract for a series of historical, Sherlock Holmes-eque mysteries with the twist of being set in Toronto in the 1910s with female leads. There was a short story that was up as an ebook for $2.99 that I enjoyed, so that made me even more excited for The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder. The title alone is simply fun and perfect.
Toronto is one of the cities on my bucket list that I haven’t visited yet. After reading this book, I feel like I’ve been there — at least a century ago 🙂
The characters are fun and quirky with Merinda diving into all kinds of chaos and more than a little uncomfortable in her own skin, and Jem following along because she just can’t say no to Merinda. Together with the help of a demoted police investigator and a reporter, they set out to solve the murders of two young women. The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder has political intrigue, romantic entanglements, and a mystery that is well-layered. I found it a fun read and am already looking forward to the next novella and the novel, both of which will release in the next few months.
Readers who love the Drew Farthering mysteries from Julianna Deering will love these. Because I love to support my fellow authors, I bought an extra copy of the book, so I could give it away to one reader. All you have to do is use the form below.
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.