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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder

Release Date: April 2016
Page Count: 224
Size: 5.2500 x 8.0000
Binding: PB-Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-7369-6640-5
Case Lot Quantity: 52
Collection/Series Name: Herringford and Watts Mysteries
Series: 1

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder

43211( 4 )

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.

Meet the author

Rachel McMillan

Rachel McMillan

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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Editorial Reviews

"The author describes the 1910 Toronto setting incredibly well, immersing the reader from the beginning. Jem and Merinda are perfect foils for each other; levelheaded Jem, balances impetuous Merinda. With shades of Sherlock Holmes, tongue-in-cheek footnotes and a great whodunit, put this one on your must-buy list."
RT Book Reviews

"Playful characters (and wry footnotes that break the fourth wall) delightfully contrast the suppressive Victorian setting, while a bit of danger raises the ante. McMillan has created two equally likable and unique heroines. Good fun."
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"Merinda and Jem are certainly swimming against the tide of Edwardian ideas of how women should behave.  The author does a great job describing the time period, and creating for the reader the "feel" of what it was like to live then.  The mystery was good, and I liked that there wasn't anything offensive in it.... I suggest this 4-star book to mystery readers, especially those who enjoy period settings."

"Not only is the story an intense mystery at times, but the clearly well-researched historical elements combine to form a unique narrative. Normally, a book is either a riveting mystery OR an endearing historical. This story achieves both!

With heroines who clearly allude to Sherlock Holmes characteristics, female readers will delight in discovering each of the many references sprinkled throughout the novel. Without question, I will look forward to the next installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries, and if you give The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder a try, I'm pretty sure you will too!

"I really enjoyed this amusing mystery about a couple of bachelor girls solving crimes!  This was a unique story done in a unique way.  I read a lot and this was a little bit different than anything I've read before, which was a good thing!  I always like discovering a fresh angle.  I loved the tongue-in-cheek humor and the sweet romance....  I can't wait for the next one!  I highly recommend this book!"

"Rachel McMillan did a great job of developing the characters and the setting, and I'm eager to see what Jem and Merinda are up to in the next instalment in the series. For such a short book, the story was fantastically engaging and just downright fun, and I'd encourage historical and mystery fans alike to give it a shot."


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04/25/16 Emilie H.


Fun, fanciful, mysterious - the perfect read for fans of Sherlock Holmes.

I enjoyed this jaunt through the streets of Toronto on the heels of mystery and discovery inspired by Sherlock Holmes. I’ve long been a fan of Holmes and enjoyed this nod to his mysteries and detective acumen. I found Jem to be an adorable character who’s growth through the book was enjoyable to watch. Merinda was slightly more difficult to love, as in the way of Sherlock. She had her lovable moments, but there were times when she was slightly oblivious in a way that made me a bit mad at her. Then again, that could have been the point.

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was the point of view changes. I’m a stickler when it comes to POV (must be a personal thing) but I love to be “in” someone’s head and know that’s where I rest. I feel as if I can truly get to know a character that way. That was not the case for this story and, often times when it switched POV in the middle of a scene, I wondered how we knew what we did. This always jerks me out of the story and was the case in this book. I’m sure there was a stylistic reason for it; I just don’t personally enjoy it. I did however enjoy the asides by way of footnote – they were fun!

I would recommend this to fans of Sherlock Holmes, historical fiction, and lovers of fun and lighthearted mysteries.

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