The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
by Rachel McMillian
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.
My thoughts; THE BACHELOR GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER is the debut novel by Rachel McMillian. Fans of Sherlock Holmes style mysteries should be enthralled by this new voice on the block.
The two girls are excellent at finding trouble--from Jem being interviewed by a reporter while impersonating a male bum to losing her pants and wearing nothing but the reporter's trench coat while waiting for Merinda--who was too busy finding another body to worry about why her friend was partially undressed.
The story has touches of humor, plenty of murder mystery, and two clueless women playing sleuth. Great! Unfortunately, the point of view goes from omnipotent, to narrator, to a character, to another character, all in the same scene. Quite jarring. Plus, the voice it was written in didn't appeal to me as a reader. I couldn't connect to the characters.
There was nothing wrong with Ms. McMillian's writing (other than POV issues) and this series will likely be a success. I doubt if I'd bother with the second book in the series though. 3 stars.
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Meet the Author
Meet best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem, who launch their own Sherlock Holmes-esque consulting detective business in 1910 Toronto in Rachel McMillan’s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly. 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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