I received this book from Litfuse in exchnage for a fair and honest review.
Published: April 1, 2016
Number of pages: 224
Series: Herringford and Watts Mystery #1
Synopsis: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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What did I think of this book:
This was a new author to me. I enjoyed the mixture of history and mystery in this book. Two of my favorite things to read about so what was not to like. There is also an added bonus with just a touch of romance. I thought the author did a good job with the research as well as catching the time and place. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed the relationship between Merinda and Jem. They were funny together. I also liked seeing their personal relationships develop more specifically Jem and Ray in this story. The mystery continued on until the end which makes for a good page turner. I also detected a hint of Sherlock Holmes storytelling in this book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
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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