April 28, 2016

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder 
"The Bachelor Girl's Guide To Murder"
Rachel McMillan

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.

Adventurous, creative and mysterious.  This book is filled with surprises!  Fans of Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes will definitely want to read this book.

The characters are a bit quirky and zany, but likeable.  Well, most of them.  Merinda tended to get on my nerves.  I know that she's supposed to be independent and all about women's rights, but she was also selfish and self-centered.  

However, I really enjoyed Jem's character.  She was sweet, gentle and patient with Merinda. Jem truly wanted to help people while it seemed that Merinda just wanted to expand her business.  Jem also knew what she wanted and didn't want in a man.  I found that refreshing.  A lot of Christian fiction books have their women characters as confused and easily persuaded when it comes to the men in their life.  Or they don't know a good thing when they see it, but Jem did! 

 I am curious as to how Merinda and Jem became friends though.

Reading this time era was different for me, but I really enjoyed it.  The situations that Jem and Merinda got themselves into were humorous, yet terrifying.  It had me thinking, "What would I do in their situation?"

The "by the way" footnotes were helpful and cute, but at the same time distracting.  Such a unique and lovely way of filling you in without boring you with sordid details.  

Those who love mysteries, romance and historical fiction should read this book!

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