Friday, April 22, 2016

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

"The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder" by Rachel McMillan is the story of two young girls named Merinda and Jem, who start their own detective business. They aspire to be like the famous Sherlock Holmes and frequently find themselves in the middle of trouble.

When two young girls in a nearby neighborhood are suddenly murdered, Merinda is hot in the heels of the investigators trying to get her own investigation in. Of course since she and Jem are women in the early 1900's, they are not taken seriously as professionals, and quite nearly get themselves killed or injured too many times to count.

Jem never imagined they would acquire the help of Ray DeLuca, a popular reporter, and Jasper Forth, a police constable. They end up rescuing the poor girls on more than one occasion, after Merinda drags them into some kind of shenanigan. Jem also is quite surprised when she starts having feelings for Ray.

In a lot of ways, Merinda reminded me of Sherlock Holmes, and Jem was definitely like Watson. Merinda was the ringleader in most of the problems the girls got themselves into. I thought it was a nice spin on the traditional stories of Sherlock Holmes. Fans of mystery and suspense will probably enjoy this book very much. I didn't figure the mystery out until almost the end of the book, so the author definitely keeps you guessing.

There are many characters in this book that the chapters alternate between. At first I had a hard time keeping up with the story because chapters didn't specifically say who it was about. You just kind of figured it out as you went along. I don't consider this a bad thing necessarily. It was just one more little mystery to figure out. I rate this book as 4 stars.

I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

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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