The Bachelor Girl*s Guide to Murder + Giveaway

"A murder scene is no place for a proper lady." (11)

Title:  The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
Series: Herringford & Watts Mysteries, Book 1
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
Release Date:  April 1, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery


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.



Good thing our ladies are not proper ladies?! Think Sherlock & Watson, but in female form! Yep! Our heroines in The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan are just HILARIOUS to boot! I'm not sure what to say besides the fact that our female Sherlock, Merinda Herringford is funny, yet observant and inquisitive. Our Watson, Jemima Watts that is, is logical with all things, except when it relates to Merinda. I know, the resemblance is uncanny, and you know what the kicker is?  Merinda is a fan of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes! You know, not surprising, since the original publication of Sherlock was in the late 1800s, and this being the early 1900s, Toronto, we can assume the popularity of Sherlock is widespread. (Check out Rachel's little notes about some research, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes here.)

O, how I find so much fun following Merinda and Jem on their little escapades and disguises! There were so many moments of chuckling, sneering and even laugh out loud ones that I had some queer looks from bystanders. The mystery case of the story have you searching and thinking yourself, before your thoughts are so humorously interrupted by our main protagonist, Merinda. Then the little romances and insinuations throughout the book between Jem and Ray, the truth-seeking reporter, and the obvious interest of the police constable, Jasper towards Merinda puts the cherry on top for this reader. Like any great crime-fighting, or rather mystery solving pair, (think Sherlock & Watson, Castle & Beckett, Booth & Bones, Starsky & Hutch, Batman & Robin...etc), this dynamic duo will definitely get your jaw working with laughter and disbelief, while providing a well thought out mystery for you to solve, plus some romance in the air; and maybe some dating advice.

"The stars are jealous of you."
"That's a good line." She breathed.
"No!" He wagged his finger at her nose. "Don't fall for such a common line, Jemima. Those are the words of a man who will kiss you and not marry you."
His words were so lovely, his face so handsome, his eyes so blank, and his hands so close... "...A man should not use on you what he would use on any other girl. He needs to say something so that you know that he knows you are special.  And the gems and the stars - anyone can talk about them."
"Io ti preferisco in pantaloni," he said.  She didn't know what it meant, but it was opera to her. "That is my line for you," Ray whispered. 

O, did I mentioned this is a series?

And check out the lovely printed pages with some nice silhouettes (at least on the printed copy).

NOTE:  I received a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





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.



Rachel is celebrating the release of The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder with a Murder Mystery Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on April 28!


One grand prize winner will receive:
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  1. Sounds very much like Murdoch...but female leads lol! This sounds so good! Going on my TBR to fill the "Mystery" slot for my reading challenge this year!

  2. This series is at the TOP of my must read list! :)


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