A Lesson in Love & Murder: Herringford & Watts are BACK

Title:  A Lesson in Love & Murder
Series: Herringford & Watts Mysteries, Book 2
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
Release Date:  September 1, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive...

The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.

Have you read my review on the first full novel of the Herringford & Watts Mysteries series, titled The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan?  If not, check it out now, before jumping in on this one for the sophomore edition to the series. We continue with the quirky dynamic duo of Merinda and Jem, along with the various sidekicks in their lives to solve yet another mystery.  This time, we traipse through the streets of Toronto to the campaign scenes in Chicago. Adding a homage to an old Baker street case, the reference and love for the Sherlock Holmes fans are filled with whimsy and love.  The characters and their personalities will wrap you in early on. Their knack for getting into "situations" will have you laugh out loud.  The mystery itself adds a little flare to what is already a winning combination - historical details, quirky characters and an author that comes up with some eccentric and unconventional scenes, while balancing it with such details, you don't know what hit you.

Yes, book 2 is just as funny as the first one, but what makes this one different is the level of growth our main and supporting characters go through. O, Jasper. Poor guy! With our newly-weds, Jem and Ray, the miscommunication is at an all time high! How?! Why?! Yet, it's through these struggles that we see the apparent reliance in God. The Christian message is definitely much stronger in this book than the first, which was more hinted than obvious.

In all, a wonderful sequel, and one that lives up to the wonders and humor of the first. Don't miss out on this lovely series. Honestly, even the pages are beautiful (sorry if I'm repeating this, but it's true).

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher 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.

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