Book Review: The White Feather Murders, Herringford & Watts Mysteries by Rachel McMillan

"Cracker Jacks!" 
- Merinda Herringford (throughout the series)

Title:  The White Feather Murders
Series: Herringford & Watts Mysteries, Book 3
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
Release Date:  May 1, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Uncommon Heroes...or Unsuspecting Victims?

Toronto, 1914. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts never could have imagined their crime-solving skills would set them up as emblems of female empowerment in a city preparing to enter World War I at the behest of Great Britain. Yet, despite their popularity, the lady detectives can't avoid the unrest infiltrating every level of society.

A war measure adopted by Mayor Montague puts a target on Jem and her Italian husband, Ray DeLuca. Meanwhile, deep-rooted corruption in the police force causes their friend, Constable Jasper Forth, to wonder if his thirst for upholding the law would be best quenched elsewhere.

In spite of these distractions, Merinda, Ray, and Jasper join with other honorable and courageous city leaders in the Cartier Club, which exists to provide newly arrived residents of Toronto with a seamless integration in the city.

When a club member turns up dead, bearing a slanderous white feather, will Merinda, Jem, and those they hold dear be able to solve the high-stakes mystery before they're all picked off, one by one?
Who's ready for Herringford & Watts? The dynamic duo of Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts (DeLuca) is at it again in The White Feather Murders, claiming a place for female detectives in early 1900s of Toronto, Canada. As the world decides on the changes due to the eminent of war, our detectives are ready to embrace it with pizzazz and genteel (*cough cough) approach in solving crimes. 

Like its predecessors, I really enjoyed this third full installment from Rachel McMillan. The author, with her usual flair of humor and knack for interesting scenarios, gives readers a mystery to solve, romances to love, and a story to feel a part of. I'm especially thrilled with Jasper's prominence in The White Feather Murders. I've been a fan since the debut in The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder. His pairing with Merinda is just fun to read about! The banters along with the many "roll our eyes" moment with Merinda's antics are just hilarious!  Then there's the "resident" couple, Jem and Ray. Marriage trouble comes into play in this book, giving readers a chance to relate to, as well as a topic that gives depth in this cozy mystery.

"I want to be everything . . . I want to be everything you need me to be. But I also want to be myself.  I never want to lose that little jump of feeling I get when we are out on a case . . ."  (131)

In all, The White Feather Murders have what readers expect from a good story - characters, plot, romance and a bit of suspense in a mystery that'll keep you entertained till the end. Don't miss this one!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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BOOKS in HERRINGFORD & WATTS Series (Click to take you to my review or Goodreads)


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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  1. I read the novella and I'm hooked. Need to put the other books on hold at the library!

    1. That's great Paula! Definitely need to. And I like the fact their all a decent size, not too big where it drags, and not too short where you won't get closure for the case at hand.

  2. Great review! I'm excited to read this series!


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