I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts, #1) by Rachel McMillan
Genres: Cozy, Historical, Mystery
Published by Inc. on April 1st 2016
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.
“A murder scene is no place for a proper lady.”
What I thought of this book
Oh Cracker Jacks! I wanted to love this one but instead I just thought it was okay. There was a point at where I got a little bored. It reminds me a little of the Mrs. Fisher Mysteries that I love but not as good.
Merinda want’s to be a detective and she has drug along her friend Jem Watts to be her side kick, she has read all the Doyle books and thinks of Watts as her own Watson. Merinda talks poor detective constable into letting her see a crime scene that doesn’t go well for the constable. It’s the murder of a young lady, then another young lady is found dead and Merinda thinks it leads to an official running for an office. They call it the Corktown murders and they seem to get swept under a rug.
It seems that only one reporter is still concerned about the murders and he is being told not to report on it. He has a run in with the two girls and soon becomes part of the team. Together the four try to figure out who might have been the murderer.
I loved the historical setting and I liked that the two girls were going against the norm of the day. Jem’s father is threatening to cut her off because she won’t settle down with a nice young man. She lives with Merinda who is a big influence on her.
Merinda think of herself as a female Sherlock Holmes but she is not near as good at detecting but she wants to be and needs Jem to be her Watson. Meranda is not at all concerned with settling down though I think Jasper hangs around in hopes that she might change her mind.
Jem on the other hand, isn’t sure. She likes wearing the pants and going sleuthing but she also likes wearing dresses and thinks it might be nice to settle down. She also has a major crush on Ray which is why she is thinking a lot more about the settling down part.
It really has a great mystery and it was pretty fun overall, but it just didn’t hook me like some books and Jem kind of got on my nerves at times.
I do want to get the next book when it comes out as I am intrigued to find out what will happen to the duo next.