Thursday, April 28, 2016

Litfuse Tour & Review: The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

About the book:
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.
My rating:
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My thoughts:

I had mixed feelings about this book going in, because while I had read rave reviews from people who loved it, I recently read the prequel (A Singular and Whimsical Problem) and didn't really care for it. I'm happy to say, though, that this one was better than I expected and I ended up liking it.

I liked Jem - she was probably my favorite character. I also liked the mystery. To me, the book had a YA feel to it, which I wasn't expecting since it's not that genre, and therefore some of the things just felt silly.

One of the things I wasn't a fan of was the footnotes. They really took me out of the story and I got to where I didn't even read most of them.

All in all, The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder got better for me as I read. I feel like if you're a fan of Sherlock-type stories, you'll probably like it even more than I did. A side note: the book is beautifully designed inside. ;)

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Meet best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem, who launch their own Sherlock Holmes-esque consulting detective business in 1910 Toronto in Rachel McMillan’s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly. 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.

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:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 4/28. The winner will be announced at The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Rachel and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!


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  1. Well, it sounds interesting. It's kind of funny that it had a YA quality to it. Glad you ended up liking it for the most part.

    Dena @ Batch of Books

    1. Hope you enjoy the book if you end up reading it :)

  2. REALLY enjoying this one. But then I'm a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and the Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries, so this book fashioning itself after those was a bonus.

    1. Yay! Glad you're enjoying it! I'm not really a fan of Sherlock, so I think that definitely factored into my not loving it like others have. :)


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