The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder

Book - 2016
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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.

Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, 2016
ISBN: 9780736966405
Branch Call Number: MCMI
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 21 cm


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May 20, 2017

Here in the official Book One of the series, it was a particular pulse running through the entertaining story that tugged at me the most. The pulse of social concerns, prejudice and poverty, and the need for societal reform, as relevant today as in this novel's early twentieth century setting.

But Merinda, Jem, and their male constable and reporter sidekicks didn't go bashing me over the head with reformation sermons or anything, as again, this is quite an entertaining work of fiction. It's got humor, intrigue, romance, a dash of faith, and an upbeat pace.

Sure, the pace seemed to border on being rushed at times, and I had to stop and think now and then, "Wait—how exactly did she end up here, and what is she doing, again?" But, hey, there's nothing wrong with a story that requires the reader to keep up and pay attention. And while the mystery didn't throw me for the most surprising loops, it was still fun to go along with the winning cast of characters on the journey.

I'll definitely be continuing this series.

May 26, 2016

I agree with the Kirkus review. This is a frantic, frenetic mess. It is obvious that the author has no understanding of the mores or attitudes of the period she has set the book in.

Apr 08, 2016

Great mystery, keeps you guessing to the end. If you liked Nancy Drew and Bess Marvin, you will like Merinda and Jem.

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