I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
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.
In The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, the readers are thrown into a world of fun suspense and mystery very similar to that of Sherlock Holmes. It is set in the early 1900s in Canada and is a light read however containing enough suspense to keep you reading.
The characters are all charming in their own unique ways as well as extremely likable. Readers who enjoyed Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden as young girls are certain to enjoy these women detectives who seem to always jump headlong into trouble. Their interesting disguises and witty conversations are sure to entertain the readers to the point of laughing out loud.
The storyline is quite engaging and mysterious though I can’t say that it was unpredictable. There were a few parts surprising yes, however the main plot was fairly easy to figure out; though this made it more fun to read because we could focus more on the characters rather than the plot. It is also completely clean, save a few mentions of “the opposite sex” or “scandalous clothing” (which is referring to women prancing around in trousers or skirts that reveal the ankles).
Overall, I immensely enjoyed The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder and look forward to more books in the coming series. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Rated: * * * * *
Series: Herringford & Watts Mysteries; book 1