Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway - The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMaillan

Book Synopsis:
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.

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My Review:
The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder is such a fun, unique historical mystery.  Set in 1910 Toronto, this novel tells the story of two young women in their 20's who are so fascinated by Sherlock Holmes that they decide to become detectives.
The tone is light, and the story is a romp with both a mystery and a bit of romance (I loved reporter Ray DeLuca!).
The period piece details of this story are so nicely done, and they are sure to please fans of historical fiction.
Each chapter begins with a lovely cameo illustration and a quote from books that Merinda and Jem are reading.   There are even footnotes used for humorous effect.
I like the quiet way that faith is addressed in this novel, and the feminist overtones -- female detectives in 1910!
I recommend The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder for fans of historical fiction.  You are in for a treat!  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Author Bio:
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.

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!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.