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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I'm hooked! I started with the .5 in this series A Singular and Whimsical Problem and enjoyed getting to know these characters in that. Instead of coming before The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder it takes place sort of in the middle of it. Rachel writes in a style and format that is entertaining and unique from any other fiction book I've read. While a bit fast paced, and with some character jumps that were a little tricky for me to keep up with at times, I still enjoyed the similarities to this story and those of Sherlock Holmes and Watson adventures. Plus a romance that is one of the best I've read in a long time. This is one of my favorite kinds of romances actually! Where you can't help but giggle at blunders, sigh at sweetness, and gasp at turmoil! :) Plus be left anxiously awaiting a second romance to come! Filled with simply fabulous characters, good and bad, and a highly entertaining plot, I can't wait to see what the next case has in store for us! To put it plainly, I'm a lot like Jem, hooked to following Merinda wherever adventure calls!
Songs: "God Is on the Move" by 7eventh Time Down and "Blue Danube Waltz" performed by The Viennese Colonade Orchestra
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder. ~ASC