I did receive this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity Group for my review. These thoughts are my own.
Here is a snippet from the author’s landing page and Facebook Party:
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.
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This was an interesting book. I am rating it a 3/5. There were parts that I liked such as the wit of Merinda and Jem. Based in 1910, you know a woman’s place was not solving murders and traipsing around in trousers. I found it hilarious to see these two women buck up against those traditional values of the time. Merinda was very quirky and lived on the edge, while Jem tried to keep her reasonable but also wanted to play detective to solve these murders. Their commentary alone was what kept me reading this.
What I didn’t like was that there were too many story lines and factors at play. For me it was hard to follow, and it didn’t seem to flow very well at first. There was a lot of bouncing around, and the character development was on the weaker side. It took me until midway through to feel like I knew what was going on.
The author did seem knowledgeable about the era, and it was a new twist on Sherlock Holmes mysteries. However, I feel like she was trying to hard to seem historically accurate, which is why I got lost in the details.
It’s not bad, but it wont be something I highly recommend as a read. This is a series, so maybe if you read more it would flow better for you. For me it was just ok.