Monday, April 11, 2016

"The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder" by Rachel McMillan

About this book:

  “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.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Herringford and Watts Mysteries” series. (There is also a novella that is considered #.5 in the series, see review Here!)

Spiritual Content- Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Jem has a faith; Merinda thinks God is a mystery that she has no interest in solving; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of Church, mass, crossing, confessions, priests & a Reverend; A few mentions of places & those in the Bible; A couple mentions of the Bible; A mention of Sunday School.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: five ‘blasted’s and five ‘stupid’s; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm; Pain, Blood, Biting/Hitting & Slapping (semi-detailed): Many mentions of murders, strangulation & a body (semi-detailed); Mentions of fighting, black eyes & bruises (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of assaulting; Mentions of gunshots & aiming guns; Mentions of drinking, liquor, drunks & a tavern; Mentions of smoking, cigars & cigarettes; Mentions of gambling; Mentions of jail.

Sexual Content- two hand kisses, four check kisses, three almost kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss and two semi-detailed kisses; A cad tries to kiss Jem four times & lingers when touching her; Touches & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Noticing & Staring; Jem wants the first man she kisses to be the man she marries; A mention of wolf whistles; A mention of a ladies’ man; A few mentions of physical contact; Mentions of jealousy, flirting & blushes; Mentions of reputations & morals; Mentions of assaulting; Mentions of men having female company, a woman familiar with a man & a man wanting to be with a girl over night; Mentions of romance & those in love; Mentions of staring at lips; Many mentions of kissing, kisses & a first kiss; Love, falling in love & the emotions;
              *Note: A few mentions of unmentionables; Mentions of Jem’s curvy form & figure.

-Jemima Watts, age 24
-Merinda Herringford
                                P.O.V. switches between them, Ray & Jasper (a few times)
                                              Set in 1910
                                                        222 pages

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My personal Rating-
I’ve been eagerly awaiting “A Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder” for around eight months now. It’s set in my favorite time period and has female detectives. That right there was enough for me to want to read it. (But, oh my goodness! That cover is just wonderful!)  This was a fun, witty (and short!) novel that I really enjoyed! I do wish it had been longer and some parts drawn out a smidge. A bit more Spiritual Content would have been nice too, but it was good. I personally think the novella would be most enjoyed if read after this one, since this book has a bit more background on who’s-who and how they met. Overall, I really enjoyed the writing style and can’t for the next books to come out! :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Harvest House) for this honest review.

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