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.
About the Author:
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.
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I had a difficult time getting into this book. It’s a little confusing but I realized it’s a part of a series. It IS readable outside of the series, I could just tell I was missing a few details.
This may be picky and small, but I had a hard time getting past all the pretentious names. I can tolerate a character here and there having a name that sounds a little stuffy or so uncommon as to make you wonder where in the world it came from. This book seems to have all names like that. Once I got past that, I did begin to enjoy the story.
It’s lighthearted and fun but at the same time tackles some issues and has intrigue and danger!
If you’re looking for a fun read, check out this book!
I was given a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.