The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder

Reviewed by: Alyssa Roat, a professional writing major at Taylor University.



Title: The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder

AuthorRachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

Publication Date2016

Format: Print book

Length: 222 pages


     Toronto in 1910 is a bustling city of political intrigue and a criminal underbelly. It is home to  two female detectives who are determined to solve the mystery of the murders of two young Irish women. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts are fed up with police who refuse to take them seriously, so they start their own business as private investigators. Donning ridiculous disguises, running into trouble in the slums, and sneaking into the files of men in powerful positions, Herringford and Watts are Toronto’s female versions of Holmes and Watson. However, tangled up with suave reporters, despicable thugs, and crooked politicians, the two women may need help from such friends as Italian reporter Ray DeLuca, Constable Jasper Forth, and several of the oppressed women of the slums if the two sleuths how to make it through alive. With the backdrop of a mayoral campaign, the plot is awash with twists and turns.

     From beginning to end, this book takes the reader on a charming romp with a vibrant cast of characters, some lovable and some fun to hate. Classic mystery adventure is mixed with lighthearted romance, spunky heroines, and an intriguing city. Though sometimes clichéd, this book is an enjoyable plot for a rainy day, a stormy night, or a lazy Saturday.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Though a murder mystery, the tone is light, the content is appropriate, and the rollicking adventures will appeal to females, ages 15 and older.

Christian Impact

Though there are no overt Christian messages, the main “good guys” are committed to integrity and occasionally seek guidance from a minister. The real value lies in a clean, entertaining novel Christian women and girls can enjoy.


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The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts, #1)

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One Response to “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder”

  1. Sounds like a delightful read. . .a little bit of history, mystery and humor!

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