Sunday, January 24, 2016

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New Releases: The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

This novel is going to be released in April 2016. We had the wonderful chance of reading it because we're NetGalley users. In case you didn't know, NetGalley is one of the best places in the world when it comes to getting free e-books that haven't yet seen the light of day.

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

What's it about?

The action is set in 1910, in Toronto. We have to be honest and say that we knew little to nothing in regards to Toronto in general and that period in particular. In fact, we had no knowledge that women were still looked at as they were at the end of the 19th century. Therefore, they were somehow forced to get a man, get married, build a family and just become a homemaker, in general. That may now look like a tedious thing for the modern woman, but it seems it was just the lifelong dream of many girls at the time.

The book traces the adventures and misadventures of two female friends who are living together: Jem and Merinda. While Jem might be tempted to think that the homemaking lifestyle suits her, Merinda is your regular tomboy. She wears pants, which was something out of the ordinary back at the beginning of the 20th century and usually acts like a man. Moreover, she enjoys dressing up like a man and going out at night to investigate mysteries
A murder takes place in the city, so these two women eventually start snooping around as much as their sex allows them to.

How does it stand out from other mystery & thrillers?

For one, it's funny. Pretty much all mysteries and thrillers have to be entertaining up to some point in order to actually be enjoyable. However, things are somewhat different with this one. First off, the detectives are two females, which was nice to read about, for a change. Secondly, the topics developed in the book are very diverse and range from the number of immigrants who were coming to Canada at the beginning of the 20th century to how much corruption the town was suffering from. From a historical point of view, the novel is extremely well-written. We took the time to go through the notes at the end of the book and found that the author did an incredible research in regards to what was happening in Toronto at the time. Sure, some of the details were figments of her imagination, but overall, Rachel McMillan couldn't have done a better job.
Therefore, The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder is unique, in that it has different characters and quite a thrilling plotline.


As previously mentioned, there are two main characters in this book: Merinda and Jem. Merinda comes from a rather wealthy family where her parents allow her to behave and dress up like a man. She lives in the same boardinghouse as Jem, who comes from a somewhat traditional family. The fact of the matter is that Jem receives a letter from her parents according to which they've disowned her due to her inability to choose a husband and stop living and working in the city. 
Two other characters show up as the plot develops. One of them is a journalist whose origins are Italian (Ray), and the other is a local policeman who sometimes lets the girls in on details regarding the murders (Jasper). The other characters are quite enjoyable as well, regardless of whether they're good or bad.


We decided to give The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder a 5-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon. This review is unbiased in spite of the fact that we've received the book for free, from NetGalley. We honestly enjoyed the book and thought it's a delicious combo of historical fiction and mystery.

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