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Canada in 1912
In a time when women were expected to wait on their husbands, Jem was released from her job at Spencer’s Department store simply because she got married. Now her husband is worried when she joins her friend Merinda in a detective consulting business. A new case involving anarchy and the safety of President Roosevelt put the two women in serious danger. They must stay two steps ahead to remain out of harm’s way.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
Series: Herringford and Watts Mysteries
From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive...
The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.
The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousina man with a deadly talent.
While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting headsand heartswith Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way.
As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?
Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.
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.
SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful second installment!October 17, 2016SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ms. McMillan knows how to write a mystery and suspenseful romance! She once again knocked it out of the park with this Sherlock inspired story. Any person who has a love of all things Sherlock will adore this twist, her take on the female versions. This second books continues with Jem and Merindas escapades except they have turned more dangerous. While balancing a husband, Jem still wants to be solving crimes. Ray has family he wants to save and help, but all of that puts them in trouble with each other. Merinda has her own issues with solving this particular problem and it brings them all to Chicago! So much danger and intrigue make this a page turner. I adore their banter and each characters personalities when together. Definitely a bookshelf keeper!
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining, but not as good as the first bookSeptember 23, 2016An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I've enjoyed the world-building McMillan has been working on, with the corruption and infamous morality squad of her version of Toronto. In this novel in particular, I enjoyed the love triangle around Merinda; it was fun to see her thrown for a loop for a change. And I liked that amidst the lighthearted feel of the novel, there were some serious moments of inescapable consequences--moments that I would expect to impact the characters in books to come.
It's quite fast-paced; almost too fast at times, as it abruptly leaps from scene to scene. The mystery was not very mysterious, and it feels like there is less focus on Merinda and Jem, what with the perspectives of Ray, Jasper, and Benny frequently taking the stage. Though it was entertaining, I definitely enjoyed the first book more.
Thank you Harvest House and NetGalley for providing an e-copy to review. I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5The dynamic duo of #HerringfordandWatts is BACK with humor and historical details!September 22, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Have you read my review on the first full novel of the Herringford & Watts Mysteries series, titled The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan? If not, check it out now, before jumping in on this one for the sophomore edition to the series. We continue with the quirky dynamic duo of Merinda and Jem, along with the various sidekicks in their lives to solve yet another mystery. This time, we traipse through the streets of Toronto to the campaign scenes in Chicago. Adding a homage to an old Baker street case, the reference and love for the Sherlock Holmes fans are filled with whimsy and love. The characters and their personalities will wrap you in early on. Their knack for getting into "situations" will have you laugh out loud. The mystery itself adds a little flare to what is already a winning combination - historical details, quirky characters and an author that comes up with some eccentric and unconventional scenes, while balancing it with such details, you don't know what hit you.
Yes, book 2 is just as funny as the first one, but what makes this one different is the level of growth our main and supporting characters go through. O, Jasper. Poor guy! With our newly-weds, Jem and Ray, the miscommunication is at an all time high! How?! Why?! Yet, it's through these struggles that we see the apparent reliance in God. The Christian message is definitely much stronger in this book than the first, which was more hinted than obvious.
In all, a wonderful sequel, and one that lives up to the wonders and humor of the first. Don't miss out on this lovely series. Honestly, even the pages are beautiful (sorry if I'm repeating this, but it's true).
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Filled with love and mystery!August 30, 2016BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From the iconic cover through to the Epilogue, Rachel McMillan has delivered another thrilling Herringford & Watts adventure. Filled with love and mystery, sorrow and murder, trust and anarchy...You will be drawn into the story and fight alongside Merinda and Jem for justice and freedom. Can I just say..."Mounties"...Even this redneck American girl can appreciate the Royal North-West Mounted Police. And I was giddy with delight that Rachel incorporated them into this story. I loved this book so much (more than the first one I think). There was so much going on in history at this time. It was interesting to watch those with the desire to bring change, they had the passion and drive to see things through to the end...But they had a warped view of how to go about it. Unfortunately, it reminds me of society today. It breaks my heart knowing that not much has changed in that aspect. Protests, bombings, violence and murder...These are not the answers. That is all I will say about that...Back to the book...Full of the same witty dialogue and precarious circumstances that I have come to expect (and adore) from Herringford & Watts. The footnotes also make their appearance in this story, which I still think is BRILLIANT! If you are interested in mystery, humour, and romance, these are the books for you. You will want to start with the first book, A Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this adventure. I received a free copy of A Lesson in Love & Murder in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Put on your Sherlock Holmes CapAugust 29, 2016SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 5The sleuthing team of (Merinda) Herringford and (Jemima) Watts returns for another full-length adventure and brings along familiar backup in the forms of Jasper Forth and Ray DeLuca.
If you read A Lesson in Love and Murder, you know that Merinda is the go-getter of these female detectives and Jemima is the voice of caution and reason (usually, anyway). These women are fun characters to follow even though not everything they experience is a day at the beach.
Jemima and Ray are discovering that marriage is hard. Ray struggles with not being able to provide for his new wife while Jemima feels like Ray shuts her out too often. Communication is key to their success as a couple. And while Jasper longs for more with Merinda, her interest is captivated by newest clienta Canadian Mountie and Benny Citrone.
While this book has a great mystery that leads this group of good people from Toronto to Chicago in search of the truth, it is about so much more: relationship. The friendship between Merinda and Jemima is one to aspire to, the uncertainty and doubt that Ray and Jemima have about their new marriage is a real concern for newlyweds, Benny Citrones hope that is cousin and friend is not involved in the criminal activities hes been accused of, and Jaspers (oh, poor, poor Jasper. I really felt for this guy!) realization that maybe, just maybe, he is going to have to let go of his longing for Merinda, to release her to find love with someone other than him. Its also about relationship with God (whether it be Ray, Jemima or Jasper who all have one or Merinda who is still fighting against having one).
Rachel McMillan explores each of these areas while keeping readers engaged with the action and suspense. Another fun and entertaining romp with these female detectives as they use their skills of deduction, natural nosiness, and dumb luck to solve another crime (their biggest yet).
***Harvest House Publishes and NetGalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.