Oh this book! Filled with improprieties and murder- it made for an exciting read! The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder,, by Rachel McMillan, kept me in the New World, but filled me with old-London styled mystery.
Merinda and Jemima are two young ladies ignoring societies rules. Instead of looking to parties and game nights to meet men to secure their futures, they're flatmates, snooping around murder scenes in search for a murderer. Since they're inspired by the great Sherlock Holmes and Watson, they go through stints in disguises and such to find their man and not always successful at it. Thankfully they have an officer friend, Jasper and a reporter pal by the name of Ray (another extremist to get a story) to help out. Together, they work to solve the murder o an Irish girl in a grand theater.
This book starts out like horses at the racetrack. You're immediately immersed in murder and I like that. Get me straight into the heart of the story! But what's better is that it's a woman standing over the body, inspecting it for clues! The shame! 'Gasp!" And you're immediately introduced to Jem and Merinda- the female versions of Holmes and Watson.
McMillan even made their personalities almost the same- but Merinda doesn't always have her thoughts well planted and comes off rather snide but funny. She's just so caught up in finding dead bodies and not being left out that she never realizes how awful she treats her only friend, Jemima. And poor Jemima wants the adventure, but really does need to have a form of security, since her parents cut her from her all financial support. Because of Merinda!
I loved this story. First, it's during an era I loved to read, with all the formalities and even the Morality Squad! I found women wanting to get into the world of criminology and become detectives adventurous, but Merinda was a pain. She sorta ruined it form time to time with her maltreatment of Jem, but Jem was the diamond in the rough, along with the assistance of Ray and Jasper.
If you enjoy mystery and a lot of womanly views on how to solve crimes better than men, this is the one to read. It was fantastic.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Kuma Kuma Chan's Home is next.
**Book is from my personal library.
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