A Lesson in Love and Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Detecting Duo Return

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Publisher: Harvest House
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Mystery
Series: Herringford and Watts, Book 2
Rating: 4 out of 5

Life is changing for the intrepid detective Merinda Herringford. And she’s none too pleased about it. Her partner in crime and best friend, Jem Watts (now Deluca) is married to her dishy reporter Ray Deluca, and making every attempt to settle into domestic bliss. This leaves Merinda bereft but fighting to keep their normal. This means she continues to accept cases, pulling Jem into each one – much to the vexation of Ray!

Into all their lives walks a Mountie (resplendent in a red coat with gold buttons, of course) named Benny Citrone. Benny finds the Herringford and Watts duo's ad in the paper, and calls upon them in his quest to track down his cousin (a man with ill intent). Surprised that this duo is actually of the fairer sex, in time Benny realizes Jem and Merinda are a force to be reckoned with, but will these enthusiastic investigators find their man?

BOOK REVIEW | The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan - Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

Anytime you crack open the pages of a novel by Rachel McMillan, there’s one thing you’d best know: settle in for a fun ride. Inside these pages resides an easy, entertaining narrative with characters that work their way into your heart and remain embedded there. The second full length novel in this series is just as fast paced as its predecessor with an entirely new mystery for our curious investigators to explore.

Alongside their investigation, we also get to explore 1900s Toronto experienced through McMillan's perspective as only she can craft. Her fun prose and signature wit (particularly when it comes to Merinda’s personification) keeps the fast pace flowing, and holds its reader captive. Though these novels speed past at about 100 (give or take) pages less than the average novel, I love their shorter length. The story is “full” enough yet doesn’t give itself time to be bogged down with any filler or unnecessary material.

‘Love and Murder’ brings back all of the characters we love and also introduces us to a handsome Mountie who’s heroics impress a certain heroine. I loved seeing more of Jem’s marital bliss (or maybe not!), and the continued misadventures (and mess!) that is Merinda’s love life. The effortless way these characters walk into our lives is wonderful; they become real to us, and feel like old friends we’d sit down to have tea with.

With its storytelling rooted in the classics like Sherlock Holmes with plenty of the familiarity that is Murdoch Mysteries thrown in, this book is sure to charm cozy mystery aficionados. It’s sassy and best of all, leaves the readers anxious for more adventuring with Herringford, Watts and Co.

Synopsis: 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 cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with 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. – Goodreads


  1. Glad to see you enjoyed this one, Rissi! Can't believe this series is over. :(

    1. Oh I wouldn't say over --- just on hiatus ;) I cannot imagine a world where Jem and Merinda do NOT go to the Yukon to visit Benny Citrone....

    2. (above comment by Rachel who forgot to sign in LOL)

    3. I know what you mean, Miranda. I'm so sad to see this series end... but then again, as Rachel alludes too, there IS more to come. :)


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