Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Lesson in Love & Murder - Herringford & Watts Mysteries 2 - by Rachel McMillan

A Lesson in Love and Murder

About the book:

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 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.

My review:

This was an interesting story with a fast pace.  From trolley bombings to a new love interest for Merinda, from tracking a dangerous man to saving a future president, there wasn't a dull moment!  I really liked Benny; it was interesting getting his perspective of the girls and seeing how his background as a Mountie influenced his choices.  I liked that this story traveled around more and I always loved the witty banter.  I was frustrated a bit with Ray and his sister for some choices they made and things they said.  Reality also intruded on Ray and Jem's marriage as he had to deal with worry over her investigating crimes, their busy schedules making them ships in the night and money being tighter than usual.  There's a little bit of romance and a lot of action.  There's not much spiritual content but there was an interesting conversation between Jem and Merinda.  It was also interesting to learn more about Roosevelt and to discover Goldman.  I love history!  This story works best as a continuation of book one instead of being read as a stand-alone.  I would recommend it if you like mysteries that are unique!

I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers.

Meet the author:

Rachel McMillanRachel McMillan

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.
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