A LESSON IN LOVE & MURDER
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 the detectives' doorstep, 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 dange they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theordore 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.
Kind of retro because it was published earlier in 2016 and the next book in the series is due out this May. :-)
Lemony Snicket meets Murdoch Mysteries and collides with Due South -- a pretty lethal combination!
Merinda and Jem are back solving mysteries and giving the men in their lives conniptions. Just as it should be for these forward-thinking, turn-of-the-century women. This is the second book in the series and I do think it's beneficial to read A Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder first. You'll get a better feel for character dynamics and catch up on their lives. Like the fact that Jem is now an enamored newlywed facing marital challenges as she merges her life with her husband's (the dishy but somewhat brooding Ray DeLuca.)
And hold onto your hearts, ladies, because there's a Mountie in our midst. And he's perfect in every way -- think Benton Fraser of Due South fame (if you're familiar with the 1990s TV series.) The perfect foil for Merinda though my heart ached for poor Jasper and his unrequited love. So much scope for emotional angst.
McMillan's campy humour and rapid-fire dialogue carry us through a fast-paced plot filled with intrigue and action. And surprisingly sobering in places. I was really happy to find a stronger faith thread in this book too.These characters won't be the same after this Chicago experience and I'm anxious to see what happens next in their lives. Luckily I won't have long to wait. :-)
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