Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rachel McMillan: The White Feather Murders

By Kelly Bridgewater

Toronto, 1914. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts never could have imagined their crime-solving skills would set them up as emblems of female empowerment in a city preparing to enter World War I at the behest of Great Britain. Yet, despite their popularity, the lady detectives can't avoid the unrest infiltrating every level of society.

A war measure adopted by Mayor Montague puts a target on Jem and her Italian husband, Ray DeLuca. Meanwhile, deep-rooted corruption in the police force causes their friend, Constable Jasper Forth, to wonder if his thirst for upholding the law would be best quenched elsewhere.

In spite of these distractions, Merinda, Ray, and Jasper join with other honorable and courageous city leaders in the Cartier Club, which exists to provide newly arrived residents of Toronto with a seamless integration in the city.

When a club member turns up dead, bearing a slanderous white feather, will Merinda, Jem, and those they hold dear be able to solve the high-stakes mystery before they're all picked off, one by one?

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 My Thoughts:

On the brink of World War I, Rachel McMillan's newest book The White Feather Murders captures the world of Toronto with all its underlying tension and chaos. I have enjoyed McMillan's previous two novels, A Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder and A Lesson in Love and Murder, and felt wrapped in comfort the moment I opened this addition. Even though McMillan relies on the conflict of World War I to set the time period, she still uses a murder to bring in Jem and Merinda. This time around, the story focuses more on Jem than Merinda. Jem struggles with raising her son and taking care of her home or working beside Merinda. A conflict women today still fight with. The novels' pace moved along quite rapidly, causing me to rush along with the hunt for the White Feather Murderer. While the story does not have the constant hunt for clues like a modern day thriller, the audience needs to remember that McMillan write a story like Arthur Conan Doyle. In that regard, I think she does an excellent job. I really enjoyed this series, and I'm sad to see it end. Even though this series might be over, I'm anxiously awaiting for what McMillan composes next. 

I received a complimentary copy of The White Feather Murders from Harvest House Publishers, and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Is there a certain author who writes a favorite literary author that you enjoy? For instance, Rachel McMillan writes like Arthur Conan Doyle, who I love. What makes you enjoy their writing? Or not?

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