About the Book:
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?
I tried to like this book. I really tried. Mystery/suspense is my go-to favorite genre, and unfortunately, this one just didn't measure up for me. There was very little sleuthing going on in my opinion with even less danger and suspense. The plot seemed more weighted toward the turmoil going on in the characters' personal lives than any actual detective work- Merinda trying to prove constantly that she was a "real" detective, Jem and Ray's back and forth battle at where Jem's loyalties should lie and where her place was, etc. If you want a light crime novel, this one would be for you, but to me compared to more stout crime mystery novels, this one seemed more like something a fifth grader would read for a book report.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
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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