A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts aren’t exactly a typical duo of women in Toronto in 1910: two single, female detectives with their own private investigation firm. Their latest, Christmastime case, to find a lady’s missing cat, isn’t the most exciting prospect. But add into the mix a notorious suffragette and young women who’ve been disappearing from a correctional facility, and Merinda and Jem suddenly have their hands full in A Singular and Whimsical Problem, a mystery short by author Rachel McMillan.

Okay, so, off the top of my head, aside from The Boxcar Children and Hank the Cowdog mysteries in my childhood, a good number of Nancy Drew novels and a brief Agatha Christie jaunt in my teens, and my recent trip with The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron, my experience with mystery/sleuth reads has been next to nil. Hence, I’m no mystery expert or anything, but I rather enjoyed this novella.

It’s got entertaining dashes of humor, even as it doesn’t make light of a serious human trafficking problem. There’s a lot packed into this quick read, which I liked, though it does seem to lend itself to some choppiness and holes. Some of that may be because the story is a companion to a novel and an introduction to a series, but other minor pieces just might not make complete sense.

Still, the main characters are interesting, the unfolding case is intriguing, there are lovely whispers of romance in the story, and the ending becomes especially Christmassy. This nonexpert in mysteries plans on reading more about Herringford and Watts.


Here’s my review of the next book in the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series, The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder.

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts, #1) Of Dubious and Questionable Memory (Herringford and Watts Mysteries #1.5) A Lesson in Love and Murder (Herringford and Watts Mysteries, #2)

Conductor of Light (Herringford and Watts Mysteries #2.5) The White Feather Murders (Herringford and Watts Mysteries #3)


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