World of the Innocent Release Day!

Love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story…

“Beautifully written… It’s a novel for anyone who loves.” ~Christian Bookaholic

It’s Release Day!
The Kindle Edition of my literary love story, World of the Innocent, is now available at Amazon.
You can pick up a copy for a special new release price, or read it free with Kindle Unlimited.

World of the Innocent at Amazon

The paperback edition is also available at my eStore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Of Dubious and Questionable Memory 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.
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Of Dubious and Questionable Memory by Rachel McMillan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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

Lady detective duo Herringford and Watts are at it again in 1911 Toronto, with the case of…a kidnapped rooster. Not much danger there. However, when they receive word from a suffragette friend about an affianced woman gone missing, the case will bring Merinda and Jem to the United States in Of Dubious and Questionable Memory by author Rachel McMillan.

So! Another fun mystery short along the way of this detective series. Only, well, I wouldn’t call it much of a mystery. And I’m not saying that because there’s no murder, as murder mysteries aren’t the only mysteries around.

The story has nice nods to Little Women and Orchard House that fans of Louisa May Alcott can appreciate. There’s much ado about married life, the antics of friends, workers’ rights, and, yes, even hubbub about a rooster. But the actual mystery elements might only take up half of the novella or less.

Hence, I’d tell readers looking for stunning sleuth work not to get their hopes up here, but it’s a worthwhile read to learn more about the characters in the series. On to the next Herringford and Watts novel…

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Here’s my review of A Singular and Whimsical Problem.

A Singular and Whimsical Problem (Herringford and Watts Mysteries #.5) The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts, #1) 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)

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder 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.
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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

It isn’t the most usual or socially acceptable situation, for two single young women in 1910 Toronto to be exercising their investigative powers on behalf of the city’s downtrodden. But Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts haven’t much time to worry about feminine propriety when two other young women are found dead in The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, a novel by author Rachel McMillan.

This is the second of the Herringford and Watts mysteries I’ve read. I’ll confess I likely won’t form a habit of reading an abundance of murder mysteries, at least not ones that seem to, well, make light or sport of the subject of murder. But I went on to read this novel because in the novella I read before it, A Singular and Whimsical Problem, I noticed the author’s way of making room for comedy in a story without trivializing a serious issue.

And here, in the official Book One of the series, it was a particular pulse running through the entertaining story that tugged at me the most. The pulse of social concerns, prejudice and poverty, and the need for societal reform, as relevant today as in this novel’s early twentieth century setting.

But Merinda, Jem, and their male constable and reporter sidekicks didn’t go bashing me over the head with reformation sermons or anything, as again, this is quite an entertaining work of fiction. It’s got humor, intrigue, romance, a dash of faith, and an upbeat pace.

Sure, the pace seemed to border on being rushed at times, and I had to stop and think now and then, “Wait—how exactly did she end up here, and what is she doing, again?” But, hey, there’s nothing wrong with a story that requires the reader to keep up and pay attention. And while the mystery didn’t throw me for the most surprising loops, it was still fun to go along with the winning cast of characters on the journey.

I’ll definitely be continuing this series.

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Here’s my review of the next Herringford and Watts mystery, Of Dubious and Questionable Memory.

A Singular and Whimsical Problem (Herringford and Watts Mysteries #.5)  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)

Counterfeit by Lee Carver

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. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Counterfeit by Lee Carver

Romantic Suspense

He suspects that she’s a covert copyist of masterpieces, but she may have what it takes to expose a dangerous fraud ring. This novel brings together a fitting blend of art, travel, romance, danger, and faith, with a smooth style and appealing intrigue.

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 4 out of 4 stars. Do take a look!