A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan


A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan. Reviewing the fun novella from Rachel McMillan. All text is © Rissi JC

Ever since I learned fellow blogger was writing a book, I was as usual, thrilled. Not only that, but that same blogger was also publishing said book with Harvest House. As time passed, Rachel shared more details about her upcoming novel and eventually we learned it was not just a novel, but a series of books. All of which begins with this novella. Coming in at a mere 54 pages (there’s no shortage of amazing), this novella introduces us to Jem and Merinda. Two women living in 1900s Toronto, who are not only unconventional (to say nothing of their lack of proper pursuits like keeping a home for a husband), they are also consulting detectives. a singular and whimsical problem

Cover Reveal Herringford and Watts Mysteries 

I don’t want to say too much about this story because spoiling it would certainly spoil not just the plot but the “effect” of it. There is something remarkably addictive about this introductory story. The characters “pop” off the page with aplomb and the teasers of what is to come is written to perfection. If you’re a fan of period mysteries (like Murdoch Mysteries or even Grantchester, despite its vastly different time period), you’re sure to enjoy these women’s world. I recognized so many nods to some of these series, which made me love this world all the more. Also a strong influence on not only the writing but the characters is Sherlock Holmes right down to the opposites scenario between the two main characters.   

With the quick wit I’ve come to expect of Rachel and an intriguing mystery that actually is fleshed out nicely, this is sure to pique anyone’s interest for The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, releasing March 1st. Spending time with these ladies isn’t a bad way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon curled up on the couch and all of this is delivered with the pizazz of a singular new debut talent.

About the Book:

Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher: Harvest House
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2015
Find the Review elsewhere: Amazon ǀ Goodreads
Find the Book Elsewhere: Amazon ǀ Goodreads
Series: Herringford and Watts Mysteries, .5
Genre: Fiction; Historical Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5 

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. Another amazing review, Rissi! I havetohavetohaveto read this one, like, now. ;) I've really been liking novellas lately and this series just sounds like it's going to be a favorite. And the covers! I've been pinning them on my cover candy page…so pretty!

    1. You do have to read this one, Bekah… because, of course, it's amazing. :) If/when you do have the chance to read it, I hope you enjoy. The sweet story and fabulous wit are equal measures amazing. :)

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