The White Feather Murders (with Character Cast) - Herringford & Watts Mysteries Book 3 - Rachel McMillan

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
Uncommon Heroes...or Unsuspecting Victims?
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?

My Thoughts
I can no longer remember my life before Herringford & Watts! Rachel McMillan continues to deliver stories that are both engaging and exciting. Set at the beginning of The Great War, residents of Toronto see their city turned upside down and inside out in this, the third full length novel of the series.

Cracker Jacks! I adore this series. Full of unique characters, creative words, a beautiful setting, and an original storyline. Herringford & Watts will drag you off of your feet and into their world of mystery, murder, and adventure. 

Jasper Forth takes on a much more prominent role in The White Feather Murders and I am so SO glad! Move over Ray there is a new dream boat in town. I have always loved Jasper, but this book just sealed the deal for me. (See the photos listed below to see what I think Jasper looks like.) As Jem and Merinda whisk us away on yet another daring adventure, things have definitely changed. Both in their beloved city and in the dynamics of their partnership. It was so good to see all four of our characters work through things together and individually. 

I can (and will given the opportunity) go on for an extended length of time about all of the reasons I find this book and series utterly delightful. However, you don't have time for such things, for you must purchase a book (the novellas are FREE) and begin reading IMMEDIATELY! Your heart and your brain will thank you for it. The books themselves are gorgeous! Beautiful silhouettes depicting parts of the story on the cover. Footnotes for the reader. Quotes from books that McMillan has created herself. But above all, LADY DETECTIVES in Toronto, 1914. Until our next adventure from Rachel McMillan comes out, enjoy the character cast below as well as discovering the five other books/novellas in the series! Jem and Merinda are sure to become some of your closest friends, as they have become to me.

I received a complimentary copy of The White Feather Murders from the publishers (Harvest House) through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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Cast of Characters
By Bookworm Mama
These photos are my own selection. They are not to be considered a direct interpretation of the characters, but how I perceive them personally. 

Ray DeLuca was featured on Pepper Basham's blog for Swoony Saturday last week. Click on the image above to check it out for more swoony pictures of Mr. DeLuca! (Photo from Pixabay, graphic created on Canva)
Kate Siegel (co-writer/star of "Hush" and wife of "Oculus" director Mike Flanagan):
Jemima DeLuca (Watts) - Pinterest
Matt Lanter - As Jasper Forth:
Jasper Forth - Pinterest
Merinda Herringford:
Merinda Herringford - Pinterest
Adelaide Clemens,Merinda Herringford:
Merinda Herringford - Pinterest
Marlene Dietrich was an important woman of the 1930's who really started to embrace women in menswear. She really created the idea of women in power suits and tuxedos while adding a women's touch.:
Olive Thomas in a man's suit 20s 30s women dressed in men's clothing bowler hat overcoat shirt tie photo print ad:
Something I can see Merinda wearing.:
This just made me think of Merinda! Pinterest

To see a few more photos you can check out my Pinterest board HERE.

About the Author
photo: Agnieszka Smyrska **
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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