Monday, April 17, 2017

"The White Feather Murders" by Rachel McMillan

The White Feather Murders (Herringford and Watts Mysteries #3)With Great Britain preparing to enter the Great War against Germany, Canada is in an uproar, and unrest towards immigrants abounds. As Toronto institutes policies against the immigrant population, including Jem's husband Ray Deluca, a murderer begins targeting members of a club that focuses on integrating the recent immigrants into society. Can Merinda and Jem find the murderer before becoming targets themselves?

The final Herringford & Watts mystery is as humorous as the others as Merinda and Jem once more work to keep Toronto safe.

The author does a good job of making Ray and Jem's marriage realistic--just because they're married with a child doesn't mean they have everything figured out. I don't like to see conflict in marriage, which dimmed my enjoyment a trifle, but to give credit where it's due, their struggle to balance careers and family is portrayed realistically and is still plenty relevant today.

For all the fear-mongering over the impending war, the story is light and entertaining. I don't think it's a shining example of the ladies' detective work, as they have a tendency to jump to conclusions with little support for their theories. I was enjoyed learning who the villain was, but disappointed with the ladies for running after the person without a plan or backup. Not that either was really necessary--once again, the villain gives up the upper hand to run their mouth and Reveal All. Truly clever villains are so few and far between.

Thank you Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free e-book to review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

Herringford & Watts Mysteries
1. The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
1.25-ish: "A Singular and Whimsical Problem" (novella taking place in Dec 1910, during the events of Bachelor Girl, but a separate case only briefly mentioned)
1.5:  "Of Dubious and Questionable Memory" (novella)
2. A Lesson in Love and Murder
2.5: "Conductor of Light" (short story)
3. The White Feather Murders

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