Julianna Deering in her new book, "Death By The Book" Book Two in the A Drew Farthering Mystery series published by Bethany House Publishers gives us another adventure with Drew Farthering.
From the Back Cover: When The Village Of Farthering St. John Is Stunned By A Series Of Murders, Drew Farthering Is Drawn again Into The Sleuthing Game.
Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.
Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem-except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.
Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?
Drew Farthering is back. And not a moment too soon. Yes, there is a sub-genre called Cozy Mysteries where there is an amateur sleuth and most of them are pretty good. However the gentleman detective set in the 1930â€²s around a village in England is hardly ever done. Thank God for Julianna Deering and her detective Drew Farthering. His solicitor has been murdered Drew is not sure the police have picked up the right person. "Death By The Book" progresses at a nice, steady pace as Drew sets off to find out who the murderer really is with the help of his friends before the body count rises. "Death By The Book" is a page-turner, action, suspense thriller. Drew and his friends lives are in deadly danger as they try to sort out the lies and deceptions and identify the killer before he kills them. Don't start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book in this excellent series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
"Death by the Book" by Julianna Deering is the continuing saga of wealthy and handsome Drew Farthering. Another series of murders is happening in the small village of Farthering St. John, and "Detective" Drew is assisting local law enforcement in solving the mysterious hat-pin murders.
This book is light (for a murder mystery) and I enjoyed the small and subtle ways the author allowed Drew to share his Christian beliefs. I also appreciated that I didn't guess who the murderer was until almost the end.
This is a fabulous book for a sunny afternoon, sitting in the backyard, sipping a glass of iced tea. I'm looking forward to Drew and Madeline's wedding, but am thinking if Farthering St. John has yet another string of murders, there might not be any residents left! (Maybe there will be some sleuthing on the honeymoon???)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is a fun mystery with a little romance. Drew Farthering, Nick and Madeline make a fun team of amateur sleuths. Read these stories if you like a little mystery with very little blood and guts. I had a good time reading this and had a hard time putting it down. Quite a few twists and turns. I received this from book fun.com for a fair and honest opinion.
"Death By the Book" is the second book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series written by Julianna Deering. It would be a good idea to read the first one, but not necessary. In this novel, Drew, an amateur sleuth in 1930's England, becomes involved in a serial killers' web. The Hatpin Killer begins killing in the area of Farthering St. John and the clues and murders get closer to Drew by the day.
In this installment, Madeline's Aunt Ruth is introduced into the story. Aunt Ruth in a hoot. She says exactly what you are thinking. You're gonna love her. For instance the observation that rich people around Drew just keep being killed is a little on the odd side. She's the only one that points it out. As for the writing, the dialogue takes a little getting used to as it is upper crust English of the 30's. They say "I daresay" an awful lot. However, the twist and turns, the clues, all lead the brain to try and figure it out. You will never see the end coming. I dare you to figure out the killer. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing.
I sincerely enjoyed the first Drew Farthering Mystery, Rules Of Murder, loving the Agatha Christie references and the English feel, so when I got the chance to review Death By The Book I jumped at it as fast I could. I was not disappointed, the mystery kept me telling myself that I would read just one more page, one more chapter. Yeah, well, you know how well I kept to that plan.
Death By The Book was the perfect mystery! I was kept guessing from beginning to end and only started to get a faint clue who the killer was literally right before the big revelation. Julianna Deering knows how to get her readers interested and coming back for more.
As I got to know Drew and Madeline further in this book I liked them even more. They are a nice young couple genuinely care for people the people around them, their interest in solving the mystery is mostly to help the innocent and maybe even guilty people involved. They also enjoy their fun much to Madeline's aunt's dismay. Oh, wait until you meet Aunt Ruth, she is a real corker!
Fans of period stories and fans of mysteries are both in for a real treat in reading Death By The Book. Author Julianna Deering has the combination down pat. Don't miss a single Drew Farthering Mystery!
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own)