"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)
Drew Farthering is living in 1930â€²s England and is handsome, rich and the sole heir of the Farthering Place estate. He is also in love with an American girl, Madeline, who is taking her time declaring her love in return. Madeline's Aunt Ruth has arrived from America. She is verbally overflowing with distrust for Drew, his intentions toward her niece, and all things British. It appears that if she has her way, Aunt Ruth will break the couple up.
In the past, Drew solved a mystery that involved his own family. The police had not been happy with his involvement. But now a murder takes place that so confounds the police that Drew is reluctantly asked to help out. While still attempting to solve the case, another murder takes place, and then another. All were clearly done by the same person, but who? As the murders continue, they are getting geographically closer to Drew's residence. Could Drew be the main target, if so, why?
This book is written in the classic style of British mysteries penned by authors such as Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie during the time period between the two World Wars. Julianna Deering, writes so well, that one forgets this is a period piece by a modern author-it seems like it was actually written during the 1930â€²s. This story is highly entertaining, clean and written from a Christian perspective.
Ms. Deering weaves a rousing mystery that is not an easy-to-figure-out whodunit. When I read this, I thought I had solved it, only to find out I was wrong. I enjoy mysteries that are a challenge, and this fit the bill. This is the second book in this series that I have read, and highly recommend them both. However, this 5-star book stands on its own, so can be read and enjoyed without the first one.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
One thing author Julianna Deering got spot on in her murder mystery, "Death by the Book", was to make the unflappable Drew Farthering's character truly loveable. She so perfectly wrote his character and dialogue that I could hear and feel his swagger. The characters were all loveable and memorable but I found that half way through, I wanted the book to hurry up. It didn't feel like there were enough clues given for me to bother trying to guess who did it. (Mind you, I didn't see the real culprit coming)
Don't judge this book by the cover, it's better than the cover, but don't expect to stay up into the wee hours of the morning feeling the need to finish it either. It was amusing but not a page turner.
Oh, BTW, I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.
This was a very enjoyable book that brought Agatha Christie to my mind. Drew is spending the summer wanting madly to get engaged to Madeline. Then the family solicitor is murdered and secrets begin to be brought to light. This book was a fun read, the characters were entertaining and the plot kept me involved. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the works of Agatha Christie.
I was given this book by bookfun.org for my honest review.