After the recent string of murders that he helped to solve, Drew Farthering would like nothing more than to enjoy some peaceful, quiet days while he tries to convince Miss Madeline Parker to accept his marriage proposal. Unfortunately, things are not that easy. Once again, he finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that gets closer and closer to home with each new body that's discovered. Will he solve the case before it's too late?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It kept me guessing right up until the very end.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for posting an honest review.
Go back to the summer of 1932 to follow Drew Farthering around his small English village where a string of murders need to be solved!
If a murder mystery can be cheery, this one most certainly is! If you're a reader you'll enjoy the style of this book as well as the way Deering ties in references to classic pieces of literature.
Drew Farthering is a very likeable character who is accompanied by several other quirky characters who are good for a few laughs. Take Mr. Llewellyn for example - an older man who flies around the village on his new bicycle and adores talking to anyone about anything especially the American war between the states!
Be "warned" Deering didn't leave out the romance. Drew finds himself trying to convince Madeline Parker to marry him, but not without the interference of her Aunt Ruth who has come to convince Madeline to come back to America. Thankfully the romance remains in check thanks to dear Aunt Ruth!
All in all, you must pick up a copy of this book! I'm already looking forward to reading it again (something I RARELY do with fiction) to see what kind of clues I missed the first time around.
This book is the sequel to Rules of Murder, the 1st in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. I read that book awhile back and really enjoyed it as well!
I am a HUGE fan of British mysteries. :) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, etc. are all authors I really enjoy, and I love that Julianna Deering is a modern writer who writes in the style of the mystery Greats mentioned above....in fact, as her stories are set during the time period that the above authors were writing, the characters in Deering's stories are also huge fans of their work and can't wait for the newest Dorothy Sayers to be printed. :) I love this time period in British writing....I'm not really sure what it is about it, but I love the settings, the styles and etiquette, and the humorous writing styles many authors used. Julianna Deering's books fit very well into that period, even though she IS writing these books now and not 100 years ago.
This book picks up where Rules of Murder left off. Drew Farthering lost his mother and stepfather in the previous book, but met with the lovely Madeline Parker while trying to solve the case surrounding their deaths. He had hoped to be announcing their engagement by now, but the pretty American girl isn't so sure she's ready to take that step with this young Englishman/amateur detective. Then when her Aunt Ruth arrives from America determined to keep the two apart and return her niece to America, Drew has his hands full trying to win over both the aunt and niece at the same time he's trying to solve a string of mysterious murders. The victims were all found with odd notes pinned to them with elegant victorian-style hat-pins that make the murders even more confusing. And each death is progressively closer and closer to Farthering Place, Drew's home. Are the murders somehow connected with him? Will he or someone he loves be the next victim? And at the end of it all, Drew's faith and trust in Christ gives him the strength he needs to forgive the murderer, even when his own life may be in danger.
This book is one of those mysteries that keeps you guessing up until the end....you feel like you know all along "who dunnit" but the author uses clever plot twists and clues to keep you in the dark. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading book 3 in the series! :)
I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.
Drew Farthering seems to be involved in another case of intrigue and murder. A trip to his solicitors office find's the affable young man face to face with the body of the legal aide.
Detective Birdsong none too pleased to have the amateur detective on board, also appreciates that Drew may actually be useful. Ensuring that he is informed of all ideas and thoughts the young man may have, the investigation begins.
Useful (to have on board) especially as the murder made a statement by stabbing the victim with a hatpin to which a cryptic note was attached. Both men start to decipher the message when another body turns up - this time publicly on a golf course.
As far as anyone is concerned there is no connection between the men, or is there?
Meanwhile back at Fathering Place, Drew's hopefully to be fiance Madeline, is entertaining Miss. Jansen; Madeline's aunt from America. She's not keen on the 'silver-tongued' gentleman and is looking out for her nieces' honor. Is this Drew a suitable match? Having a few murders on his doorstep (one quite literally) isn't shedding a good light on him.
Even though the police make an arrest, Drew is not convinced that they have the right person. He needs to make certain of one thing - who ordered a book on crimes and didn't pick it up?
Set in the 1930s, this murder mystery has all the feel of the an Agatha Christie classic. It's characters are well thought out - from the dashing lead to the formidable aunt. There are no heroics, just a captivating thriller that slowly but beautifully unravels to its surprising ending.
Deering's whodunit is consuming and riveting. The touches of humour, candour and insight into the human psyche are subtle, thought-provoking and brilliant. The author has created characters and storylines that are sure to become classics. A highly recommended read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.
Death By The Book by Julianne Deering was an interesting and fun read about a rich England man, Drew Farthing, who finds himself trying to track down clues to solve several murders that all seem to be coming closer to home. Although he isn't an investigator, the clues left behind and the constant thoughts of " who done it" keep him involved.
I enjoyed this read, but I didn't find it a thriller read or a book that I couldn't easily put down to do other things. That's rather rare when I'm reading a mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the clues, but I was in no way attached to the main characters of the book. I didn't find myself thinking about or dwelling on them. I really can't explain why...they just seemed distant. I didn't feel as if I knew them well or was incredibly interested in them.
I did enjoy the story itself. Having not read the first, I wonder if perhaps I would know the characters better if I had. I somehow doubt it. I read another review that explained rather well how I felt about the characters themselves. However, because I did enjoy the story ( even though it wasn't a thrilling mystery that I couldn't put down), I just may read that first one to see if it changes my thoughts on this one.
I encourage readers to give it a try as it is a different kind of read, and I enjoy books that don't follow the regular traditions of Christian fiction. I would also recommend you read them in order. I didn't know this wasn't a stand alone book when I began. If you enjoy some humor thrown in with a bunch of Perry Mason like murders...give this one a try. I don't think mystery fans will be sorry they did.
I received this book through bookfun.org for my honest opinion which I have given.