Murder at the Mikado, Drew Farthering Mystery Series #3
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Drew would love nothing more than to just focus on his fiance, Madeline, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline dive into the murder, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. Nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between. It's Drew's most complicated case yet.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Drew Farthering Mystery
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Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She's married now, no longer an actress--but the lead actor in her former troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.
Drew would rather focus on his fiancée, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur and her family in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between.
Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heavy strain on Drew and Madeline's relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?
"Deering gives us an enchanting mystery set around an England country estate in the 1930s... Rules of Murder is a wonderful, inspirational novel for those of you who love a good murder mystery."--Fresh Fiction
Victory GirlNW WashingtonAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love this series!September 7, 2014Victory GirlNW WashingtonAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Murder at the Mikado" by Juianna Deering is the third book in the "detective" Drew Farthering series... and so far has got to be my favorite. Set in 1930's England, the murders take place in a theatre where each of the troupe has a pretty good reason to commit the crimes.
If you have a chance to read the first two books, "Rules of Murder" and "Death by the Book", I would highly recommend that as you get to really know all the main characters. I love how the author is developing Drew's and Madeline's characters and that they are not perfect people. I appreciated the honesty in their relationship and how past mistakes can come to haunt. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot (like the other books), but I must admit to cheering when the killer was caught. (Okay, there is more to it than that but I'm not going to say more so I don't give anything away!)
Although these books are "Christian" books, they are fabulously not "preachy" but offer a gentle insight into the life and fallibility of believers all while trying to figure out who the killer is...of all things!
After reading this book, my guess is that, like me, you'll be calling, "Encore! Encore!"
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mary TatemVirginia5 Stars Out Of 5Murder at the MikadoAugust 26, 2014Mary TatemVirginiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Murder at the Mikado, Julianna Deering brings us another charming tale of intrique in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. Caught in circumstances that can only lead to lose-lose decisions, we wonder how Drew, the aristocratic would-be detective, can extract himself and his bride-to-be from dismal results. Writing with a clever dose of humor and the appeal of England in the 1930s, the author keeps us reading with one surprise after another. Deerings mysteries dont disappoint, instead they entertain and inspire. Murder at the Mikado nudged me to examine my insecurities to prevent them from hindering me from following Gods path.
theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Smashing Mystery Story!August 26, 2014theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So dear reader, Julianna Deering is back again with another installment in the "Drew Farthering Mysteries"! This book "Murder at the Mikado" is the third volume in this series and quite lives up to all the hype I gave the first book when I reviewed it last summer. Finally getting to sit down and read this book was something of a monumental effort but once I was settled and dug into the book it fairly rolled along and I quite enjoyed it over the course of an afternoon!
Drew and Madeline are now engaged and are fast approaching their wedding date when in whirls a past flame of Drew's. Actress Fleur Landis may be married with a child now but that's no damper to her personal dramatics as she is accused of murdering the lead actor- and her former lover- from her old troupe! When Fleur and her husband Landis, Drew's new business manager comes begging for help Drew- who never wished to see Fleur again- relents and takes on the case.
The case progresses though not all is what it seems. Not all is okay at home either as Madeline begins to feel the pressures of their impending marriage set under the specter of charming bombshell Fleur. Soon enough the chase quickens and as more bodies start dropping the hunt for the killer is in full force! But what goes on behind the scenes and behind the public eye is the most important- for both the case and for Drew and Madeline!
So as I said at the beginning I really enjoyed this book! I grew up on mystery novels but as I got older that genre really dropped from my rotation, partially because I thought I'd grown too old for them and partially because I wasn't finding that genre written in Christian fiction. I am ever so glad that that is changing now with Deering's "Drew Fathering Mysteries"!
In particular I appreciated that the book is well paced and written, and also that the mystery is well concealed until the end- I may have had my suspicions as to who the guilty party was but right up until the end Deering held all her cards tightly! Also, I really liked how this read as straight up clean cut mystery. The mentions of God or spiritual themes are hard to come by in this book but I didn't feel like that detracted from the character or story being told. It has been previously well established where Drew and Madeline are with God and I didn't think it needed to be re-addressed with club-like agility. (But that's just me!) If you are looking for something super-spiritually laced look elsewhere because this is nearly pure mystery/adventure! Additionally, I appreciated that some of the elements present in the first book, like social drinking, were dropped from this installment. While they may be period appropriate, and may be useful tools in characterizing the baddie, fiend, and rogue in a novel I don't find them appropriate for the hero of a Christian novel and I was glad to see them gone!
Something that I loved to see in this book was the full attention that Deering gave to working in references to Gilbert and Sullivan's works. The title of the book comes from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" as this is one of the two plays that the theater troupe is preforming when the murder takes place. Personally, though I have not listened to all of their works I have a great fondness for The Pirates of Penzance and was charmed to find bits of it scattered throughout the book!
All in all I have no complaints about this lovely period mystery novel that Julianna Deering has produced and I am happy to recommend it to all of you!
Final rating: 5
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent 1930's MysteryAugust 26, 2014IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker are looking forward to their wedding when their plans are interrupted by a visit from an old flame of Drews, and (inevitably) a body. Drew and Nick are persuaded to investigate the murder of a local actor, which annoys Madeline, because its taking Drew away from the wedding plansand back into the sphere of his previous life.
The mark of a good mystery (at least in my opinion) is that there is a murder early in the plot (and I hope that doesnt sound too macabre), that there are lots of clues around who could be the murderer, and that when the actual culprit is revealed, its both someone I didnt expect, yet painfully obvious. Another murder or two only adds to the story.
Murder at the Mikado scored on all my points. Im enjoying watching the ongoing development of the three main characters, and I appreciate the opportunity to revist Winchester, my favourite English town, through the eyes of Drew, Madeline and Nick. I had an early idea who the culprit might be, but soon found out I was dead wrong.
This is the third book in Juliana Dearings Drew Furthering series, and its just as good as the others, Rules of Murder and Death by the Book. Perfect for those who enjoy old-fashioned British murder mysteries by the likes of Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Stacey ZinkAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5It was okayAugust 24, 2014Stacey ZinkAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI found the beginning of this book to move very slowly. It took well over 1/4 of the book, before I felt well acquainted with the many characters introduced in the first half of the book. There were a lot of characters introduced in a short amount of time and I didnt connect with them. As a reader, I need to feel invested and I didnt.
I pushed myself to finish this book, but to be honest, I had a hard time picking the book up day after day. I really wanted to put in on my shelf and walk away. Once I reached the end, I was glad I finished the book. The ending surprised me! I was not expecting it, so that made it worth it.