Having read the first two books in the Drew Farthering Mystery series, I was thrilled to return to early 1930s England and catch up with the lives of these interesting characters. Once again, I enjoyed the sophisticated and witty banter that occurs between Drew, Madeline, and Nick Dennison, Drews longtime friend.
In Murder at the Mikado, both Drew and Madeline have to face some facts about themselves, their relationship with each other, and past events that have shaped the way they both view relationships. Using Madelines insecurities about herself, the author did an excellent job of highlighting the importance of trusting in God and taking one step at a time, letting Him lead the way.
As with the other books in the series, more than one poor soul will fall victim to murder before Drew and his friends are able to track down the culprit.
Although not exactly what I would term a cozy mystery, this series of books has a feel all its own. Murder at the Mikado is not a fast-paced suspense. It is a look back at a more genteel time, through the eyes of members of high society, and I truly enjoyed the trip!
I did jump into the third book in a series with Murder in the Mikado, but the plot was easy enough to follow without the backstory.)
This is the third Drew Farthing mystery, and when this one begins Drew is madly in love with his fiancee Madeline and buried in wedding plans.
While Madeline dreams of choosing china patterns and wearing heirloom lace, Drew dreams of a future with this girl who understands him so well. She loves his home, appreciates his friends, and even solved two crimes with him! Drew hopes for domestic bliss in the years to come, and perhaps a few more detective cases.
Of course, Drew doesn't want a case to land in his lap during pre-nuptial planing! And when the suspect is a woman Drew was once involved with, how is he to clear her name and keep Madeline happy?
This mystery is just English enough to have that particular flavor. Drew talks about "traveling the Continent," and teatime is a fixture every day. Murder in the Mikado reminds me a bit of a Josephine Tey mystery.
The extra characters are just difficult enough to peg that you will probably have multiple suspects.
Drew and his friends Nick and Madeline make a fine and funny trio. They've still got a lot of growing-up to do, as they try to clear the suspect's name and prepare for their own futures. I heard that Julianna Deering is contracted with Bethany House for three more mysteries in this series, and we surely need further installments after this. The case may be solved, but we have to know more about the characters!
As always I loved to read this series. These are easy reads and just so good. They still remind me a little of an older Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys type. This one had me crying for a little while also. I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
A classic British yarn of murder, mystery, and malevolence
September 22, 2014
Murder at the Mikado is the third book in Julianna Deerings Drew Farthering mystery series. Drew and his fiance, Madeline Parker, are again enveloped in a murder mystery that requires their skills to solve. This mystery however is one that Madeline would not like Drew to investigate as the instigator of the case is Fleur Landis, the scarlet woman from Drews past.
Fleur is now married to the business manager for Drews estate and is the mother of four-year-old Peter. No longer an actress, but still involved in an ex-lovers theater group, Fleur is the prime suspect when the lead actor in the production of the Mikado is murdered. How Drew, Madeline, and their assistant, Nick, solve the murdersoon to be murdersis the stuff of which all great mysteries are composed. Besides the murders, Drew and Madeline must work through the emotions of defending Drews ex-love.
This novel is set in Britain and the accents and word usages add to the charm of the characters. Quotes from the Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan are sprinkled throughout the book and also add to the charm.
Youll find yourself hard-pressed to solve the case before Drew and Madeline Deering has enough twists and turns to keep even the most assiduous mystery reader guessing. I loved the book and will have to go back and read the first two in the series, Rules of Murder, and Death by the Book.
Julianna Deering is the pen name of multi-published novelist DeAnna Julie Dodson. As related in her bio printed in the book, DeAnna has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen, or the stage. This, together with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her talks of love, forgiveness, and triumph over adversity. She lives in Texas north of Dallas along with three spoiled cats. In addition to writing, she quilts, cross-stitches, and watches NHL hockey. You can learn more about her at JuliannaDeering.com.
"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.