When I read the first book in the series I was hooked and I have been eagerly anticipating each of the succeeding books.
When reading a Julianna Deering book I am reminded of Audrey Hepburn's recurring comment in Paris When It Sizzles about a switch on a switch on a switch. That is exactly what happens in each book, and especially Murder At The Mikado. Just when you think you have it all figured out here comes an alibi or an opposing clue. Julianna Deering is a master at leading the reader's mind in one direction and making you think you are pretty clever, then wham! A switch. I am usually fairly good at figuring out who-done-it in mystery stories, too many Agatha Christie's I suppose, but in the three Drew Farthering mysteries I have only half guessed the murderer once.
One of the things I like best about this series is the atmosphere. I love historical novels that sweep you away into that time period, ones that leave you totally immersed. Each of the books features a murder in a different setting and I have to say that I really enjoyed Murder At The Mikado's setting of a theater.
Another thing I have noticed is that Julianna Deering doesn't always shy away from difficult subjects. While they are never really forefront of the story, instead adding to the mystery, but they make the characters more real to the reader. Even the main characters aren't perfect, each has made and even still make mistakes, they have their own insecurities and fears. In short, they are flawed as people truly are.
Murder At The Mikado is a wonderful addition to a great series and I am secretly hoping that it will either be continued or possibly be a spin-off series with the same characters.
Don't miss any of the books in this wonderful Christian period-set mystery series!
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Back in May, I reviewed a copy of the second book in the Drew Farthering series for Bethany House. When they offered me a copy of the third book, I was pretty excited to continue the story!
Julianna Deering's newest release, "Murder at the Mikado" seemed like the perfect August read.
Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this one. The back and forth between Drew and his fiance was just too much for me. He was sneaky. She didn't like it. They worked it out it. But then they realized that they really hadn't. The mystery seemed to take a back burner, which was disappointing to me.
There were about 150 pages that were SOLID and had me ALMOST changing my mind about this book. I was eager to figure out which clues were meant to lead me astray. Those pages had me content to keep reading so that I could get to the bottom of exactly WHO was behind the crimes taking place.
No sooner did I really get into it that the mood changed and it was right back to the on again off again relationships between certain characters.
Deering is so capable of putting together a good story. I'm just not in it for the human interactions and cliche dilemmas that they may face.
While I couldn't get into this book, you might just love it!
*I was provided a review copy of this book by Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I absolutely adore those murder mysteries that you can sink your teeth into, those ones that bring to mind the wonderful works of Agatha Christie, and so I have been very pleased with each book from Deering's talented pen. "Murder at the Mikado" is the third installment in the "Drew Farthering Mystery" series - and it had better not be the last because I just couldn't get enough! Drew and his fiance Madeline end up back in the thick of a mysterious plot, with dead bodies piling up and questions multiplying rapidly. Add in the threat from former flames, right when you are planning a wedding, and you have all you need for a dramatic, absorbing read! This book reveals a deeper look into both Drew and Madeline as readers are given a better glimpse into their past and realize that both have made mistakes and struggle with past choices and experiences. I appreciate how Deering can take a mystery like this and yet naturally weave in elements of faith with themes of forgiveness and trust in God's leading. The mystery itself kept me on my toes from start to end, with lots of false trails thrown in along the way, something I always enjoy. The end of the book provides for some wonderful closure on one level, but leaves things wide open for a fourth book that would see the return of Drew and Madeline pursuing a mystery utterly important to Drew's past and future. Let's hope that book four is in the works, because I could happily dedicate an entire shelf of my library to the future antics of Drew Farthering!
If you enjoy a good mystery then plan on spending some time with Drew and Madeline this summer. You will be glad you did!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
If anyone can write about murder with class it is Julianna Deering. "Murder at the Mikado" is the third in the Drew Fathering Mystery series. In this installment, Drew has a visit from his past. It seems while in college, Drew got tangled with a dangerous woman, Fleur, a gorgeous actress, who has been accused of murder. The victim being her ex-boyfriend and fellow actor. Drew is called on to solve the crime and brings his best friend, Nick, and his fianc, Madeline, to help him out. Not surprisingly, Fleur showing up does not sit well with Madeline. Not only does the body count keep going up, but things are crumbling in Drew's engagement as well.
These books are all set in the 1930s England; Drew being an extremely rich 24 year old and an amateur sleuth. The language in the books is well-to-do and could be annoying to the new reader. But stick with it, because once you get used to it it becomes quiet catchy and you start to love the flow of the speech. I like the time period and the class that is portrayed in the books. I give it four stars
This is another great entry in the Drew Farthering Mystery series! Drew faces his biggest challenge thus far in finding a murderer, but will it cost him much more than he bargained for? The story centers on the Tivoli Theater and its troupe of players. One of their own is murdered and a former member is allegedly seen leaving the scene of the crime. The accused is a woman from Drews past and the woman in his present, his fiance Madeline, isnt at thrilled to have her enter Drews life again. Drew agrees to look into things for the sake of the womans young son and her husband.
The stakes are raised when another body is discovered at the theater. The pressure is on Drew to solve the case quickly as his wedding is in three weeks. Madeline thinks he should be concentrating on his upcoming marriage and not this woman from the past. Things begin to get very tense between Madeline and Drew. Drew agrees to drop his investigation at Madelines request, but on the cusp of doing so he is presented with information about his birth mother that he cant ignore. To get more information, he must solve the case. Drew thinks Madeline will surely understand wont she? Then, yet another victim is found dead at the theater. Drew is desperate to solve the case and be done with it. There seem to be too many suspects for the murders, but who is the mastermind behind these killings? What is the motive?
I am so enjoying this series. I hope there are several more novels in store for readers to relish. I thought the way the author handled Drews past relationship with the actress was well done and showed that Drew is not a perfect man and can make mistakes. I also found it wonderful how Drew and Madeline were each focused on the others welfare and only wanted what was best for each other. The characters are becoming familiar and well-known. The mystery had many twists and turns and kept me guessing. This was a thorough pleasure to read. I cant wait for the next book in the series!