Drew 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.
I 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.
Julianna Deering in her new book, Murder At The Mikado Book Three in the A Drew Farthering Mystery series published by Bethany House Publishers gives us another adventure with Drew Farthering.
From the Back Cover: When a celebrated Actor Is Found Murdered In His Dressing Room, all signs point to Drews old flame. But behind the curtains nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his Most puzzling case Yet.
Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. Shes married now, no longer an actressbut the lead actor in her former troupes production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the polices number one suspect.
Drew would rather focus on his fiance, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he cant leave Fleur and her family in the lurcheven 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 Madelines relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?
I think the great actor, William Powell, would make a terrific Drew Farthering. Not sure whom I would cast for Madeline but I have time I suppose. I seem to enjoy more a mystery that is set in the world of plays or in this case operettas. This one has it all and then some. Actors, back stage treachery, deceit, betrayal and, of course, murder. Someone murdered the lead actor in The Mikado and the police are blaming Fleur, an old flame of Drew. Murder At The Mikado progresses at a nice, steady pace as Drew sets off to find out who the murderer really is with the help of his friends before the body count rises. Murder At The Mikado is a page-turner, action, suspense thriller. Drew and his friends lives are in danger as they try to sort out the lies and deceptions and identify the killer before he kills them. Dont start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book in this excellent series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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.