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  1. Murder at the Mikado, Drew Farthering Mystery Series #3
    Murder at the Mikado, Drew Farthering Mystery Series #3
    Julianna Deering
    Bethany House / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $13.99 Save 36% ($5.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 27 Reviews
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  1. KGD history teacher
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Murder Solved or Marriage???
    July 28, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the delightful third installment of amateur sleuth, Drew Farthering and his sidekicks, Madeline and Nick. Drew and Madeline are preparing for their coming nuptials. When Drew invites his new business manager and his wife to dinner, he discovers that Mrs. Landis is someone with whom he shares a troubling past. He knows her to not be a woman of her word and a very good actress. When Mrs. Landis comes to Drew for help after being accused of murder, Madeline is very sure that she doesnt want Drew to have any part in it. Drew feels that Mr. Landis and his delightful son are deserving of help. As the murders grow from one to two to three, Drew finds himself caught between identifying the murder and following his fiances wishes.

    Fans of Agatha Christie will be delighted with this series as they take place during the same time period with plots that take many turns and twists. This book has great appeal to anyone who enjoys a great mystery without the gruesome details. This being the third in the series, it is much more enjoyable to have read Rules of Murder and Death by the Book so you will have the background story behind this book.

    I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review
  2. Kristin
    USA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The best yet.
    July 28, 2014
    Kristin
    USA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Let me be honest...I was reluctant to read this book. However, that's only because I was in the middle of rereading a favorite series and I really didn't want to be interrupted. :) It wasn't that I thought I wouldn't enjoy this third installment in the Drew Farthering mystery series...in fact, I was sure that I would enjoy it. I liked the first book well enough, and the second one was even better.

    As it turns out, Murder at the Mikado was my favorite of the three. (Also, this is my favorite cover of the three. It's so moody and classy!)

    I loved the theater as a setting. It feels like such a classic mystery setting to me: a play going on, one of the actors murdered, and most of the theater troupe held in suspicion. Combine that with the ongoing setting of 1930s England, and it's pretty much perfect!

    After three books, I feel like I know the characters pretty well, though as I've mentioned before, I don't really connect with them. I was a little disappointed with some of Drew and Madeline's behavior toward each other at times...I wish they had been a bit more understanding about each other's feelings. Anyway, they're still cute together. And of course I was glad to read more of Aunt Ruth, who is basically the (more pleasant) Lady Violet of this series.

    The mystery kept me guessing until the very end. I had a definite suspicion from fairly early on, but I was completely wrong, as usual! (Yes, it seems that it was just a fluke that I guessed the correct murderer in the last book.) I did have trouble keeping a few of the characters straight: in particular, Benton and Hazeldine. But after one of them faded into the background of the story, that wasn't really an issue anymore.

    I really enjoyed Murder at the Mikado. I'm not sure if it's the last book in this series or not...I thought I had read that it was, but I can't seem to find confirmation of that now. It's a good, solid mystery and a satisfying conclusion (if it is indeed the conclusion). I am still curious about Drew's mother, though, and I definitely wouldn't object to another book, especially if they just continue to get better and better!

    *Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*
  3. Gabrielle
    London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet and not grisly
    July 25, 2014
    Gabrielle
    London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Having already read Death by the Book by Julianna Deering, I knew what to expect from Murder at the Mikado a gentlemanly mystery full of English sweetness and charm. To be true, I enjoyed Murder at the Mikado far more than Death by the Book because more clues were given and it gave me something to try and figure out. I didnt get this in Death by the Book

    The main character, Drew Farthering, is as always, the sort of person you want to be, as is his fiance, Madeline Parker. They both exude charm and Godly mercy and grace. I also enjoy the way their gentry language is written.

    I cant say I loved reading about sordid affairs like the different characters were involved in but at least they were written in such a way as to show the sinfulness without being graphic. The same can be said about the murders. (After all this is a murder mystery) They are not at all graphic or explicit thankfully.

    If youre looking for a mystery novel that keeps you guessing but wont have you worrying about boogiemen after dark, this is the one.

    BTW, I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gilbert and Sullivan Strike Again
    July 21, 2014
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Murder goes part and parcel with the theater, but one does not usually expect it to be the actors actresses to be the ones dying. However, that is what Andrew Farthering, Madeline Parker, and Nick Dennison find when Brent and Fleur Landis individually approach them for help in discovering the person responsible for killing members of the local theater troupe. With a bit more support of the local constabulary than in the past, the three friends (at least for now) tackle the difficult problem at hand.

    The challenge is made more difficult by relationships long past, but not easily forgotten. Yet part of solution comes in the development of trust and forgiveness - trust and forgiveness will also, as the reader discovers, serve as the foundation of the upcoming wedding.

    As in the two previous books, the mid-20th century setting of the story is believable and enjoyable. The lack of modern technology and the growing number of murders makes for a gripping plot that held this reader's attention to the end. Weaving in threads and lines from various Gilbert and Sullivan musicals makes the reading fun as well. Add to that the various bit parts of Ruth, Madeline's aunt, Chief Inspector Birdsong, and one or two others introduced or re-introduced in the current volume, and we have a fun trip through a mystery of rural mid-20th century England.

    One can only hope that Julianna Deering, pen name for DeAnna Julie Dodson, will bringing us more from the life of these three amateur sleuths and their friends even a they begin the next stage of their lives.

    One final note - this reader loved the image that the author gives for marriage in the final two or three chapters. Marriage is never easy, but given the hard work involved, it is worth it. I would not be surprised to find the picture painted in these chapters in a future sermon.

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    This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gilbert and Sullivan Strike Again
    July 21, 2014
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Murder goes part and parcel with the theater, but one does not usually expect it to be the actors actresses to be the ones dying. However, that is what Andrew Farthering, Madeline Parker, and Nick Dennison find when Brent and Fleur Landis individually approach them for help in discovering the person responsible for killing members of the local theater troupe. With a bit more support of the local constabulary than in the past, the three friends (at least for now) tackle the difficult problem at hand.

    The challenge is made more difficult by relationships long past, but not easily forgotten. Yet part of solution comes in the development of trust and forgiveness - trust and forgiveness will also, as the reader discovers, serve as the foundation of the upcoming wedding.

    As in the two previous books, the mid-20th century setting of the story is believable and enjoyable. The lack of modern technology and the growing number of murders makes for a gripping plot that held this reader's attention to the end. Weaving in threads and lines from various Gilbert and Sullivan musicals makes the reading fun as well. Add to that the various bit parts of Ruth, Madeline's aunt, Chief Inspector Birdsong, and one or two others introduced or re-introduced in the current volume, and we have a fun trip through a mystery of rural mid-20th century England.

    One can only hope that Julianna Deering, pen name for DeAnna Julie Dodson, will bringing us more from the life of these three amateur sleuths and their friends even a they begin the next stage of their lives.

    One final note - this reader loved the image that the author gives for marriage in the final two or three chapters. Marriage is never easy, but given the hard work involved, it is worth it. I would not be surprised to find the picture painted in these chapters in a future sermon.

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    This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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