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!
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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!
An old flame and a murder don't make for a very good start when planning a wedding. Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker are planning the wedding of the century, but Fleur Landis, Drew's former fling, comes into town and brings murder along with her. The lead actor in Fleur's former troupe's production of "The Mikado''' is murdered and Fleur is the number one suspect. She is in desperate need of Drew's sleuthing skills, but their history upsets Madeline. This new case threatens to put a damper on the wedding plans as Madeline begs Drew to bow out of the investigation and Drew, who doesn't like to go back on his word, continues to secretly follow the clues. The only problem is that everyone has a motive and no one has an alibi for the night of the murder. More people are being murdered and it's beginning to look hopeless.
Julianna Deering has style and flair. Her characters have come to life on the written page and give us a glimpse of life in 1930s England. The characters are fun and the stories have gotten better and better. I love how they all get tied together so neatly in the end even when it's a development you were never expecting.
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Theres three things I know will happen every time I pick up a Drew Farthering Mystery:
1. Ill be thoroughly entertained.
2. Ill want to go immediately to England.
3. Ill keep guessing who did it until the end.
I can always depend on a good ol fashion mystery to keep me so intrigued!
One of the things I really enjoy about Deerings novels is how they take you back into time with such wonderful writing style and descriptions. I love being so engaged in a novel and each mystery does that!
Once again, I love Drew. His character, his detective antics and his charm. While there is the some romance in the book, I like these books even more because that isnt the focus. Finding a killer is! I feel like readers didnt hear much from Madeline in book two (in comparison to the first book), but we do see much more of her involvement in investigating in this book. I wasnt her biggest fan in this book, but nothing to make a reader angry or anything like that. Also, I still love Nick. :)
I loved the setting for this story it might even be my favorite of the three. An intriguing and beautiful woman, a troupe of actors, disappearances and not knowing whether people are acting or telling the truth. And its all up to Drew and crew to figure things out.
If you enjoy the mystery genre at all, then PLEASE check these out! They are simply fabulous. I do hope theres more Mr. Farthering mysteries in the future! Although I have to warn you, if youre a fan of all things British, this will only make it worse.
Have you encountered Drew or any other really good mysteries? Id love to hear your recommendations!
(Thank you to Bethany House for the copy in exchange for my honest review)
Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2014/07/30/murder-mikado-julianna-deering-book-review