Another fantastic Drew Farthering mystery by Ms. Deering!
While I am far too busy to have a lazy afternoon to spend reading, during my available my spare time you had to fight me to get this book out of my hands. The depth of the mystery and the pacing of the overall story were about on par. Not to mention the many twists and curves to keep you guessing along the way! I went into the novel eager for a fresh mystery, and Ms. Deering came through.
Something I look for particularly in mystery novels is a shocking reveal. Let me say, I have never read a book where the culprit was... Oh, wait. I can't tell you. ;-) Read the book for yourself!! I was pleasantly shocked I had not figured it out. But, moving past the whodunit excitement, I loved a couple of the new characters we met, particularly Peter. I'm a sucker for adorable, fictional kids. Maybe it's because they represent their real-life counterparts well.
Well, to wrap up this review, I must say I've become so attached to Drew, Nick, and Madeline over the course of these books, that I dearly hope this is not the end of their adventures! It's safe to say that if you have read and enjoyed the previous books, Murder at the Mikado, will definitely suit your fancy. Whether you're a fan of the 1930s, or the mystery genre, or both, you should enjoy this new release. I recommend to readers at least fifteen or older for readability.
I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
What I liked most about this mystery was I felt like I had stepped back in time to an era captured by some of my other favorite crime novelists Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy Sayers AND the series Downton Abbey. High tea is served, a butler sees to the needs of the owner Drew Farthering, and a wedding is imminent, or is it? Murder interferes with well-laid plans. Oh, my.
And the clever author kept me guessing who done the dastardly deed. Just as I was sure I'd figured it out, she surprised me with an unexpected twist.
More than the mystery and the setting kept me reading, the characters are well-drawn and I found myself caught up in the mental torture of Drew's dilemma over helping the woman from his past. If he does, he might rid himself of past demon and a loyal employee. However, his fiance's pleas to stay out it of are hard to ignore. Entanglements that are out of his control keep him involved. A clever solution to the murder left me totally satisfied.
My one small criticism would be that the ending went on too long, but for those who love romance and weddings, this will not detract. (I was given a copy of the book in exchange for this review.)
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
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.*
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.