Rules of Murder, Drew Farthering Mystery Series #1
Welcome to Farthing Manor, home of Drew Farthing, a young man who is an avid mystery reader.
When Drew Farthing returns home after an extended vacation, he finds that his mother has thrown a weekend party and that his nemesis is now occupying his bedroom. When said nemesis is later found murdered, Drew along with his best friend Nick and his new girlfriend Madeline set out to find the killer.
Rules of Murder is set in England in the 1930's and is a breath of fresh air. The overall mystery was magnificently written with several plot twists that will keep the reader guessing. I adored the quaintness of the time, such as Drew and Maddie on their leisurely stroll from the manor to the village, quietly discussing the case, or the times that Drew, Nick and Maddie would discuss what their favorite sleuth, Father Knox, would do in this or that situation. There was just enough detail that I could picture the situation, but not enough that overwhelmed me. It's the little things like this that can make or break a book.
The author brings a whole host of likable characters. Drew's stepfather Mason, is also Madeline's uncle. Nick is the son of Fathering Manor's long time butler Dennison, Inspector Songbird who is the lead investigator on the case and of course Madeline, who has lived all her life in America, but is in England on vacation and to visit her uncle. The author did a wonderful job with the way that these characters all interacted with each other. It was very natural, not forced.
Really the only complaint that I had was with the cover. It was a little cartoony for me, but I am so glad that I took a chance with this book.
This is a must read for all mystery lovers, or if you want an introduction into something new.
April 16, 2014
Great, Clean Mystery On The Christian Market!
I'm not a very big fan of mystery, but the book club I am a part of at church decided on this one to read. Once completing it I was very surprised in how much I enjoyed it! I didn't feel it was very different from any other typical mystery novel available on the market, but it had a good story line that kept me on my toes in figuring out who the murderer was! I was tickled pink when I found out at the end that I was halfway right which is seriously uncommon for me! However with that said, it doesn't mean that the case was easy to figure it out!
Throughout Rules of Murder there was not any really gruesome parts/images except maybe two that were not very descriptive, but left the mind little to imagine. The characters were very enjoyable, especially Drew, Nick, and Madeleine! I absolutely loved their interactions and the growing romance between two of them!
I do want to mention that this book might fall under inspirational, but really there was not a lot of "religious talk" as some people might call it. Actually, one of the main characters has some issues with God more or less. There are only a few small mentions in different parts of the book concerning his struggles and believing if God is really there. I felt this enhanced the story rather then take away because it was easier to relate to him.
Overall, great mystery that is clean with good romance as well as a fair dose of humor (that was also one of my favorite things about the book next to the romance)! Plenty of suspense too! Just when you think you know who the murderer is, you find out that your wrong!
December 26, 2013
rules of murder review
"Rules of Murder" by Julianna Deering is a murder mystery that takes place in 1930's England society. When Drew Farthering comes home to his country estate his mother throws a party for her society friends (and a few enemies) and winds up dead along with a certain dastardly guest. Drew and Madeline, his step-father's niece from America, play detective and try to find the killer(s?).
In the beginning, Deering goes overboard on trying to sound "society" with an abundance of 'my boy' and 'if you please', etc. I did a lot of eye rolling at first. It takes quiet a little reading to quit noticing. The story doesn't catch right away, but when the Americans show up, the story gets rolling. Following the arrival of the Americans, Deering drops one unexpected plot surprise after another. The characters start to grow on the reader and before you know it you don't want to put it down. Deering also covers the separation and differences in class during that time period which makes for interesting reading as well. I received this book for free from Bethany House.
December 14, 2013
Exciting Historical Mystery
I love mysteries, I love the 30's, and I love to play Clue. So, take a murder mystery, set it in the 30's, slap a cover on it that reminds me of Clue, and I am more than likely going to give it a go! "Rules of Murder" was worth the go, if I do say so myself.
"Rules of Murder" is a fast-paced murder mystery set in the 1930's. When his mothers house party goes very wrong, it is up to Drew Farthering, best friend Nick Dennison, and Madeline Parker, his step-fathers spunky American niece, to solve this mystery.
This book is perfectly paced, never too slow, never too fast, and with a comical twist on the old black and white mystery movies. The mystery itself, is sometimes predictable, but not at all boring. The romance is clean and very sweet, with a nice Christian element. And the whole book just had a great 1930's feel to it.
It is after all a murder mystery, and it got to me in a couple of places with sweaty palms, shallow breathing, and I might have covered my eyes once or twice. (Yes, I know, it's a book...) Also, there was one particularly gory passage towards the end, which caused me to put the book down for the rest of the day. So, I would not suggest this book for those that are younger.
This is an excellently written story for mystery lovers, with a sweet Christian theme woven throughout. I can fully recommend it as a fun read for a rainy day!
*I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
December 6, 2013