A rather cryptic note; embedded into the chest of a well respected solicitor, who was found murdered in his hotel room before he could keep an appointment with Drew Farthering about an adaptation to Drew's will. And thus begins a string of unsolved murders, seemingly unconnected except for the mysterious notes embedded into the heart of each victim with . . . . . beautiful antique hat pins?
Accepted into the inner circle of the local Chief Inspector's investigations, due to his superior sleuthing skills, English socialite Drew Farthering begins a chase that may tragically lead him a little too close to home. Without a doubt, Farthering Place is where Drew's heart lies, for the beautiful American woman whom Drew is fairly hopeful will one day become his wife, (unless her rather annoying aunt finds a way to whisk Madeline back to the States) remains in a cottage on the property.
Enjoy this delightful, but terribly intriguing murder mystery, with its series of twists and turns set amidst just enough sweet romantic banter to smooth over the rough edges of a serial killer who has managed to commit "death by the book".
Oh, this author is devious! Her plots are complicated, baffling, with lots of twists. The Christianity is solid but deftly and naturally woven into the story, and it never gets "preachy." I bought this book only because it was on sale, but enjoyed it so thoroughly that I went back and ordered the first and third in the series -- and they are even more maddening, twists and turns and loads of clues that lead to multiple suspects and then at the end -- surprise! The continuing characters are completely likable, and I enjoy the setting in 1930s England. Deftly written, thoroughly enjoyable -- I heartily recommend them!
The book starts out with Drew and Inspector Birdsong looking at the murdered body of Drews attorney, Mr. Montford. There was a hat pin stuck in his body with a note attached that said: Advice to Jack.
Since Drew stumbled upon some clues which helped in the investigation of the murders of his mother, his step-father, and others (in the first book), the Inspector reluctantly allowed Drew to be involved in this one.
Other murders were committed, and the victims were also stuck with a hat pin and note. There didnt seem to be any connection, and the Inspector and Drew had their work cut out for them.
A subplot involved Drews girlfriend. Madelines aunt Ruth arrived from Chicago to take her niece back home. Since Madeline refused to leave, Aunt Ruth decided to stay as well.
The relationships are interesting and entertaining, and I enjoyed trying to figure out which of the suspects was the guilty one. This is the 2nd book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series
The second book in the series, Death by the Book, is set in the Summer of 1932. While Drew Farthering, amateur detective, is taking over the estate after the murders of his mother and step-father, and trying to convince his American girlfriend to marry him, a series of murders that all seem to be connected back to him and his small circle of friends sets him off on a brand new adventure.
Can he decipher the mysterious clues left behind by the killer? Is the killer trying to tear him and Madeline apart? Dark secrets begin to appear as Drew untangles the web of mysterious murders, and he wonders if anyone is really as they seem.
Deerings Death by the Book is a fascinating mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping pages until the mystery is solved. I did find, though, that the pacing of Death by the Book was a bit off, as I had guessed the killer only two-thirds into the book.
I was disappointed in the treatment of Madelines American aunt, Ruth Jansen, throughout Death by the Book. She is viewed as a needless, and somewhat senile, bother, someone to be won over with dolls and cats, rather than as a loving and concerned chaperone.
Overall, Death by the Book was a wonderful read, and while somewhat lacking, was nonetheless enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good, clean mystery, and I would give Death by the Book a B.
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Death by the book is the second installment in the Drew Farthering series.
Drew Farthering has had enough of real life murder mysteries. All that he want's to do now is marry his girlfriend Madeline and run his family's estate. But when his lawyer is found murdered Drew is once again drawn into the darker side of life.
I was not all that impressed with this book, unfortunately. While I found the first book engaging and fun, this one was not. The lack of interaction between Drew, his best friend Nick, and Drew's girlfriend Madeline which made the first book so wonderful was sadly lacking in this one. Drew's crime solving partner in this book was Inspector Birdsong, and the author all but ignored Nick and the only time we really saw Madeline was either with her Aunt Ruth, or when she was able to sneak away for a few brief moments with Drew.
I can't decide whether Madeline's Aunt Ruth was an asset to the story or not. While her true motives for being there were not reveled until the very end, there was much to her character that was just to annoying for me.
Overall I just didn't care for the feel of the book and to be honest it took me a couple of weeks to get through it because I didn't want to read more than a few pages at a time. I hope that book number three Murder at the Mikado is more along the lines of the authors first book.