This is Julianna Deering's 2nd book in the The Drew Farthering Mystery series. The first was Rules of Murder. I would definitely recommend starting there to get to know the characters, their relationships and the setting better.
Aunt Ruth (Madeline's aunt from America) has unexpectedly shown up. She's worried about Madeline and suspicious of Drew's intentions. Although a great twist to throw into their whirlwind romance, it also causes some separation in the witty crime-fighting trio from book -- Drew, Madeline and Nick, Drew's best friend.
I was excited about this series. It's been clean with good messages throughout - the kind of books I wouldn't mind passing along to my family or friends. I love the setting - both time and location. The characters of this small English town are quirky additions. However, I haven't been truly won over as a fan. However, on a positive note, all the book covers have been very creative! :)
...But it was truly a surprising ending! I wasn't expecting that!
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When Drew Farthering walks into a murder scene he is drawn into a mystery that is drawing closer to the Village of Farthering St. John. What game is the killer playing? And what do the cryptic messages pinned to the victims mean?
With no discernible link between the victims, Drew is putting all his sleuthing skills to work. All the while he is trying convince Madeline to accept his proposal of marriage. But when Aunt Ruth comes to save Madeline's virtue she seems determined to pack Madeline up and on the next ship home.
As the danger draws closer who will be the next victim? Nick? Madeline? Aunt Ruth? Drew?
Take a small step back in time to England for a mystery that just may give you a spine tingling shiver or two. Best read in a darkened room shortly before bed for full enjoyment. And a spot of tea is just the thing.
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series! The back drop is the English countryside village of Farthering St. John in the 1930's. Drew Farthering is the main character who is a solid God fearing Christian man who has a knack for solving mysteries. Would highly recommend this book and series. I can't wait to read Book Three!
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Death by the Book was an enjoyable first book that I have read by this author. Although it is the second in a series,A Drew Farthering Mystery, it was certainly enjoyable being read alone. Drew is an amateur mystery solver and becomes involved in solving the murder of the family solicitor. The book reminds me of the old mystery novels with frequent twists and turns.You never really knowing who the killer is until the very end. I definitely will go back and read the first book and any further books this author writes.
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Julianna Deering in her new book, "Death By The Book" Book Two in the A Drew Farthering Mystery series published by Bethany House Publishers gives us another adventure with Drew Farthering.
From the Back Cover: When The Village Of Farthering St. John Is Stunned By A Series Of Murders, Drew Farthering Is Drawn again Into The Sleuthing Game.
Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.
Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem-except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.
Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?
Drew Farthering is back. And not a moment too soon. Yes, there is a sub-genre called Cozy Mysteries where there is an amateur sleuth and most of them are pretty good. However the gentleman detective set in the 1930Ã¢â¬Â²s around a village in England is hardly ever done. Thank God for Julianna Deering and her detective Drew Farthering. His solicitor has been murdered Drew is not sure the police have picked up the right person. "Death By The Book" progresses at a nice, steady pace as Drew sets off to find out who the murderer really is with the help of his friends before the body count rises. "Death By The Book" is a page-turner, action, suspense thriller. Drew and his friends lives are in deadly danger as they try to sort out the lies and deceptions and identify the killer before he kills them. Don't start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book in this excellent series.
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