"Death by the Book" by Julianna Deering is the continuing saga of wealthy and handsome Drew Farthering. Another series of murders is happening in the small village of Farthering St. John, and "Detective" Drew is assisting local law enforcement in solving the mysterious hat-pin murders.
This book is light (for a murder mystery) and I enjoyed the small and subtle ways the author allowed Drew to share his Christian beliefs. I also appreciated that I didn't guess who the murderer was until almost the end.
This is a fabulous book for a sunny afternoon, sitting in the backyard, sipping a glass of iced tea. I'm looking forward to Drew and Madeline's wedding, but am thinking if Farthering St. John has yet another string of murders, there might not be any residents left! (Maybe there will be some sleuthing on the honeymoon???)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is a fun mystery with a little romance. Drew Farthering, Nick and Madeline make a fun team of amateur sleuths. Read these stories if you like a little mystery with very little blood and guts. I had a good time reading this and had a hard time putting it down. Quite a few twists and turns. I received this from book fun.com for a fair and honest opinion.
"Death By the Book" is the second book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series written by Julianna Deering. It would be a good idea to read the first one, but not necessary. In this novel, Drew, an amateur sleuth in 1930's England, becomes involved in a serial killers' web. The Hatpin Killer begins killing in the area of Farthering St. John and the clues and murders get closer to Drew by the day.
In this installment, Madeline's Aunt Ruth is introduced into the story. Aunt Ruth in a hoot. She says exactly what you are thinking. You're gonna love her. For instance the observation that rich people around Drew just keep being killed is a little on the odd side. She's the only one that points it out. As for the writing, the dialogue takes a little getting used to as it is upper crust English of the 30's. They say "I daresay" an awful lot. However, the twist and turns, the clues, all lead the brain to try and figure it out. You will never see the end coming. I dare you to figure out the killer. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing.
I sincerely enjoyed the first Drew Farthering Mystery, Rules Of Murder, loving the Agatha Christie references and the English feel, so when I got the chance to review Death By The Book I jumped at it as fast I could. I was not disappointed, the mystery kept me telling myself that I would read just one more page, one more chapter. Yeah, well, you know how well I kept to that plan.
Death By The Book was the perfect mystery! I was kept guessing from beginning to end and only started to get a faint clue who the killer was literally right before the big revelation. Julianna Deering knows how to get her readers interested and coming back for more.
As I got to know Drew and Madeline further in this book I liked them even more. They are a nice young couple genuinely care for people the people around them, their interest in solving the mystery is mostly to help the innocent and maybe even guilty people involved. They also enjoy their fun much to Madeline's aunt's dismay. Oh, wait until you meet Aunt Ruth, she is a real corker!
Fans of period stories and fans of mysteries are both in for a real treat in reading Death By The Book. Author Julianna Deering has the combination down pat. Don't miss a single Drew Farthering Mystery!
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own)
Ã¢â¬ÅDeath by the BookÃ¢â¬Â by Julianna Deering
May 19, 2014
Drew Farthering is living in 1930Ã¢â¬Â²s England and is handsome, rich and the sole heir of the Farthering Place estate. He is also in love with an American girl, Madeline, who is taking her time declaring her love in return. Madeline's Aunt Ruth has arrived from America. She is verbally overflowing with distrust for Drew, his intentions toward her niece, and all things British. It appears that if she has her way, Aunt Ruth will break the couple up.
In the past, Drew solved a mystery that involved his own family. The police had not been happy with his involvement. But now a murder takes place that so confounds the police that Drew is reluctantly asked to help out. While still attempting to solve the case, another murder takes place, and then another. All were clearly done by the same person, but who? As the murders continue, they are getting geographically closer to Drew's residence. Could Drew be the main target, if so, why?
This book is written in the classic style of British mysteries penned by authors such as Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie during the time period between the two World Wars. Julianna Deering, writes so well, that one forgets this is a period piece by a modern author-it seems like it was actually written during the 1930Ã¢â¬Â²s. This story is highly entertaining, clean and written from a Christian perspective.
Ms. Deering weaves a rousing mystery that is not an easy-to-figure-out whodunit. When I read this, I thought I had solved it, only to find out I was wrong. I enjoy mysteries that are a challenge, and this fit the bill. This is the second book in this series that I have read, and highly recommend them both. However, this 5-star book stands on its own, so can be read and enjoyed without the first one.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.