One thing author Julianna Deering got spot on in her murder mystery, "Death by the Book", was to make the unflappable Drew Farthering's character truly loveable. She so perfectly wrote his character and dialogue that I could hear and feel his swagger. The characters were all loveable and memorable but I found that half way through, I wanted the book to hurry up. It didn't feel like there were enough clues given for me to bother trying to guess who did it. (Mind you, I didn't see the real culprit coming)
Don't judge this book by the cover, it's better than the cover, but don't expect to stay up into the wee hours of the morning feeling the need to finish it either. It was amusing but not a page turner.
Oh, BTW, I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.
This was a very enjoyable book that brought Agatha Christie to my mind. Drew is spending the summer wanting madly to get engaged to Madeline. Then the family solicitor is murdered and secrets begin to be brought to light. This book was a fun read, the characters were entertaining and the plot kept me involved. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the works of Agatha Christie.
I was given this book by bookfun.org for my honest review.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers to review. I've actually never read a historical fiction book and was hesitant. But, I cracked the cover and couldn't put it down! A well blended mix of Mystery, Historyand Romance. Flows nicely. Keeps one guessing. I would recommend this book highly.
Book Summary: With Farlinford Processing and the family's good name safe again following the events in Rules of Murder, Drew Farthering wants nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement to Madeline Parker. Instead, he finds himself involved in another mysterious case. The family lawyer has been found dead in a Winchester hotel room, skewered through the heart by an antique hat pin with a cryptic message attached: Advice to Jack. Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the man's double life, but what does that have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem. Nothing except for another puzzling note and the antique hat pin affixing it to the doctor's chest. Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all sure they have the right man. Could the killer be one of his society friends, or is it someone much closer than that?
Book Review: I will confess that I started with this book. I heard all the hype from the first in the series and was interested. I found the book to be easy to get into and the main characters of Drew, Nick and Madeline were likable and fun to get to know. It was obvious I came into the series late, but enough details were given about the first book, but not so much to spoil reading it. I liked Madeline's aunt who was a great catalyst for the author to use to explain to those who joined the party late, like myself some of the background. This new mystery was a real puzzle. The entire book was well written and had an authentic historic British feel to it. While I enjoyed the book very much as a mystery I did not feel a tremendous suspense that anyone was truly in danger except for people that were introduced as peripherally. It was easy to read, but it was not till the last 10 pages that the mystery twisted to become exciting. Yes, it had a tremendous Agatha Christie feel to it at times, but the suspense was not that intense.
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Once again Drew Farthering is drawn into sleuthing as four murders rock the town of Farthering St. John. Each body is found with a note and a hatpin. None of the victims appear to have anything in common, and it's up to the team of Drew, Nick and Madeline to solve the mystery.
To make matters more intriguing, Madeline's Aunt Ruth has arrived from America to retrieve her niece to come home. Drew is trying to impress Aunt Ruth while trying to convince her that he will be a good husband for her niece.
"Rules of Murder" was the first Drew Farthering Mystery and was a hit. The characters are fun and enjoyable. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Julianna Deering is on a roll. Hopefully, the Drew Farthering Mysteries will continue for many more sleuthing adventures.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."