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Dressed for Death #4, in the Drew Farthering Mystery, by Julianna Deering
Attending a costume party should mean an entertaining evening. But not when murder crashes the event. Drew Farthering and his bride Madeline are about to learn far more about their friends than they wanted to know…and that drug smugglers and corpses make very poor party guests.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Drew Farthering Mystery
Gets a Regency Twist
Drew and Madeline Farthering celebrate their six-month anniversary by attending a fancy Regency era costume party. Drew is glad to see Talbot Cummins, an Oxford classmate, and his fiancée, Alice Henley, though many present seem worried about the couple. Everyone's concerns are realized when, at the concluding grand ball, Alice dies of an overdose of cocaine. Tal refuses to believe she took the stuff intentionally, and Drew is determined to find out if her death was an accident or murder.
Drew is shocked and disillusioned when the police arrest Tal's father and reveal that the man has been smuggling drugs into the country for the past twenty years. Reeling from the death of his fiancée and the revelation about his father, Tal begs Drew to find out what's going on. Drew, now questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, does so reluctantly, not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not quite up to par....September 3, 2016alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Dressed for death is the fourth book in the Drew Farthing series.
Set in the 1930, Drew and his new bride Madeline are attending a weekend party at the Winter Oak estate owned by Drews old school friend Talbort Cummings. During the weekend Talborts fianc Alice is murdered and Talbort implores Drew to find out who the killer is and why Alice was murdered. Along with Madeline and Drews best friend Nick, and Nicks new girlfriend Carrie, the foursome dig into the murder. I was really glad to see them back in action and that all of them had an important role in solving the mystery. I loved getting to know Nicks new girlfriend Carrie and what an adorable couple they were. She was a great addition to the team.
As with the other books in this series, this was a great mystery. I loved the process how the characters put all the clues together to figure out why Alice was killed.
As with her other books, Drew relies on and shares his faith in God as an encouragement to others.
The downside to this book, was that it took an enormous amount of time, nearly half the book before the actual sleuthing began so I felt that the second half of the book was a bit rushed in solving the mystery.
But the ending was what bothered me the most. I felt so cheated about the capture of the villain. We are told who and why, but not how the villain is captured.
If you have never read anything in this series before, I would suggest you start with book # 1.
Will I continue to read this series? Yes definitely. I enjoy this series very much.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing and delightfully captivatingAugust 29, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been binge watching BBC period dramas and I can totally see Drew Farthering as the next heartthrob in his own mini-series. Sort of an Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey. It would be a runaway hit.
Drew has a flare for solving murders and he's long thought of his talent as God given but his confidence is shaken in Dressed for Death and he finds himself struggling to come to terms with some hard truths.
This is the fourth Drew Farthering mystery and while it is still filled with witty dialogue and droll humour, it isn't as lighthearted as the first three books. There's a more serious tone to this novel as Drew turns introspective, second guessing his life's purpose. He must learn not to lean on his own understanding, choosing instead to follow where God leads.
Drew and Madeline are now newlyweds. I love the dynamics between this very proper English Aristocrat and his Yankee wife. He's completely besotted -- always ready with the most clich lines which are actually endearing since he means every outrageous declaration. Madeline has him wrapped around her little finger and he doesn't mind at all.
An intense mystery with plenty of twists and turns and a number of surprises kept me guessing right to the very end. And most of my guesses were wrong! No armchair sleuthing award for me this round. I didn't even make the finals! I found Dressed for Death to be witty and intriguing and delightfully captivating.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Dressed for DeathAugust 23, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the fourth book in the Drew Farthering mystery series. Drew and his wife Madeline, along with good friends Nick and Carrie, plus Carrie's 17 year old brother, are at a Regency themed house party for a week. Their hosts are Mr. and Mrs. Cummins. Drew and Nick were Oxford chums with their son Tal and thought they knew the family well. Tal's fiancee, Alice, is among the guests. The week-long party goes pretty well until the last night when there is a death that does not appear accidental. Things go from bad to worse, with an arrest made for another crime, and more deaths, causing Drew to second guess his calling as an amateur detective. The mystery was good, with a few red herrings thrown in. Eddie, the cat, was a nice addition and quite valuable to the conclusion. The villain was not someone I would have guessed. I did have some difficulty with some of the deaths because they were very likable characters, which made their demise more difficult to accept. I am looking forward to the next Drew Farthering mystery, in part to see what is next for Nick and Carrie's relationship.
A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Retro Cozy MysteryAugust 19, 2016A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Julianna Deerings newest novel, Dressed for Death, shows Drew Farthering and Madeline (Drews bride of six months) once again teamed up to solve an intriguing, cozy mystery.
I have enjoyed all of the novels in this series and love how traditional, English locations are featured in each book. Some of the novels take place in the city, others in the countryside. Julianna Deering does an excellent job making one feel like one has stepped into the setting of an Agatha Christie novel or that Bertie Wooster of P.G. Wodehouses books will walk in and join the cast of characters. One feels right at home with Drew, Madeline, and Co., and wishes for an invitation to their estate, Farthering Place. Afternoon tea? Yes, please!
Dressed for Death has a warm spot in my heart because of the Regency theme at the beginning of the book. I enjoy reading clean, Regency novels and think it appropriate and so clever of the author to make these 1930's characters attend a Regency weekend house party at a grand estate. The writing really brings out the retro feel and makes one want to join in the fun. Sumptuous and relaxing settings make up the backdrop. I admire the fact that even though the wealthy people appreciate their material blessings, they do acknowledge God as the giver of these blessings and are good stewards of His gifts.
The mystery was fairly well-written, but I did think there should have been more red herrings. It wasnt that difficult to figure out the identity of the villain. Compared to the previous novels, the hero didnt do a whole lot of sleuthing and I missed that. I can overlook the lack of variety in clue-gathering because most of the novel did take place in one location. The other novels had more off-site locations to keep the story moving.
Julianna Deerings, Dressed for Death, is a lovely addition to the Drew Farthering series. I look forward to the next novel with a new tantalizing mystery, interesting characters, and a trip into another glorious, English setting.
2boyzmommyMoorestown, NJAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Another Winner!August 1, 20162boyzmommyMoorestown, NJAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Dressed for Death takes readers back in to a simpler time in history. Drew and Madeline Farthering have been invited to a Regency-era themed costume party and plan to use the trip as a celebration of their 6 month wedding anniversary. But they get a little more than they expected when a party guest is murdered and Drew is asked to assist in solving the crime. Drew considers himself something of a detective and has been instrumental in solving some other murder mysteries that the police could not solve. But this time, things are not as they seem and Drew begins to doubt himself and his perception of people he thought he knew.
This is the 4th book in the Drew Farthering series. It may be read as a stand-alone novel, but I highly recommend reading the series in order to best understand the characters. I received a free copy from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review.