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Death by the Book (Drew Farthering Series #2)

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    I liked this book quite a bit. It was a nice clean mystery with

    I liked this book quite a bit. It was a nice clean mystery with some romance. the main character and hobby detective Drew is a wealthy man in a small town in England wooing his American girlfriend Madeline and wondering when she will consent to marry him! He stumbles upon a set of murders and assists the police with the investigation. I enjoy books like this, no worries about overly gruesome murder scenes or sexual encounters, but still entertaining and well written books. I liked the main characters and really didn't see the end twist coming, though to be honest, I read to enjoy not to figure out the mystery ahead of time. It is a Christian novel, though is not preachy or overwhelming. I think if would be enjoyed by anyone who prefers clean mysteries or romance, though the romance is definitely a secondary storyline. 

    I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Death by the Book Julianna Deering Book Summary: With Farlin

    Death by the Book
    Julianna Deering

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    This book is the sequel to Rules of Murder, the 1st in the Drew

    This book is the sequel to Rules of Murder, the 1st in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. I read that book awhile back and really enjoyed it as well!

    I am a HUGE fan of British mysteries. :) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, etc. are all authors I really enjoy, and I love that Julianna Deering is a modern writer who writes in the style of the mystery Greats mentioned fact, as her stories are set during the time period that the above authors were writing, the characters in Deering's stories are also huge fans of their work and can't wait for the newest Dorothy Sayers to be printed. :) I love this time period in British writing....I'm not really sure what it is about it, but I love the settings, the styles and etiquette, and the humorous writing styles many authors used. Julianna Deering's books fit very well into that period, even though she IS writing these books now and not 100 years ago.

    This book picks up where Rules of Murder left off. Drew Farthering lost his mother and stepfather in the previous book, but met with the lovely Madeline Parker while trying to solve the case surrounding their deaths. He had hoped to be announcing their engagement by now, but the pretty American girl isn't so sure she's ready to take that step with this young Englishman/amateur detective. Then when her Aunt Ruth arrives from America determined to keep the two apart and return her niece to America, Drew has his hands full trying to win over both the aunt and niece at the same time he's trying to solve a string of mysterious murders. The victims were all found with odd notes pinned to them with elegant victorian-style hat-pins that make the murders even more confusing. And each death is progressively closer and closer to Farthering Place, Drew's home. Are the murders somehow connected with him? Will he or someone he loves be the next victim? And at the end of it all, Drew's faith and trust in Christ gives him the strength he needs to forgive the murderer, even when his own life may be in danger.

    This book is one of those mysteries that keeps you guessing up until the feel like you know all along "who dunnit" but the author uses clever plot twists and clues to keep you in the dark. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading book 3 in the series! :)

    I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.

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