Rules of Murder (Drew Farthering Series #1)

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Introducing Drew Farthering

From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate.

With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline ...

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Overview

Introducing Drew Farthering

From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate.

With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be—not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer—and trying harder to impress Madeline—Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

"Readers will want to carve out uninterrupted time to read this mystery in one sitting. Red herrings at every turn will have them guessing and flipping pages until the shocking end." —RT Book Reviews

"Julianna Deering gives us an enchanting mystery set around an England country estate in the 1930s. The main characters are delightful." -- Fresh Fiction

"In the same vein of an Agatha Christie novel, Julianna Deering gives us a unique and extremely fun read that will have you trying to solve the murder along with Drew and his friends...What a refreshing addition this is to the Christian fiction market!" - Rachel McRae, A Novel Bookshelf

"Rules of Murder is an entertaining and engaging mystery that will please readers of thrillers and well as historical fiction... The conclusion is a surprising twist that leaves the reader feeling satisfied." —The Christian Manifesto

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Deering’s historical mystery, set in 1930s England, has all the elements of a good story, but they don’t sum up to a fresh whole. Andrew “Drew” Farthering and his friend Nick—son of Farthering Place’s intrepid butler, Dennison—team up in Hardy Boys–esque intrigue with their era-appropriate Nancy Drew, Madeline, to uncover the perpetrator of a series of heinous crimes. Blatant clues are showered on the reader like annoying confetti as the rather predictable plot meanders to its obvious conclusion. Lovingly detailed period couture description and cultural references provide some relief from stilted, repetitive dialogue and unlikable characters. When not coming off as utterly patronizing and as a caricature of British gentility, Drew wears his affected mannerisms like a badge of honor. While Madeline has the makings of a sympathetic female lead, she appears simpering and weak. Matters of faith are given lip service before being relegated to the literary cupboard in favor of imagined mysteries, gratuitous murders, and flirting. This is Downton Abbey meets Saturday Night Live. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611738445
  • Publisher: Center Point
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Series: Drew Farthering Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Prin
  • Pages: 423
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Julianna Deering has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and now works for an attorney specializing in wills and estate planning. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at www.juliannadeering.com.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    An exciting, 1930s mystery! When I first heard about Rules of M

    An exciting, 1930s mystery!

    When I first heard about Rules of Murder I fell in love with the cover. The style and the font fit the story setting very well. But, as we all know, we cannot simply judge a book by its cover. I'm happy to say what I found inside the cute cover is a fabulous mystery that befuddled me further with every new clue. Though I will note with some pride I did see one of the twists coming... Ahem. Anyway.

    Deering did her research well. Drew, Madeline, and Nick's accents, and even the way they talked, popped off the page. She crafted the setting very well, also bringing it off the page, reminiscent of Downton Abbey. I don't think she could have made the story feel any more real and for that, I praise her.

    Drew and Madeline are positively adorable together. I loved the banter between them and between Drew and Nick. The three of them make up a great cast and I cannot wait to read more about them in the next novel Death by the Book!

    If you enjoy mysteries or any of Agatha Christie's works (note: I have not read any of her novels) then I can guarantee you'll like this one. With an escalating mystery, true to the times characters, and a tangible setting, Deering's debut is one you won't want to miss. I recommend to 15+ for some minor violence surrounding a murder.

    I received this book from CFBA, through the publisher, in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    Do you like a good mystery set in the English Countryside? Are y

    Do you like a good mystery set in the English Countryside? Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Well if you do then I suggest you head out and pick this book up as you will fall in love with it. This is the first book in the new Drew Farthing mystery series. I for one am looking forward to more in this series. Drew comes home for a weekend party and stumbles upon a murder. With the help of his friend Nick and an American named Madeline they set out to solve this murder by using the things Drew has read about in his beloved mystery books. There are many twists and turns in this book before the crime actually gets solved and that is one thing that I think makes a good mystery. In this book you will never know who the next suspect or victim might be. This was a new author to me and I am glad I took the chance on reading it. 

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

    I'm not a very big fan of mystery, but the book club I am a part

    I'm not a very big fan of mystery, but the book club I am a part of at church decided on this one to read. Once completing it I was very surprised in how much I enjoyed it! I didn't feel it was very different from any other typical mystery novel available on the market, but it had a good story line that kept me on my toes in figuring out who the murderer was! I was tickled pink when I found out at the end that I was halfway right which is seriously uncommon for me! However with that said, it doesn't mean that the case was easy to figure it out!

    Throughout Rules of Murder there was not any really gruesome parts/images except maybe two that were not very descriptive, but left the mind little to imagine. The characters were very enjoyable, especially Drew, Nick, and Madeleine! I absolutely loved their interactions and the growing romance between two of them!

    I do want to mention that this book might fall under inspirational, but really there was not a lot of "religious talk" as some people might call it. Actually, one of the main characters has some issues with God more or less. There are only a few small mentions in different parts of the book concerning his struggles and believing if God is really there. I felt this enhanced the story rather then take away because it was easier to relate to him.

    Overall, great mystery that is clean with good romance as well as a fair dose of humor (that was also one of my favorite things about the book next to the romance)! Plenty of suspense too! Just when you think you know who the murderer is, you find out that your wrong!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

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    Back in the summer I was the winner of a blog giveaway over at M

    Back in the summer I was the winner of a blog giveaway over at Margaret Daley's blog.  The prize, a copy of Julianna Deering's new mystery Rules of Murder arrived quickly along with a nifty pen bearing the book's title.  As always for me, I already had a hefty pile of books which required my attention, some of them for blog tours and others with looming library due dates.  Ever so slowly Rules of Murder moved up the pile until finally, it was time for a warming fire in the pellet stove and some "feet up" reading time. The cover reminds one of a 1930s or 40s Hollywood movie with a debonair leading man who despite his great charm remains slightly aloof.  The beautiful woman, the luxurious limo and the grand estate behind him all point to a story of wealth and privilege.  And so it is in Deering's first Drew Farthering mystery.




    It is 1930s England and Drew has just arrived home to his country estate to find his mother and step father giving yet another lavish party.  When Drew finds that his own private quarters have been lent to a Mr. Lincoln, Drew is livid.  How could his mother bring this scoundrel into their home?  When Lincoln is found dead the next day, everyone at the party is a suspect.  As the constable begins to investigate and more deaths occur, Drew, his best friend Nick, and a lovely young American Madeline Parker find their curiosity and shared love of mystery writers compels them to begin their own investigations.  




    Deering, I believe, has set out to create a series with the quiet tone of Agatha Christy and other classic mystery writers. Add in a similarity to the current popular Downton Abbey and other period PBS series, and I think she has a successful formula.  I am looking forward to future additions to the series as Drew and Madeline pursue their mutual attraction as they, of course, get caught up in some unsolved mystery. Hopefully, Nick's character will continue to add depth, humor, and spark to the stories.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    The first Drew Farthering book has me longing for the next...imm

    The first Drew Farthering book has me longing for the next...immediately. I am a huge fan of classic black & white murder mysteries like the Thin Man series of movies. This book made me think of those, only with the British accent of a Maisie Dobbs mystery. I ADORED it. And I don't state that lightly.




    Drew Farthering is a British playboy in search of a purpose. The purpose flops in his lap as two people are murdered at his country estate on one night. As he investigates he gets help from his sidekick Nick and an American gal who has come to visit her uncle, his stepfather. There's corporate espionage, murder, mayhem, and an attempt to break all ten of the rules for not solving a murder. I loved the romance -- the interplay between Drew and Madeline was wonderful if occasionally over the top as the last murder unfolds. 




    This book gets five solid stars from me. Bring on the next Drew Farthering mystery. The sooner the better!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

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    For those mystery fans of such notable authors like Agatha Chris

    For those mystery fans of such notable authors like Agatha Christie or even the famed Sherlock Holmes, you will absolutely adore Julianna Deering's latest Drew Farthering Series, beginning with Rules of Murder. In this enchanting novel we take a look back at Farthering Place, a well-to-do estate set in the early 1930's. Drew Farthering and his friend Nick have arrived home in the late evening only to find out that their rooms have been given to guests staying with the family over the long weekend.

    When Drew learns that the guest residing in his room is none other than David Lincoln, the same man who reportedly rumors in town have speculated that his mother, Constance was having an affair with. He rushes to the bedroom and drags the poor man out of bed, much to the shock of not only Mr. Lincoln but also to his mother and his step father, Mason Parker, who reminds Drew that he doesn't believe those rumors are even true. Fortunately for Drew, Mr. Lincoln agrees to follow the butler, Dennison to another guest room for the remainder of his stay.

    Drew spends the weekend getting more than he ever bargained for when he finds himself attracted to a group of three American girls who are also staying at the family home. Madeline Parker is the niece of his step father Mason and soon it is apparent that both of them are attracted to one another. When he arrives to save Madeline from the not so gentlemanly advances from Mr. Lincoln, he offers to take her for a stroll in the garden to wait for the firework display to begin. A sudden rainstorm catches them of guard and they find shelter in the greenhouse, where the search for something to keep them warm til the rain lets up. It is there that the body count begins when they uncover Mr. Lincoln's body under some coats.

    It sets the stage for an investigation into the cause and effects of why someone is apparently murdered the guests staying at the Farthering estate and it will also reveal that everyone seems to have a motive for the bodies that keep showing up in the most unexpected places. Even Drew and Madeline apparently also suspects while the investigation begins into not only who the murderer or murderers are but also for what reason. The twists and turns lead on a simply wild goose chase and just when you think you have this one figured out, you wind up in a dead end. That to me, makes the perfect novel for a great murder mystery along with a bit of suspense and a touch of romance for good measure. Fans of historical murder mysteries will definitely love this one that takes place in London!

    I received Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not received any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is the first novel in the Drew Farthering Mystery series and I think that Julianna Deering did an exceptional job at both keeping the setting of the book and it's characters in perfect sync so much that you simply forgot you were reading a book and not really living it. For me, that is the hallmark of an exceptional murder mystery and thus the reason for a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to see where this series will be headed next and I was completely caught off guard with my own investigation into this series of murders.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    A delightful romp riddled with bodies and brightened with clever

    A delightful romp riddled with bodies and brightened with clever repartee
    I enjoy the occasional Agatha Christie book, and Dorothy Sayers ranks among my favorite authors, so Ms. Deering faced a tough task in winning my approval with her new period mystery series.
    Opening the novel, one skeptical brow raised, I read the opening page . . . and was utterly delighted to read a well written description in omniscient POV, a beautiful paragraph that took me straight into 1930's England!
    This is the author's first attempt at the mystery genre, and I think she handled it rather well. I still had one or two questions when I closed the book, but I have an inkling these will be cleared up in subsequent novels. Drew Fathering is not Sir Peter Wimsey--he is a character in his own right, a much younger man, and quite appealing. Neither he nor Madeline, the American heroine, are deeply drawn characters, yet they fill their roles admirably, as do the secondary characters (victims and survivors). Drew Farthering's questions about religion and purpose are lightly handled, suiting the style of the novel. I look forward to following these characters and watching them deepen and mature as the series progresses.
    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, but I was in no way obliged to write a positive review.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Delightful Hoot of a Murder Mystery Julianna Deering must ha





    Delightful Hoot of a Murder Mystery
    Julianna Deering must have had a great deal of fun while crafting the engaging, colorful characters in this tale.  
    Her descriptions painted a lovely picture of England in the 1930’s. Her choice of descriptive wording was “spot on.” Right from the opening page the manor house,  Farthering Place, is described as having “symmetry that saved it from outright stodginess.” As an American that lived for nearly 40 years in a formerly British colony, I appreciated that there were no stodgy characters . The “imperturbable” butler, Dennison, is “suitably grave.” The lead character, Drew Fathering, is witty, stylish, gallant and a true gentleman. Drew’s mother is described “clutching her pink satin wrapper…with majestic hauteur.”
    I enjoyed the smattering of British expressions, “capital”, “jolly nice”, “by harry”, “Nick can ‘kip’ on the divan in my study”, and many others. 
    The dialogue was as much fun as the mystery. When Drew was asked if he read his answer was, “I manage to make out most of the words.”
    I appreciated the element of faith included in the story.  It was a clean and fun murder mystery. I look forward to further stories that include more of Drew Farthering and all the other delightful characters that survived the murders.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    The PW review above was not very flattering, but I found the boo

    The PW review above was not very flattering, but I found the book enjoyable. The faith component is a side issue, but I thought it was well done as I was afraid it would feel forced. I thought the mystery was great - lots of possible suspects to work through if you try to solve the mystery as you read along. I liked the main characters - they really hooked my attention as I don't generally read historical fiction. The mystery itself kept me up late reading because I wanted to know how it all came together. Well done! (I received an electronic copy of this book for review from the publisher.)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Every review here is a plot spoiler all the while bragging how they got their book for free for their so called honest review. Its not an honest review, its a bought review, and you giving away the entire story line ruins the book for the rest of us that has to pay for our copy. Bn, please, ban these plot spoilers, fine them and ban them from posting.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    For Lovers of Film Noir and Classic Mysteries This is just a

    For Lovers of Film Noir and Classic Mysteries




    This is just a pure work of clean fun! The setting is on an old estate in England with a few Americans thrown in to accent the flavor. When a murder occurs, the characters are intent to solve the mystery by the rules of murder set by a mystery author. The game keeps twisting creating lots of interest and fun. If you love Agatha Christi or old murder mystery movies, you will enjoy this book. I recommend it to anyone looking for a clean mystery with Christian and romantic theme sunning through. I will definitely pick up the second in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    I totally enjoyed Rules of Murder. I loved the detail the autho

    I totally enjoyed Rules of Murder. I loved the detail the author used and how well the story flowed. I could hardly wait to see what the main characters would say next. Great job all around! I am eagerly looking forward to this author’s next book. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie.
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review, which I have given.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    This is the first book in the Drew Farthering series and it did

    This is the first book in the Drew Farthering series and it did not disappoint. It evoked classic mysteries- I liked the setting of a 1930s English manor house. The characters were interesting, were well drawn, and had good chemistry. I also liked how the author handled religion, she got her point across without being heavy handed.The plot was interesting and flowed well. I'm looking forward to reading other books in this series.
    * I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    An Intriguing Mystery Reminiscent of Classic Mysteries As a fan

    An Intriguing Mystery Reminiscent of Classic Mysteries

    As a fan of Agatha Christie, I wondered what Julianna Deering would deliver in her debut novel Rules of Murder. This mystery begins with the usual murder to set the story and amateur detective in action. The story takes place on an English estate and the detective is the privileged son of the first murder victim.

    Drew Farthering, and his longtime friend Nick, decide to investigate the strange happenings that seem to entangle people that Drew trusts. With the help of his stepfather’s American niece, Madeline, Drew find clues, annoy the constable, and tries desperately to figure out who would want to destroy the family company.

    As the plot thickens, author Deering mixes mischief with wry humor to engage her readers in helping to figure out the motive for the murders. While it seemed that Deering moved rather slowly to develop her characters and story at the beginning of the story, she did an impeccable job revealing clues and making connections that I could follow as a reader. Sometimes I feel mysteries exclude us readers from all the details because it will ruin the surprises in the plot. Deering keeps her surprises while adroitly dropping the hints that draw us into her story and keep us trying to figure out the mystery. Drew’s final explanation of the mystery was the best wrap up for a mystery that I’ve read in a long time.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading Rules of Murder, and I’ll be watching for more Drew Farthering mysteries. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering to review.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

    Many of the things that I have read about this book compare it t

    Many of the things that I have read about this book compare it to the style of Agatha Christie. I have to say that I would agree with that comparison. Of course Ms. Deering has her own unique writing voice but the plot twists and turns are reminiscent of those wonderful classic mysteries from the 20s and 30s.




    From the beginning I thought that I had figured it out. But I was wrong. Then I thought that the plot involved multiple people. I was wrong again. As I was nearing the end I thought that I had surely figured it out, but I had not. Up until the complete scheme was revealed I had no idea who the real culprit was. In my opinion that is the sign of a well written murder mystery.




    So if you are a fan of the old murder mysteries or if you are a new devotee to Downton Abbey I really think you will fall in love with Rules of Murder. I am looking forward to reading more about Drew Farthering and seeing what case he will solve next. According to the author's website, the second installment Death by the Book is due out in Spring 2014.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Great read

    I very much enjoyed this murder mystery and am looking forware to the next book in the series! The book is easy to read and captured my attention from the beginning.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Trinton

    Pretty good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Failed cozy by trying to jam every old english house party

    Into one book needed a firm editing hand by someone who had a favorite writer of era. Just having a butler makes it a period piece and no matter what time the main hero must be able to function in any period like doing hamlet in modern dress mom

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    Rules of Murder is the first book in Julianna Deering's debut se

    Rules of Murder is the first book in Julianna Deering's debut series The Drew Farthing Mystery. Set in 1930's England, Drew Farthing loves his mystery novels. As a party guest at Farthing Place Drew finds himself in the middle of a real murder mystery. With the help of his best friend who is also a mystery buff, and an American guest staying at Farthing Place they work together to solve this latest mystery using techniques from their favorite novels. As they dig deeper into events surrounding this murder they find that there is more going on than just this murder.

    Rules of Murder is Julianna Deering's debut novel and I really enjoyed it. As a fan of new authors when I saw the description of this book I knew I needed to read it. Julianna Deering writes a true mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. The characters are a great ensemble of people who make the novel a huge hit. Julianna Deering captures this interesting time in our history, 1930's in England. I love the 1930's so it was great to read about this time in England's history. Rules of Murder has the feel of an Agatha Christa murder mystery, which added to the enjoyment. I found myself taken in with this book from the start and couldn't put it down. The team of Drew, Nick, and Madeline is great! I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Suspense Fiction! You will not be disappointed! I give this book 4 STARS.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

    Drew Farthing, charming lord of Fathering Place, and his good fr

    Drew Farthing, charming lord of Fathering Place, and his good friend Nick Dennison are murder mystery aficionados. So when they return home for yet another boring party the last thing they expect to find is a shocking and personal double murder. Along with Madeline Parker, a lovely and smart visitor from America, the trio set out to solve the crime. Plenty of twists and turns along the way will keep even the biggest mystery buffs guessing till the end.

    Drew was a strong, refreshing male voice who was easy to love. The flirtations between Drew and Madeline were adorable and believable without the dreaded insta love. Drew and Nick’s interactions were also one of my favorite parts of the book and their banter had me chuckling the whole way through.

    The mystery element of the story had the feel of a favorite Agatha Christie novel. Just when I thought I had figured out “who-dun-it” the author throws in a twist and I was back to square one.

    Oozing with British charm, Rules of Murder is a must read for any mystery fan. Deering has found a new fan and I am looking forward to the sequel, Death by the Book, releasing in February 2014.

    ***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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