Death by the Book

Death by the Book

by Julianna Deering


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Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem—except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?


"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."
—Chandra McNeil, RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764210969
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 675,287
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Business Administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas. Learn more at

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Death by the Book 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
monkeyshiners More than 1 year ago
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.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Murder can be deep... Death by the Book    A Drew Farthering Mystery    By Julianna Deering When Drew Farthering walks into a murder scene he is drawn into a mystery that is drawing closer to the Village of Farthering St. John.  What game is the killer playing?  And what do the cryptic messages pinned to the victims mean? With no discernible link between the victims, Drew is putting all his sleuthing skills to work.  All the while he is trying convince Madeline to accept his proposal of marriage.  But when Aunt Ruth comes to save Madeline's virtue she seems determined to pack Madeline up and on the next ship home. As the danger draws closer who will be the next victim?  Nick?  Madeline?  Aunt Ruth?  Drew?   Take a small step back in time to England for a mystery that just may give you a spine tingling shiver or two. Best read in a darkened room shortly before bed for full enjoyment.  And a spot of tea is just the thing. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Death by the Book was an enjoyable first book that I have read by this author. Although it is the second in a series,A Drew Farthering Mystery, it was certainly enjoyable being read alone. Drew is an amateur mystery solver and becomes involved in solving the murder of the family solicitor. The book reminds me of the old mystery novels with frequent twists and turns.You never really knowing who the killer is until the very end. I definitely will go back and read the first book and any further books this author writes.I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for a honest opinion.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Julianna Deering in her new book, “Death By The Book” Book Two in the A Drew Farthering Mystery series published by Bethany House Publishers gives us another adventure with Drew Farthering. From the Back Cover:  When The Village Of Farthering St. John Is Stunned By A Series Of Murders, Drew Farthering Is Drawn again Into The Sleuthing Game. Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest. Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl’s tearful confession point to the victim’s double life, but what does the solicitor’s murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem–except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin. Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn’t at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home? Drew Farthering is back.  And not a moment too soon.  Yes, there is a sub-genre called Cozy Mysteries where there is an amateur sleuth and most of them are pretty good.  However the gentleman detective set in the 1930′s around a village in England is hardly ever done.  Thank God for Julianna Deering and her detective Drew Farthering.  His solicitor has been murdered Drew is not sure the police have picked up the right person. “Death By The Book” progresses at a nice, steady pace as Drew sets off to find out who the murderer really is with the help of his friends before the body count rises.  “Death By The Book” is a page-turner, action, suspense thriller.  Drew and his friends lives are in deadly danger as they try to sort out the lies and deceptions and identify the killer before he kills them.  Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down.  I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book in this excellent series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drew Farthering is living in 1930′s 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 1930′s.  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.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
A Great Mystery AND A Great Historical! 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)
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
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.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Death by the Book is the second book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series by Julianna Deering. While you could probably read this book as a stand alone, I think your reading experience would be greatly enhanced by having read the first book of the series, Rules of Murder. Once again, we follow Drew Farthering, amateur sleuth, as he and his friends try to solve a string of murders. And I just have to say that the first page of this book was one of the best I have read all year! It made me laugh out loud and I immediately read it to my husband, who also thought it was a great start to a book. I love the characters in this series. Drew and Madeline have a sweet romance and Drew is so patient with Madeline as she tries to decide whether to agree to marriage. Nick is a great side kick and a loyal friend. I enjoyed the return of Chief Inspector Birdsong. His witty dialogues with Drew are great. I even grew to love Aunt Ruth by the end (and I really didn’t like her in the beginning)! I also love the setting of the early 1930′s. The author kept me guessing till the very end of the book as to who the murderer was. There were so many victims and a very creative killer. Following the clues with Drew is exciting and never dull and I so look forward to reading the third book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
InSpirit More than 1 year ago
Having been won over by our hero in British mystery, RULES OF MURDER, I awaited book 2 with MUCH anticipation. * DEATH BY THE BOOK [loving the gorgeous vintage cover art] solidified my reading relationship with the suavely sophisticated sleuth, adding author Julianna Deering's writing as a definite  mystery 'go to' for this reader. * Characterizations are uniquely interesting - beside the delish Drew! His girlfriend, an American we met in Rules of Murder, holds her cards close regarding their relationship. Drew proves himself more than capable of the challenge, when new arrival, the boisterous aunt Ruth, determines what the two need is some space between them and sets about insuring that reality, even if it means a return voyage to America! * Ms Deering is adept at witty colloquialisms and banter of the 1930's era establishing authenticity and providing much humour  to lighten the topic! Though the book's theme is focused on the multiple murders, the scenes are well drawn without offputting graphic descriptions. The relational aspects appear to be the focus and well developed at that. * Drew finds himself included in the murder investigation by the attending Scotland Yard Inspector when Drew's afternoon appointment turns up a dead solicitor .  Add several red herrings and we're off on a merry murderous chase in the city, at his country club - even at his home in the idyllic English countryside of Farthering St. John. * Descriptive home scenes of this wealthy bachelor's country estate centre me in the setting yet increase the tension as the investigation continues unsolved. Intrigue, and to spare, as the murderer's toll arrives on Drew's very doorstep... and a stunning conclusion shakes you to the core! * I won't spoil a moment of your fun as you reach for your own copy to discover all the antics and intrigue of this captivating teaser from Julianna Deering. * Just don't miss it! *Note - Death by the Book definitely works standalone as all characters are well linked with references to Rules of Murder and nothing lost in translation. Just go ahead and enjoy!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! This book had mystery as well as humor and romance in it. Drew Farthering is helping the local police solve a series of murders in the town. They seem to think all the murders are related. This book definitely had a twist to it. I never saw suspected the murderer! This is the first book I've read by Julianna Deering. I will definitely read more books by her. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
An amazing follow-up! I love sequels that follow the same characters we met in the first. Sequels are a great opportunity to further character development and as a bonus we get to spend more time with our favorite characters! Win-win scenario, right? Once again I found myself impressed with the vivid settings and the tangibility of Deering's characters. Drew was a model hero, yet again. His continued integrity and honor towards Madeline warmed my heart. Aunt Ruth had nothing to worry about. ;-) Time and time again, Drew proved himself a gentleman even when met with discourteous individuals. This is probably what makes him such an attractive lead. He isn't without his flaws, but I think it's fair to say that Drew has learned from plenty of mistakes in his past. I don't have too much to say about Madeline, but I will say I admired her patience with her stubborn aunt. I also really liked her unwillingness to rush into marriage. I thought it was a wise decision on her part and realistic. After all, you don't go out and marry someone you just met. As far as the mystery goes, Deering did a wonderful job yet again. I was constantly guessing throughout the book and then I made conclusions alongside Drew. I love it when I can be surprised, and Mrs. Deering did just that. Overall I loved the book and I can't wait to return to Farthering St. John! I highly recommend to fans of mysteries, ages fifteen and older due to some minor violence. I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks! 
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Death by the Book takes place in true Agatha Christie fashion. It is set is a village in England in the 1930’s. The sleuth is an amateur detective and who solves the crime much more quickly than the local police. Also, like Agatha Christie, when the final clues come together, the murderer is someone the reader would never have suspected. Drew Farthering is a rich young aristocrat who had spent much of his life enjoying his wealth. In the past few months, through the deaths of his mother and step-father, he has become the sole heir of a vast fortune. He has also met and fallen love with the American, Madeline. He is just waiting for her to accept his proposal of marriage. Concerned by her failure to return to America, Madeline’s feisty old-maid aunt comes to England to rescue her niece. Unfortunately, seemingly unrelated murders begin taking place. Drew finds he not only has an interest in murder mysteries, but also a knack for solving them. The only problem is that they keep getting closer and closer to home. This is a delightful mystery with lots to keep the reader guessing up to the end, but none of the graphic details. This is the second book in this series. It is not necessary, but certainly more interesting to have read the first book Rules of Murder. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable Drew Farthering mystery. Wonderfully quirky characters abound and the mystery is afoot! If it weren’t for the murders, solving the case would be fun for Drew. I enjoyed following him as he worked with the police to solve yet another mystery that has landed in his lap. Full review at my website.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read book 1 in this series, just finished book 2 and starting book 3. Have thoroughly enjoyed them.
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Great mystery! Love these books!such fun characters!
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
This is Julianna Deering’s 2nd book in the The Drew Farthering Mystery series. The first was Rules of Murder. I would definitely recommend starting there to get to know the characters, their relationships and the setting better. Aunt Ruth (Madeline’s aunt from America) has unexpectedly shown up. She’s worried about Madeline and suspicious of Drew’s intentions. Although a great twist to throw into their whirlwind romance, it also causes some separation in the witty crime-fighting trio from book 1 — Drew, Madeline and Nick, Drew’s best friend.  I was excited about this series. It’s been clean with good messages throughout - the kind of books I wouldn’t mind passing along to my family or friends. I love the setting - both time and location. The characters of this small English town are quirky additions. However, I haven’t been truly won over as a fan. However, on a positive note, all the book covers have been very creative! :) …But it was truly a surprising ending! I wasn’t expecting that!  And you? I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.