Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rules of Murder: A Drew Farthing Mystery By Juilianna Deering

I received this book from Bethany House Blogger Program for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Downton Abbey Meets Agatha Christie in This Sparkling Mystery

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. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

Soon, financial irregularities at Drew's stepfather's company come to light and it's clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this game.

My Thoughts:

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.

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