Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Mystery Monday: Drew Farthering


RULES OF MURDER
(Drew Farthering Mystery: #1)
Written by Julianna Deering
2013; 366 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical

Rating: ★★★★

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).


Drew Farthering and his childhood friend, Nick return home to Farthering Place to find Drew's mother and stepfather hosting a weekend party. Before the weekend finishes there is a murder at the country estate and the police are unsure where to turn. Drew and Nick love a good mystery and decide to try their hand at following the clues. In between leads Drew is also trying to woo Madeline Parker, niece of his stepfather, and fellow mystery addict. The clues seem to lead them closer to home and the killer may be someone they know well.

I have a new favourite for cozy historical mystery - The Drew Farthing series by Julianna Deering. This series is set in a British village in 1932 and reminds me of Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth. (Deering is the pen name for DeAnna Julie Dodson who writes Christian fiction. The Drew Farthing series is also considered Christian Literature but is only lightly mentioned). I like the light banter between the characters, the romance between Madeline and Drew and the mystery author references.


DEATH BY THE BOOK
(Drew Farthering Mystery: #2)
Written by Julianna Deering
2014; 317 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical

Rating: ★★★★

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

Drew is hoping that Madeline will say yes to his marriage proposal and will stay on at Farthering Place. As he tries to woo her, Madeline's Aunt Ruth arrives to bring her back to the United States. She is not impressed with Drew or Britain and tries to keep the two apart when she can. Drew turns on the charm but then his family lawyer is murdered and he finds himself in the middle of another murder case. As more bodies turn up Drew along with Nick and Madeline try to catch the killer.

A great follow up to the debut novel, Rules of Murder. Drew and Madeline are a cute couple - a less alcohol-induced Nick and Nora. If this novel had been written in the 1930s I could see it being turned into a movie with Cary Grant or William Powell.


Book Three and Four will be reviewed when book 4 is released.

k (My Novelesque Life)

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